Korean men’s basketball was completely defeated by the host country, China, at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, earning no medals for the first time in 17 years.
Korea, led by coach Chu Il-seung, was defeated by a score of 70-84, 14 points, in the men’s basketball quarterfinals against the host country, China, held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China on the 3rd at 1:00 PM (Korean time).
As a result, Korea returned empty-handed for the first time in 17 years since the 2006 Doha Games (5th place). 안전놀이터
They were relegated to the ranking match for 5th to 8th places.
He won a silver medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Games, a gold medal at the 2014 Incheon Games, and a bronze medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games.
Additionally, this is the second time since the 1954 Manila Games that the team has failed to advance to the semifinals while participating in the basketball event, following the Doha Games.
The ‘Hangzhou disaster’ followed the ‘Doha disaster’.
Coach Chu said at the official press conference, “First of all, I am sorry for not achieving my goal (gold medal).
Personally, I think it is a humiliating competition. Still, the players are working hard and the competition is not over yet, so I will do my best until the end.” .
He continued, “I am very sorry to the fans who supported and loved basketball.
What I have to do now is to reap the rewards of repaying them.”
Regarding the game on this day, he said, “I think we were a little behind in terms of height and everything else.
Due to the game schedule, the players were a little tight. After the first quarter, their stamina dropped and the initiative was handed over to China.”
Korea played against Bahrain in the deciding game to advance to the quarterfinals the day before and faced China 14 hours later.
This is because they lost to Japan, who played as the second runner-up, in the final match of the group stage and failed to advance directly to the quarterfinals.
Regarding China, he said, “In many ways, China had good reasons to beat us. I think the opponent played well.”
Korea failed to exert all its strength in offense and defense.
In attack, they struggled under China’s fast and strong pressure.
The painful part is that Moon Seong-gon (KT) and Song Kyo-chang (Sangmu), who were pieces of the forward basketball that Coach Chu enjoyed, fell out of the sport due to injuries.
Even so, the performance shown that day was disastrous.
Regarding the composition of players that selected a large number of guards, he explained, “It is true that we had difficulty forming players as tall wingmen were injured during the preparation process,” and “there were limitations.
That is why we selected a lot of guard resources.” did.