Rising Zephyr Fukuoka Co., Ltd.
Kyushu Derby match against Saga (GAME1)
The Saga match held on Saturday, December 10, 2022 was defeated by 8 points. We are pleased to announce that the result of “Fukuoka 66-74 Saga” was the result of the B League Round 11 [Rising Zephyr Fukuoka vs. Saga Ballooners] held on Saturday, December 10, 2022.
[Fukuoka] 66-74 [Saga]
Kyushu Derby Game 1 against Saga, the leader of the West Division Immediately after the tip-off, #7 Gurin scored and the game started, and both teams played back and forth as they waited for chances due to fierce defense. #32 Gordon’s inside and #7 Grin’s 3-point shot create an offensive rhythm, but due to foul trouble, Fukuoka cannot get into the rhythm and Saga takes the lead. Still, # 24 Honda and # 6 Otsuka scored and ended the first half with 6 points behind.
Even in the second half, Fukuoka struggled against Saga’s powerful attacks, creating a flow from #32 Gordon’s score on the inside. Fukuoka, aiming for a come-from-behind game, created a flow from defense, but Fukuoka was unable to score key rebounds and free throws, resulting in a narrow loss to Saga.
[Comment from HC Ramon Lopez Suarez]
Saga played at a very high level. I think the situational judgment was also excellent. We were able to compete well, but I think the big mistake was in the important clutch time. I think we need to raise the basic level of our defense, and we weren’t able to score turnovers or free throws, which is a shame as we weren’t able to win the match. The percentage of 3P shots was also not very good. I think it’s the pressure from Saga’s defense. I was able to make a no-mark, but I couldn’t decide and I have to improve my mentality. There were two or three games where we didn’t make free throws like this, but I think we have to build up our confidence in that aspect. I’ve been able to hit no-marks, so I’ll try again to see if I can score a shot.
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