Thunders keep winning despite missing regulars
A trio of reserve players - Lee Won-soo, Cha Jae-young and Kim Dong-uk - have stepped up and filled in admirably for normal starters Lee Seung-joon, Lee Kyu-sup and Lee Jung-seok, who will miss nine KBL games to represent Korea at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.
“The strong play of the three reserve players was a big factor in our two consecutive wins,” said Samsung coach Ahn Joon-ho. “They provided big plays on offense and defense throughout the game.”
The team has won two of its last three games since losing the three Lee’s.
Guard Lee Won-soo has been consistent as a replacement for Lee Jung-suk, connecting on four of five shots against the LG Sakers. One of his baskets was a clutch fourth quarter 3-pointer.
Cha Jae-young has also come up big, scoring in the double digits in three consecutive games, while Kim Dong-uk connected on all six of his shots against the Sakers. Kim has nearly doubled his scoring average to 11.8 points per game.
“With a lot of key players missing from our lineup, I’ve been looking to take advantage of scoring opportunities,” said Kim. “But I’m more confident in my defensive game. I want to chip in with a strong defensive performance this season.”
By Kim Hwan, Jason Kim [email@example.com]