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BASKETBALL

Emmett’s 27 points lead Egis to semi-final win over KGC

Andre Emmett of Jeonju KCC Egis combined 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead Egis in the first game of the semi-final series yesterday to defeat Anyang KGC 80-58.

Emmett scored 13 points in the first quarter alone including nine points beyond the arc to help Egis take the lead at 22 to 12 by the end of the quarter. His three-point field goal percentage stood at 44%, while his overall field goal percentage was 50%.

Egis center Ha Seung-jin recorded a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds to help Egis overpower KGC.

Egis will play the KGC in the second game of the series today at their home court in Jeonju.

VOLLEYBALL

Bluefangs beat Stars to
end season in third place

Daejeon Samsung Bluefangs ended their regular season with a victory over the Gumi KB Insurance Stars yesterday to finish third in the league standings.

Gyorgy Grozer led the Bluefangs with 22 points. Bluefangs ended thier regular season with 23 wins and 13 losses.

Bluefangs have been first seeded going into the postseason in the past four years. However, the Bluefangs go into the playoff third seeded this time. Adding to the pressure, the point difference between the Bluefangs and No.4 seed Incheon Korean Air Jumbos is only two, which means the Bluefangs will have to play an extra game against Jumbos prior to the playoff to secure their spot in the postseason. The Bluefangs recorded four wins and two losses against the Jumbos this season.

The match between the Bluefangs and the Jumbos is scheduled for tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Daejeon.

BASEBALL

Ten KBO teams begin their
preseason exhibition games

Preseason games for Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) began yesterday.

Ten teams of the KBO will play exhibition games for the next three weeks before the season opener on Apr. 1.

Eight teams played in the first day of the preseason, namely the Nexen Heroes against the Hanhwa Eagles in Daejeon, the Samsung Lions against the NC Dinos in Masan, the Doosan Bears against the KT Wiz in Suwon and the SK Wyverns against the Lotte Giants in Ulsan.

In the game between the Heroes and the Eagles, the Heroes were defeated by the Eagles by 2 to 4, whereas the Lions edged the Dinos by 5 to 3. Bears and Wiz recorded a 5-5 draw, while the Wyverns tied with the Giants by 6 to 6.

The game between the LG Twins and the KIA Tigers in Gwangju was rained out.

Teams and venues for today’s exhibition games will be the same as yesterday. All five games are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

CHOI HYUNG-JO [choi.hyungjo@joongang.co.kr]

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