Heo Dong-geun (175cm, G) performed beyond expectations and contributed to Hanyang University’s important victory.
Hanyang University defeated Myongji University 88-83 after an extended game on the 10th and recorded 5 wins and 4 losses, adding one important win to advance to the playoffs.
It was the second overtime game of the season. Perhaps the game was decided the moment it went into overtime because of the past overtime win rates of both teams.
Hanyang University has won 7 times out of 8 overtime matches. 87.5% win rate. On the other hand, Myongji University lost all five overtime matches. This win rate was reflected as it was.
Hanyang University also won an away game against Myongji University on November 10, 2010 after a 113-107 overtime match.
In the game that ended with Hanyang University’s dramatic victory, both teams were not at their best. Kim Seon-woo from Hanyang University and Park Ji-hwan from Myongji University missed out.
Hanyang University coach Jeong Jae-hoon prepared for the game that day and said, “Kim Seon-woo will be absent due to surgery on his little toe. Jo Min-geun and Heo Dong-geun have to fill the void left by Sunwoo.”
Instead of Kim Seon-woo, the player who would receive more opportunities was Jo Min-geun.
However, on this day, it was Heo Dong-geun who contributed to the victory by standing on the court for a longer period of time and coordinating the team.
Heo Dong-geun played 25 minutes that day, recording 6 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. He failed to make three-point shots, which is Kim Seon-woo’s strong point, but, like Kim Seon-woo, he recorded two good defenses. Good defense, which is usually given when an attacker fouls, Kim Seon-woo was메이저사이트 recording an average of 1.3 per game.
Despite his small stature, Heo Dong-geun did not fall behind in defense and often created good scoring opportunities for his teammates. When needed, he also scored.
Shin Ji-won scored the goal by extension, but it was possible because Heo Dong-geun boldly broke through. Even in his freshman year, it can be seen that he even has the guts to do so.
During winter training last winter in Haenam, Jeollanam-do, he mentioned Lee Jin-seong a lot when asked what freshmen he expected from Hanyang University students. However, Kim Seon-woo said, “I am looking forward to Dong-geun because I was beaten by Heo Dong-geun in my 3rd year of high school. He is very good at defense, and he is good at talking, so it is comfortable to play together.”
Heo Dong-geun, whom Kim Seon-woo pointed out, filled the void left by Kim Seon-woo.
Coach Jeong Jae-hoon said, “Heo Dong-geun played basketball since he was young, and he had many good motives, such as being selected for the national team at Yongsan High School, so his role was only defense and he couldn’t show much of his skills. He has guts and knows how to play basketball and defense well. He is short in height, and he has Seon-woo, who is in the same position, so he couldn’t give him a chance. Still, he kept practicing his guard. He put in a lot of effort,” he said. “In the match against Myongji University, I put it in expecting that he would follow me like a tenacious defender, but he gave me a lead in other external offensive parts and let the game go. He praised Heo Dong-geun, saying, “I think he should give him more and more time to play.”
He continued, “I don’t want anything more because I’m in the first year. With the same mindset as now, I hope you believe in your seniors and do it with confidence. Just do it like Myongji University and Gyeonggi. If you want more, it’s greed.”
If Heo Dong-geun plays like a match against Myongji University, Hanyang University will be able to minimize Kim Seon-woo’s gap.