The comeback was spectacular, but it couldn’t prevent the defeat’ KCC Choi Jun-yong’s 22 points
Choi Jun-yong recorded 22 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in 22 minutes and 52 seconds.
This summer, there was one transfer as surprising 와이즈토토 as the free agent transfer of Oh Se-geun (SK). Choi Jun-yong, a former MVP (2021-2022 season) who had always played only for Seoul SK, transferred to Busan KCC. Choi Jun-yong signed a 5-year contract with a compensation of 600 million won (annual salary of 420 million won, incentive of 180 million won).
Choi Jun-yong’s power has been outstanding since the cup competition held in early October. Choi Jun-yong scored 26 points and 10 rebounds in his KCC debut against Anyang Jeonggwanjang. He left the court in the final against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis due to pain in his adductor muscle, but returned and contributed to the victory by scoring 11 points and 4 rebounds. However, an adductor injury hindered Choi Jun-yong and KCC ahead of the season opening. Choi Jun-yong received the diagnosis for 4 weeks and focused on rehabilitation.
Choi Jun-yong returned in the match against Sono held at Sono Arena in Goyang on the 12th. He came out on the court two hours before the game started and warmed up. Coach Jeon Chang-jin announced that he will play, although it will not be for a long time.
Choi Jun-yong stepped onto the court at the start of the second quarter with the team trailing 19-25. He received a free throw foul from defending Ahn Jeong-wook and succeeded in two balls, and showed off his ability as usual by hitting a 3-pointer from around 45 degrees to the left. There was a scene where he missed both free throws, but he also completed an and-one play under the goal by pushing Choi Hyun-min, who was defending, with his height and strength. He also contributed to the defense with steals and blocked shots. Thanks to Choi Jun-yong’s performance, KCC tied the score (48-48).
Even in the fourth quarter, when the team fell behind again, Choi Jun-yong’s performance continued. He scored 10 points, including free throws, dunks, and mid-range shots, to chase Sono by 75-79. However, KCC completely failed to block 3-point shots, which is Sono’s strength. Due to a lack of organized movement, the switch defense was not implemented properly, and as a result, the team lost with a total of 19 3-point shots.