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Women’s Korean Basketball League

All-Star Game

2 p.m., Sunday, Dangjin Gymnasium, South Chungcheong

The All-Star matchup will feature six WKBL teams divided into a Central team and Southern team with 13 players each.

Players from Woori Bank Hansae, which is dominating the season with a 20-2 record, league bottom KDB Life Winnus and KEB Hana Bank will make up the Central team. For the Southern team, players will come from the Samsung Life Blue Minx, KB Stars and Shinhan Bank S-Birds.

The starting members for the Central team are Park Hye-jin, Lim Young-hee, Lee Kyung-eun, Han Jae-jin and Chelsea Lee. For the Southern Team, Ko Ara, Bae Hye-yoon, Kim Dan-bi, Choi Yoon-ah and Kang Ah-jung will start.

While Korean players are selected through a vote by fans and reporters, as well as coach’s recommendation, foreign players are automatically listed on the squad.

S-Birds guard Choi Yoon-ah set a new record by collecting the most votes in the All-Star Game selection. She earned 34,326 votes from fans, surpassing the previous record held by KB Stars forward Byun Yeon-ha, who had 32,914 votes last season.

Tickets can be obtained by logging on to the WKBL’s official website, printing out a voucher or screen-capturing it on a cellphone, and exchanging it for admission at the ticket office on Sunday. Fans can enter the stadium from 11 a.m.


V-League men’s division

Korean Air Jumbos (15-8) at OK Savings Bank Rush & Cash (16-7)

2 p.m., Saturday, Sangnoksu Gymnasium, Ansan, Gyeonggi

The top two teams in the V-League men’s division are clashing for the fourth time. Defending champion Rush & Cash is leading 2-1 this season.

Both teams are coming from painful defeats this week. The Rush & Cash lost to Kepco Vixtorm for the first time this season on Monday, while the Jumbos also suffered their first season loss to the Hyundai Capital Skywalkers on Tuesday.

The Jumbos and Rush & Cash are currently the two teams with the high error percentage, so reducing mistakes will be critical to collect a win. The Jumbos have committed 579 errors in 87 sets, while the Rush & Cash had 550 errors in 87 sets.

The Rush & Cash have leading scorer Robertlandy Simon Aties, while the Jumbos will match up with Russian attacker Pavel Moroz who came in the middle of the season to replace the injured Michael Sanchez.
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