On the final stage of the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot professional basketball, a confrontation between the “brothers” unfolds. Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation, who won the regular league ‘Wire to Wire’ championship, and the ‘defending champion’ Seoul SK Knights will enter the championship match (7 matches, 4 wins) at Anyang Gymnasium on the 25th. The confrontation between Byun Jun-hyeong (KGC) and Kim Seon-hyung (SK), who lead the offense of both teams, also draws attention.
The two teams, who met in the championship game last season, face each other again this year on the highest single-wood bridge. It is the first time in 18 years since KCC and TG Sambo in 2004 and 2005 that the same team faced each other in the final in the history of Korean professional basketball for two consecutive years. Last season, SK, which was in first place in the regular league, defeated KGC, which was in third place, and rose to the top, but this time we meet in a situation where the rankings have changed.
It is not an exaggeration to say that sparks fly whenever we meet because we often face each other at important moments.
SK won the championship last season, but in the final of the 2023 East Asian Super League (EASL) Champions Week held in Japan in March, KGC showed off its formidable power by beating SK. In the regular league, the two teams met 6 times and won 3 wins and 3 losses.
KGC has been in first place since the beginning of this season and is steady enough to win the wire-to-wire championship by conquering the regular league as it is. KGC, which moves under coach Kim Sang-sik’s training, maintains its strength by advancing to the championship match for three consecutive seasons without wavering.
Byun Jun-hyeong is the guard who leads this steady appearance. Byun Jun-hyung, who is called ‘Korean Doncic’ after NBA’s Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), has focused on the role of an authentic point guard this season, but recorded an average of 14.1 points and 5 assists in the regular league and won the playoffs in the quarterfinals ( PO) In 4 games, he is continuing his performance with 15.3 points and 4.5 assists. In the first game against the Goyang Carrot Jumpers, he was also the main player in leading the win with the largest score difference (56 points) in professional basketball history. His determination is to “drive the momentum of the last EASL championship to win the championship match.” 안전놀이터
However, SK’s momentum is not easy. In the regular league, it was only 3rd place, but the back feeling is amazing. Despite last season’s regular league MVP Choi Jun-yong suffering an injury at the end, SK ran a winning streak in 9 games in the 6th round of the regular league, and then broke through the 6th and 4th playoffs with 3 consecutive wins, continuing its 15-game winning streak. Coach Jeon Hee-cheol, who took the command tower last season and led the team to the finals for the second year in a row, is also hoping to become a master.