‘Korean player awakening’ Samsung beats KOGAS to end 8-game losing streak… KOGAS loses 10th in a row

November 24, 2023 | by

Korean players woke up.

Seoul Samsung defeated Daegu KOGAS 84-63 in the regular season of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association on Wednesday at Jamsil Indoor Stadium. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak. They remained in ninth place with a 3-10 record. Two games behind eighth-place Busan KCC (3-6).

The offense started with domestic ball handlers Lee Jung-hyun (189 cm, G) and Kim Si-rae (178 cm, G), which had a positive effect on other domestic players. Korean players showed strength across the board. This allowed Kofi Coburn (210 cm, C) to attack in a comfortable environment. This led to a convincing win for Samsung.

1Q: Seoul Samsung 25-17 Daegu KOGAS : Domestic Players

[Samsung vs. KOGAS: Domestic Players, 1Q Key Stats Comparison].

  • Scoring : 16-15
  • Scorers: 5-3 (including Asia)
  • Assists : 6-2
  • All in favor of Samsung

Samsung head coach Eun Hee-seok said before the game, “It’s important for Coburn to play well, but we need our domestic players to be active. That’s the first thing. The liveliness of the domestic players should create derivative options, and Coburn should utilize them well,” he said, emphasizing the importance of ‘domestic players’.
It’s true that foreign players can make a difference. But there is only one foreign player on the court. The four domestic players, including the Asian quartet, must create the framework of the game. Samsung coach Eun Hee-seok pointed that out.
He started with his main ball handlers, Lee Jung-hyun and Kim Si-rae, who were aggressive. Instead of relying on Coburn, they looked to their own offense before passing to Coburn in the lane. They had a symbiotic relationship with Coburn.
The same was true for the swingmen and big men, including Choi Seung-wook (193 cm, F) and Lee Won-seok (206 cm, C). He didn’t look for someone. They looked for their own offensive opportunities first, and that disrupted the entire KOGAS defense. With the stronger ‘domestic’ players, Samsung ended the first quarter with a sizable lead.

2Q : Seoul Samsung 46-21 Daegu KOGAS : Overwhelmed!

[Samsung vs. KOGAS, 2Q highlights].

  • Score: 21-4
  • 2-pointers made : 10-2
  • Two-point field goal percentage : 66.7%-about 12
  • Rebounds : 18(offense 5)-11(offense 5)
  • Assists : 7-0
  • Points scored on fast breaks: 4-0
  • All times by Samsung

Samsung had lost eight straight games before meeting Korea Gas Corporation. They are alone in 9th place with 2 wins and 10 losses. On the other hand, KOGAS had lost nine straight games before meeting Samsung. They were in last place with 1 win and 11 losses. Both Samsung and KOGAS had to sacrifice each other. The sacrifice was to end the losing streak.
As such, the matchup between the two teams was going to be intense. For this reason, both teams’ managers were highly motivated before the game. Although their methods of preparation were different, their desire to win was strong.
However, the matchup between Samsung and KOGAS was anything but intense. Especially in the second quarter. Samsung dominated. The Koreans’ offensive energy level and offensive focus were different. With the advantage in both factors, Samsung went into halftime with a comfortable lead. But they couldn’t let their guard down. There were still 20 minutes left in the game.

3Q: Seoul Samsung 66-46 Daegu KOGAS: Going for it

[Samsung and KOGAS compare scores for the first 3 minutes and 35 seconds of the third quarter].

  • Score: 10-0
  • 2-pointers made: 5-0
  • 2-point shooting success rate : Approx. 71%-0% (Number of attempts : 2)
  • All in favor of Samsung

With the momentum on their side, Samsung didn’t let up. They were more focused. They knew that if they fell behind early in the third quarter, they could lose the game.
The key options were Lee Jung-hyun and Coburn. To be more precise, Lee’s entry pass and Coburn’s finish. The combination of Lee’s exquisite passes and Coburn’s focus helped Samsung jump out to a 56-21 lead just 3 minutes and 35 seconds into the third quarter.
Samsung was hitting their stride. Why the future looked bright for Samsung and KOGAS, even though there was quite a bit of time left. The same could be said for the Samsung bench and the KOGAS bench. Both benches realized the game was over and gave their backups plenty of opportunities.

4Q : Seoul Samsung 84-63 Daegu KOGAS : Game 8, Game 9

[Samsung’s best-of-eight series].

  1. 2023.11.02. vs Anyang Jung Kwanjang (Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium) : 74-96 (L)
  2. 2023.11.04. vs Suwon KT (Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium) : 87-90 (L)
  3. 2023.11.07. vs Wonju DB (Wonju General Gymnasium) : 58-94 (L)
  4. 2023.11.09. vs Ulsan Hyundai Mobis (Ulsan Dongcheon Gymnasium) : 69-77 (L)
  5. 2023.11.11. vs Seoul SK (Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium) : 80-82 (L)
  6. 2023.11.14. vs Anyang Jung Kwan-Jang (Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium) : 63-81 (L)
  7. 2023.11.18. vs Wonju DB (Wonju Gymnasium) : 73-102 (L)
  8. 2023.11.20. vs Seoul SK (Jamsil Student Gymnasium) : 75-82 (L)
  9. 2023.11.23. vs Daegu Korea Gas Corporation (Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium) : 84-63 (W)
  • Ended 8-game losing streak
  • Ended 4-game home losing streak

The gap between Samsung and KOGAS has shrunk dramatically. Not a good sign for Samsung. Why Samsung head coach Eun Hee-seok’s face was not happy, even though the team finished the third quarter with a 20-point lead.
Even with their best players back on the court – Kim Si-rae, Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Won-seok (206 cm, C), and Coburn – Samsung couldn’t get their dizzying flow going. Trailing 66-50 just 2 minutes and 19 seconds into the fourth quarter, Samsung head coach Eun Hee-seok called his second timeout of the half.
Samsung was far from organized. They were more shaky against KOGAS’s zone press and zone defense. They were down 66-58. But Lee Jung-hyun broke the KOGAS defense. And Ishmael Lane (202 cm, F) drove the wedge with an under-the-basket score. Thanks to this, Samsung got their third win in nine tries.



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