“It is difficult, yes. But when a crisis comes, they do it” (Cho Dong-hyun, Hyundai Mobis coach)
“I’ll try to the end” (Kim Seung-gi, Carrot coach)
Ulsan Hyundai Mobis will play in the 2022-2023 SKT A.Dot Pro Basketball Round of 6 Playoff Game 5 held at Ulsan Dongchun Gymnasium on the 10th. Deal with Carrot.
Hyundai Mobis underwent changes after the end of the 2021-2022 season. The biggest change is the replacement of the command tower. Head coach Yoo Jae-hak, who led the team for over 18 years, changed his position to general manager, and head coach Jo Dong-hyun was promoted to the command tower.
Cho Dong-hyun, head coach of Hyundai Mobis, knows the team better than anyone else. He tries to make use of the team’s strength (organization) and the roster’s propensity (high energy level-speed) made up of young players.
The changed Hyundai Mobis finished the 2022-2023 regular season in 4th place (34-20). However, Ham Ji-hoon (198cm, F) – Jang Jae-seok (202cm, C) – Lee Woo-seok (196cm, G) – Avarientos all suffered injuries in the second half. The body condition is not perfect.
Hyundai Mobis, whose main axis resources are not intact, met Carrot in the playoffs, who had a record of 1 win and 5 losses against regular league opponents. 2 wins, 2 losses until the 4th game. Aiming to advance to the quarterfinals in the home room.
Hyundai Mobis coach Cho Dong-hyun said before the game, “(Ham) Ji-hoon will be put in based on the situation. (Choi) Jin-soo was hurt, and (Kim) Young-hyeon couldn’t come out either.”
He continued, “I plan to send (Lee) Wooseok first. When I was relaxed, I decided that it would be better to put in. Since it is the last time, I plan to put in all the players I have. It’s difficult, but he did it in a crisis situation. Rather, he shows a complacent attitude when he is winning.” 스포츠토토
Meanwhile, Carrot is trying to grab a ticket to the semi-final playoffs on the road.
Carrot suffered from measles just before the start of the 2022-2023 season. Of the 1.5 billion won subscription fee, 500 million won was paid only three days before the opening. Many people have doubts about Carrot’s money and how it operates. Recently, even the salaries of the players have been pushed back. Its parent company, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Construction, entered court receivership.
Carrot players were also able to harbor insecurities. but didn’t bother. Led by Carrot coach Kim Seung-gi, he devoted himself to practice and training. He focused on the reality of grades.
Also, Carrot’s power is not the same as in the 2021-2022 season. This is because the one-two punch Lee Dae-seong (190cm, G) and Lee Seung-hyun (197cm, F) left for Korea Gas Corporation in Daegu and KCC in Jeonju, respectively. In particular, the absence of Lee Seung-hyun, who was responsible for defending and rebounding under the goal, was fatal.
Nonetheless, it finished fifth. However, they were unable to secure a spot in the playoffs. This is because they failed to pay the subscription fee of 1 billion won. However, on March 30, I paid 1 billion won and qualified for the playoffs with Hyundai Mobis. 2 wins, 2 losses until the 4th game. If you catch the 5th game, you will meet Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation in the 4th round playoff.
Carrot coach Kim Seung-gi said before the game, “I will do it until the end. Just because they fall now, doesn’t that mean the players didn’t do well?”
After that, “If (former) Seonghyun was fine, we would have been greedy too. But it’s not easy. It is not easy for us to cope if the main axis resources are blocked when Sung Hyun is not there.”