(Goyang = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Dong-chan = Professional basketball Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation achieved the feat of advancing to the championship game for three consecutive years.
Ginseng Corporation won 89-61 in an away game against Goyang Carrot in the 4th game of the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Pro Basketball semifinal playoff (3 wins in 5 matches) held at the Goyang Gymnasium in Gyeonggi Province on the 19th.
From the 25th, Ginseng Corporation, which is ranked 1st in the regular league, will play a championship game against Seoul SK, which is ranked 3rd in the regular league, with 4 wins out of 7.
Ginseng Corporation won the championship against Jeonju KCC in the 2020-2021 season with 4 wins, and lost to SK last season with 1 win and 4 losses.
In professional basketball, which was launched in 1997, this year’s Ginseng Corporation is the fifth to advance to the championship game for three consecutive years, following Kia in 1997-1999, Hyundai in 1998-2000, TG Sambo in 2003-2005, and Hyundai Mobis in 2013-2015.
Oh Se-geun, who scored 16 points that day, said in an interview after the match, “I am happy to have played in the championship match for three consecutive years. It was a difficult game, but I feel better because I won perfectly.”
He also put in a long-range buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter, and he was delighted, saying, “It was luck, but it was the result of practicing long-range shots.”
In particular, Ginseng Corporation and SK met in the championship match for two consecutive years.
Oh Se-geun said, “Rather than being motivated by meeting SK again, I felt like SK would come up, and I also wanted to do it with SK.”
Moon Seong-gon, who scored 22 points, the most of both teams, including 4 3-pointers on the day, also said, “I was worried because it was a heavy game, but I’m glad it ended with a good result.” The secret to a good outside shot is that the manager, coaches, and older brothers told me to throw with confidence.”
Moon Seong-gon also said, “I want to do what we couldn’t do against SK last year, this year,” and said, “I want to do a return match” with SK.
Regarding SK’s ‘one-two punch’ Kim Seon-hyung and Jamil Warney, Oh Se-geun said, “Both players are in very good condition, but I will try to block one of them unconditionally.”
Regarding the news that SK Choi Jun-yong will also miss the championship match, Moon Seong-gon predicted, “As he is a player with a large share, it seems to be good for us.”
Both players praised Carrot, who was their opponent in the semifinals.
Carrot performed well, with a 1-1 win and 1 loss until the 2nd game even though the salary of the team was delayed and the 6th playoff was played until the 5th game, and even the physical strength was exhausted.
Oh Se-geun said, “We won because we worked hard, but I want to send praise to the Carrot players who worked hard even in a ridiculous situation where the salary was not paid.”
Ginseng Corporation director Kim Sang-sik also encouraged, saying, “It is amazing that coach Kim Seung-gi and Carrot players worked hard until the end.”