Acting coach Kim Joo-seong gave infinite trust to ‘Prince’ Kang Sang-jae.
Wonju DB forward Kang Sang-jae (28, 200cm) struggled with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball match against Daegu Korea Gas Corporation held at Wonju Sports Complex on the 25th. DB won a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Gas Corporation by 1 point (84-83), igniting the fire to advance to PO.
He was a DB who was aiming for 5 wins in a row, but he got off to a bad start. The cards Ho-Young Jeong and Seung-Wook Choi, which came out with Lee Dae-sung’s custom tactics, failed, and DB finished the first half behind by 10 points (39-49). Neither the offense nor defense could find a clue as they struggled with out-of-bounds hunting and Gas Corporation’s defense of the paint zone.
DB’s concentration on winning streak shone from the second half. As soon as the second half started, Kim Jong-kyu, Lee Seon Albano, and Kang Sang-jae added to the score, and the well-organized team defense began to match.
DB started the second half behind by 10 points, but it quickly gained momentum and tied the score in 3 minutes and 14 seconds from the start of the 3rd quarter. Even after that, it seemed to succeed in reversing by creating a tie twice.
However, the turnover and the reversal of the shot were unsuccessful. In particular, Kang Sang-jae struggled under intense pressure from the opponent, committing 4 turnovers, the most in the team.
In the end, DB won a dramatic come-from-behind victory, but Kang Sang-jae seemed to be straining his stamina as he patrolled the court for 35 minutes and 37 seconds. Nevertheless, Acting Kim Joo-seong could not remove Kang Sang-jae due to the continuous close game and the struggle of the opponent’s big lineup. 토토사이트
Regarding this, Acting Kim Joo-seong said in an interview after the game, “I think Kang Sang-jae will inevitably have a burden on his stamina as his playing time increases. During his career so far, he would not have played basketball, which takes more activity than he does these days. However, he is a player who plays a very important role, whether in the normal lineup or when using the triple post, so he is using it.”
“(Kang) Sang-jae is a player who can serve as a necessary intermediate bridge for the team. He is good at playing around the perimeter and has good movement compared to his size, but he believes that he can play the role of a guard at times and energize the entire team when defending. It is safe to say that he is the core of the team.”
In fact, Kang Sang-jae recorded 6 assists, the most in the team, while working hard on double-digit scoring and defense behind the goal. Kang Sang-jae has established himself as the core of the team, to the extent that it is safe to say that acting Kim Joo-seong played the role of the middle bridge he wanted.
On the other hand, in order for DB to make use of the possibility of advancing into the PO, they must reap a victory against the leading KGC and the terrifyingly rising SK. Let’s pay attention to whether Kang Sang-jae, who has been reborn as the crown prince of Acting Kim Joo-seong, can save his team from the brink.