CAMPUS: The 14th POSTECH-KAIST Science War
CAMPUS: The 14th POSTECH-KAIST Science War
  • Reporter Gwak Jun-ho, Jo Han-
  • 승인 2015.09.23 13:02
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Reasons behind the Wins and Losses
POBBA fought hard until the end
The basketball game was the first official sports game of the POSTECH-KAIST Science War. The score gap early in the game was quite big, 10:31. After the second quarter, POBBA narrowed the gap, but they did not have enough time to pull out a victory. KAIST won by 36:51. To discover the reasons of defeat and the strategies of POBBA, The Postech Times interviewed Hyun Soo Chae, the coach of POBBA.
Q. What was the main reason POBBA struggled early in the game?
A: KAIST threw in a player called Won Guk Kim from the beginning. He is an all-round and outstanding player. Failing to match this player caused us to give up a lot points early on. Also, POBBA was inferior in physical fights, so Chan Park (EE 14) got injured. Losing a key player resulted in additional lost points.
Q. After playing basketball against KAIST for 14 years, do you notice any particular style of play of KAIST?
A: Actually, the coach of the KAIST’s basketball team changes every year, while POBBA’s coach does not change annually. Their playing style depends on their coach’s playing style and is hard to predict.
Q. To win the game next year, what problems should POBBA overcome?
A: Selecting excellent players might be the most urgent thing POBBA should do. Since KAIST has a student number around 2.5 times that of POSTECH, physical conditions of players are inevitably inferior. Although it is an incorrigible drawback of POBBA, POBBA will strive to overcome this problem through intense training.
Tachyons bravely takes on KAIST baseball team
The baseball game between POSTECH and KAIST was held on Sep. 19 at 10:30 a.m. The score was close early on, but slowly started to tilt towards KAIST, who eventually won 5:12. To find out the strategic backgrounds of the Tachyons and the reasons for their defeat, The Postech Times interviewed Seok Yong Park, the coach of the Tachyons, and Mun Jung Yong (MSE 12).
Q. How did you train to play against KAIST?
A: The chances of winning at baseball on university level often depend on defense, rather than offense. Strong defense lifts up the team’s morale and this leads to confident batting, which means a higher possibility of scoring. Therefore, we reinforced our overall defense, including shortstop, third base, and, most importantly, the pitchers.
Q. What do you think of the game overall?
A: Thanks to the good performance of our first pitcher, we only allowed 1 run in the first 3 innings. Our batters were able to hit confidently, resulting in the Tachyons leading the game 5:1. However, as the game proceeded to fifth inning, we gave up 9 runs, while changing our pitchers twice. From that point on we lagged behind KAIST until the end of the game. At lot of this probably resulted from low morale.
Q. Are there any solutions for a strike back?
A: While KAIST’s team has a methodical playing style, Tachyons lack such techniques. This is probably because of lack of experience in competitive games, and most importantly, number of players with talent. There is no shortcut for us, only to practice harder to build up such systematic playing style and overcome numerical inferiority.
KAISER’s sudden boosts score and morale
With the overall score of 4:2, POSTECH students’ morale plummeted. However, KAISER’s unexpected victory of 2:1 made an excellent finale to the POKA festival, and our students united as one with overflowing enjoyment. To learn about KAISER’s secrets for sudden victory, The Postech Times interviewed Byeong Su Kang, the coach of KAISER, and Hyun Joon Kim (MATH 12), selected as the MVP.
Q. What was the main reason for KAISER’s victory?
A: KAIST football team’s penetrative play style is based on long range passes and through-passes. Knowing this, KAISER practiced heavily on header passes and intercepting. Also, since this was an away game, we concentrated highly on defense, with a 4-2-3-1 defensive formation. Such circumspection led KAISER to take chances every time they had the ball. Most importantly, however, the sacrifice of individual members counted highly for the victory. Coming to practices despite busy schedules molded the players into a strong cooperative team.
Q. Do you have any resolution for the team as a coach?
A: Even though we won, I think that there was some amount of luck and timing. I am not planning to let my players rejoice over today’s victory for too long, but rather accept it modestly and prepare much harder to be a finer team. We definitely lacked in passing accuracy and possession rate. We are excited, but we still have a lot of work to do.

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