The return of Shin Ji-hyeon (174cm, G) was of great significance in itself.
Bucheon HanawonQ lost 76-85 to Cheongju KB Stars in the Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 women’s professional basketball regular league held at Cheongju Gymnasium on the 14th. I fell into the swamp of 8 consecutive losses. The second win of the season was delayed.
Jihyun Shin is the ace of Hana 1Q. She enjoyed the excitement of the first BEST 5 in her debut in the 2020-2021 season, and received the same award in the 2021-2022 season. He appeared in all regular league games (30 games) and recorded career highs with 17.77 points, 5.23 assists and 3.77 rebounds in an average of 34 minutes and 38 seconds.
However, Hana 1Q, which Shin Ji-hyun belongs to, has never made it to the playoffs since its founding. It had the worst record in the 2021-2022 season. 5 wins and 25 losses. And Shin Ji-hyun obtained the second FA (free agent) qualification.
Many people predicted that ‘Shin Ji-hyun will also leave’. However, Shin Ji-hyeon broke such expectations beautifully. During his 3-year contract period, he remained in Hana One Q under the condition of a total annual salary of 420 million won (salary: 300 million won, incentive: 120 million won) for the 2022-2023 season.
In an interview with this magazine, Shin Ji-hyun said, “Out of the six clubs, they valued me the most. To that extent, the captain paid a lot of attention to him. I also thought a lot. Although I don’t know when our team’s performance will improve, if our team performs well, I think I’ll be genuinely happier than other teams’ performance.”
Also, “(Franchise stars who represented Hana 1Q) all left, and I didn’t want to do that either. Also, since I was a rookie, I was the only player who stayed in Hana 1 Q until now. I don’t know what will happen in 3 years (laughs), but I am very happy that Hana 1 Q cares about me.” He valued the meaning of Hana 1 Q.
Shin Ji-hyun is also playing an ace-like role in the 2022-2023 season. He is averaging 13.9 points, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 11 games and averaging 30 minutes and 16 seconds. However, Hana 1 Q failed to rebound. Only one win in 16 games before the All-Star break. If you look at the results alone, it’s the worst move.
Nevertheless, Shin Ji-hyun had to do her best. This is because Shin Ji-hyun needs to hold the center in order for young players to grow. Shin Ji-hyun knew this too. So he had a different mind to play the first game of the second half.
Also, Jeong Ye-rim (175cm, G) and Kim Ji-young (171cm, G) relieved Shin Ji-hyun’s burden. Shin Ji-hyun’s shoulders were lightened with ball carrying and a mid-range jumper. At the same time, Shin Ji-hyun was able to focus on his strengths, such as the 3-point shot and the pass following the 2-2. He played very well with 9 points, 3 assists and 1 rebound, including 3 3 points in the first quarter. Hana One Q also finished the first quarter with a score of 29-26. 스포츠토토
Shin Ji-hyun also exerted influence at the beginning of the second quarter. Heo Ye-eun (165cm, G) induces a turnover and bounces from the right sideline. He made Kim Hana (180cm, F) a quick break. Hana One Q, which allowed a tie (29-29), also laid the groundwork to run away.
At 2:40 in the second quarter, he scored a 3-point run to make the score 36-29. All 4 of 3 were successful until the 2nd quarter. KB Stars defense focused more on Shin Ji-hyun. Shooting opportunities such as Kim Ae-na (196cm, G) and Jeong Ye-rim were formed more easily. Kim Aena and Jung Yerim took advantage of this to some extent.
However, Hana One Q’s attack power gradually decreased. In particular, when KB Stars used a modified area defense centered on Park Ji-soo (196cm, C), Hana One Q’s finishing aggressiveness fell. Shin Ji-hyun tried to finish it somehow, but KB Stars strongly held Shin Ji-hyun in check. It was not as easy as Shin Ji-hyun’s chances.
When Shin Ji-hyun was blocked, Hana One Q’s attack flow was completely twisted. Other players threw, but the attack success rate fell. Hana 1 Q, whose offense was shaken, was not able to show much strength in defense either. The third quarter ended 55-66.
Shin Ji-hyun’s strength seemed to have declined, but Kim A-na and Kim Hana gained strength. Anna Kim scored 3 points and Hana Kim scored within the 3-point line. However, it did not show the destructive power or influence of Shin Ji-hyun. Hana 1 Q could not break the losing streak despite the return of Ace. Shin Ji-hyun’s record before returning was 12 points (3 points: 4/6), 6 assists, 4 rebounds (attack 1) and 1 steal in 28 minutes and 13 seconds.