It was a performance that made up for the recent sluggishness. Lee Jung-hyeon (24, 187cm) contributed to the new victory of Goyang Carrot by steadily accumulating points.
Lee Jung-hyun started in the 메이저놀이터 2022-2023 SKT Adot Pro Basketball regular league away game against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis held at Ulsan Dongchun Gymnasium on the 4th, and played an active part with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Carrot added a winning shot by Didric Lawson (30 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots) to win 84-82, continuing his 5-game winning streak against Hyundai Mobis.
Lee Jung-hyun was the only one of both teams to play full-time. Even though he committed three errors, he steadily piled up points in and out of the inner perimeter. Lee Jung-hyun boldly succeeded in a mid-range shot in a fast-breaking situation, while Jeon Seong-hyun took the lead in Carrot’s pursuit by scoring two 3-pointers in the second quarter when he was silent.
After the game, Lee Jung-hyun said, “It was a really tough game. It was a hard win, but I want to tell everyone that they worked hard. He is especially grateful to Lawson for putting in the winning shot.”
Lee Jung-hyun, who is in his second year of debut, has been harshly trained by coach Kim Seung-gi since the offseason. In his debut season, coach Kim Seung-gi showed his fixer temperament and publicly revealed his expectations for Lee Jung-hyun several times. Director Kim Seung-gi said, “Compared to (Byeon) Jun-hyung, his growth is slower than expected. He’s definitely going to be a better player though.”
Recently, I’ve been going through growing pains. Lee Jung-hyun scored only 6.5 points even though he played an average of 34 minutes and 31 seconds in six games after the All-Star break and before the match against Hyundai Mobis. His double-digit score was the only one against Suwon KT (11 points) on the 27th of last month.
Lee Jung-hyun said, “It is the first time to play a season with the coach and to take on the role of No. 1. As a result, he showed a lot of lacking parts and had great ups and downs. Of course, it will get better with time, but I want to grow faster and settle in No. 1. I am trying to bump into and fight more.”
Lee Jung-hyun continued, “Recently, there have been a lot of bad appearances, so my confidence has dropped. He was hiding because he had no confidence in both offense and defense. However, as our team is strong against Hyundai Mobis, we tried to cut off the hard part ourselves. I think I will be able to show a better image in the future, taking today’s game as an opportunity.”