'Anyang Korea Ginseng Corporation Pro Basketball Team'

Anyang
Korea Ginseng Corporation
안양 KGC인삼공사
Anyang Korea Ginseng Corporation 안양 KGC인삼공사 logo
LeagueKorean Basketball League
Established1992; 30 years ago (1992)
HistorySBS Basketball Team
1992–1997
Anyang SBS Stars
1997–2005
Anyang KT&G Kites
2005–2010
Anyang Korea Ginseng Corporation
2010–2011
Anyang KGC
2011–present
ArenaAnyang Gymnasium
(Capacity: 6,690)
LocationAnyang, South Korea
Team coloursRed, Orange
   
Main sponsorKorea Ginseng Corporation
Head coachKim Seung-gi
OwnershipKT&G (via KGC)[1]
Championships3 Korean Leagues
Websitewww.kgcsports.com

The Anyang Korea Ginseng Corporation, or Anyang KGC, is a professional basketball club in the Korean Basketball League, based at Anyang Arena in the city of Anyang. The club has won three KBL championship titles, in 2011–12, 2016–17, and 2020–21.

History[]

Pre-KBL era (1992–1997)[]

Anyang KGC traces its lineage to the amateur basketball team started by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) in 1992. It was one of several basketball teams started by corporate companies hoping to take advantage of the "basketball craze" taking place during the early to mid-1990s. Prior to 1997, domestic basketball was an amateur sport and all teams, whether sponsored by a corporate company or a university, participated in the National Basketball Festival (Korean: 농구대잔치) competition. The SBS team lacked the financial resources to attract the era's biggest stars and was mostly overshadowed by the dominance of the Kia, Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Electronics and the college teams from Yonsei University and Korea University. One of the better-known players from this era was Jung Jae-kun.[2]

Anyang SBS Stars (1997–2005)[]

When domestic basketball turned professional, SBS decided to register its team for the upcoming league. The Anyang SBS Stars would move to Anyang, where the team has been ever since.[3] The Anyang municipal government agreed to invest in building a new sports complex to house the basketball team in addition to the football team (Anyang LG Cheetahs) and ice hockey team (Anyang Halla).[4][5] However the project would take several years to complete so the Anyang SBS Stars had to play their "home" games elsewhere, even though it had "Anyang" in its name. The team spent its first several years playing at Jamsil Arena (now home to Seoul Samsung Thunders), Uijeongbu Gymnasium (repurposed for volleyball and now home to Uijeongbu KB Insurance Stars) and Daelim University College's gymnasium.[6] Anyang Gymnasium was completed on schedule ahead of the 2000–01 season.[7]

At the end of the 2004–05 season, SBS sold the team to Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation (KT&G). At that time, it was the only basketball team sponsored by a broadcasting company. Taeyoung Group, the parent company of SBS, decided to consolidate its financial resources in the broadcasting sector, hence the sale.[8]

KT&G / KGC era (2005–present)[]

Under their new sponsors, Anyang KT&G Kites spent the next several seasons in the middle ranks of the league table and changed names several times. Red, the color of KGC's best-known product Cheong Kwan Jang, was adopted as the team color and has been associated with Anyang KGC ever since. In 2010, KT&G opted to transferred ownership and naming rights of its sponsored sports teams to subsidary Korea Ginseng Corporation (KGC) as company directors felt that the sports teams being associated with a tabaco company would be detrimental to marketing efforts. The team, although keeping the signature red color, went through a rebranding with a new team logo and mascot.[1]

The 2011–12 season was a major milestone for the team as they won their first ever Championship. At that time, Anyang had a relatively young and inexperienced squad, consisting of center Oh Se-keun, forward Yang Hee-jong and guards Kim Tae-sul, Park Chan-hee and Lee Jung-hyun, while their own head coach Lee Sang-beom was only in his third season as a head coach of a KBL team.[9][10] The team suffered the embarrassment of scoring only 41 points in the January game against eventual regular season champions Wonju Dongbu Promy and setting an all-time record for the lowest score in a league game.[11] Despite the setbacks, Anyang managed to reach the final of the play-offs, where they were up against Dongbu. Pundits and observers had predicted the young squad was no match for a Dongbu team which earned the nickname "Dongbu Mountain Fortress" (Korean: 동부산성) for recording the league's best defensive record.[12][13] Anyang won four out of six games to lift the Championship trophy for the first time in its history.[14] Oh, Yang, Kim, Park and Lee became collectively known as Insamshinki (Hangul: 인삼신기), a portmanteau of KGC's Korean name Insamgongsa (Hangul: 인삼공사) and Dong Bang Shin Ki (Hangul: 동방신기). The quintet went on to carve out their own decorated careers as the league's top domestic players and establish themselves as the backbone of the national team.[15]

