The Korean Basketball League (KBL) league has become even more inflamed with the Lunar New Year holiday. As a result of playing the ‘New Year’s Day Series’ held around the Lunar New Year holiday (21-24), the competition for the middle and upper ranks began to fluctuate as the joys and sorrows of each team were mixed.
The KBL League is currently entering the mid-to-late 4th round. Now, there are only 20 games left for each team in the regular season. The ‘New Year’s Day Series’, right at the time when the competition between ‘those who want to harden’ and ‘those who want to catch’ heat up, was held without a break from the 19th to the 24th.
First of all, the chase to threaten the stronghold of Anyang KGC, the undisputed leader, was strong. KGC lost 65-85 in the match against Goyang Carrot on the 21st. It was a rare rout this season for KGC, and it was a counterattack punch for Carrot after three consecutive losses. Carrot coach Kim Seung-gi, who led KGC, said, “We will show that we can destroy it if we set our minds to it,” because of the uncomfortable feelings left in the process of parting ways with the KGC club, and it really proved it.
Still, on the 22nd, KGC took its anger out on Seoul Samsung with a score of 91 to 66, and sent the series to 1 win and 1 loss. In the meantime, Changwon LG (2nd, 20-13), Ulsan Hyundai Mobis (3rd, 20-14), and Seoul SK (4th, 19-14), who are tightly packed in 2nd to 4th place by half a game car, are scary. are catching up Currently, LG and KGC (23-10) have 3 games. It has narrowed down a bit from what was 3.5 to 4 games before entering the series.
This is because these three ‘chasers’ have achieved satisfactory results as if they had promised in the series. Ulsan Hyundai Mobis was the only team among 10 teams to ‘swept’ 3 consecutive games, and SK also played one less game, but won all 2 games during the Lunar New Year holidays. LG won 2 wins and 1 loss.
While KGC added 1 win during the series, the chasing teams all won 2 or more wins, narrowing the ride, and their own battle for 2nd place became hot as well. The 1st and 2nd place in the regular league will be given a direct ticket to the playoffs in the quarterfinals. 스포츠토토
The progress of Carrot, a new team re-founded, was also remarkable. Although he was caught in the game against SK on the 23rd (80-82 loss), he won 5 consecutive wins, the most in the team this season, including 2 consecutive wins in the series. Carrot, who had tied for 5th place with Jeonju KCC until the series, succeeded in the ‘Winning Series’ and went beyond 5th place alone to reach the semifinals.
Wonju DB, which had been slowing down with its first consecutive loss since Kim Joo-seong took over as acting manager, entered the stable zone to escape the lower ranks by winning two consecutive wins.
If there is a positive side, there is a negative side. Teams caught in the trap of these so-called ‘well done’ teams had to face a nightmare Lunar New Year holiday. Representative teams are KCC, Seoul Samsung, and Suwon KT. KCC went on a three-game winning streak before the All-Star break, but fell sharply after the break with a three-game losing streak in the “New Year’s Day Series.”
Samsung, which replaced all two foreign players during the break period, also raised concerns that it was virtually ‘consolidated at the bottom’ by winning three consecutive losses in the series, as if ‘a hundred medicines were invalid’. With 3 consecutive losses in the series and 11 consecutive losses in the league, he set a disgraceful record for the most consecutive losses throughout the season. KT also seemed to be successful in rebounding by winning 6 consecutive wins in the 3rd round, but only got 1 win (2 losses) in the series.
Amid such mixed joys and sorrows, the competition for the 6th round reached a chaotic phase. While KCC lost 3 times in a row, Daegu Korea Gas Corporation, who won 1 win after 3 consecutive losses, and DB with 2 consecutive wins added to it, closely chasing 6th place (16-18) KCC by 2.5 games. Here, the 7th place (14 wins and 19 losses) KT, Gas Corporation, and DB’s gap became only half a game.
On the other hand, Jeon Seong-hyun, who continues to break the record for consecutive three-pointers for the first time in history, continued to make three points in three games in the series and spent the holiday while increasing the number of consecutive games to ’75’.