“You have to find it by yourself” What Park Ji-hyeon and Lee Hae-ran felt in Japan
Park Ji-hyeon (Woori Bank) and Lee Hae-ran (Samsung Life Insurance), who participated in the Korea-Japan exchange match on behalf of WKBL, showed off their presence. In addition, he conveyed his feelings through the exchange exhibition with candor.
The W League, a Japanese women’s professional basketball league, hosted the “W League All-Star 2022-2023 in Ariake” at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on the 29th. Starting with the All-Star Game of Japanese rookies, various events were held.
12 WKBL Rising Stars (WKBL) were also invited. They faced 14 W-League All-Stars (W-League hereafter), including Lamu Tokashiki (JX-ENEOS) and Yuki Miyazawa (FUSITSU). The result was an 84-89 defeat.
WKBL showed potential even at the beginning of the game. Park Ji-hyeon (Woori Bank) showed off a wide range of offense and shooting skills. In particular, he led WKBL’s early atmosphere by driving in four 3-pointers in the first 5 minutes of the game. Park Ji-hyun recorded 17 points (3-point shot 5/7), 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in the first half.
Park Ji-hyun continued to play various roles such as defense, rebounding, and ball delivery. He was not pushed back in the fight against the main big men of the W League, such as Lamu Tokashiki and Yuki Miyazawa. Park Ji-hyun was active with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. He dominated the most points, rebounds and steals among players on both teams.
After the game, Park Ji-hyun said, “I came as a rising star, but I have experienced a lot of international stages since I was young. He was familiar with Japanese players as well. He also arranged a good event in Japan and created a good atmosphere. So he played more fun,” he said, looking back at the W League All-Star Game and the game.
“Nanako Todo, who was selected as the MVP, put in a lot of shots. It was a shot that changed the atmosphere, so I was impressed. Not only Todo players, but also the shooting of outside resources was generally good. And good defense. Our players who were with us this time should learn that.”
“Even though it was an event match, all the WKBL players and W League players played seriously. So I think I had a better experience. I think it will serve as a turning point for young players,” he said, looking forward to continued exchange with the W League.
Lee Hae-ran (Samsung Life Insurance) also played a big role. At the beginning of the game, Tokashiki Ramu was blocked 1-1, and defense, rebounding, and fast attack were all involved. In the set offense, he crossed the bottom of the goal and the outside.
Lee Hae-ran also put strength into the chase in the second half. He threatened the W League players with his fast break and breakthrough. He had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 1 steal.
After the game, Lee Hae-ran said, “At the beginning of the game, we came together tightly. However, his stamina ran out in the second half. I didn’t even shoot because I was tired. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t win, but it was a good experience.” 먹튀검증
“I learned a lot from the older sisters and W-League players I worked with. She also received a lot of advice from the coaches of the six clubs. Now I have to figure out what I need to do on my own. You have to do that to become a better player,” he said.
“I couldn’t show my capabilities in this All-Star Game. Attacked timidly. If we meet again in the future, I want to prepare better and have a good match.”
Due to the nature of the relationship between Korea and Japan, the most important value is competition. However, there is a more important value for the growing WKBL rising stars. It is ‘experience’. Park Ji-hyun and Lee Hae-ran also focused more on the value of ‘experience’. So I valued the confrontation with the W-League All-Stars.