Reporter Kim Hee-joon = Cheongju KB Kookmin Bank, who won the women’s professional basketball integrated champion in the 2021-2022 season, failed to advance to ‘Spring Basketball’ this season.
KB Kookmin Bank lost 55-68 in the Shinhan Bank Sol 2022-2023 women’s professional basketball regular league game against Incheon Shinhan Bank held at Cheongju Gymnasium on the 17th.
KB Kookmin Bank, which recently fell into a two-game losing streak and recorded 9 wins and 18 losses, was confirmed to be in 5th place in the regular league regardless of the results of the remaining games. KB Kookmin Bank, whose gap with 4th place Busan BNK (13-12) widened to 5 games, won all the remaining 3 games, and even if BNK lost all 5 remaining games, it would not overturn the rankings.
Advancement to the semifinal playoffs (PO) was also frustrated. It is the first time in 12 years since the 2011-2012 season that KB Kookmin Bank failed to step on the playoff stage.
KB Kookmin Bank entered the playoffs in 4th place in the 2012-2013 season, and has always ranked 3rd or higher since then.
Except for the 2019-2020 season, when the regular league ended midway through the season in the aftermath of Corona 19, KB Kookmin Bank always played ‘spring basketball’. In the 2018-2019 season and last season, he also won the combined championship.
However, this season, the team’s ‘pillar’ Park Ji-soo had a hard time in the absence.
Park Ji-soo, who was diagnosed with panic disorder before the start of this season and left the line, joined the team at the end of the third round, but was effectively out of the season after undergoing surgery for a left middle finger injury earlier this month.
KB Kookmin Bank, which had been on the rise for a while after Park Ji-soo’s return, slowed down again after he left his seat again.
As KB Kookmin Bank was eliminated and BNK confirmed 4th place, all 4 teams that will participate in the women’s professional basketball PO this season, including the regular league champion Asan Woori Bank, have been decided.
Shinhan Bank, which has already been confirmed to enter the PO, became tied with Yongin Samsung Life Insurance for second place with a victory of 15 wins and 11 losses that day.
Kim Jin-young led Shinhan Bank’s victory by scoring 19 points, the most among both teams, and Sonia Kim played her part with 17 points and 9 rebounds. 스포츠토토
Veteran Lee Kyung-eun, who became the 10th player in history to reach 500 games, added strength with 9 points.
At KB Kookmin Bank, Heo Ye-eun scored 11 points and 8 assists, and Shim Seong-young scored 11 points. KB Kookmin Bank’s main gun, Kang Iseul, was somewhat sluggish with 7 points.