Sep 18, 2023
There was no defeat in sight.
The South Korea U16 National Team defeated Bahrain 89-62 on Monday in Doha, Qatar, in a Group C qualifier for the FIBA U16 Asian Men's Basketball Championship 2023. The win improves the team's record to 1-1 after an 81-83 loss to New Zealand the day before.
Head coach Kim Hyun-soo said, "We were a little stiff at the beginning of the game. We fixed it by making substitutions, and the players who came in stabilized and played well. It was easier to play than I thought," he said of the first victory.
After a disappointing loss to New Zealand the day before, the team used their height disadvantage to keep the game alive with accurate three-point shooting. The team shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from three-point range against New Zealand and made 10 three-pointers (32.3 percent) against Bahrain.
Coach Kim Hyun-soo said, "We don't have the right place to train, but the players are running in the gym to adjust their conditions. The players' physical condition is the best at the moment. The players are motivated and the atmosphere is good."
With a 1-1 record, the team currently sits in second place behind Group C leader New Zealand. The tournament features 16 nations in four groups, with the first-place finisher in each group advancing directly to the quarterfinals. The second- and third-place finishers in each group play the second- and third-place finishers from the other group, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals.
The team will clinch second place in Group C with a win against Jordan at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. If the team finishes second in Group C and wins 메이저토토사이트 its matchup against the third-place team in Group D, it will meet the first-place team in Group A in the quarterfinals. The winner of Group A is likely to be Australia.
"For the last game of the qualifiers, we will make a change in the starting lineup," said Kim Hyun-soo. We will utilize the players on the roster evenly to stop Jordan's height and speed. We will also play a game centered on the fastball."
LCK CL Summer Champions Nongshim Esports Academy is not content to rest on its laurels.
Nongshim swept DePlus Kia 3-2 in the 2023 LCK Challengers League Summer Finals at WDG Esports Studio in Jung-gu, Seoul on April 22. After a full-set thriller in last year's CL Summer Finals, the two teams battled to five sets this time around. Nongshim won after a long battle and ended the summer season with a valuable result.
In a post-match interview, Baek 'Mikhail' Sang-hwi said, "I didn't think we were built to win, but I'm so happy that we did." "I thought it was going to be tough today, but I'm really happy to win," said Oh "Kolmi" Ji-hoon, while Sun "Calix" Hyun-bin said, "I'm glad my brothers took the bus to the championship. Next time, I want to win with a team where I'm the main player."
Prior to the game, Plus Kia's Seung-kyu "Thanatos" Park gave a provocative interview in which he said, "I never thought of Nongshim as a strong team". Coach Kim Tae-yang 'Sun' showed a winner's mentality, saying, "Yesterday's postgame interview with the players was aggressive, but we didn't think we were good either." He continued, "I think the players showed their true colors today. "I think the players showed their true colors today, so I'm very happy," he added.
Nongshim's win was a drama. From spring to summer, the team gradually improved their performance and eventually won the title. "When the first-team coaches came down, we changed our game to be more object-oriented rather than combat-oriented," said Coach Kim Tae-yang, explaining, "With the feedback from the first-team coaches, we got better and better, and I think it led to the win." "Sound" coach Kim Jun-sung gave us detailed instructions on combat engagements, and I think that combined with the aforementioned, made us the perfect team for Summer.
And, of course, there's no one better than Heinseong "Vital" Ha. He maintained his good form after joining the second 토토 team, and his outstanding performance in the final earned him the Final MVP award. "Actually, when I received the POG, I didn't think I would be the Final MVP because Koh "Cole" Ji-hoon got it. I think I became the Final MVP because I showed a good performance in the last game," he said with a smile.
As Kim Tae-yang mentioned earlier, Nongshim's first-team coaches helped the second-team players after the LCK ended. "Personally, I think the styles of the first and second teams are similar, and I don't think there's much of a difference in skill," said Park Seung-jin 'Chellie'. "The specific advantage that the second team players have over the first team is their focusing ability." 'Noblesse' coach Chae Do-joon agreed, saying, "They have a lot of confidence to engage in combat. There are many things they do without fear."
Nongshim rose to the top of the summer by writing a coming-of-age drama. However, he was not satisfied with this and showed his determination to improve further. "I won the Summer, but I think I'm still not good enough. I want to work a little harder and become a better player than I am now," he said. "Next year, I'll be a better player than this year," said Lee Hyun-ho of "HH". Heinsung also vowed to do well at the upcoming ASCI (Asia Star Challengers Invitational). He concluded the interview by saying, "I'm not satisfied with this victory, and since there is still ASCI, I will win there after winning the CL."
The Samsung Lions snap a two-game losing streak with a come-from-behind win.
Samsung improved its record to 40-1 with a 6-4 win in the 10th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Monday.
On the mound, starting pitcher Won Tae-in got off to a quality start with six innings of five hits (two home runs), two walks, four strikeouts and three runs. He left the game with the loss on the line, but the bats came through in the late innings to save the day.
The bullpen also stepped up. Woo Kyu-min closed out the seventh inning with one hitless inning, followed by Lee Jae-ik and Kim Tae-hoon, who pitched ⅔ and ⅓ innings of scoreless relief, respectively. Closer Oh Seung-hwan gave up back-to-back singles to Kim Jae-hwan and Heo Kyung-min to put runners on second and third, but minimized the damage to earn his 16th save of the season. His final score was one run on two hits in one inning.
At the plate, Koo Ja-rook and Jose Pirela, the core of the team, led the offense with back-to-back 2-hit games, including a home run. Kim Dong-jin also went 2-for-4 with a home run and a run scored, while table-setters Kim Hyun-jun and Kim Sung-yoon did their part with a combined 먹튀검증 1-for-5. Ryu Ji-hyuk, who did not have a hit, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, putting a smile on his commander's face with a crucial stolen base and run in the top of the ninth.
"Won Tae-in fulfilled his role as a starter and was able to turn the tide of the game in the second half," said Samsung coach Park Jin-man after the game. "In the batting lineup, we had a frustrating flow in the first half of the game in terms of the opponent's starting lineup, but we were able to focus in the second half and win the game to end the losing streak," he said.
"Our center fielder, Pirela, has been hitting well, so I'm looking forward to his future," Park said. "Finally, I think Ryu Ji-hyuk's stolen base in the ninth inning decided the game. I would like to praise both his reading of the game and his boldness."
Samsung will try to win the series with David Buchanan starting on the 10th. However, it is unclear if the game will be played due to the impact of Typhoon No. 6, Kanun.