Women’s professional basketball Cheongju KB failed to advance to the playoffs. The defending champion sat down after one season.
KB lost 55-68 in the 2022-23스포츠토토 women’s professional basketball regular league home game against Shinhan Bank held at Cheongju Gymnasium on the 17th. KB, who recorded 9 wins and 18 losses for the season, was unable to secure a ticket to the playoffs to advance to 4th place by confirming 5th place regardless of the remaining game results. The ride with 4th place Busan BNK took place in 5 games.
KB’s failure to advance to the playoffs is the first time in 12 years since the 2011-12 season. The starting center Park Ji-soo walked on a thorny field at the beginning of the season, leaving the team due to panic disorder ahead of the opening game. Park Ji-su counterattacked from the end of the 3rd round when he returned, but collapsed after he left again due to a finger injury. Other key players such as Eom Yoon-ah and Kim Min-jung also suffered from injuries.
This is the downfall of KB, which won the WKBL’s smallest regular league championship last season and won the championship match. Samsung Life Insurance (the winner of the 2020-21 season) was the only case in which the defending champion was eliminated from the playoffs immediately next season.
On the other hand, Shinhan Bank rose to second place in a tie with Samsung Life Insurance.
In men’s professional basketball, Anyang KGC, which ranked first in the regular league, defeated Jeonju KCC 88-79 and won 10 consecutive victories. It is the club’s first and KBL’s 19th record. The regular season magic number is now 7 wins.