Without its star player, South Korea seems like a bird for the Cats | World Cup basketball

Without its star player, South Korea seems like a bird for the Cats | World Cup basketball
Without its star player, South Korea seems like a bird for the Cats | World Cup basketball

After the main dish that was America, Belgium will be served two snacks at the Basketball World Cup with South Korea and Puerto Rico, starting with the Koreans. In principle, they should not pose a danger to the Belgian Cats, especially because star player Park Ji-su is not there in Sydney.

The number 13 in the world

With South Korea, Belgium gets Friday the number 13 in the world opposite. The Belgian Cats themselves are in 5th place in the world ranking.

The Korean women have already finished second twice at a World Cup, but those times are long gone. The last silver World Cup medal dates back to 1979.

South Korea did not have much surplus on the way to this tournament. At the qualifying tournament in Belgrade, it kept Brazil behind in a group with Serbia, Australia and Brazil thanks to a narrow victory, good for a World Cup ticket.

The South Korean women after the World Cup qualifier against Brazil.

Without star player Park Ji-su

What Emma Meesseman is to the Belgian Cats Park Ji-Sun for South Korea. The 1.93 meter large center has WNBA experience with the Las Vegas Aces and is the mainstay of the South Korean team.

Unfortunately for South Korea, Park will not be able to make it to this World Cup due to medical reasons, which means the team will not be able to make it to her lost a mainstay is.

And so the Koreans will have to look for different solutions in this tournament, both in attack and in defense. To do this, first of all, we look at the experienced Kim Dan-bifor whom this may be her last World Cup.

Also Park Ji-hyun – not related to – is a player from whom something is expected, despite her young age (22).

On the way to 3rd World Cup in a row without a win?

In a team without big stars, South Korea will have to have this tournament from the collective. That turned out not to be strong enough in the opening match, in which the Korean women a bunch of rattles received from medal candidate China.

Belgium is a team that should perhaps be a little better suited to South Korea, although in principle it does not have enough weapons to make life miserable for the Belgian Cats. After all, it turned out against China that South Korea no solutions had for everything it normally gets from Park Ji-su: height, rebound power and scores under the ring.

South Korea was also there at the previous two World Cups and each time had to go home without a win. At this tournament, the Koreans may dream of winning against Puerto Rico, but eand victory against the Cats is in principle too ambitious when Belgian women reach their normal level.

belgian cats at basketball world cup

program group a
22/09 United States Belgium 87-72
23/09 Belgium South Korea 5 hours
24/09 Puerto Rico Belgium 12.30 pm
26/09 Belgium Bosnia 3.30 am
27/09 China Belgium 5.30 am
standing in group a
m W V +/- ptn
1. China 1 1 0 +63 2
2. Puerto Rico 1 1 0 +24 2
3. United States 1 1 0 +15 2
4. Belgium 1 0 1 -15 1
5. Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 1 -24 1
6. South Korea 1 0 1 -63 1

The top 4 advance to the quarter-finals.

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