‘Playing 8 minutes and preparing for the middle’ Heo Hoon: “We played in 14 hours, it was our fault”
South Korea men’s basketball has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
Head coach Chu Il-seung’s men’s basketball team defeated Bahrain 88-73 in the quarterfinals of the men’s competition at the Zhejiang University Zijinjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, 바카라사이트 Zhejiang Province, China, at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
It’s been a tough road for Chu Il-seung-ho’s men, who lost their final group game to Japan 77-83 on March 30, missing out on top of their group and a spot in the quarterfinals. They played a deciding game to reach the quarterfinals.
“As a national team, I’m sure both myself and the players felt a lot about losing to Japan. I think we played well today.”
With the victory, the team advanced to the quarterfinals, but their next opponent is the hosts, China, who won all three games in Group B. The Chinese cruised through the group stage, defeating Mongolia 89-50, Chinese Taipei 89-69, and Hong Kong 95-50. They are a traditional powerhouse, having won the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang tournament.
South Korea has a very full schedule. The quarterfinals against China will take place at 1 p.m. on March 3. They will be back on the court in about 14 hours after their match against Bahrain.
They are coming off a blowout loss to second-ranked Japan in the group stage.
Chu used all 12 members of his roster to account for the situation, with powerhouse Heo playing just 8:29 minutes.
“I don’t know how many minutes I’ll play against China, but every player has to give it their all every minute and every second they’re on the court,” Heo said, “China is strong. It will be a tough match. But we can’t give up.”
“It’s the first time we’re playing in 14 hours. In the league, we’ve played a 3 p.m. game and a 3 p.m. game the next day, but we’ve never experienced anything like this,” he said, adding, “I hope we beat Japan, because in the end, it was our fault, and we’ll do our best tomorrow.”
“I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I want to play a game with no regrets.”