Lee Jung-hyun (24,187cm) responded to Jeon Seong-hyun’s question with explosive performance.
Lee Jung-hyun scored 32 points and 5 steals in the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Pro Basketball semifinal playoff second leg against Anyang KGC held at Anyang Gymnasium on the 15th, leading Goyang Carrot to a complete victory of 89-75.
Lee Jung-hyun said, “I was not in a good mood because I lost by a wide margin due to poor performance in the first game. He suffered a neck injury early in the first quarter that left him in pain all the way to his fingers. Maybe the coach felt this too, so he didn’t let me play. During the next game, he asked to bump into him and took it off, which seems to have helped a lot in winning that day. He said that he had a lot of physical burden while playing until the 5th game, but he recovered his performance while taking a break, and it seems to have been the driving force behind his victory.”
Lee Jung-hyun dominated the game that day with 32 points and 5 steals. The 5 steals is the most steals Lee recorded in the playoffs. It was Lee Jung-hyun who took to the game with fighting spirit and was eager to win.
“I think I have changed a lot myself. I don’t know why it changed. While playing that day, I remembered the time when I was defeated by KGC by 20 points at Anyang Gymnasium during the regular season. Today (15th), in order not to do that, I thought I would lead the attack slowly. He said, “I think he has grown a little as a guard because he turned out the way he thought.”
Lee Jung-hyun is showing his growth as he repeatedly plays in the playoffs. In the head-to-head match against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis, he led the team to victory by saving a perfect mismatch against opponent Gage Prim, and led the attack against KGC by giving his teammates opportunities. He plays well against opponents and helps his team win.
Lee Jung-hyun said, “It seems to be the difference between Hyundai Mobis and KGC team defense. For Hyundai Mobis, I mainly played one-on-one matches against the screener big man. However, even if KGC breaks through the matchup opponent, help comes in from all sides. So, I pretended to break through, then tried a mid-range shot, or thought that I should give my teammates an outside chance,” he explained. 메이저놀이터
On this day, it was Lee Jung-hyun who showed a better performance than Byun Jun-hyung. Lee Jung-hyun said, “I only thought about winning the game. The first game was such a complete loss that it felt like the game was over as soon as it started. The director and (former) Seong-hyeon and his older brother stimulated me a lot,” he said.
Then, “Sunghyun hyung joked with me, ‘Today (the 15th), (Byun) Junhyung will win, and when the hell will he win’. So I replied that if I couldn’t concentrate, I would hit the back of the head (laughs). I’m not a rival because I’m still lacking a lot, but I tried to win,” he said, revealing his satisfaction.
Lee Jung-hyun turned the atmosphere around by sweeping 17 points and 3 steals in the third quarter alone. In particular, when he took a 13-point lead (70-57) by making a 3-point shot with 1 minute and 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter, he raised his arms and evoked cheers from away fans. Even after that, he led the atmosphere by inducing responses several times.
Lee Jung-hyun said, “It was a gesture that came naturally because I felt that more fans were cheering for me than in the first game. And I think that energy was transmitted to all players through my ceremony.”