A lot of fouls in the beginning caught Heo Woong (185cm, G) on his ankle.
Jeonju KCC lost to Changwon LG 74-93 in the regular 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot professional basketball league held at Changwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 22nd. Lost both first two games after the All-Star break. It maintained 6th place with 16 wins and 17 losses, but was chased by 1.5 games by 7th place Suwon KT (14 wins and 18 losses).
Heo Ung entered the draft a year earlier than his peers. He knocked on the professional stage with his teammate Lee Seung-hyun (197cm, F) and Yonsei University 1 year senior Kim Jun-il (200cm, C). In the 2014 KBL Domestic Rookie Draft, he joined Wonju Dongbu (now Wonju DB) with the 5th overall pick.
Heoung’s skill has grown fiercely. He has been reborn as a KBL top scorer. His appearance on entertainment programs also increased his awareness. He became a Tal KBL-level superstar. Moreover, after the 2021-2022 season, he became a free agent (FA). Heo Woong’s share price is much higher than his eight years ago.
The team that captivated Heo Woong’s heart was KCC. KCC signed a contract with Heo Woong for a total of 750 million won in remuneration for the 2022-2023 season over a five-year contract period.
Heo Woong, who was DB’s ace and main scorer, is also an ace and main scorer at KCC. Before meeting LG, he played in all regular league games (32 games), and is averaging 16.3 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.6 rebounds for 30 minutes and 54 seconds, with 2.4 3-pointers per game. His 3-point shooting percentage is around 38.8%.
In addition, Heo Woong is creating a synergistic effect with existing players by moving and shooting without the ball. The synergy effect with other players raised KCC’s ranking.
However, where KCC is located is the final playoff line. Even the slightest stumble could put them out of playoff contention. In addition, in the match against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis held two days ago, he showed the worst offense. Heo Woong, as the main scorer and ace, has to cut off that trend.
Of course, LG is a tough opponent. This is because there are advanced resources such as Lee Jae-do (180cm, G) and Lee Kwan-hee (191cm, G) who are excellent in offense, and there are resources such as Yoon Won-sang (180cm, G) with defensive activity and shooting ability. Nevertheless, Heo Ung’s firepower was an essential element for KCC. 안전놀이터
Heo Woong tapped the LG rim from the start. Yoon Won-sang blocked a strong check with a dribble jumper, and got a foul free throw from Lim Dong-seop (198cm, F) in a solo fast break opportunity. The first 4 points of KCC and the first 4 points of the game were all made with their own hands.
Heo Woong also worked hard on defense. However, he committed a second foul 2 minutes and 38 seconds into the game. In addition, the injury of Laguna (199cm, C) and the foul trouble of Ronde Hollis Jefferson (197cm, F) also held back Heoung. Because it was a factor that restricted Heoung’s karate movement.
Heo Woong faced Lee Kwan-hee’s defense in the second quarter. Lee Kwan-hee’s leech defense had a hard time. Lee Seung-hyun and La Gun-ah put a screen on Heo-ung, but there was almost no score from Heo-ung or Heo-ung. KCC was also pushed to 22-28 within 3 minutes of the start of the 2nd quarter.
Heoung’s influence did not continue to emerge. He even committed an unsportsmanlike foul 3 minutes and 56 seconds before the end of the second quarter. It was even more painful because it was my personal third foul. The KCC bench also found it difficult to write Heo Woong. Heo Ung was called to the bench. Unable to use an ace, KCC finished the first half with a score of 30-45.
Heo Woong came back in the third quarter. He hit a 3-pointer just 1:17 into the third quarter. However, LG’s cooperative defense failed to show various options. The defense also fell. I couldn’t handle Kim Jun-il’s screen and Lee Kwan-hee’s shot.
KCC’s momentum also subsided. It was pushed to 33-55 in 2 minutes and 29 seconds of the third quarter. KCC coach Jeon Chang-jin used the first timeout in the second half. Heoung was seated on a bench. Heo Woong seemed to be thinking about the decline in performance and the burden on his physical strength.
KCC continued to sit Heo Ung on the bench. Other guard resources were checked, including Calvin Jeffrey Epistola (180cm, G), Park Gyeong-sang (180cm, G), and Kim Ji-wan (188cm, G). Heo Woong finished the LG match with 7 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 14 minutes and 9 seconds. We prepared for the home match against Daegu Korea Gas Corporation to be held two days later.