KGC spent the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons in the lower half of the league table, failing to qualify for the play-offs on both occasions. The 2011–12 team was soon broken up with the departure of Kim to Jeonju KCC Egis and Park, Lee and Oh each enlisting for mandatory military service one after another. They were dealt another blow when Lee Sang-beom's successor Jun Chang-jin was investigated for allegations of match-fixing during his time at Busan KT Sonicboom. Jun never had the chance to coach the team in a league game as he resigned before the 2015–16 season began.[16] To add to the turmoil, Oh was also investigated in connection with the match-fixing case after it was discovered that he and several college teammates had placed bets with the illegal sports betting site back when they were students.[17] Jun's assistant Kim Seung-gi took over and found himself having to fill the void left by Oh, who was suspended for 20 games, and other key players who were absent due to injury or enlistment.[18]

Team names[]

Honours[]

Korean Basketball League[]

Winners: 2011–12, 2016–17, 2020–21
Runners-up: 2021–22
Winners: 2016–17
Runners-up: 1997, 2011–12
Third place: 2004–05, 2020–21, 2021–22

Seasons[]

Season Regular season Playoffs Head coach
G W L PCT Pos
1997 21 14 17 0.667 2nd Semifinal Kim Dong-gwang
1997–98 45 18 27 0.400 8th Did not qualify Kang Jung-soo
1998–99 45 22 23 0.489 7th
1999–2000 45 21 24 0.467 5th Semifinal Kim In-geon
2000–01 45 26 19 0.578 4th Semifinal
2001–02 54 28 26 0.519 6th First round
2002–03 54 22 32 0.407 8th Did not qualify Jung Deok-hwa
2003–04 54 18 36 0.333 9th
2004–05 54 33 21 0.611 3rd Semifinal Kim Dong-gwang
2005–06 54 27 27 0.500 7th Did not qualify
2006–07 54 25 29 0.463 6th First round Kim Sang-shik
(acting)
2007–08 54 30 24 0.556 4th Semifinal Yoo Do-hoon
2008–09 54 29 25 0.537 7th Did not qualify Lee Sang-beom
2009–10 54 16 38 0.296 8th
2010–11 54 16 38 0.296 9th
2011–12 54 36 18 0.667 2nd Winners
2012–13 54 30 24 0.556 4th Semifinal
2013–14 54 19 35 0.352 9th Did not qualify
2014–15 54 23 31 0.426 8th Lee Dong-nam
(acting)
2015–16 54 30 24 0.556 4th Semifinal Kim Seung-gi
2016–17 54 39 15 0.722 1st Winners
2017–18 54 29 25 0.537 5th Semifinal
2018–19 54 25 29 0.463 7th Did not qualify
2019–20 43 26 17 0.605 3rd Not held[a]
2020–21 54 30 24 0.556 3rd Winners
2021–22 54 32 22 0.593 3rd Runners-up
  1. ^ Playoffs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea.

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ a b "한국인삼, KT&G 스포츠단 인수 운영" (in Korean). KBS. September 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "<농구대잔치>상무 표필상.정재근 앞장 기업은행 제쳐". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). December 27, 1993.
  3. ^ "프로농구 연고지 확정-서울은 공동.부산은 기아자동차". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). November 27, 1996.
  4. ^ "안양종합운동장에 실내체육관.빙상경기장 건립". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). September 9, 1997.
  5. ^ "운영보사위원회회의록" (in Korean). Anyang City Council. December 13, 1999.
  6. ^ "[현장에서] 의정부 첫 대형이벤트...농구열기 '후끈'". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). November 14, 1997.
  7. ^ "[농구전용구장] 안양에 생긴다… 10월 개장". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). March 27, 2000.
  8. ^ "SBS 농구단 팔린다". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). July 28, 2005.
  9. ^ "곰인줄 알았는데 … 강동희도 놀란 '여우' 이상범". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). April 14, 2012.
  10. ^ "기쁜 우리 젊은 날 1". GQ Korea (in Korean). May 8, 2012.
  11. ^ "'무록' KGC 양희종, 챔프전 히든카드로 급부상" (in Korean). JTBC. March 25, 2012.
  12. ^ "달라진 구단명, 달라지지 않은 연고지". Basket Korea (in Korean). March 27, 2020.
  13. ^ "'동부산성'의 위력 앞에 모비스 무릎 꿇다". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). January 5, 2012.
  14. ^ "오세근 시대 개막…인삼공사 첫 우승". The Hankyoreh (in Korean). April 6, 2012.
  15. ^ "함께 별을 딴 동료의 첫 굿바이, 인삼신기가 김태술에게". Jumpball (in Korean). May 14, 2021.
  16. ^ "'승부조작 혐의' 전창진, 안양 감독직 자진 사퇴". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). August 6, 2015.
  17. ^ "불법 스포츠도박 프로농구 선수 등 15명 기소…김선형·오세근 기소유예". The Hankyoreh (in Korean). October 23, 2015.
  18. ^ "오세근 돌아온다...'완전체' 인삼신기, 개봉박두". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). November 4, 2015.

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