‘Regular League 20.4 points → Final 4 points’ SK killer Abando, will it explode in the second game?
SK Killer Abando has disappeared.
Lens Abando,ㅋㅋㅋ벳 who joined Anyang KGC through the Asia Quarter System this season, recorded 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists, playing an average of 18 minutes and 38 seconds in 39 regular league games. He showed some ups and downs, but considering it was his first professional season, it was a decent performance. He was loved by fans by showing off several dunks with explosive athleticism.
The power of Abando became even stronger when it met Seoul SK. In the regular league against SK, Abando played an average of 31 minutes and 40 seconds in 5 games, scoring 20.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He averaged 2.2 3-pointers, with a whopping 64.7% success rate. His performance that explodes whenever he meets SK has earned him the nickname SK Killer.
The first leg of the 2022-2023 SKT Adot professional basketball KGC and SK championship game held at Anyang Gymnasium on the 25th. Abando failed to show the reputation of SK Killer. He only had 4 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 20 minutes and 32 seconds. He had little presence in his offense, attempting only three field goals.
Before the game, KGC coach Kim Sang-sik said, “Today (26th), Abando will start. It was good working with SK. He didn’t play much in the playoffs, but he was in good shape when training with the team. He has a strong sense of responsibility, so he works hard. If you tell a story, it is well accepted. He said, “I try to give him some time to play in the championship match.”
However, Abando failed to live up to the expectations of director Kim Sang-shik. He managed to score twice under the goal in the first quarter, but that was all. Rather, the problem in defense was more knocked out. He easily allowed Kim Seon-hyeong to break through, and he was also inexperienced in dealing with the screen. Eventually, he stopped hitting the court after the middle of the third quarter.
KGC put an average of 9.7 3-pointers in 6 games against SK in the regular league, and the success rate was a whopping 38.4%. However, he threw a total of 31 on this day, but only 6 broke the rim. The success rate was only 19%. It wasn’t entirely Abando’s fault, but it was all the more regretful because the shot was so good against SK.
After the game, manager Kim Sang-sik commented on Abando’s sluggish performance, saying, “The offense didn’t work out, but the defense didn’t work properly. There is no major problem with the physical condition. I will have a good talk with Abando.”
KGC, who suffered an unexpected blow in an advantageous situation and had a hard time starting the series. In order to rebound in the second game, the performance of SK killer Abando is desperately needed. Will Abando be able to show a different play in the second match?