토토사이트 “I like Fukatsu Kazunari (Lee Myung-heon) from Sanwang High School because he plays smart, and I like Mito Ryohei (Yang Ho-yeol) from the Sakuragi (Kang Baek-ho) corps because he leads the surroundings well.”
The Japanese men’s college selection recovered from the loss in the first game by winning the Korean men’s college selection 79-67 in the second game of the 46th Korea-Japan University Basketball Tournament held at Yonsei University Gymnasium on the 20th. Japan, which returned the match to the starting point with a record of 1 win and 1 loss, seized the opportunity to win the championship for the first time in six years since 2017.
Japan won a valuable victory with the even performance of five players scoring double digits. Among them, Kotetsu Kurokawa (176cm, G), despite being the shortest player in this tournament, helped the team win by posting 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. The field goal success rate was 75% (6/8), showing the highest efficiency among players from both teams.
After winning that day, Kurokawa said, “I really wanted to win because I lost yesterday (19th), but I am really happy that I actually won.”
One of the driving forces behind Japan’s victory is their strong pressing defense.
Kurokawa said, “I tried to put pressure thoroughly with the feeling of taking on a challenge in the front line. He said, “When we had a team meeting, the coach asked us to press with the feeling that we were challenging, so we were able to win by executing it.”
Kurokawa, who only scored two points in the first game, broke through the attack from the first quarter on this day.
Kurokawa looked back on the game, saying, “Yesterday (19th) I couldn’t be aggressive at all in the game, so today (20th) I was conscious of trying to break through, and with two defenses attached, I said let’s break through well.”
Breakthrough wasn’t the only thing that stood out. Made 3 of 4 3-pointers. In particular, he also succeeded in a backboard 3-point shot that confirmed the victory at the end of the game.
Kurokawa said, “At that time, he was conscious of my defense and team play because he switched defenses quickly rather than making a 3-point shot. He said, “I didn’t have a special mood,” and “I was aiming to put the backboard in line because I didn’t have time.”
South Korea often stood up for regional defense. Japan was able to laugh because it attacked well.
Kurokawa said, “Since the shooter is on the wing and side, he puts the ball into the center first and then develops an attack afterward.”
Japanese team leader Takaaki Matsufuji said, “Kurokawa is a point guard and captain who leads the team well. The Korean guard was also not that tall, so I was able to use Kurokawa for a long time,” explained Kurokawa.
Kurokawa, who is the shortest player in this tournament, said, “Even though I’m behind in height, I can play smartly, and I came all the way here to beat Korea.”
Kurokawa, who made a matchup with Park Moo-bin, said, “In yesterday’s game, (Park Moo-bin) shot well and saw the opponent and played,” he said. He said, “I’m trying to follow well, considering that (Park Moo-bin) can come in tomorrow (21st) as well.”
The movie Slam Dunk, released earlier this year, was a sensation.
When asked if he had a favorite slam dunk character, Kurokawa answered, “I like Kazunari Fukatsu from Sanwang High School because he plays smart, and I like Ryohei Mito from Sakuragi Corps because he leads the people around me well.”
The final match between Japan and Korea will be held at the same place on the 21st at 2pm.