Heo Il-young played an active role as a hidden contributor to SK’s victory.
The Seoul SK Knights won 66-60 in the 5th game of the championship match against the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation held at the Jamsil Student Gymnasium on the 3rd.
The winner of the fierce seesaw game was SK. SK overcame KGC’s relentless pursuit in the 5th game and won the victory. Heo Il-young (10 points, 8 rebounds), who played as a starter, also contributed to the team’s victory by playing a licorice-like role.
Heo Il-young said, “I thought today was the most important game in the series. I played well in the first half, then played a seesaw game in the second half.
A physical game where the players fight a lot. In a physically demanding situation, Heo Il-young did not shoot as smoothly as usual, but contributed to the team by actively participating in rebounding. He grabbed 8 rebounds, including 3 offensive rebounds, and in the 3rd quarter, he made an important 3-point shot in the team’s crisis.
Heo Il-young said, “I thought it was a tough physical battle anyway. In the meantime, my defense didn’t help well, so there weren’t any chances, but today there were a lot of them, but it was definitely difficult, so I was a little shaken. If it doesn’t go in, doesn’t it mean that we won’t play basketball? We thought it was difficult for each other, so we kept going in and grabbing a lot of rebounds, so we were able to contribute to the team’s victory.”
He continued, “The idea is to throw with confidence whenever a chance arises. If I don’t throw it, there’s no reason for me to be on the team, is there?”
KGC Abando’s incredible jumping power has been catching fans’ eyes all season long. Heo Il-young, who has a lot of bones in the league, also expressed surprise, saying that it was the first time he had seen Abando’s elasticity.
Heo Il-young said, “I didn’t seeㅋㅋㅋ벳 Abando when I grabbed the rebound and climbed the footbag. “He was amazed.
The highlight of the game was Oh Jae-hyun’s 3-point shot in the 4th quarter. Oh Jae-hyun, who had a lot of troubles due to shooting difficulties, showed tears in an interview with a broadcaster after the game.
Heo Il-young said, “(Oh) Jae-hyeon always asks me a lot. Shooting is mental. Regardless of whether you go in or not, I told you to think simply. If you don’t go in, the coach will take care of it. He told me to throw with confidence rather than go inside. He said it was okay because if he failed, he could go into the rebound fight.”
Heo Il-young has experienced a lot of SK-specific drop zone defense since Orion. How does he feel about standing in the drop zone himself?
Heo Il-young said, “When I was at Orion, I was always in a position to break, and in fact I knew how to deal with it. To be honest, I was grateful for the drop zone because I was a shooter. I was more grateful for the drop zone than man-to-man because I knew where the chances were. I was too shaken when I started, so I’m not good at defense, but I tried to work harder.
Finally, Heo Il-yeol said, “I’m all here, but there’s nothing more to squeeze. I think it’s a physical match, and it’s an away game, but I think I’ll go one step further. The enthusiasm of Anyang fans is great, but I’ll make sure to win the away game.” .