Jeju United (13-7-13) at Suwon Samsung Bluewings (17-7-9)
2 p.m., Sunday, Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon
After 33 matches, 12 teams are now divided into two groups in the league’s split system and will play five more matches to determine the league winner and the team who will be relegated to the second division.
Jeju dramatically grabbed the final spot in the upper group and has won two games in a row, which includes a 3-2 win against defending champion Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. However, the team hasn’t won against Suwon this season. Jeju has been playing aggressive football, making 400 shots so far, the second highest in the league.
V-League Women’s Division
Hwaseong IBK Altos (0-1) at Incheon Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders (2-0)
4 p.m., Saturday, Incheon Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon
The defending champion Altos suffered a shocking 3-0 loss in their league opener against the Seoul GS Caltex Kixx, but they hope to rebound from the Pink Spiders.
The Pink Spiders have been going well so far, although both of their wins came in full sets. They beat Suwon Hyundai E&C Hillstate in their league opener last Sunday and edged Daejeon KGC on Wednesday in 2 hours and 23 minutes, which turned out to be the longest playing time in V-League women’s division history.
Korean Basketball League
Goyang Orion Orions (10-1) at Busan KT Sonicboom (4-6)
6 p.m., Saturday, Busan Sajik Gymnasium, Busan
Before the season, the Orions have tabbed as the top favorite to win the championship, and they have been proving the point. So far, they have tied the league record for reaching 10 wins in just 11 games. The Orions are the league’s top-scoring team, averaging 85.1 points per game. Forward Aaron Haynes, the two-time Korean Basketball League top scorer, is also the No. 1 scorer in the league, averaging 27 points per game.
The Sonicboom, which also hasn’t lost the last two games, will have plenty of energy to face the Orions, as they had a six-day rest. The return of national team shooter Cho Sung-min is a big boost for the team’s attack. The Sonicboom also tops the league in rebounds and has the league’s best defense, allowing only 76.1 points to opponents.
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