Warney in good condition, unrivaled performance
Seoul SK dominated the series by beating Changwon LG 73-68 in the first leg of the 2022-23 SKT A-Dot Pro Basketball semifinal playoff held at the Changwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 14th. In the fiercely fought first half, it seemed to be slightly pushed back, but in the second half, it maintained a steady pace, eventually revealing the difference in strength and turning the game upside down.
The destructive power of 1st option foreign player Jamil Warney (29‧199cm) was truly enormous. He dominated the game with 28 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Both teams recorded the most points and rebounds. Kim Seon-hyung (13 points, 6 assists, 2 steals), another axis of the one-two punch, also did his part, but it is evaluated that he was able to break down the LG defense because of Warney, who showed off a sense of scoring that did not cool down throughout the game.
Warney literally showed a scoring show in various ways안전놀이터. With the power radiating from his solid body, he hit a heavy post-up and hit a hook shot, and even if the shot below the goal failed, he grabbed a rebound repeatedly and finished it with a kick. The scariest thing of all was the ‘plotter’. Usually, it is easy to think of Kim Seon-hyung when mentioning a player who is good at floater shooting in SK. In fact, Kim Seon-hyung is also called the plotter craftsman representing the league.
But Warney is also a plotter, so it’s a pity if he’s second. On days when the fingertips are hot, it boasts a level of accuracy as if ‘throw it in’. Whether there is a defense or not, whether it is far or close, it succeeds regardless. It was like that on this day too. There were many cases where he threw near the post, as well as right under the free throw line or the 3-point line, and the success rate was amazing. Even though it seemed like a quick throw, it continued to go in, so for LG, the damage was much greater than allowing a goal with a normal shot such as mid-range.
With a spin move, two more defenders clung to him just as he was about to shoot the opponent in front of him. But Warney didn’t care and threw a floater shot between the three and the ball went through the rim as if it were being sucked in. Where is that? Even the plotter, which seemed to have been suddenly thrown insincerely (?) in a fast-attack situation, thumped the rim and went in. He did not seem to be pushed back even compared to Dennis Wordsworth, the ‘master of the last shot’ whose name is mentioned without falling out of the floater.
As a player known as a scoring machine, Warney is big, flexible, and has good technique. In addition, he is equipped with a power tool, so he does not get pushed or loses his balance even when defenders are surrounded by layers. Because of this, he often throws shots from a stable balance when attacking, and of course, the success rate is also high.
Also, the energy level is high. He has good scoring ability, so he runs diligently, runs around the screen, and actively participates in rebounding. When his teammate’s shot failed, he suddenly jumped out from behind and took a tip-in dunk with both hands, proving this. It is a scene that could not have come out if I had not taken a good spot by focusing on the attack of my teammates and moving hard even when I did not have the ball.
However, it is not that they stubbornly attack alone. Her visibility is good, so if her teammates are empty, she won’t force herself to attack and take chances. As can be seen from the fact that he sent a bounce pass to Choi Bu-kyung (33‧200cm) under the goal after gathering the defenders with a spin move at the beginning of the 4th quarter, he also has a great passing sense.
This season, Choi Bu-kyung feels like he added one more sure option. It’s just ‘take it’. When the defense’s eyes were focused on Kim Seon-hyeong and Warney, the play of finding an empty spot and receiving a pass and scoring a goal became very good. It was like that on this day too. Warney jumped over or broke LG’s solid defense wall, but when Choi Bu-kyung wanted to step into a good position, he threw sharp passes and many of them led to goals.
In fact, Choi Boo-gyeong formed a twin tower with Warney that day, recording a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but most of the points were received from passes from Kim Sun-hyung or Warney. Even if you block it, put it in, increase the strength of the defense, and if you run aggressively with a group of people, the assist goes into the empty space… , To the LG players on this day, Warney was unmatchable. In addition, it must have been a night to miss ‘Prince of Egypt’ Asem Marey (31, 202 cm), who was unable to play in the playoffs due to injury.