Professional basketball player Jeonju KCC, who returned from injury, made a come-from-behind free throw 1.8 seconds before the end of extra time, confirming their advance to the semifinal playoffs (PO).
Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation won the regular league title for the first time in six years and for the second time in its career.
In the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot professional basketball regular league match held at Changwon Gymnasium on the 26th, Ginseng Corporation confirmed the regular league championship regardless of the results of the remaining games as second place Changwon LG lost to Seoul SK 69-74.
Subsequently, in the home game held at Anyang Gymnasium, Ginseng Corporation defeated Wonju DB 76-71 and celebrated standing tall as the strongest team in the regular league this season.
Even if LG and SK (above 35 wins and 18 losses), tied for second place, win the final match of the regular league, they cannot exceed Ginseng Corporation’s (37 wins, 16 losses).
It is the second time in six years that Ginseng Corporation took first place in the regular league.
Ginseng Corporation won the championship three times (2011-2012, 2016-2017, 2020-2021 seasons), but the only time it reached the top in the regular league was the 2016-2017 season, when it won the overall championship.
Ahead of this season, there were few experts or fans who picked Ginseng Corporation, which coach Kim Seung-gi and shooter Jeon Seong-hyun left for Carrot, Goyang, as a candidate for first place.
However, Ginseng Corporation managed to win the ‘Wire-to-Wire’ with a perfect race that never lost first place throughout the season by combining the activities of Byun Jun-hyung, veterans Oh Se-geun and Yang Hee-jong, and second-year Korean professional basketball player Omari Spellman. .
Ginseng Corporation is the third in history to take first place in the regular league wire-to-wire, following Wonju Dongbu in the 2011-2012 season and Ulsan Hyundai Mobis in the 2018-2019 season.
Ginseng Corporation manager Kim Sang-sik placed the team at the top of the regular league in his first season as manager.
Ginseng Corporation, which became the first champion of the East Asian Super League (EASL) Champions Week earlier this month, is now challenging its second overall championship.
Ginseng Corporation, which went directly to the playoffs (PO) in the quarterfinals with the first place in the regular league, competes with the winner of the PO in the round of 6 between the teams in the 4th and 5th places in the regular league to advance to the championship match with 3 wins out of 5 from the 13th of next month.
The championship was confirmed before the game, but Ginseng Corporation had a reason to win on this day.
This is because the official retirement ceremony for captain Yang Hee-jong, who devoted himself to the team for 17 years, was held at halftime.
Previously, Jeonju KCC solidified its 6th place, and the 7th place DB (22 wins, 31 losses), which failed to go to PO, tried to lay the ground on the ‘Feast Day’ by launching an offensive from the beginning.
DB’s stubborn resistance led by Kim Jong-gyu, who scored 15 points by the third quarter, made it difficult for Ginseng Corporation to escape until the end of the game.
In the match, the guards of Ginseng Corporation came out as ‘fixers’.
Byun Jun-hyung, who succeeded in a quick-breaking layup four minutes before the end of the game, competed with foreign opponent Lenard Freeman to win the right to attack.
Then, two minutes before the end, Park Ji-hoon caught the opponent’s pass and scored a quick break to lead the team to 71-69.메이저사이트
It was Omari Spellman who put a wedge in the board the guards were dragging. Spellman, who received a pass from Byun Jun-hyung, scored 3 points from the top and ran away with 5 points 1 minute and 8 seconds before Ginseng Corporation ended.
Afterwards, when the buzzer sounded for the end of the game, the home fans stood up and cheered the players enthusiastically, congratulating themselves on winning the regular season.
On this day, Byun Jun-hyung scored the most points in the team with 18 points, and Oh Se-geun and Spellman also added 15 points each.
■ LG and SK tied for second place… Semi-final PO direct competition ‘Go all the way!’
With the loss on the day, LG went from second place alone to joint second place with SK.
In the final game of the regular league on the 29th, LG will play a home game against 4th place Ulsan Hyundai Mobis and SK will play 7th place DB.
SK and LG achieved a balance of 3 wins and 3 losses in their head-to-head matches this season, and LG was ahead in goal difference.
Like the ‘competition for second place’, the match between LG and SK continued to be tight that day.
Neither team was able to back down as the score was tied 9 times until the 3rd quarter.
SK, who started the fourth quarter with a 49-45 lead, continued a narrow lead.
LG succeeded in scoring consecutively with Jeong Hee-jae’s free throw, Yun Won-sang’s 3 points, and Lee Jae-do’s free throw, and pursued with a 3-point lead 1 minute and 4 seconds before the end, but Jamil Warney and Kim Sun-hyung scored 5 points 44 seconds before the end, closing the game. .
■ KCC eliminated the possibility of kt’s spring basketball and confirmed their advance to PO with 6th place
KCC, which recently broke the chain of three consecutive losses and recorded 24 wins and 29 losses, recorded 3 wins and 3 losses this season against DB (22 wins, 30 losses) in 7th place with two games left, including the Ginseng Corporation match, but the two teams ahead in goal difference cannot be reversed.
On the 9th of last month, in the game against Hyundai Mobis in Ulsan, Heo Woong, who had left the line after injuring ligaments in his right ankle, returned and made a come-from-behind free throw 1.8 seconds before the end of overtime to give KCC victory.
After suffering 6 consecutive losses and going 20-33, kt’s possibility of spring basketball has completely disappeared.