0-6 in the last 1:29 of 3Q, SJ Belrangel did not change the mood
SJ Belrangel (177cm, G) did not exert much power.
Daegu Korea Gas Corporation lost to Wonju DB 65-71 in the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Pro Basketball regular league held at Wonju General Gymnasium on the 26th. With 13 wins and 20 losses, they could not get out of 9th place. It is one game behind Suwon KT (14-19), who finished in 8th place.
KBL expanded the Asian quota system to Filipino players in April 2022. The first team to move was Daegu Korea Gas Corporation. It was the first among 10 clubs to sign a Filipino player. We welcomed SJ Belrangel as a new member of the family.
Belrangel is a familiar player to Korean fans. As a Philippine national team player, he hit the Korean men’s basketball team with a buzzer beater in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, and also attended two evaluation matches held at Anyang Indoor Gymnasium in June 2022.
Although he is short, he is a resource with both speed and strength. Belrangel’s greatest strengths are ‘game management’ and ‘pass’. He is also good at pressing defense. A different type from the usual Filipino guards. At the same time, he also has offensive power, which is the strength of the Filipino guard.
Belrangel’s partner, Lee Dae-seong (190cm, G), can help Belrangel. Also, I know Belrangel well through the national team matches. Such Lee Dae-seong also said, “There is no doubt about his personal skills. I think he proved it in the national team evaluation match or international competition,” he said, trusting Belrangel’s skills.
Belrangel’s skill is certainly unquestionable. However, he could not solve the task of ‘adaptation’. Korean basketball and Philippine basketball were different, and coach Yoo Do-hoon’s style was also not easy for Belrangel.
Nonetheless, Belrangel has to show his mettle. This is because Korea Gas Corporation relied on Lee Dae-sung for many things and needed resources to spread the burden of Lee Dae-sung.
Belrangel knew this too. He did the same in the match against KCC on the 24th. He assembled the game from a set offense, and dispersed Lee Dae-sung’s lead with aggressive play. We have to show that kind of play in the DB match as well.
Belrangel moved on the opposite side of Lee Dae-sung. After moving to the corner on a no-ball move, he took over the screener’s hand-off at 45 degrees to the left. Using his momentum following his movement, he broke through to the mid-range. He successfully landed a series of floaters in front of the free throw line.
Because Lee Dae-sung blocked Lee Seon Albano (185cm, G), Belrangel was able to focus on his attacks. 21.5 seconds before the end of the first quarter, he collaborated with Murphy Holloway (196cm, F) for a highlight film with an alley-oop pass. 4 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound (attack) in the 1st quarter. He helped KOGAS gain a 3-point advantage (21-18).
Belrangel also matched Lee Dae-sung in the second quarter. However, he was not strong enough early in the second quarter. Rather, he was pushed around by DB’s advanced defense, which consisted of Park Chan-hee (190cm, G) and Kim Hyun-ho (184cm, G). An element that can buy the worries of Korea Gas Corporation director Yoo Do-hoon. 토토사이트
The Korea Gas Corporation bench gave Belrangel a break. After a break, Belrangel came back onto the court. He worked diligently to create chances, but nothing came of it. In the 2nd quarter, the margin of gain was -15. Korea Gas Corporation also finished the first half with a score of 33-40.
Belrangel did not come out on the court at the beginning of the third quarter. Woo Dong-hyeon (175cm, G) or Jeon Hyeon-woo (193cm, F) took his place. Woo Dong-hyeon played a different role from Belrangel with strong defense and quick movement, while Jeon Hyun-woo created shooting opportunities.
Belrangel stepped on the court only 1 minute and 29 seconds before the end of the third quarter. However, after Bellangel came out, KOGAS committed two turnovers in a row. Both turnovers resulted in conceding points. KOGAS, which pursued 49-51, finished the third quarter with a score of 49-57. It was difficult to pursue, but it was like losing strength.
Belrangel couldn’t use much power. Lee Dae-sung had to step in at the end. DB noticed this too. Lee Dae-seong was kept in check by cooperative defense. Korea Gas Corporation’s attack path has become more frozen.
Jeong Hyo-geun (200cm, F) created a chase atmosphere with two 3-pointers. Belrangel also had to cheer up. He was involved in the stealing defense, and also scored the chase in 65-69. It made DB nervous until the end.
But that was the end. 6 points, 4 rebounds (attack 2), 2 assists and 2 steals in 26 minutes and 36 seconds. That’s how the DB battle ended. I couldn’t give power to Lee Dae-sung. For reference, Lee Dae-seong (21 points) was the only one who scored double digits at Korea Gas Corporation.