“Jihoon hyung cleans the room. 메이저놀이터 It’s different from me. Ah, the MBTI (personality type test) is also the complete opposite.” (Byeon Jun-hyung)
“Jun-hyung is an INTP, and I am an ESFJ. Come to think of it, the two of us have completely different personalities and lifestyles.” (Park Ji-hoon)
The professional basketball Anyang KGC guard duo Byun Jun-hyung (27, 1m85cm) and Park Ji-hoon (28, 1m84cm), who recently met with this magazine at the Anyang Gymnasium, quarreled with each other as soon as they met. Park Ji-hoon is one year older, but he was born in the early year (January 21), so he is two years older. Byun Jun-hyeong is casual enough to play pranks on Park Ji-hoon. The two, who joined KGC in 2018, are also roommates in the dorm.
If there is something in common between Byun Jun-hyung and Park Ji-hoon, who are opposites from personality to lifestyle, it is their passion for basketball. As long as the two stand on the court, they are in harmony. I throw my body away regardless of fire and water. It is a highlight film maker that succeeds in scoring by breaking down the defense with brilliant dribbling and pushing. Both are recording career highs this season (average of Byun Jun-hyung 14 points and 5.2 assists, and Park Ji-hoon average of 6.6 points and 2.4 assists).
This season, Byun Jun-hyung and Park Ji-hoon are especially highlighted with the decisive winning shot (the shot that decides victory) at the end of the game. The two saved the team from defeat on several occasions with confident attacking attempts. On December 27 last year, Park Ji-hoon created a sensation by scoring 7 points with 18 seconds left in the game against Carrot in Goyang (84-82 win). Byun Jun-hyung is also contributing to the team’s victory with breakthrough points and 3-point shots in each match.
Park Ji-hoon, whose scoring power explodes in the 4th quarter, is called the ‘fourth quarter man’. He said, “I think it happened because I ran a lot in the fourth quarter,” and then waved his hand and said, “I am grateful that KGC coach Kim Sang-sik trusted me and put me in the game. He feels responsible.” Byun Jun-hyung said, “It is thanks to the heart that I do not want to lose. He wanted to beat his opponent, so the shot he tried went well and led to a winning shot.”
The guard duo of KGC Byun Jun-hyung and Park Ji-hoon was formed during the last season. It was after Park Ji-hoon was discharged from the Sangmu basketball team and returned to the team. It is true that there were considerable concerns about the meeting of two people with similar playing styles. What were the two of you thinking? Park Ji-hoon said, “I play together with Jun-hyung by focusing on reading and attacking. I tend to take on roles depending on the game condition and operation situation. He laughed, saying, “It’s good because he can save his stamina.
The two compete with the league’s representative guard duo, Kim Seon-hyung and Choi Jun-yong (Seoul SK) and Lee Kwan-hee and Lee Jae-do (Changwon LG). Byun Jun-hyung said, “We definitely win in power. We are also the youngest. Jihoon-hyung’s pushing power is strong. SK ranked first in speed and LG ranked first in shooting,” he said confidently. Park Ji-hoon also said, “We have good strength. When I run into Junhyung, it feels like a ‘wall’. (KGC) Thanks to eating a lot of red ginseng,” he laughed.
KGC has been at the top of the league since the beginning of the season. KGC (32-11) with 9 consecutive wins is 4.5 games ahead of LG (27-15) in second place. Coach Kim Seung-gi and shooter Jeon Seong-hyeon (Lee Sang-goyang Carrot) left the team at the same time. Still, players with good skills and high activity teamed up. Byun Jun-hyung said, “When we play, our team needs four basketballs: me, Ji-hoon hyung, Omari Spellman, and Lens Abando. It’s fun to choose what you want to see.”
Byun Jun-hyung’s goal is to win before enlisting as a managing director in May. Park Ji-hoon’s dream is to win the first championship in his basketball life. Byun Jun-hyung said, “I was surprised when Ji-hoon started playing basketball and said he had no experience winning. He has to break his brother’s jinx this season.” Park Ji-hoon said, “I received a gift from (Moon) Sung-gon and passed on the watch that I used in the army to Jun-hyung. He smiled, saying, “It’s like exchanging for a championship ring.”
he secret to KGC’s rise is ‘mental strength’ and ‘desire to win’. Byun Jun-hyung said, “It seems to be a difference in the pro. Aren’t they all skillful and good at basketball? I think the game is decided by mental strength,” he pointed out. Park Ji-hoon also said, “KGC players have a really strong desire to compete. I think the reason why KGC is strong is revealed in the difference in fighting spirit (with other teams).”
KGC players who have a lot of experience in big matches are confident about winning. Park Ji-hoon said, “If he does it now, he is confident enough. He said, “I thought, ‘Isn’t the atmosphere going down?’ until the middle of the season, but now (the league is heading towards the end), I don’t think that way at all.” Byun Jun-hyeong also said, “The players played really hard from the first round. If we do it like now, we can challenge ourselves to win.”