Tall (203 cm) center Lee Jong-hyeon (29), who was brought by professional basketball player Jeonju KCC at the trade deadline, is emerging as a hope for spring basketball.
KCC won the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Changwon LG home game 87-64 at Jeonju Gymnasium on the 5th. The secret to revenge against LG, who was completely defeated by 19 points on the 22nd of last month, is to revive competitiveness under the goal, which was a weakness.
Lee Seung-hyun, the pillar behind the goal, left the team due to an elbow injury and fell into a pit of five consecutive losses until the previous game. At this time, KCC ranked 9th out of 10 teams with an average of 33.6 rebounds, a representative indicator of competitiveness under the goal. As the bottom of the goal stabilized, Yatoo, which was a hunting game, came back to life and overpowered LG.
If there was anything that had changed in KCC, it was Lee Jong-hyun, who was recruited after sending Kim Jin-yong and Park Jae-hyun to Goyang Carrot on the 1st.
KCC coach Jeon Chang-jin hoped that Lee Jong-hyun would fill in some of the void left by Lee Seung-hyun, who was out for about three weeks due to injury, and add even a little bit of strength to the playoff fight in the sixth round.
There was also a sense of psychological stability and anticipation that Lee Jong-hyun could resurrect as he met Lee Seung-hyun, a senior and junior at Korea University. 스포츠토토
On this day, which was his debut match, Lee Jong-hyun played 15 minutes and 42 seconds, recording 4 points and 3 rebounds. Lee Jong-hyun was brought in at the beginning of the second quarter, when KCC led 23-19, and focused on helping his teammates who played for the first time. It is true that he is still lacking in the value of his name, which was selected as the national team since his days at Kyungbok High School and was called the future of Korean basketball. Lee Jong-hyun made his professional debut at Hyundai Mobis in Ulsan with the first overall pick in the 2016 draft.
However, Lee Jong-hyun’s playing on the court was obviously of great help to KCC, which has no tall players over 2m. If Lee Jong-hyun focuses on defense and rebounding, La Gun-ah can freely move under the goal. It was to the point where La Gun-ah, who flew wildly while pouring out 32 points, welcomed him, saying, “Lee Jong-hyun’s height has increased since he came.” The two also had a relationship that led to the combined victory while eating rice in one pot at Hyundai Mobis in the 2018-2019 season.
KCC, which ended its losing streak with Lee Jong-hyun’s joining, gained hope again. KCC recorded 17 wins and 20 losses, rising to 6th place alone, the final line of the 6th round. Before the opening, KCC, which promised to win by signing Lee Seung-hyun and Heo Woong as free agents (FA) at once, but hesitated, is dreaming of a high place again with the new face Lee Jong-hyun.