The commanders of Shinhan Bank and Woori Bank expressed their determination ahead of an important match.
Shinhan Bank in Incheon and Woori Bank in Asan will meet in the second round of the Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 women’s professional basketball playoff held at Incheon Dowon Gymnasium on the 13th.
Shinhan Bank failed to catch Kim Dan-bi (180cm, F) this off-season. Sonia Kim (178cm, F) was brought in as a reward player, and Kim Jin-young (177cm, F) and Guseul (180cm, F) were recruited. Nevertheless, the evaluation of Shinhan Bank was not high.
However, Shinhan Bank created a ‘storm’ again this time in the regular season. From the beginning of the season, the mid-table battle continued. Then, in the 5th round, I recorded 4 consecutive wins and went up to 2nd place. Unfortunately, at the end of the season, they could not continue their upward trend and finished the season in 4th place.
And in the first game of the last playoffs, we were blocked by Woori Bank’s defense and lost the game. In particular, it was regrettable that ace Sonia Kim only scored 8 points and Jinyoung Kim only scored 9 points.
Gunadan Shinhan Bank coach, whom we met before the game, said, “We brought a few modifications so that we can play our basketball. It’s home, so the shooting probability is also worth looking forward to. I think we can play a better game if we play our basketball,” he started the interview.
Continued “Our team has a difficult part if (Kim) Sonia can’t solve it. So, I prepared for other players to attack while touching the ball. Other than (Kim) Jinyoung and Sonia, other players should do more. When there is room for the other players, there is more space for Sonia. The preparation was like that. But I don’t know how. (Laughter) I hope the players can judge well.”
If they lose this game, Shinhan Bank’s season will be over. That is why coach Koo said, “(Han) Chae-jin is considering retiring at the end of this season. Today may be the last game. There, today is your birthday. I told the players in advance to run with one heart and one mind. You shouldn’t cry the day before the playoffs. (Laughs) So I talked about it before. I don’t know what the finish will be, but I hope I can play a good game today.”
On the other hand, Woori Bank made a strong decision to recruit Kim Dan-bi this off-season. And in the regular season, it was successful. Woori Bank, which Kim Dan-bi joined, showed an overwhelming appearance in air defense. As a result, they won the regular season with a record of 25 wins and 5 losses.
Afterwards, Woori Bank played the first game of the playoffs against Shinhan Bank on the 11th. With a strong defense, he succeeded in controlling the opponent’s ace and won the match. If you win the match today, you can advance to the championship match.
That is why Woori Bank coach Seong-Woo Lee said, “The opponent is a team that is very good at home, so that is a burden. From our point of view, we have to finish today so that we can prepare for the opponent or rest. Every team will try to finish under these circumstances. I am thinking of doing my best to win.” 안전놀이터
And coach Wi said, “The opponent has energy in the first half. I think the point is to respond well to that. It becomes a tough game when the opponent hits in the first quarter. I think the point is not to give that part,” he said, emphasizing the atmosphere at the beginning of the game.
“It is a team with so much potential. If you’re not careful, you can’t handle it as the score explodes. I came out to the game while valuing that part.”
Danbi Kim dominated the game with 23 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocked shots in the last game. Kim Jong-un (178cm, F) also scored 13 points. In response, coach Wi said, “I think the role of veterans is important in a big fight. I can’t ignore my sister’s experience. Not only Kim Dan-bi, but (Kim) Jeong-eun and (Park) Hye-jin all make sure.”