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Korean Basketball League

Wonju Dongbu Promy (25-25) at Jeonju KCC Egis (32-18)

2 p.m. Saturday, Jeonju Gymnasium, Jeonju, North Jeolla

Egis has topped the league standings for the first time this season after defeating Changwon LG Sakers 85-80 on Tuesday. The team is on an eight-game winning streak, which it hasn’t experienced since Feb. 2004.

With only four games left to the end of the regular season, Egis is now hoping to clinch its first KBL regular season championship since the 1999/2000 season. As second place Ulsan Mobis Phoebus and No. 3 Goyang Orion Orions clash on the same day, the win over Promy will extend Egis’s lead in the league standings.

Egis is 3-2 against Promy this season, but its statistics get worse when they meet Promy. Egis has scored 79.8 points per game this season, but against the Promy, the team had only 76.6 points.

Women’s Korean Basketball League

Chuncheon Woori Bank Hansae (24-4) at Bucheon KEB Hana Bank (16-12)

2 p.m. Saturday, Bucheon Gymnasium, Bucheon, Gyeonggi

Although there are seven games left to the end of this season, Woori Bank has already clinched its fourth straight WKBL regular season title after beating Cheongju KB Stars on Sunday. The team now has nine WKBL regular season titles, which is more than any other WKBL team. Winning the regular season title in just 28 games is also a record.

Woori Bank will go directly to the championship series that starts on Mar. 16, aiming for their fourth consecutive championship title.

While there seems to be little motivation for Woori Bank to play hard in their remaining games, the team faces a challenge from No.2 KEB Hana Bank on Saturday. Half of Woori Bank’s four losses this season came from the KEB Hana Bank.

KEB Hana Bank is currently second and aims to extend its four-game winning streak. Woori Bank, meanwhile, has not lost their last three.


V-League men’s division

Ansan Ok Savings Bank Rush & Cash (21-9) at Suwon Kepco Vixtorm (12-18)

2 p.m. Saturday, Suwon Gymnasium, Suwon, Gyeonggi

Defending champions Rush & Cash suffered a painful defeat against No.2 Cheonan Hyundai Capital Skywalkers on Tuesday and ended their five-game winning streak.

The match against Vixtorm should be a must win for Rush & Cash to stay on the top of the league standings because the team is now only two points above from Skywalkers. Rush & Cash could lose its No. 1 spot if it lost to Vixtorm and Skywalkers beat Incheon Korean Air Jumbos on Monday.

Vixtorm is coming off from a 3-1 win over Seoul Woori Card Hansae on Wednesday and ended its two-game losing streak.

Rush & Cash is 4-1 against Vixtorm this season. Rush & Cash’s Cuban attacker Robertlandy Simon Aties is the league’s second top scorer, 13 points more than Vixtorm’s Czech spiker Jan Stokr.
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