Neither SK nor Jamil Warney (199cm, C) could survive the last.
Seoul SK lost to Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation 77-86 in Game 6 of the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Pro Basketball Championship Final held at Anyang Indoor Gymnasium on the 5th. The series record is 3 wins and 3 losses. SK’s fate for the 2022-2023 season is decided in Game 7.
SK won the combined championship in the 2021-2022 season. Including the KBL Cup, the prelude to the 2021-2022 season, SK achieved a treble. This is because SK coach Jeon Hee-chul’s leadership and detailed preparations played a big role.
The change made by the director was obviously great. However, the skill of the players also played a big role. In particular, 1 option foreign player Jamil Warney found the majesty of the 2019-2020 season. In the 2021-2022 regular season, he played an average of 31 minutes and 44 seconds in 45 games, and with 22.1 points, 12.5 rebounds (attack 4.0), 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals, SK made it to the top of the regular league.
He showed greater power from the semifinal playoffs. With 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds (attack 4.3) and 3.7 assists in 32 minutes and 55 seconds per game, he defeated his opponent Goyang Orion (now Goyang Carrot). Even in the championship match, 22.6 points, 11.8 rebounds (attack 3.2) and 3.0 assists for an average of 35 minutes and 43 seconds in 5 games. It has established itself as the number one contributor to SK’s unified victory.
Warney also showed power in the regular league in the 2022-2023 season. He averaged 24.2 points, 11.2 rebounds (3.1 offense) and 3.1 assists with 1.3 steals in 33 minutes and 3 seconds averaged over 54 games. He won the third best foreign player of his KBL career.
Warney’s dominance also came to the playoffs in the 6th round. He averaged 25.3 points, 10.3 rebounds (2.3 offense) and 3.3 assists over a three-game average of 36 minutes and 51 seconds. In the semifinal playoffs, he was more powerful with 30.3 points, 14.0 rebounds (4.0 offense) and 3.3 assists per game with 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.
He went into the championship match in the best possible mood. Warney is also showing his concentration in the championship match. He’s averaging just 17.6 points per game in the championship game, but he’s grabbing 11.6 rebounds per game (2.0 offense). He also has high invisible contributions such as defense under the goal and screen. The reason why SK is recording 3 wins and 2 losses in the championship match.
Soul partner Kim Seon-hyung (187cm, G) was excluded from the starting lineup, but Warney was different. During the time without Kim Seon-hyung, he centered as the main scorer. In addition, Choi Seong-won (184cm, G) and Oh Jae-hyun (185cm, G) added points, so Warney was able to relieve the burden.
SK put in Kim Seon-hyung 3 minutes and 48 seconds before the end of the first quarter. The one-two punch made up of Kim Seon-hyung and Warnie made their first sortie. Warney with a partner gained more strength. He showed off his fingertips with 12 points (2 points: 6/7) in the first quarter alone. SK was also able to balance with KGC Ginseng Corporation. The score was 22-22.
Warney pushed Omari Spellman (203cm, F) in a similar pattern in the second quarter. However, he injured his right knee while defending. He signed to the bench saying he could play, but Warney needed some rest.
Warney returned from the court, but SK was pushed back 31-36 in 4 minutes and 42 seconds of the second quarter. However, along with Choi Bu-gyeong (200cm, F), Omari Spellman and Oh Se-geun (200cm, C) took advantage of the gap. He showed his power once again in the paint zone. Thanks to Warney’s dominance on the inside, it became easier for the SK guards to attack the outside. Balancing the offense, SK overturned the game 46-43.
Warney showed his presence with defense at the beginning of the third quarter. Bertie indirectly helped block KGC Ginseng Corporation’s pass path with defense and rebounding, and SK, which effectively blocked KGC Ginseng Corporation’s pass, hit 56-47 in 3 minutes and 57 seconds from the start of the third quarter.
Warney’s defense and rebounds slowly killed KGC Ginseng Corporation. His fingertips didn’t even die. Two minutes before the end of the third quarter, he scored up to three points from the front. 9 points and 4 rebounds in the 3rd quarter (attack 1). SK moved one step closer to winning the championship with 67-56.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
However, Warney faced a crisis early in the fourth quarter. Daryl Monroe (196cm, F) gave away points for pursuit because of his consecutive second chance points. SK was chased by 69-63 in 2 minutes and 10 seconds from the start of the 4th quarter.
SK could not control KGC Ginseng Corporation’s fierce counterattack. 4 minutes and 20 seconds before the end of the game, it was reversed by 69-72. The strength of the players has gone down. Warney’s fingertips felt the same way. Even though he recorded 31 points, 10 rebounds (2 offense), 5 steals and 1 assist, he had to shed a tear at the end. But there are opportunities. This is because Game 7 of the championship match will be held at the Anyang Indoor Gymnasium from 6:00 pm two days later.