The men’s 3-on-3 basketball team at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games settled for a ‘no-medal’ after losing to Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals and then to Mongolia in the third place match.
The Kang Yang-hyun-led squad fell 20-21 to Mongolia in the third-place game at the Duching Basketball Court in Huzhou, 카지노사이트 Zhejiang Province, China, on Monday afternoon.
The players, who had just lost the quarterfinal match against Chinese Taipei 17-18 in overtime, were unable to finish the tournament on a high note in their final game.
Korea challenged for the gold medal by fielding tall players such as Son Seong-jin (Hyundai Mobis-187 cm), Kim Dong-hyun (KCC-190 cm), Lee Doo-won (KT-204 cm) and Lee Won-seok (Samsung-207 cm). However, when they opened the lid, they were disappointed. It turned out that they were less prepared for 3-on-3 basketball than the other teams.
In the bronze medal game, Korea, with an average height of 197 centimeters, was overpowered by Mongolia, with an average height of only 185 centimeters, especially by Mongolia’s outside shooting.
Korea tried to capitalize on their height advantage to attack the basket, but mistakes kept hindering them. The score stretched to 4-11 early in the game, and they fought back to barely tie the game at 20-20. However, the final 21 points were scored by Mongolia and they were finally brought to their knees.
Lee, who plays for Suwon KT in the Korean Basketball League, said after the quarterfinal loss to Chinese Taipei, “I don’t think I will easily forget this day in my career,” and analyzed the factors that led to the defeat, saying, “I was really eager, but I think I was less prepared for 3-on-3 basketball than my opponent.”