“We got stronger, we were a one team.”
Kang Dong-gung of SK Rent-A-Car, who finished second in the PBA Team League, expressed his expectations for next season rather than regret.
SK Rent-A-Car lost 1-4 to Hana Card in Game 7 of the “Welcome Savings Bank PBA Team League 2023-2024 Final” at KINTEX PBA Stadium in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do on the 27th, finishing second with a total of 4 wins and 3 losses.
He came in third place in the regular league, and he was more confident than ever, so it was cold-hearted that he couldn’t reach the top. With the victory of Game 5 on the 26th making it 3 wins and 2 losses, it was painful that he couldn’t catch Game 6 that night.
However, Kang Dong-gung is looking ahead to the next season. “Our team has changed this season. My final decision-making power and confidence have increased,” he stressed.
SK Rent-a-Car boasts spectacular competition among its players. Kang Dong-gung, one of the two strongest teams in the Korean men’s pro baseball league along with Cho Jae-ho (NH Nonghyup Card), is captain of the team, while foreign player Eddie Repence has demonstrated the best performance among foreign players since Frederik Kudron left the team. There are certain cards, including Kang Ji-eun and Hida Aurier, who have won in the women’s championship. Cho Sang-hwi and Ngodin-nai also have the capacity to decide victory or defeat in Hankyu.
However, in the team league, strong teamwork is required to achieve the totality of individual capabilities or more.
SK Rent-a-Car showed off its perfect teamwork this season. The self-respecting team gave full confidence in the captain, and the palace praised him as “the oldest member of our team.” The team called in operation time and asked the palace for advice in a not-so-difficult postseason deployment, but its attitude of mutual respect was revealed by the captain’s embarrassing gesture by waving his hand.
“It would have been difficult without Refence in this season’s team league. I am the leader, but he has helped me too much,” the palace said. The same goes for Ngoh. “I wanted to send out the strongest player in the seventh set, so I chose Ngoh. Ngoh has never complained,” the palace said.
Kang Dong-gung usually explained the team’s atmosphere, saying, “The players are so nice. I think I can do anything,” but the reason why he never changed his order in the final was because of his trust in “We are a one-team.”
“Thank you to the front desk, including Hwang Il-moon, owner of the team. I failed to win the trophy, but the second place means that I have something to go up to. I will definitely become a champion next season,” he promised.
Meanwhile, Hana Card grabbed 100 million won (approx. The award for the best player (prize worth 5 million won) was given to Murat Najee Choklu, who had 17 wins and nine losses (win rate 65.4 percent) in 26 sets of the postseason. The PBA, which ended its team league, will start its eighth individual tour of the season from May 4 to 12.