Yonsei turned things around with a blowout win over Kyung Hee University.
Yonsei won 75-59 against Kyung Hee University in the 2023 KUSF University Basketball U-League at Sunseung Hall on Kyung Hee University’s international campus on the 29th.
Lee Kyu-tae (19 points, 8 rebounds) and Kang Ji-hoon (7 points, 16 rebounds) led the way with solid performances under the basket in the absence of Yoo Yoo-sang. Lee Min-seo (14 points, five rebounds, eight assists) and An Sung-woo (14 points, four rebounds) also contributed their fair share.
Kyung Hee University, on the other hand, was led by Ahn Se-joon (19 points, 7 rebounds) and Kim Seo-won (10 points, 8 assists).안전놀이터
The first quarter was a tightly contested affair. Yonsei filled the void left by Kim Bo-bae’s injury perfectly with Kang Ji-hoon. In the first quarter alone, Kang scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds. He grabbed four offensive rebounds to set the tone. Yonsei ended the first quarter with a two-point lead (16-18).
KU came out firing in the second quarter. They started the second quarter with a strong frontline defence. They pressed hard before their opponent even stepped onto the court. Yonsei forced eight turnovers in the second quarter alone, which led to points. This was a moment when Yoon’s mercenary tactics shone through, as he dropped Kang Ji-hoon, who played well in the first quarter, in favour of Hong Sang-min for the pressure defence. Yonsei ended the half with a seven-point lead (40-33), led by Lee Min-seo (eight points and three assists) and Kim Dowan (six points).
Yonsei, who had been playing well, started to falter in the third quarter. Lee Min-seo, who handled the ball handling throughout the first half, seemed to struggle. After committing zero turnovers in the first half, Lee faltered in the third quarter, committing three turnovers in the third quarter alone. Eventually, Kyung Hee University was able to catch up, and Yonsei entered the final quarter with a five-point deficit (46-51).
Yonsei grew stronger in the crunch. At the start of the fourth quarter, Ahn Sung-woo showed off his hot fingertips and made two three-pointers. Kang Ji-hoon followed up with a dunk for a 13-3 run over the next five minutes. Kyung Hee University tried to stem the tide by calling timeout, but it was not enough. Yonsei, who played a steady game from then on, closed out the game and secured the victory.