Thanks to Bae Hye-yoon’s performance, Samsung Life Insurance regained its second place.
Yongin Samsung Life Insurance won 78-73 against Busan BNK Some in the Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 Women’s Professional Basketball regular league held at Yongin Indoor Gymnasium on the 8th.
Samsung Life’s current situation is not good. Injuries are holding back From the off-season, bad news for Samsung Life began. Ace Yun Ye-bin (180cm, G) was injured during a national team match. Nevertheless, at the beginning of the season, Bae Hye-yoon (183cm, C), Kiana Smith (177cm, G), and Kang Yu-rim (175cm, F) continued to fight for the top ranks.
However, Samsung Life’s big bad news came out in the 4th round as well. In the Asan Woori Bank game, Kiana and main guard Lee Joo-yeon (171cm, G) suffered season-out injuries at the same time. Even Bae Hye-yoon is not in normal condition due to a knee cartilage injury. As a result, they lost all of their first five games in the second half.
Samsung Life is in crisis. But that crisis is becoming an opportunity for someone. Jo Soo-ah (170cm, G) and Shin Yi-seul (170cm, G) claimed themselves as the main characters. As the main guards fell out, he naturally received many opportunities and is responding to those opportunities little by little.
Jo Soo-ah has been very active with an average of 13.5 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in the last two games. Shin Iseul also recorded an average of 8.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games, and a 41% 3-point shooting success rate. Despite their small stature, the two players combined for an average of 19.5 rebounds. Thanks to the performance of the two players, Samsung Life Insurance succeeded in changing the atmosphere by winning two consecutive victories. Expectations for the two players grew steadily.
However, the two players were somewhat quiet in the confrontation with BNK, who met for second place. Nevertheless, Samsung Life Insurance won the game. It is because Bae Hye-yoon, who returned to the court, held the center heavily.
Bae Hye-yoon scored 12 points in the first half alone. The Yatoo success rate was 75%. In addition, with Bae Hye-yoon’s addition, Samsung Life Insurance showed a smoother attack. It was Samsung Life who scored 42 points in the first half alone.
They scored 8 points in the first quarter. When the opponent first scored 6 points and went out, he cut off the opponent’s flow with a mid-range jumper. Afterwards, he led the comeback by scoring under the goal and scoring mid-range. And just before the end of the quarter, he succeeded in the buzzer beater and made it 20-19.
In the second quarter, Bae Hye-yoon only scored 4 points. But the team caught the mood. This is because Lee Myung-gwan (172cm, G) played a big role. Also, when Bae Hye-yoon caught the ball, the opponent actively came to help defense. Bae Hye-yoon waited for the opponent’s help defense and used it cleverly.
And Bae Hye-yoon was responsible for all of the team’s first 6 points in the 3rd quarter. Scored 4 points in a row under the goal. He even helped Lee Hae-ran score. Bae Hye-yoon’s performance made Samsung Life Insurance 48-37. Bae Hye-yoon played 9 minutes and 48 seconds in the 4th quarter, recording 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. In particular, he also played a high-low game with Lee Hae-ran, and led the team to victory by working in harmony with Lee Hae-ran during a quick break.
This match was a very important match for both Samsung Life Insurance and BNK. Because if you win, you can take second place. As it was an important match, Bae Hye-yoon showed fighting spirit and supported the team. And he led the team to victory. Even though he was not in perfect condition, he digested 39 minutes and 48 seconds. He recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, becoming the game’s all-time leading scorer. 안전놀이터
In response to Bae Hye-yoon’s fighting spirit, Samsung Life Manager Lim Geun-bae also opened his mouth. Manager Lim, who we met after the game, said, “Before the game, (Bae) Hye-yoon said 20 to 25 minutes, but it was not the timing to subtract. I kept asking. I let him run because he said he was fine. Actually, I should have given him a break, but it was a bit like not being able to…”
As Lim said, Bae Hye-yoon’s knee condition is not perfect. Although the swelling has gone down recently, it needs delicate care as it is cartilage. However, Bae Hye-yoon did his best for his team, which led to the team’s victory. Although Bae Hye-yoon cannot perform like this in every game, it is certain that Bae Hye-yoon’s presence makes Samsung Life stronger.