7th game extended bloody battle, Ginseng Corporation splendid ‘integrated championship’ finale

Professional basketball Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation regained its throne.

Ginseng Corporation, led by coach Kim Sang-sik, won the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Championship Final 7 home game held at Anyang Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do on the 7th, defeating Seoul SK 100-97 after overtime and winning the championship with 4 wins and 3 losses. 

With this, Ginseng Corporation enjoyed the thrill of winning its fourth championship, including the 2011-2012, 2016-2017, and 2020-2021 seasons. In particular, this season is all the more meaningful as it is a ‘integrated championship’ that won both the regular league and the championship match.

Ginseng Corporation also won the East Asian Super League (EASL), the East Asian club competition held for the first time this season, and achieved the feat of ‘Treble’ (three crowns). On the other hand, SK, which challenged to win the championship for two consecutive seasons, had to be satisfied with the runner-up, failing to cross the final threshold.

Even the last 7th game went into overtime… ‘The best ever’ match 

The 7th game of the championship match, which was held in 14 years, was as hot as expected, with the two teams facing each other with 3 wins and 3 losses. When SK tried to take the lead with Kim Seon-hyung’s scoring shot, Ginseng Corporation pursued it with Bae Byung-joon’s 3-point shot at the end of the first quarter. 

Ginseng Corporation finished the first quarter with a score of 24-26, but Bae Byung-joon’s outfielder shot at the start of the second quarter succeeded in reversing at once. As SK’s defense was dispersed, Ginseng Corporation’s strength, attack under the goal, revived. Ginseng Corporation, with Omari Spellman and Oh Se-geun scoring, widened the gap by scoring 7 more points than SK in the second quarter. 

SK also launched a counterattack. Kim Seon-hyeong, the MVP of the regular league, flew wildly. Kim Seon-hyung dominated the court by himself, scoring as many as 19 points out of SK’s 23 points in the third quarter. The solid defense of Ginseng Corporation was helpless in front of Kim Seon-hyung. 

SK, which gained momentum, pursued Ginseng Corporation relentlessly in the fourth quarter, but Choi Seong-won’s 3-point shot broke off at the last minute and succeeded in turning the game around 91-87. Ginseng Corporation, driven to the edge of the cliff토스카지노, also tied the score 91-91 with Spellman’s dunk and Oh Se-geun’s under-the-goal goal, and the game eventually went into overtime.

SK took the lead with Choi Bu-kyung’s goal, but Ginseng Corporation took the lead with Byun Jun-hyung’s 3-point shot. Soon after, Ginseng Corp., which took a stable lead with Spellman’s scoring under the goal, calmly succeeded in both free throws that Oh Se-geun earned from Heo Il-young’s foul, putting a wedge in SK’s pursuit.

Confident of victory, Ginseng Corp. put Yang Hee-jong, the “captain” who will retire at the end of this season, and burst into celebration in front of the home fans ahead of the end of the game.

‘Lion King’ Oh Se-geun, 3rd MVP title 

In Ginseng Corporation, Oh Se-geun, who posted 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Spellman, who recorded 34 points and 14 rebounds, played an unchanging performance, and Byun Jun-hyung, who was sluggish in the championship match and survived from the 6th game, contributed 16 points. Bae Byeong-jun, who scored 16 points including 4 3-pointers, became a ‘surprise star’.

However, the winner was Oh Se-geun. Oh Se-geun was selected as the playoff MVP with 71 out of 94 votes in the press vote immediately after the championship. In particular, in the championship game, he recorded an average of 19.1 points and 10 rebounds per game, serving as a ‘pillar’ for Ginseng Corporation. 

Oh Se-geun, who debuted on the professional stage in the 2011-2012 season and played only for Ginseng Corporation and played an active role as a ‘local big man’ representing KBL, enjoyed the honor of the 3rd playoff MVP in his personal career.

On the other hand, SK chewed their regrets on the eve of winning the championship, but they played a great game with Ginseng Corporation and received great applause. SK, which finished 3rd in the regular league despite struggles with An Young-Jun’s enlistment and Choi Jun-Yong’s injury this season, went straight to the championship match without losing once in the playoffs in the 6th and 4th rounds. 

Although they were pushed back by Ginseng Corp. in terms of objective power, they faced off with the so-called ‘Molppang Basketball’ with Kim Seon-hyung and Jamil Warney at the forefront and manager Jeon Hee-cheol’s irregular operation. However, as the championship match went into a long game, I had to watch Ginseng Corporation win without overcoming the limit of physical strength. 

In particular, Kim Seon-hyung struggled with 37 points, the most among both teams, but he had to applaud Oh Se-geun, his professional debut motive, for winning and becoming MVP.

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