FIBA Asia U18 Championship): Korea were off to a winning start, a
mammoth one at that, in their quest for a top-three finish which will book a
ticket to the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship. “Why not” questioned Korea coach
Kim Young Rae after the morale-boosting 91-69 win (Game report) against Japan,
another team considered as a medal contender here.
opening game of any competition for any team can always turn out tricky. We did
have our fingers crossed before the start since we knew they will come hard at
us,” Kim Young Rae said.
manner of speaking being so keyed up really helped as the team turned the heat
on early and made rest of the way look easier,” he added.
were a couple of things on my mind before the game began. Getting used to the
bounce of the court was one of them. Controlling the boards was another. And I
think on both fronts, we came out with flying colors,” the Jemupol HS teacher
from Incheon said.
Jong-hyun used all his experience with the Korean NT at the 2012 FIBA OQT
earlier this year as much as his 206-cm tall frame to help the team seize the
initiative under the boards.
it’s what was expected of him. For sure he is the leader of this team. A lot
depends on him,” Kim praised his ward.
ahead at the tournament, the 44-year-old said, “We have begun well against a top
and tough team. I am really excited the way things turned out at the very
beginning. I think this team has the ability to go all the way. I only hope we
maintain the momentum and continue till the end.”