2012.2.7 WEEKLY GLANCEWith 10 games left until the end of the regular season, the Wonju Dongbu Promy is just four wins away from clinching the regular season title after a 82-80 nail-biter against the Seoul Samsung Thunders on Friday and a 70-56 handling of the Busan KT Sonicboom on Sunday.
The Promy, led by coach Kang Dong-hee, is enjoying an 11-game winning streak that is likely to stretch to 13 when it faces two bottom-end teams - the Goyang Orions on Thursday and the Seoul Samsung Thunders again on Saturday. The Promy has yet to lose against both teams this season, going 4-0 against the Orions and 5-0 against the Thunders.
Along with the Promy, the sixth-place Ulsan Mobis Phoebus and seventh-place Changwon LG Sakers swept their games last week. Fighting for the last spot in the playoffs, the two teams will square off tomorrow in Ulsan. The Phoebus and Sakers have split their last four meetings.
The Phoebus are trying to adjust to the recent addition of the 2009-10 season’s MVP Ham Ji-hoon, who last week joined the team after finishing his military service. The forward had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in his returning game against the Orions on Saturday, contributing to the team’s 78-70 victory. The Pheobus face the Orions again on Saturday before traveling to Incheon to face the ET Land Elephants.
While some teams have enjoyed winning streaks, last year’s champion, Jeonju KCC Egis, lost both games last week and plunged into a four-game losing streak. The fourth-placed team is now only one game ahead of the fifth-place Elephants. Tough games are waiting for the Egis as they travel to face second place Anyang KGC tonight and then host the Elephants on Friday.
But if not in those two games, the Egis will likely put an end to their losing streak on Sunday when they face the Sakers. The team, led by Hur Jae, has a better head-to-head record (4-1) against the Sakers.
The Seoul SK Knights, who are on a six-game losing streak, will also have a favorable chance to turn the tide when they host the Thunders tonight.