Shin Seung-min (195 cm, F) is ready for next season.

Daegu KOGAS lost 81-85 to Suwon KT on Wednesday at the KT Sonic Boom Arena in Suwon, South Korea, in a regular-season game of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association.

The seventh-ranked KOGAS dropped its third straight game with the loss, dropping to 20-32 on the season.

Already out of playoff contention, KOG has struggled to find its full strength of late with injuries to starters such as Kim Nak-hyun (184 cm, G), SJ Belangel (177 cm, G), and Lee Dae-heon (197 cm, F). The team’s leading scorer, Andrew Nicholson (206 cm, F), has also been playing with a sore back.

In the midst of the mess, 토토사이트 순위 KOGAS turned to Shin Seung-min, who has been getting more playing time lately.

Coach Kang Hyuk said of Shin before the game, “I asked him to do a lot of things, including post-ups. I want him to gain experience. He didn’t do much in training. Even though I’ve seen him four times, I can see his sense. You have to try and make a turnover to make a good pass. You can’t be good from the very beginning. It’s a position change drill. I told him to be confident and not to hesitate. I told them to be confident and not to hesitate,” he said, emphasizing the role of passing and game coordination.

Shin Seung-min was active from the first quarter. At the 5:53 mark of the first quarter, he found an open space and received a pass from DuVaughn Maxwell (201 cm, F) for an easy layup. At the 30-second mark of the first quarter, he made a pinpoint pass to Maxwell for an assist.

After leading the offense with eight points in the first quarter, Shin continued to work diligently on the court for the next eight minutes of the second quarter, overcoming KT’s height advantage over Ha Yoon-ki (203 cm, C) and Paris Bass (207 cm, F) to attack the paint zone and keep the game close. Shin Seung-min also showed his ability to read the game by assisting on Nicholson’s basket.

However, Shin was unable to continue his good form in the third quarter, as he committed three turnovers, including a traveling turnover in the process of trying to take matters into his own hands.

After a slow start in the third quarter, Shin came out firing in the fourth quarter. He made a bold left-handed layup with a basket in front of him at the 3:21 mark of the fourth quarter, and at the 1:44 mark of the fourth quarter, he took a pass from Yang Jun-woo and nailed a three-pointer from a 45-degree angle on the right side to cut the lead to 79-81.

Despite Shin’s performance, KOGAS was unable to end the losing streak as Ha Yoon-ki scored in the final seconds of the game.

On the night, Shin filled in for the starters with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists in 35 minutes and 48 seconds of action.

KOGAS head coach Kang Hyuk commented on Shin’s performance, “When he played in the first half, he played more concise basketball than the two-man game. There are parts that he tried to make. (He) tried to restrain himself, but we didn’t have enough players, so he played his role and made turnovers. We said to each other, “We’re doing well this year, but the two-man game and the A-pass, we’ll work on that next year. There will be more plays like this next year,” he said, looking forward to Seung-min’s development.

In his third year as a professional, Shin is growing into a key forward for KOGAS. Although he still has some work to do, he is improving his game by utilizing the diversity of his play, including dribbling, shooting, and passing.

Fans are eager to see if Shin will hone his two-man game and passing game, as mentioned by coach Kang Hyuk, and showcase his upgraded play next season.

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