Shin Seung-min, the driving force behind the KOGAS chase, played through a busted lip

Shin Seung-min (195 cm, F) showed off his injury fighting spirit.

Daegu KOGAS lost 79-94 to Wonju DB in the regular season of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball League at Daegu Indoor Gymnasium on March 3. Two-game home winning streak snapped. It was the second two-game losing streak of the season. Season record is 1-4.

KOG’s key big man is Lee Dae-heon (196 cm, F). Lee averaged 30.7 minutes in the opening four games. It’s early in the season, but it’s the first time in his career that he’s averaged more than 30 minutes. His rebounding average (7.0 per game) and assist average (3.0 per game) are both career highs.

However, acting KOGAS head coach Kang Hyuk said before the game, “(Lee) Dae-heon is out. He has a headache and body aches. I’m going to play, but I didn’t think it was possible (to play Lee).” He announced Lee’s absence. Good news for KOGAS.

Kang Hyuk, the acting head coach of KOGAS, called up Kim Dong-ryang (198 cm, F) to replace Lee Dae-heon, and Shin Joo-young (200 cm, F), who was selected in the 2023 KBL Korean Rookie Draft, to the roster. The team wanted Kim Dong-ryang and Shin Joo-young to fill the void left by Lee Dae-heon.

However, their scoring ability is not that good. That’s where Shin Seung-min (195 cm, F) comes in. In the 2023-2024 season, Shin averaged 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds (1.3 offensive), and 1.3 assists in 25.24 minutes over three games. Based on his stats alone, he can fill the void left by Lee Dae-heon to some extent.

However, KOG’s opponent, DB, is a team with a lot of big men. Shin Seung-min could be a force to be reckoned with. However, without him, KOGAS could easily falter. 보스토토

Shin took the court just 2 minutes and 48 seconds into the game. He played alongside rookie Shin Joo-young. They needed to be centered both inside and outside. His ball-less moves, penetration into the paint zone, and jumper off the dribble led to the team’s rise. Down 6-12, KOGAS threatened DB with 13-14.

However, they lost Shin Seung-min to injury. During an offensive rebound contest, he was hit in the teeth by the elbow of teammate Park Bong-jin (194 cm, F). Unable to get up for a while, Shin left the court. The role of the big men, including Kim Dong-lang and Shin Joo-young, proved crucial.

Park Bong-jin and Shin Joo-young, who remained on the court, made aggressive moves. No matter what they did, they tried to collide with their opponents as much as possible, especially for offensive rebounds. However, their aggressive moves did not work against DB. KOGAS also fell behind 21-29.

However, Shin Seung-min returned after treatment. He blocked Lee Sun Albano (185 cm, G) immediately after entering the game. He blocked the start of the DB offense and forced a mismatch. Disrupted the DB defense by attacking under the basket.

After that, he opened up the offensive space. Created 3-point opportunities without the ball, including a curve and a split-second move. Made two 3-pointers in a row. Trailing 23-32 with 4:01 left in the second quarter.

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