‘If you were the head coach with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, trailing your opponent by one point, who would you put on offense?’
How about Anyang Jungkwanjang guard Park Ji-hoon? If you limit yourself to the second week of November, he’s the best clutch player in the league.토토사이트
It’s up to the team’s superstar to get the ball in clutch situations. It’s a privilege reserved for the coach, the most reliable scorer who has the trust of his teammates, and the team’s “The Man.
After hitting the game-winning three-pointer in the home game against Busan KCC on the 8th, he hit the game-winning shot in the away game against Wonju DB in the 2023-2024 regular season of the Korean Basketball League in Wonju on the 10th to win the game (99-94).
With the score tied at 91-91, Park Ji-hoon made a bold breakthrough to score a layup with 49 seconds left in the game. The score brought the lead back to 93-91, but Jung Kwan-jang protected the lead and won 99-94, ending DB’s seven-game winning streak. Park made all four of his free throws after being fouled in the final minute of the fourth quarter, scoring six of his 15 points in the final 50 seconds of the game.
The defending champions had been relying on Oh Se-geun (SK), Byun Joon-hyung (Armed Forces Athletic Corps), and Omari Spellman (injury) to step up in clutch situations, but all of them were out. It was up to Park Ji-hoon to take on the role of “The Man. “I wasn’t the main player,” he said, “I was just watching the other players play in close games. Attacking in clutch situations is a lot of pressure, but I enjoy it. My manager, coach, and teammates help me and believe in me, so I’m playing confidently with less pressure.”
A ‘winning shot’ in a clutch situation can lead to praise from fans and media. But with the spotlight comes criticism when they fail. Regardless of whether you succeed or fail, you need to have a cool head and a strong heart to continue playing the same way without being overwhelmed by emotions, whether you are praised or criticized.
Park is ready to be the team’s The Man. He said, “In college, I had the experience of being the offense in a close game. Even in the offseason practice games, the coach entrusted me with the offense in close situations. That faith gives me a lot of strength. Of course, if you fail, you will be criticized. But if you’re afraid of that, you can’t make plays in clutch situations. There will be failures in the future, but I will always be confident,” he said.