Yang Hong-seok averages just ‘5.3 points’ in 3 PO games, LG’s woes hidden in victory over Korea

KBL 4강 PO 게임 리포트] PO 3경기 평균 '5.3점' 그친 양홍석, LG 승리 속에 숨은 고민거리

LG’s victory over Suwon KT was marred by the absence of Yang Hong-seok (195 cm, F).

Changwon LG defeated Suwon KT 76-73 on Tuesday at KT Sonic Boom Arena in Suwon, South Korea, in Game 3 of the quarterfinals of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association (KBA) best-of-five playoffs.

With the win, LG improved to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series and is just one win away from advancing to its first championship game in 10 years.

The game was a back-and-forth affair from the first quarter onward, with LG keeping pace with KT. KT cut the deficit to 64-56 early in the fourth quarter with baskets from Sung-woo Jung and Michael Eric, but LG got scoring support from Asem Marei (202m, C) and Yoo Yoo-sang (188cm, G) from inside and outside to tie the game at 73-73, and a three-point buzzer-beater from Yoon Won-sang (180cm, G) just before the end of the game gave them a thrilling victory.

Despite the victory, LG’s forward core, Yang Hong-seok, was the star of the show in this game.

He had seven points and four rebounds in Games 1 and 2, respectively, and four points and 11 rebounds in Game 3. Along with Jung Hee-jae (195 cm, F) and Justin Gutang (188 cm, F), he was expected to spearhead LG’s offense in the three and four spots. However, Yang Hong-seok’s offensive production dropped off a bit in the second half of the regular season.

In this game, Yang did not have many shooting opportunities other than a fast break layup at the 3:39 mark of the first quarter. Yang also picked up three fouls in the first quarter alone, as he fouled Ha Yoon-ki (203 cm C) and Paris Bass (200 cm F) while defending them and committed an offensive foul on Jung Sung-woo (178 cm G).

Yang Hong-seok was forced to spend the second quarter on the bench with three fouls. He returned to the court in place of Jung Hee-jae midway through the third quarter with the score 45-43. However, he only attempted one three-pointer due to his time on the bench.

However, Yang hit a three-pointer at 53-60 in the fourth quarter to give the team a foothold in the game and helped make it a one-possession game when he 메이저사이트 assisted Marei’s dunk with a drive-in pass at the 3:16 mark of the fourth quarter.

Yang finished with five points, two rebounds and two assists in 21:46 of action. He has scored in single digits in three straight playoff games and is averaging 5.3 points in those three games. This is a bit of a disappointment considering he averaged 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in the regular season.

For Yang, the playoffs are his first spring basketball game since joining LG and his first before joining the commercial sector, and the series has attracted a lot of attention because he is playing against his hometown team KT and is facing off against his teammate Moon Sung-gon (193 cm, F). All of these different stories and the pressure of the playoffs seemed to weigh on Yang Hong-seok.

It will be interesting to see if he can wake up in Game 4 and lead his team to the championship game.

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