Jumbos debut new player against the Skywalkers
Korean Air Jumbos (9-6) Hyundai Capital Skywalkers (10-5)
2 p.m., Sunday, Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium, Cheonan, South Chungcheong
The league No.2 Skywalkers are hosting the No.3 Jumbos, and hope to get revenge for their last two defeats this season. But the Jumbos are arriving with a new weapon.
The Jumbos had to replace Cuban attacker Michael Sanchez Bozhulev, as the 29-year-old injured his wrist during team training and needed surgery. Sanchez, who was in his third V-League season, is out for at least two months.
To fill the void, the Jumbos said on Tuesday that they signed Russian spiker Pavel Moroz from Lokomotiv Novosibirsk. The 28-year-old will stay with the Jumbos until March 2016.
Moroz, who plays as an opposite attacker, was the top scorer in the Russian league in the 2011-12 season. Fans are curious how he’ll work with setter Han Sun-soo in his V-League debut.
The Skywalkers, which have won their last three games, are powered by Cuban attacker Oreol Camejo and Moon Sung-min, who recently topped in votes for the All-Star Game selection.
Tied for first, Orions and Mobis square off in Ulsan
Goyang Orion Orions (20-8) at Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (20-8)
7 p.m., Friday, Dongcheon Gymansium, Ulsan
The two teams tied for first in the Korean Basketball League, the Orions and the Phoebus, will face off tonight in Ulsan. The Orions have beaten the Phoebus twice this season, losing once.
Even without the league’s top scorer Aaron Haynes, who was averaging 25.86 points per game before he was sidelined by injury, the Orions finally ended their four-game losing streak on Wednesday, edging Jeonju KCC Egis 68-67.
But the Orions, which are the league’s No. 2 team in offense with 82.3 points per game, are so desperate to keep their lead that they’re considering playing Haynes tonight, even though he’s not fully recovered.
The Phoebus are coming off a 72-63 win over the Incheon ET Land Elephants on Wednesday. The defending champions are known for their cohesive team play, allowing only 73.7 points per game, the fewest in the league.
Defending champ Woori takes on KEB Hana Bank
Chuncheon Woori Bank Hansae (9-2) at Bucheon KEB Hana Bank (6-5)
7 p.m., Friday, Bucheon Gymnasium, Bucheon, Gyeonggi
The three-time Women’s Korean Basketball League defending champion Woori Bank will take on KEB Hana Bank tonight in Gyeonggi.
Woori has won its last three games, while KEB is coming off a 65-63 defeat on Wednesday against the Yongin Samsung Life Blue Minx.