“After the cup competition, I felt that Yang Hee-jong is also playing that role even though he hates it. He respects me more from then on.”
Bae Byeong-jun, who got the championship ring last season with Seoul SK, is currently playing for Anyang KGC. He played 46 regular league games for an average of 19 minutes and 35 seconds, recording 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists, and a 38.2% (47/123) three-point shot success rate.
In the quarterfinal playoffs with Goyang Carrot, he played an average of 23 minutes and 8 seconds in 4 games, recording 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 크크크벳 a 3-point success rate of 47.1% (8/17), playing an active role as a main axis. In the championship match against SK, he played an average of 8 minutes and 20 seconds as a backup for Lens Abando, recording 3.8 points and a 3-point success rate of 50.0% (5/10).
KGC coach Kim Sang-sik said, “I have to use a lot of Abando players (who are strong against SK), so when I have trouble in attack or defense, I use Bae Byung-jun, who can make a 3-point shot and defend, to make a breakthrough.” “I don’t know if there is a bit of regret when I think about it, but when I think about the team, I know that it’s not because I couldn’t use it because it was a short-term championship game. I try to work hard even for a short time,” he evaluated Bae Byung-joon’s play in the championship match.
Bae Byeong-jun, whom we met after afternoon training at Anyang Gymnasium on the 4th, said, “Hee-jong is his older brother’s heart. He sincerely supports the players from the bench,” he said, explaining his role in the championship match, saying, “When I enter the court, I try not to hand over the players’ stamina and atmosphere in the slightest.”
Bae Byung-jun said, “I know that you go in when you are in a bad mood, so as I said before, I don’t want to give the opponent even a little bit of atmosphere, so I run harder. Fortunately, the shooting sense is still fine.”
If the playing time suddenly decreases, you may feel burdened and hesitate to shoot or have more pressure.
Bae Byeong-joon said, “I changed my mind during the regular league, when I entered in a good or bad mood, I tried to do it safely so as not to damage the team and turn the atmosphere in our direction, but in the championship game, I know why I enter, so I try to see more shot opportunities.” He said, “If the shot doesn’t go in, you can come out to the bench and the main players can play normally. When I run, I rather actively do it.”
It is not uncommon for teams to belong to different teams even though they have advanced to the championship game for two consecutive seasons.
Bae Byung-joon, who knows SK well, said, “I wonder if coach Jeon Hee-cheol took off the ground meal. He seems to have prepared a lot. I know because I was (in SK). He said he broke all his cards, but he was too mean (laughs).” “As expected, SK is strong. It’s to the point where I feel like it’s a relief that Choi Jun-yong isn’t there. (SK) The short-term experience is good. Fortunately, the 6th and 7th games are home matches held in Anyang, so if you do well in a good atmosphere, you can become a champion.”
The next game KGC will play will be the last game for Yang Hee-jong, who has decided to retire.
Bae Byeong-joon said, “Byeon Jun-hyung, Moon Seong-gon, and Oh Se-geun should know better. I want these players to do better,” he said. “I thought about it too. If you think about whether KGC can win another wire-to-wire championship in a good atmosphere, it will take a long time (with Byun Jun-hyung’s enlistment and Yang Hee-jong’s retirement). I hope it will be an opportunity that will never come again (to win the championship) and work harder.”
Bae Byeong-jun also played an active part in the 2018-2019 season and the 2019-2020 season at KGC. When he asked what kind of player Yang Hee-jong was with for three seasons, Bae Byeong-jun conveyed his thoughts.
He said, “I don’t think he is as close as Se-geun hyung, Seong-gon hyung, Jun-hyung, or Park Ji-hoon. (Ahead of this season), the changed manager and coach said, “Come or come,” and said that it was okay. At that time, he wondered why Hee-jong hyung was like that even though the director said it was okay.
After the cup competition, he felt that Heejong was playing that role even though his brother disliked it. I respect him more from then on. When I called the operation time in the 5th game, I was the sixth man and I hadn’t been on the team for a long time, so I told Hee-jong that I had to tell the players what he was thinking. I assumed that Hee-jong and I would have the same thoughts about what was the problem and what we were doing wrong. Hee-jong feels that his older brother’s role is by no means small. It wasn’t because it was his retirement season, but Hee-jong came to respect him more.”
KGC needs to win the 6th game first.
Bae Byung-jun said, “At first, I said I would play comfortably as a sixth man, but if I do, I will play to the death to turn the atmosphere to our side.”
KGC Ginseng Corporation will have the 6th match against SK at the Anyang Gymnasium at 6:00 pm on the 5th.