Yang Jae-min (24, Sendai) returned from a knee injury to help his team win.굿모닝토토 주소
Jae-min Yang’s Sendai Eighteeners defeated the Gunma Crane Thunder 87-75 on Friday in the fourth round of the 2023-24 Japan Professional Basketball League B League Regular Season at Zebio Arena Sendai in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Sendai improved to 2-5 on the season.
Asian quarterback Yang Jae-min, who joined Sendai ahead of the season, started the first four games and was gaining recognition from head coach Hiroki Fujita. But then something happened. Yang injured his right knee when he was crushed by a falling foreign player in Osaka on March 15. He then missed the two games against Chiba on the 21st and 22nd due to pain.
Yang Jae-min was included in the roster on the 25th and prepared for the game. After being left out of the starting lineup, he first wore a long-sleeved jersey and waited on the bench. His sore right knee was still bothering him.
Sendai is led by foreign player Rashawn Thomas, who played for the Hyundai Mobis, as their ace. Thomas struggled early on. Sendai trailed 10-19 with 2:25 left in the first quarter.
That’s when the coach brought in Yang Jae-min off the bench. On defense, Yang shut down the 6-foot-6 point guard Ko Flippin. On offense, Yang faced the 6-foot-5 guard Naoto Tsuji, who also has experience with the Japan National Team. Yang, who has a height advantage, confidently knocked down a three-pointer. Thomas’ offense came alive when Yang set a screen for him. Sendai ended the first quarter with a 19-22 lead.
After successfully checking his knee, Yang Jae-min took no chances and headed to the bench early in the second quarter. Rising to the occasion, Sendai battled back to take a 28-22 lead in the second quarter. Yang came back into the game in the second quarter. Even in his short time on the floor, his energy was good, inspiring his teammates to fight. Sendai led by eight points at halftime, 41-33.
At halftime, Yang continued to warm up as instructed by the trainer. Due to his lack of playing time, it was difficult to determine the condition of his knee. Yang did not sit on the bench after the start of the third quarter, but continued to stand and stretch.
He returned to the court with 2:24 left in the third quarter, when Sendai took a commanding 62-47 lead. Yang was aggressively running the offense and getting to the basket. Clearly, his teammates were energized when he was on the court. Sendai stretched the score to 66-47 and sealed the win early.
Active and clever moves were good. Yang Jae-min cut in on a foreign player’s post-up and drew a foul. He made two free throws and scored six points. He also defended 6-foot-8 center Eric Murphy, who was defended by a shorter player and drew a foul for a post-up. Yang is an all-around player who can play any role his coach asks him to play.
Yang came off the bench with 6:02 left in the game. He played 9 minutes and 44 seconds, scoring six points on 2-of-2 from the floor, 0-of-1 from three, and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. Despite playing fewer minutes, he was the team’s energizer bunny on offense. Sendai’s successful return from his knee injury was a big win for the team.