“Is everyone like that? I am also very desperate.”
Anyang KGC had only two steps left until an 81-70 come-from-behind victory and a combined championship in the 3rd game of the 2022-23 SKT Adot Professional Basketball Championship against Seoul SK held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium on the 29th.
Ace Byun Jun-hyung’s 2 points were sluggish, but KGC was reassured by Park Ji-hoon. In 22 minutes and 36 seconds, he recorded 12 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists, making a shortcut to victory.
In a phone interview with MK Sports, Park Ji-hoon said, “It didn’t work out well in the beginning. He (Omari) seems like he’s been like that since Spell Man. Still, after (Daryl) Monroe came in, he led the atmosphere well. I was really grateful that he did so well in the first half.” It feels good to win, and it’s even better because it’s a victory that everyone did well.”
Park Jihoon’s performance was amazing. In particular, at the end of the 4th quarter, when SK’s chase was unfolding, he succeeded in successive floaters against Kim Seon-hyeong and Heo Il-young, completely erasing the regret of losing to the shower floater in the first game.
Park Ji-hoon said, “It wasn’t revenge for the first match (laughs). I wanted to show that I could throw a floater too. (Kim) Seeing what Hyung-seon was doing, he thought he had to do it with confidence. That idea worked well,” he said. Were you winning again? It was better to be able to put it in such a situation,” he said.
As mentioned earlier, it was KGC whose production capacity fell due to Byun Jun-hyung’s sluggishness. At this time, Park Jihoon stepped in. It lightened Oh Se-geun’s shoulders by injecting energy into KGC, such as a three-point shot, a sharp breakthrough, and a bold rebound. On the bench, he showed off his ‘senpai beauty’, even giving advice to Byun Jun-hyung when he was shaken.
Park Ji-hoon said, “Because (Byun) is in the same position as Jun-hyung, he tries to talk a lot whenever he is in trouble.”
Park Ji-hoon’s professional career was actually full of tears. After being nominated by Busan kt (now Suwon kt) as the 6th overall pick in the 2016 KBL rookie draft, he headed to KGC in November 2018 in a 2-1 trade with Kim Yoon-tae and Han Hee-won. He even showed tears in the locker room after playing his last game at kt.
Park Ji-hoon, who led the team in the 2018-19 season with Byun Jun-hyung, later watched the team win the 2020-21 season ‘Perfect 10’ at the managing director, and in the 2021-22 season, when he returned with a campaign, he experienced his first championship match and led the runner-up. After losing in the 5th game of the championship match, he shed tears of regret when the championship was frustrated.
Park Ji-hoon said, “It’s an old story, but it was the first time I experienced a trade in a pro. He was very happy when he was at kt, and it was regrettable because he had memories, and his heart was empty. However, after he came to KGC, (Yang) Hee-jong hyung, (Oh) Se-geun hyung, and all the seniors really took care of me from the moment they came to the team. I could feel the tightness of our team,” he said. “Thanks to that, I was able to adapt quickly. Many of the players who were traded are still there. After returning from Sangmu, I am very happy and happy to be able to achieve many things with the players I have been with for a long time, from the championship match to EASL and the regular league 1st place. I feel that my heart is touched,” he explained.
He said, ㅋㅋㅋ벳“I want to win this championship match, as everyone does. very desperate This is your first chance to win. I want to help the team even if I play every minute and every second. Even if I don’t have to run, I want to help from the bench.”
There is another reason Park Ji-hoon must win this season. Maybe he’s the biggest reason. That’s because they’re getting married in May. He gets a lot of energy from the breakfast his wife makes every day. Park Ji-hoon said, “He is always a great help. He prepares breakfast every day, and he eats well and gains strength.”