2012.2.14 WEEKLY GLANCEThere are still 12 days left before the end of the KBL regular season, but it seems certain that the Wonju Dongbu Promy will be heading into the playoffs with a league title in hand.
At 39-7, the Promy is also close to setting multiple KBL records, including most wins in a season and the longest winning streak in league history.
The Wonju club is just one victory away from clinching the regular season title after beating the Seoul Samsung Thunders 89-81 on Saturday. The team, led by Kang Dong-hee, would have clinched the title if runner-up Anyang Korea Ginseng Corporation had lost to the Changwon LG Sakers on the same day.
The KGC’s 70-64 victory kept their hopes alive but most likely pushed the Promy’s champagne celebrations to some point this week.
In fact, the Promy could clinch the title tonight as it travels south to face the third-place Busan KT Sonicboom, a team that has handed the Promy two of its seven losses this season.
There is much on the line. A victory tonight would make the Promy the fastest team to clinch the regular season in KBL history, breaking their own record set in the 2007-8 season. The Promy back then claimed the title in 48 matches and just 141 days after the regular season tipped off.
A victory against the Sonicboom would also set up the Promy to break the record for the most wins in a single season, if the team then went on to win against the Sakers on Thursday and the Jeonju KCC Egis on Saturday. The previous record was set just last year by the Sonicboom with 41 wins and 13 losses.
The Promy could also set the record for the longest winning streak in KBL history. The team is currently on a 13-game winning streak and if it wins all three matches this week, the Promy will break the 15-game record set by the Anyang SBS (currently KGC) in the 2004-5 season.
Other teams to watch this week are the Ulsan Mobis Phoebus, who are flying high after forward Ham Ji-hoon, the 2009-10 season MVP, returned to the team from military duty.
The Phoebus are on a five-game winning streak and will host the Egis on Thursday and the Thunders on Saturday.