SK pulled out a replacement card for Jameel Warney with a win rate of 52.9% in a losing game. But it fell right.
Seoul SK won 100-91 in Game 4 of the championship match against Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium on the 1st, bringing the series record to 2 wins and 2 losses.
If SK lost even that day, it would be the same as losing 3 consecutive losses after 1 win and getting away from becoming the champion. There has never been a case of winning three games in a row from Game 5 to Game 7 in the previous championship match.
SK made two changes in the game that day. Kim Seon-hyung, Heo Il-young, and Jamil Warney were excluded from the selection, and they used a regional defense that they did not normally use.
This was a well-deserved victory.
One thing to point out is the win rate when Kim Seon-hyung and Warney played as substitutes.
Warney has been active since the 2019-2020 season. The standard was set after the 2019-2020 season.
Kim Seon-hyung played 33 games as a substitute during the 4 seasons, and SK recorded a win rate of 75.8% (25 wins, 8 losses) in these games. It is 17% higher than the win rate of 58.8% (87 wins, 61 losses) in which Kim Seon-hyung played as a starter.
On the other hand, SK won 9 times in 17 games where Warney was replaced. At this time, the win rate of 52.9% (9-8) is 10.8% lower than the win rate of 63.7% (114-65) when Warney starts.
This was the first time the two players had been substituted in the playoffs.
Head coach Jeon Hee-chul, who has been leading SK since last season, said ahead of the game that day, “It is the first time since I became a manager to play without Kim Seon-hyung and Warney (from the starting lineup).”
On January 29th, in an away game against Hyundai Mobis in Ulsan, SK sent Kim Seon-hyung and Warney as substitutes at the same time. At that time, after playing a home game against Korea Gas Corporation in Daegu on the 28th, he came down to Ulsan immediately and was concerned about his physical strength.
Coach Jeon Hee-chul said ahead of the match against Hyundai Mobis, “We change the starting lineup. If you want to win the game, six-man level players have to endure well in the first quarter,” he said. Looking at the matches so far, it is impossible to create a situation where there is no reversal card. Since Kim Seon-hyung and Warney were going to play anyway, I thought about putting them in first.” 스포츠토토
In the only game in which both players did not start, SK lost 79-65.
At the time, coach Jeon Heechul said after losing to Hyundai Mobis, “As you can see, I lost because I was weak. The players worked hard and ran well. I played well until the 3rd quarter, but in the 4th quarter, my stamina is good, but I made a mistake that should not come from our team. It may be related to fitness. I missed an easy shot,” he said. “It was unfortunate in the fourth quarter, but the players did their best and ran well. The unfortunate thing is that the opponent did well on defense, but the field goal success rate was too low. I want to think that it was in the aftermath of the game yesterday (28th).”