Goyang Carrot’s third-year debut guard Lee Jeong-hyeon (24) advanced the team to the first semi-final playoff (PO) with tremendous performance.
Carrot won 87-80 in Game 5 of the 2022-23 SKT Adot Pro Basketball Round of 6 PO (3 wins in 5 matches) held at Dongchun Gymnasium in Ulsan on the 10th.
Carrot, who missed the 94% chance of advancing to the semifinals by losing the most important game 1 on the 2nd, was driven to 1 win and 2 losses until the 3rd game. However, after the 4th game, he caught up to the 5th game and completed the upset series.
Carrot, which took over Goyang Orion last year and re-founded it, suffered twists and turns, such as unpaid wages for the players due to deteriorating management of the parent group in its first season, but the players fought hard and wrote history by advancing to the semifinals.
Lee Jung-hyun owes much to Carrot’s achievements.
In the 2021-22 season, which was his debut season, Lee Jung-hyun played an average of 23 minutes and 26 seconds per game, recording 9.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
Lee Jung-hyun ran an average of 34 minutes and 2 seconds in the 2022-23 season, surpassing the previous performance in all indicators with 15 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
With the team’s ace Jeon Seong-hyun missing due to injury, coach Kim had high expectations for Lee Jung-hyun. It was expected that he would harass the opponent with improved shooting compared to last season, and a sticky defense to break through.
When I opened the lid, Lee Jung-hyun’s performance exceeded my expectations. In the first game, the team lost heavily, 71-86, but Lee Jung-hyun scored 21 points. He was responsible for more points than foreign player Didric Lawson (20 points).
In Game 2, he put in a whopping 34 points, including 4 3-pointers. Lawson (23 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists), who created a double-double, was also active, but Carrot was able to balance the game with Lee Jung-hyun’s impact.
Lee Jung-hyun also scored 26 points in Game 3, which the team lost 69-84. He only scored 15 points in the 4th game because his stamina was exhausted while playing the game, but he did his part enough with 3 rebounds and 5 assists.
In the final game 5, where he squeezed all his might, he scored 24 points. Lee Jeong-hyeon scored 20 points or more in 4 out of 5 PO games, making up for the void left by Jeon Seong-hyeon, the main gun, and performing as the MVP of the series.
After the 5th game, coach Kim praised “(Lee) Jung-hyeon a lot, but he overcame them all. It is no exaggeration to say that Jung-hyeon led the team to the semifinals.”
Now, on the 13th, Carrot will play the first leg of the semifinal PO against Anyang KGC in Anyang.
Last season, Lee Jung-hyun, a member of Goyang Orion, experienced PO in the semifinals over Hyundai Mobis in the semifinals, but stopped advancing with a loss in all three matches.
Lee Jung-hyun is determined to win in his second quarterfinal PO.토토사이트 He is in a situation where he has to face off against Byun Jun-hyung, who has been reborn as the best guard in the league this season, but he is determined to create a miracle like the 6th round PO.
Lee Jung-hyun said, “Everyone said we wouldn’t do well in this series, but everyone came together and made it to the quarterfinals. Anyang is very strong, but if we play hard like we did in the sixth round PO, we don’t know how the match will turn out.”