Superstar Heo Hoon (28) of the Korean Basketball League’s Suwon KT returned from military service, but he was unable to extend his team’s winning streak.
On the same day, his teammate Ahn Young-joon (28) of the Seoul Eskay (SK), who also returned to the court, won the game.
The former ended his five-game winning streak with an 87-102 loss to the latter in the second round of the 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association regular season at Suwon Keitia Arena on Nov. 18.
The game was highlighted by the matchup of “league representative guard” Heo Hoon and “all-around forward” Ahn Young-jun, who returned from military service side by side.
In terms of individual records, Heo Hoon recorded 26 points, two rebounds, and four assists to outperform Ahn Young-jun (16 points, two rebounds, and two assists), but the goddess of victory smiled on Ahn as the game was tied at 47-47 at halftime and went in favor of Escape in the second half.
Heo Hoon and Ahn Young-joon are not the only star players returning to the court from military service.
Daegu KOGAS’s Kim Nak-hyun (28) was discharged from the military on the 15th and scored double-digit points in back-to-back games against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis on the 16th and Escape on the 18th, while Busan KCC’s Song Gyo-chang (27), who was discharged on the same day, is in the midst of final recovery training from a knee injury he sustained during a practice game for the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. 카지노사이트가이드
In the basketball world, there are hopes that the return of star players will add more excitement to the remaining games of the season.
“In the first round, some teams scored a lot of points, while others didn’t,” said Lee Sang-yoon, a Sports TV commentator.
Basketball becomes more interesting when star players make great plays, so fans will be more interested in the return of representative players.”
According to Katie, the Suwon Katie Sonic Boom Arena on Nov. 18, when Heo played his comeback game, drew 3290 fans, the most since the 2021-2022 season when the team moved from Busan to Suwon.
Fans celebrated Heo’s return by giving rice cakes to players, club officials, and broadcasters, including Katie and Eskay, and setting up photo zones outside the stadium.