Director Kang Yang-hyeon, The Concept is ‘Reverse Use’

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to Oct 31, 2025 hours 18:47 (UTC +09:00)


[Asian Games] Director Kang Yang-hyeon “The Concept is ‘Reverse Use’” ... Green Light for 3-on-3 Basketball Quarterfinals

The reason why 204cm Lee Doo-won and 207cm Lee Won-seok were chosen... “Think of the China war and think backwards.”

“The concept of this competition is ‘reverse use.’”

Coach Kang Yang-hyun, who led the 3-on-3 basketball team to the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, brightened as the possibility of advancing to the quarterfinals of the competition, which was his ‘primary goal’, increased. 

While preparing for this tournament, Coach Kang also made a pointed joke, saying that the national team's characteristic is to 'take advantage' of China's strategy and environment.

The national team defeated Turkmenistan 19-15 in the 4th game of Group B of the men's 3-on-3 basketball tournament held at the Deqing Basketball Court in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on the afternoon of the 29th.

The national team, with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss in the group stage, had an advantageous position in advancing to the quarterfinals.

If Japan defeats the Maldives in the follow-up game, the record of Korea, Japan, and Iran will be the same at 3 wins and 1 loss, and the three teams will end up scoring multiple points as their opponent records match.

Korea defeated Iran but lost to Japan.

Iran, which lost to us, beat Japan again.

At the moment, when Japan's game has not yet started, the leader in most goals in Group B is Korea (average 19.5 points).

The 1st place team in the group will advance directly to the quarterfinals, and the 2nd place team in group will play a separate match against the 3rd place team in Group C, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals.

In a situation where the strength of the opposing team was completely unknown, advancing to the quarterfinals was Coach Kang's primary goal.

Coach Kang Yang-hyeon met with reporters after the game and said, "This team is a group of players who were selected in reverse, remembering their previous struggles in China."

He added, "Players like Ahn Young-jun (SK) are players who fit the current 3-on-3 basketball trend, but there are no such players, so the players are tall."

“We selected players,” he said.

Coach Kang selected Myung-jin Seo (Hyundai Mobis), Won-seok Lee (Samsung), Doo-won Lee (KT), and Dong-hyeon Kim (KCC).

Recently, there is a trend in the world to have a large number of forwards in the mid-190 cm range play in 3-on-3 basketball.

Since this is a sport where a player's individual offensive and defensive abilities are both important, forwards who are good at shooting and penetrating while also being able to defend big men are preferred.

However, instead of selecting these forwards, Coach Kang chose two guards under 190cm and two big men over 2m tall.

The height of the big men, including Lee Doo-won (204 cm) and Lee Won-seok (207 cm), is the highest in the competition.

This decision was made keeping in mind the difficulties faced so far in the confrontation with China.

China formed a team with only players taller than 2 meters at the 
International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3-on-3 Basketball Asian Cup held last year.

At that time, the Korean national team, which met China in the quarterfinals, felt inferior in height and lost 13-21.

China also sent two athletes over 2m to this competition.

The strategy is to overwhelm the air superiority and play an advantageous game, but as our national team prepares the same colors, a fierce 'fight for height' is expected when they face each other.

Another factor that Coach Kang is trying to exploit is the ‘home atmosphere’ of the host country, China.
Coach Kang believes that in order to win, we must eventually catch China.

As basketball is a popular sport in China, many spectators are expected to visit the stadium and enthusiastically support their team.

Coach Kang said, “If the crowd cheers for China, it can be intimidating in general,” but added, “All of our players have strong personalities.

When they hear that kind of cheering for their opponent during a match against China, they will think that it is cheering that gives them strength.”

“Fields,” he said.

He then laughed and said, “I’ll probably do better, but in the end, the concept of this competition will continue to be ‘reverse use.’”

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