Yoo Yoo-sang hit five consecutive 3-pointers to help the team win its fifth straight game.
Changwon LG extended its winning streak to five games with a 104-84 victory over Busan KCC in its 2023-2024 Korean Basketball League home game at Changwon Gymnasium on Tuesday.
One of the driving forces behind the win was the three-point shot. LG was shooting 30.1% (47-of-156) from three-point range before this game. They were averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game. LG head coach Cho Sang-hyun was frustrated with the lack of three-point shooting opportunities from Asem Marei.
Tonight’s game put that to rest. LG knocked down 16 three-pointers (57.1%) on the night, with rookie Yoo Yoo-sang helping the team win with 18 points on just six three-pointers, including five in a row from midway through the second quarter to midway through the third. He also stood out on defense, including a heave.
After the win, Yoo said, “It was the first time I experienced (three) consecutive losses as a pro, and I panicked instead of panicking. After all, a strong team is different. The players stuck together. I worked hard in my position and tried to keep up with my brothers.” “Now it’s Round 1. I’ll try to finish the rest of the games well and help LG reach its goal,” he said after the victory.토토사이트
“I told Jae-do that the first three games were a waste,” Yoo said when asked about the opening three-game losing streak, “He said that those games helped us wake up and do better. I think so too.”
Going forward, teams facing LG will be wary of Yoo’s explosive three-point shooting.
“The intensity of the defense is different from college. I was confident because I knew that,” he said, adding, “In the future, if there is one defender on me, it can be beneficial to the team because it opens up more space for my brothers to attack.”
“I didn’t know how many (three-pointers) I made,” said Yoo, who only watched from the bench in the decisive fourth quarter. I asked on the bench, and I found out because my brothers were counting. (If I had played (until the fourth quarter), it would have been hard for me to hit 10 (3-pointers) because my stamina was low.” “Jung Hee-jae knew I was going in, and he set a solid screen, and I felt it. I thought they were a strong team,” he said, giving credit to his teammates.
Then Lee Jae-do, who was also in the press conference, said, “I should tell him that I gave him a good pass.”
Yoo Yoo-sang said, “Jae-do always gives me good (passes) and creates perfect opportunities (laughs). When I play with Jae-do, there are things that come out of him differently than when I play with Ang Jun-seok.” Yoo praised Jae-do, saying, “He tells me a lot that I need to finish the game like this and like that, so it helps me.” Lee laughed softly in satisfaction.
As for the advice he’s heard from his seniors lately, Yoo said, “When I get to play, I try to block each team’s main scorer. When I train, I make up (opposing players) virtually,” he said, adding, “I’ve seen all of them in the pros, including Jae-do. It helps me to know how to stop them effectively and what they like to do.”
Yoo has become more and more recognized for his defense as the game goes on, shutting down opposing shooters. On this day, he guarded Huong (3 points).
“If you look at it from a distance and look at the record, you can say I did a good job, but in the big picture, I missed a lot. LG is known for minimizing and not giving up points,” he said. “Maray and Cunningham point out when I’m wrong. That’s how you grow. I didn’t block well, they blocked well,” he humbled himself.
Before the game, coach Cho Sang-hyun said, “The same goes for Yang Jun-seok and Yoo Yoo-sang. I scolded them after the D-League. I want them to be more fierce and stronger.”
Yoo Yoo-sang said, “That shouldn’t happen again. There was complacency. If I go again (to play in the D-League), I will give 100 percent and grow myself.”
LG gives Su-hoon a necklace after a home win. Yoo Yoo-sang wore the necklace he wore at the rookie draft, and he wore it again after being selected as the player of the game.
Yoo said, “I just remembered that. On the one hand, I was happy to be able to wear it again, but on the other hand, I only thought that I wanted to wear it more because I have a long way to go,” Yoo recalled the moment.