It’s Korea at their best.
South Korea defeated Bahrain 88-73 in the quarterfinals of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at Jingang Gymnasium of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, on Tuesday. The team lifted their spirits after their last loss to Japan.
South Korea faced Japan’s second team in their last game and lost badly. The aftermath was devastating. Even with the win over Bahrain, they still had to face China less than 24 hours later, so stamina was key. Korean coach Choo Il-seung used his players evenly, and the players who were on the court did their job. As a result, Korea won the match and stayed healthy.
Yang Hong-seok was the main contributor to the victory. He warmed up in the first quarter, scoring inside and out. He also did his part in the long-range rebounding department. For his efforts, he finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, and three assists.
Ha Yun-ki and Kim Jong-kyu, who started in place of Ragan-ah, also provided solid defense. Ha finished with 16 points and two rebounds, while Kim Jong-kyu had 12 points and six rebounds.
South Korea didn’t take much of a lead in the first quarter. Yang Hong-seok scored from inside and out. Ha Yoon-ki scored in the paint. Lee Woo-seok added another basket and Korea led 24-14. However, the end of the quarter was disappointing. They couldn’t control their opponent’s offense under the basket and allowed them to catch up. They conceded back-to-back goals with four seconds left in the quarter to make it 24-20.
But in the second quarter, Korea came out strong. Starting with a basket from Ragan-ah, Yang Hong-seok scored back-to-back baskets, and the lead quickly grew. The score was 33-20. Once the game was in hand, Korea continued to push forward. Not only did they score under the basket, but they also scored from the outside by Jeon Sung-hyun. With 3:45 left in the quarter, Jeon’s three-pointer brought the score to 20 points.
Later in the second quarter, South Korea made a series of mistakes that allowed them to catch up. However, an offensive rebound led to a basket by Ragan-ah. In the final minutes of the quarter, Jeon Sung-hyun and Yang Hong-seok scored from the perimeter and South Korea went into halftime with a 55-36 lead.
South Korea pressured their opponents with strong defense in the third quarter, pressuring from high up and aggressively looking for steals, and it paid off. Korea only gave up nine points in the first seven minutes of the quarter. On offense, the players 토토사이트 scored evenly. Ha Yoon-ki and Kim Jong-kyu made their presence felt under the basket, while Lee Woo-seok and Yang Hong-seok scored inside and out. As a result, the gap widened.
Korea started the fourth quarter with a 75-51 lead. Lee Jung-hyun, Jeon Sung-hyun, and Moon Jung-hyun, who hadn’t played much, took the court. Every player on the court gave their all, and it was still a Korean atmosphere. The score remained the same, and Korea made the best of it.