Moss needs to be more solid under the basket.
Daegu KOGAS lost its fourth straight game on Monday, falling 69-91 to Suwon KT in the 2023-2024 regular season at KT Arena in Suwon, South Korea.
KOGAS has had a tough time this season. Since the offseason, the team’s main players have left. The team’s No. 1 foreign option, Isaiah Hicks (202 cm, C), was injured during a cup tournament and is out for the season. Andrew Nicholson (206 cm, F) was brought in on short notice, but he’s been a bit of a disappointment.
KOG has one win and five losses in its first six games. The team has had a lot of problems. Their scoring average is the lowest at 74.3 points. Their rebounding average was 28.4, the second lowest in the league. They averaged 0.3 blocked shots per game. This was also the lowest.
Acting head coach Kang Hyuk said, “We have very few blocked shots right now. Our inside defense is weak, so we naturally get a lot of chances from the outside.”
Nicholson is a player whose strength is scoring, not defense. The second option, Anthony Morse (202 cm, C), is a player who thrives under the basket. Last season, he grabbed 10.9 rebounds and blocked 0.9 shots per game for the Seoul Samsung.
However, Moss hasn’t looked like that to start the season. In his first six games, he averaged 5.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. He didn’t record a single blocked shot. KT needed Moss to play solid perimeter defense.
Moss only played 13 seconds in the first quarter against KT. However, he started the second quarter. Once on the court, Moss was aggressive. He defended the basket well and recorded a blocked shot. He also grabbed five rebounds. As a result, KOGAS was only able to score two points in the first five minutes of the second quarter.
The defense wasn’t the only thing that worked, as the offense was also looking to get to the basket. And it worked. Moss made three of his four shots. He scored nine points in the second quarter, matching KT’s team total of 12. Moss’s performance helped KOG come from behind. At the end of the second quarter, the score was 40-35.
After a strong second quarter, Moss took over in the third quarter. He scored a basket just seven seconds into the quarter. He even drew a foul on his opponent. Although he missed the free throw, he was active under the basket. However, Moss’ performance didn’t continue. He couldn’t control Bath’s speed on defense. He was outmuscled by the defense and was unable to create clear opportunities under the basket. Attempted three shots and made only one. 보스토토 도메인
Moss was unable to control the offense. And then KU fell apart. They were outscored 6-27 in the third quarter. The lead quickly grew. They brought in Nicholson, but it didn’t change the momentum. Then Moss took the court again. However, it wasn’t enough to change the mood of the game.
After the game, acting head coach Kang Hyuk said, “Moss does a lot of good things, like rebounding and setting screens. Today, he did that well. I saw the player I thought he was in the second quarter. This