‘The oldest’ Shinhan Bank Han Chae-jin, 38-year-old crazy presence

15 points and 5 rebounds against Woori Bank on the 30th, Shinhan Bank tied for 3rd place

Shinhan Bank won a reversal against the leader Woori Bank and rose to a tie for 3rd place.

Shinhan Bank Sbird, led by coach Guna Dan, won a thrilling come-from-behind victory 74-72 in the home game against Woori Bank Woori Won in the 5th round of Shinhan Bank 2022-2023 women’s professional basketball held at Dowon Gymnasium in Incheon on the 30th. Shinhan Bank, which suffered its second loss of the season to Woori Bank, who had been on a 13-game winning streak on the 18th, won another thrilling victory against Woori Bank, which they met again in 12 days, catching up with Samsung Life Insurance Bloomings, who suffered 5 consecutive losses, and tied the game. Climbed to 3rd place (11 wins, 10 losses).

For Shinhan Bank, Sonia Kim, a mixed-race player who was sluggish against Woori Bank, her ‘parent’ this season, made a big success with 25 points and 12 rebounds, including the final score, and Jinyoung Kim also recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Currently, Shinhan Bank has the oldest player in the league. However, this player is not simply a player who serves as a mental support for the team, but still runs the court for an average of 26 minutes per game. Han Chae-jin, who led Shinhan Bank to victory with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, is the main character.

Women’s professional basketball where young players stand out

This season, the performances of the young players are exceptionally shining. Shooting guard Lee So-hee (BNK Some), born in 2000, who entered her 5th year as a pro, showed rapid growth this season, placing 4th in points (18.05 points), 1st in 3-point shots (60), 5th in steals (1.48), and 4th in contribution (565.80 points). ), which is very active throughout the offense and defense. In particular, in the 3-point shot category, he is far ahead of Iseul Kang (KB Stars, 38), who has been in first place for five consecutive seasons. Now, Lee So-hee’s weight in the team has grown so much that it is difficult for BNK to complete the game without Lee So-hee.

Park Ji-hyeon (Woori Bank), who was nominated as the first overall pick before Lee So-hee in the 2019 rookie draft, when Lee So-hee entered the pro, also perfectly adapted to his professional stage. Park Ji-hyun, who freely crosses the outside and under the goal with her height of 183 cm, is 7th in scoring (14.81 points), 5th in rebounds (8.05), 4th in assists (4.57), and 6th in 3-pointers (27) this season. ), 3rd in 2-point success rate (55.3%), and 2nd in contribution (653.70 points), leading Woori Bank’s solo run.

Kang Yu-rim (Samsung Life Insurance), who joined the pros in 2020 after going through college basketball, is also showing an extremely fast pace of adaptation to the pros. Kang Yoo-rim, who was selected as the Rookie of the Year by participating in all games from his first season as a pro and recording 7.3 points and 3.97 rebounds, established himself as Samsung Life’s main shooter with steady growth even after being traded to Samsung Life Insurance. In particular, his 39.6% 3-point shooting success rate this season is the second highest in the entire league.

Kang Yoo-rim, who went through college basketball, turned 25 years old even though he was in his third year as a pro, but Heo Ye-eun, a point guard at KB who was selected first overall in the rookie draft in the same year, was born in 2001 and is still only 21 years old. Although her height (165cm) is small enough to be counted in the entire WKBL, Yeeun Heo, who has fast speed, passing sense, and game management skills that is not befitting her age, plays an active role as KB’s built-in starting point guard this season and ranks third in assists (5.19). are running

On December 26, 2022, Kiana Smith (Samsung Life Insurance), who suffered a knee injury in the last game of the first half against Woori Bank and ended the season early, but was the first mixed-race player to be nominated for the first overall rookie draft, is also a ‘young blood’ representing WKBL. all. Born in 1999 with a Korean mother from the WNBA, Smith gave basketball fans a different kind of pleasure by playing as Samsung Life Insurance’s main guard with fast speed, excellent personal skills, and accurate outside shots.

Pillars of Shinhan Bank that still demonstrate their presence

As such, young players are outstanding this season, and Han Chae-jin, who will be 39 years old in March, is the oldest among all players active in WKBL. Han Chae-jin, who started his career at Shinhan Bank in 2003, was recognized for his dedicated play and accurate outside shooting ability, but he was seldom given many opportunities because he was overshadowed by prominent seniors. Then, when he was traded to Kumho Life Insurance Red Wings in 2008, a new opportunity came to Han Chae-jin’s career.

Unlike Shinhan Bank, which was the strongest team in WKBL, Kumho Life Insurance at the time was close to a ‘one-man team’ led by ace Lee Gyeong-eun (Shinhan Bank) alone, and Han Chae-jin enjoyed his heyday by playing an active role as a main player immediately after transferring to Kumho Life Insurance. However, at the end of the 2017-2018 season, when Han Chae-jin began to hear the sound of ‘old man’, his team, KDB Life Insurance, gave up running the basketball team. In the end, Han Chae-jin, who played an active part in the 2018-2019 season WKBL’s consignment team, OK Savings Bank Snapshot, returned to her parent team Shinhan Bank after 11 years in 2019. 스포츠토토

After returning to Shinhan Bank, Han Chae-jin showed off his rust-free skills by scoring double-digit points for two consecutive seasons. In the 2021-2022 season, his points dropped somewhat, but instead, he averaged 1.60 steals per game, ranking first in the steals category. This season, with the addition of juniors with excellent skills in the same position, such as Kim Jin-young and Kudul, the playing time has decreased somewhat, but as the eldest sister of Shinhan Bank, she still plays a large role on the court.

And Han Chae-jin met with Woori Bank on the 30th and showed off his skills comparable to his heyday for the first time in a long time. Han Chae-jin, who walked the court for 33 minutes and 43 seconds, the third most in the team, showed efficient basketball by attempting 9 shots and making 5 of them, contributing greatly to Shinhan Bank’s reversal victory with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course, Sonia Kim, who scored a come-from-behind goal, was the main contributor to the victory, but Han Chae-jin, the eldest sister, played a significant role in Shinhan Bank’s victory.

Han Chae-jin has 4.65 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals this season, showing the lowest figures since the early and mid-20s, when he was in the first period of Shinhan Bank in most records. However, director Guna Dan always highly evaluates Han Chae-jin’s presence as the ‘eldest sister’. It means that the 38-year-old veteran Han Chae-jin, who set the record for the oldest participation in WKBL in the match against BNK on the 27th, is still an indispensable player in Shinhan Bank’s power.

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