This is the last game before the All-Star break. Anyang KGC (21-9, .700 win rate), the only one in the league with a win rate of over 60%, is aiming for a more solid solo system, while Ulsan Hyundai Mobis is chasing for second place.
Ulsan Hyundai Mobis (17 wins, 13 losses, 3rd place) vs Anyang KGC (21 wins, 9 losses, 1st place)
January 11th (Wednesday) 7pm, Ulsan Dongchun Gymnasium SPOTV / SPOTV ON
-Abando, Hyundai Mobis match Will I make up for the slump?
-Avarientos out of the ups and downs in the 3rd round
-KGC wins only when Spellman throws 2 more shots?
The Philippine Asian Quarter is the
biggest topic of the 2022-2023 SKT A.Dot Professional Basketball regular league. Players with outstanding personal skills and passing ability appeared, and as the original purpose, they raised awareness among domestic players and took their place as a new highlight of the league.
Excluding players who have not debuted yet, the players who are receiving the most attention are Ronjay Avarientos (Hyundai Mobis), Ethan Albano (DB), and Lens Abando (KGC). Among them, Avarientos and Abando will face off in the last game before the All-Star break.
In the first confrontation, KGC laughed. As his debut was delayed due to minor injuries, the only time Abando played against Hyundai Mobis in Ulsan was on the 31st of last month. Abando, who started, only scored 4 points, but KGC had Omari Spellman (16 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocked shots) and Moon Seong-gon (15 points, 3 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, 2 assists) double-double side by side, leading to 77-68. won
Abando couldn’t get out of the slump even after that, but rebounded by scoring 15 points against Seoul SK on the 8th. Of course, it should be taken into account that Abando was strong against SK. Abando was particularly strong against SK, recording a career high of 30 points against SK on the 18th of last month. He averaged 22 points and 3.3 3-pointers in three games. He has to prove that it was not a temporary performance against Hyundai Mobis.
Avarientos also had quiet firepower in the KGC match. He averaged only 9 points in 3 games, which is the second lowest among all 9 teams after the Seoul Samsung game (4.5 points in 2 games). The field goal rate (35.5%) was also lower than the season record (39.7%). Both Abando and Avarientos are seeking revenge against a team that struggled. Avarientos overcame the ups and downs in the 3rd round and completed the warm-up by recording an average of 15 points and 3.7 3-pointers in 3 games in the 4th round.
It is of interest whether Omari Spellman’s performance will continue. Spellman, who suffered from poor physical condition at the end of the third round, averaged 25.5 points, 4 3-pointers, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1 steal, recording 20 points and over 50% field goal rate in the last two games.
As coach Kim Sang-sik said, “I hope the ratio of 2-point and 3-point shots will be half,” there are more situations where players try to face up. Spellman made 11.5 2-pointers and 9.5 3-pointers in the two games. Looking at KGC’s win and loss records, Spellman’s shooting percentage is even more remarkable. Spellman threw 8.6 2-pointers and 7.7 3-pointers in 21 games KGC won. In the 9 games KGC lost, he attempted 7.9 2-point shots and 8.6 3-point shots. Can Spellman show a harmonious attack route against Hyundai Mobis, where Gage Prim is holding out?