The coach and players are clearly looking only at ‘victory’.
The Goyang Carrot Jumpers, which acquired the Goyang Orion professional basketball team, became a new member of the KBL in the 2022-2023 season. It attracted a lot of attention from the start. It was the first KBL club to receive a ‘naming sponsor’, and it was because Heo Jae, the ‘basketball president’, took over as the club’s representative.
However, Carrot’s financial situation caused noise right before the opening. I paid 500 million won late, the first payment for the special subscription fee. Orion could not even pay for the takeover.
In addition, after the end of the 2021-2022 season, Carrot lost Lee Dae-seong (190cm, G) and Lee Seung-hyun (197cm, F), who were the original one-two punches. Lee Dae-seong, who was the main scorer, wore the Daegu Korea Gas Corporation uniform in a cash trade, and Lee Seung-hyun, who became a free agent (FA), moved to Jeonju KCC. It was also difficult to predict Carrot’s good performance.
However, coach Kim Seung-gi, who made Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation a strong team, took over as Carrot’s commanding tower, and Jeon Seong-hyeon (188cm, F), the main player of KGC Ginseng Corporation and the best shooter in KBL, came to Carrot with his mentor Kim Seung-gi. The evaluation followed that ‘Carrot does not seem to collapse easily’.
The power of the Carrot team was not very good, but the Carrot players started from the first round. Round 1 ended with 6 wins and 3 losses. Round 1 ended in a tie for second place with Wonju DB.
The second round also went well with 4 wins and 5 losses. I didn’t lose easily until the middle of the 3rd round. However, after losing to Jeonju KCC on December 25, 2022, it sank sharply. In particular, Carrot players seemed to lose their vitality as they suffered a shocking come-from-behind defeat (82-84) to Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation, held two days after the KCC match. In addition, the ‘delayed salary of the players’ situation broke out. It caused concern from many officials and fans.
Nonetheless, Carrot showed his unique basketball skills. He played basketball confidently shooting anyone from any position, and Kim Seung-gi’s defense, along with the trap defense and rotation defense, harassed the opponent throughout the game. After 5 consecutive losses, they caught the rivals Ulsan Hyundai Mobis (80-7) and Changwon LG (73-64) in a row.
And last January 9th. I met with Korea Gas Corporation. Lee Jung-hyeon (187cm, G), the future of the team, hit a career high. He poured in 31 안전놀이터 points, including nine 3-pointers, and his 3-pointer success rate also reached a whopping 82%. Ace Jeon Seong-hyun and 1 option foreign player Didric Lawson (202cm, F) each scored 20 points (3 points: 5/11), 5 rebounds (attack 2), 4 assists, 17 points, 11 rebounds (attack 5), 4 assists, 2 block shots Worked great with 1 steel.
Also, the fighting spirit of the Six Men stood out. Sixth men such as Kim Kang-sun (190cm, G), Lee Jong-hyeon (203cm, C), and Kim Jin-yu (190cm, G) relieved the burden on the main axis resources with vigorous activity and wide range of airborne movements. Carrot, who combined the main resources and sixth men, defeated Korea Gas Corporation 87-76.
After the game, Carrot coach Kim Seung-gi said, “I lost 5 times in a row. It was really difficult. Nonetheless, the players won three in a row. You overcame difficulties well. It is possible because the players gave 200%. I think the players are great,” he said, thanking the players for showing their spirit.
Jeon Seong-hyeon, the ace, also said, “Me and (Lee) Jung-hyeon received attention, but (Kim) Kang Seon-hyung, (Lee) Jong-hyeon, and (Kim) Jin-yu and the other six men did very well. And then we were able to win 3 in a row. I want to say thank you to the sixth man,” he expressed his gratitude to other players who played their part.
Despite the difficulties the club faced, coach Kim Seung-gi and Carrot’s players looked ahead and ran. Towards the goal of “victory,” he is doing his part steadfastly. As a result, Carrot is leaving a more than expected record of 5th place alone (16 wins, 15 losses). Regardless of Carrot’s performance during the rest of the season, this is why Carrot’s coaching staff and players deserve praise.