Survival was at stake on the way to spring basketball. Goyang Carrot’s desperate determination to go beyond the promised 20 wins and reach the playoffs in the 6th round.
As of the 12th, Carrot, led by coach Kim Seung-gi, is in 5th place with 21 wins and 19 losses. At the time of the final spurt of the regular league, the possibility of advancing to the final 6 is higher than ever in that it is ahead of 6th place Suwon KT by 3.5 games. 안전놀이터
Carrot’s propaganda is all the more surprising since he foreshadowed the rebuilding.
Carrot is a club re-founded by Day One Sports, the parent company of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, after acquiring Goyang Orion after the 2021-2022 season.
Lee Dae-seong (Korea Gas Corporation) and Lee Seung-hyun (KCC), who were like pillars, all left, so it was hard to see it as a strong force.
Coach Kim, who took the baton through a relationship with the owner of ‘Basketball President’ Heo Jae, said that this year’s goal is 20 wins out of 54 games, even though he brought Jeon Seong-hyun, who had been eating rice with him, as a free agent (FA).
However, coach Kim achieved his goal early. The hot three-point shot was the secret. Originally, it is standard to play basketball with a stable two-point focus, but Carrot is the opposite. They are on a winning streak with ‘archery basketball’ where they throw an average of 35.3 3-pointers per game, the most among 10 teams, and 12.1 of them cross the rim.
At the center of archery basketball, which Carrot is proud of, are Jeon Seong-hyun and Lee Jung-hyun, the ‘one-two punch’. Seong-hyun Jeon, who is rewriting all the history related to the 3-point shot, is overwhelmingly No. 1 with 152 successful 3-point shots this season. Rookie Lee Jeong-hyun, who is growing as he plays, is also third with 90. When Jeon Sung-hyun and Lee Jung-hyun explode at the same time, no strong team is afraid.
The unfortunate thing is that a major bad news broke out just as Carrot was about to hit and go up. Professional baseball Kiwoom Heroes entered the market as its role model, Day One Sports, fell into severe financial difficulties. It is receiving sufficient support from the naming sponsor, Carrot Insurance, but this is because its parent company, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering & Construction, went into court receivership, and financial support was virtually stopped. In the end, Day One Sports has been negotiating with a company since December of last year to sell the club.
Fortunately, Carrot is running while looking only at the coat despite repeated bad news. The better the score, the easier the negotiations. There is also a precedent in which Incheon E-Land, which suffered a similar crisis in the past, was reborn as Korea Gas Corporation in Daegu. Director Kim said, “The company works for the company, and we just have to work hard at our work (basketball).”