’14 points including two threes’ SK’s Kim Sun-hyung, “It’s better to lose the first round”

Seoul SK defeated Ulsan Hyundai Mobis 78-75 on Sunday in the second round of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball League at Dongcheon Gymnasium in Ulsan, South Korea. The victory avenged a loss in the first round.

Kim finished with 14 points (including two three-pointers), four rebounds, and four assists in 25:50 of action. After the game, Kim Sun-hyung said, “We lost in the first round, so it feels good to get the win. Above all, I feel like I’m playing better since the last game against Anyang Jeonggwanjang, so it’s much better,” he said after the victory.

While Kim Sun-hyung had a strong performance, Ahn Young-joon also contributed to the team’s victory with 14 points. “It’s definitely good. I’ve been waiting for it. With Young-joon, the coach can use different tactics. Above all, (Ahn) has a lot more space (than before he joined the military), so I think his passing timing is better,” he said, welcoming Ahn’s return.

Meanwhile, SK is participating in the East Asian Super League (EASL). As such, they have a very busy schedule ahead. This will put a lot of pressure on the players. “The coach is very good at distributing playing time, so I think I just need to play hard whenever I can,” Kim said. It was an answer that came from a place of trust in head coach Jeon Hee-chul.

The combination of Kim Sun-hyung and Oh Se-geun drew a lot of attention before the season started. However, since the start of the season, Oh hasn’t been playing well. Kim Sun-hyung said, “The basketball he played in Anyang has been ingrained in his body. Even if he has a good BQ, he needs time to integrate into the team. I think it’s a process of trial and error right now, and the coach and players are all helping me, so I think I’ll be fine as time goes on.”

Currently, the top three teams in professional basketball are Wonju DB, Changwon LG, and Suwon KT. We asked Kim about their chances of catching the top three teams. “First of all, DB beat us once, and we also started badly last season, but then we got better and better. We have a lot to improve on this season. If we can improve the details a little more, we will play more interesting games in the future. We will give the fans what they want, which is an entertaining game,” he concluded.

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