KOGAS’s sudden change… From ‘winner candidate’ to ‘bottom runner’

KOGAS’s sudden change… From ‘winner candidate’ to ‘bottom runner’

Daegu Korea Gas Corporation, which was considered one of the winning candidates at the 2022-23 professional basketball opening media day, found itself in the position of being evaluated as the lowest ranked team after one season.

At the opening media day for the 2023-24 CheongKwanJang Professional Basketball League held on October 16, coaches and key players from 10 clubs selected Busan KCC as the strongest candidate for the championship, and Seoul SK, Changwon LG, and Suwon KT as opponents.

KOGAS, which was evaluated as a dark horse that will break the power structure of SK and KT in the same spot in 2022, is classified as a weak team that most teams do not place in the top rankings in just one season, and falls into a situation where it literally feels like the times have fallen.

Ahead of the opening of last season, KOGAS was considered to have a solid team with the addition of Lee Dae-sung and the return of Jeong Hyo-geun, Yushu Ndoye, who was considered a top foreign player, and Sam Josef Belangel of the Asian quarter. Among the players mentioned last year, only Belangel is keeping the team this season. .

KOGAS, whose highly-anticipated Isaiah Hicks is out for the season due to injury in the KBL Cup tournament, is planning to play with Anthony Moss in the opening game, but is quickly looking for a foreign player, so it is expected that he may join within this week. 

Lee Dae-heon, who participated in the media day with coach Kang Hyeok,메이저놀이터 said that although most of them are evaluated as weak, he is determined to do his best to become the ‘center of the underdog’ and has high expectations for the performance of second-year player Yeom Yu-seong.

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