Sono guard Lee Jung-hyun (24, 1m87cm tall) once again dominated the court, wiping off concerns over his injury. Sono, who is encouraged by Lee’s return, is looking to counterattack in the second half of the year.
Lee Jung-hyun was selected by Goyang Orion (currently Goyang Sono) as the third overall pick in the KBL rookie draft in 2021, and he has been active in the playoffs (PO) following his appearance in all regular league games since his first year of joining the team. In particular, he also led Sono’s “impressive basketball,” which was considered inferior in the regular league with an average of 15 points and 20.1 points in the PO last season.
In his third year in the professional league, Lee displayed even more robust performance, scoring 20.8 points on average and 6.2 assists (ranked first in Korean players). What prevented Lee from doing so was his injury. He suffered ligament damage in his right shoulder while competing with an opponent in early December. It was the first time that Lee, in his third year, had a long-term injury. This is why there have been concerns over his performance since his return.
Lee Jung-hyun, who took a break for more than three weeks, started the game by returning to the game against SK in Seoul on the 5th. In the first two games after his return, he showed difficulty in finding a sense of shooting, but it was different after the All-Star break. In the home game against Anyang Jeonggwanjang at Sono Arena in Goyang on the 17th, Lee Jung-hyun scored 32 points and 12 assists, including seven three-point shots, to lead the 93-86 victory. In particular, he helped Chinanu Onuaku score in the fourth quarter, which was the match point, and hit a three-point shot that ran by five points with 26 seconds left, making a wedge.
Lee Jung-hyun’s 32 points were the second highest number of goals scored in a single game in this season. The 12 assists was a career-high tie record. It was a performance that completely eliminated concerns over injury. With the victory, Sono changed his ranking from Chung to seventh.
“I wanted to break my team’s two-game losing streak. I focused more because it was an important road ahead of the race,” Lee said in an interview with a television network after the game. “More than anything, I’m glad that it was my first win at home since I returned early this year.” When asked about checking the opponent’s concentration on him, he said, “I’m adapting because I’m always under pressure. I’m trying to play well without worrying about it.” 월카지노주소
Lee Jung-hyun’s perfect return is nothing but a matter for Sono. He is still taping, but he reportedly has no pain at all. “I focused on taking rest as it was a shoulder injury. Fortunately, the player himself is said to have no pain at all. Taping is a precautionary measure,” a team source said.
Sono is aiming for a rebound in the second half of the year with Lee Jung-hyun at the forefront. It is uncertain when Sono’s main gun, Jeon Sung-hyun, will return due to a back injury, but guard Han Ho-bin, who had been sidelined due to a calf muscle injury, will take part in the training and look forward to his return. Then, Park Jong-ha and Kim Min-wook are filling in the gaps of injured players by increasing their playing time. The gap between the spring basketball team and sixth-ranked Ulsan Hyundai Mobis is 3.5 games. Sono is expecting a spring feast for the fourth consecutive year.