On the last day of the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot regular season, professional basketball Changwon LG lost Asem Marais to injury, a key player. It was a happy day when they finished second in the regular league, but coach Cho Sang-hyun couldn’t smile. Marey was diagnosed with a calf injury in 6 weeks, and LG acquired new Reggie Perry.
Perry is a career player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Although he failed to sign a contract with an NBA club this season, he boasted decent scoring power in the lower league, the G League. As a foreign player playing in the KBL, it can be seen that the name value is quite high. However, his physical condition was unknown, and his organizational skills were also a variable because he joined the team ahead of a big game called the playoffs.
Perry made his KBL debut in Game 1 of the semifinal playoff against Seoul SK. He scored 17 points in 18 minutes, but his field goal success rate was only 41%. He was good at punching power and finishing ability. He had a lot of plays focused on the outside, but he was a bit uneasy about shooting outside.
However, in the second game of the semi-final playoff held at the Changwon Sports Park Gymnasium on the 16th, coach Jo Sang-hyun threw a winning move by appointing Perry as the starter instead of Dante Cunningham.
Coach Cho Sang-hyun said, “Perry tends to stay outside, so we decided to bring in big man Kim Jun-il.”
Perry’s offensive tendencies were confirmed in the first game, and he came out with a plan to save them. SK coach Jeon Hee-chul also predicted this. He said, “Because he is a good player, we expected to score a lot in the second leg. He is a good player with the ability to score”.
Perry threw a shot from the outskirts from the beginning, as coach Cho Sang-hyun expected. The 3-point shot and mid-range shot avoided the rim throughout the first half. There were not many scenes where Yatoo was created based on the collaboration between the existing players and Perry. He couldn’t ask for too much from a player who was hastily recruited as a substitute먹튀검증.
However, in the second half, Perry showed better performance as coach Jeon Hee-chul feared. His perimeter shots started to speak out early in the third quarter. Also, Perry actively fought for rebounds throughout the game. Marey was the heart of the offense and the rebounding machine. I felt the will to fill that void.
Perry’s skills aren’t flashy, but he’s an explosive scorer with a steady shot touch. Even though the balance was shaken, the shooting finish was well done. Perry scored 15 points in the third quarter alone.
In the fourth quarter, he had to keep the bench for a while while reacting sensitively to the referee’s decision. After the middle of the 4th quarter, when he teamed up with Justin Gutang, the sharp scoring shot was activated again.
LG succeeded in reversing by 1 point 13 seconds before the end thanks to the performances of Perry and Gutang. However, as Leon Williams, who stepped on the court after Warney was sent off for five fouls, scored a footback 0.6 seconds before the end, LG suffered a 91-92, one-point difference.
Perry proved the value of his name in the second game. He recorded 31 points, 13 rebounds, and a 54% field goal success rate in 30 minutes. They didn’t even attack from the outskirts. Just as coach Cho Sang-hyun, who ordered an under-the-goal attack, wanted, he scored 18 points in the paint zone alone.
For SK, catching the second game where Perry started to fly was a really big harvest.
SK head coach Jeon Hee-cheol, who had only one win left to advance to the championship match with two wins, said, “I think we have to finish the third game quickly. Perry seems to get more scared as he plays. “I think Perry is adapting well, so I want to finish the 3rd game quickly,” he reiterated.