V-League men’s division
Ansan OK Savings Bank Rush & Cash at Cheonan Hyundai Capital Skywalkers
7 p.m. Friday, Ryu Gwan-sun Arena, Cheonan, South Chungcheong
Ansan OK Savings Bank Rush & Cash will challenge regular season champion Cheonan Hyundai Capital Skywalkers in the first match of V-League final series today. Rush & Cash had to overcome the Daejeon Samsung Bluefangs in the semi-finals to get a chance to take a shot at its second consecutive V-League title after finishing second in the regular season behind the Skywalkers. Rush & Cash defeated its adversary in the semi-finals with the set score of 3-0 in the first game and 3-1 in the second game.
The key to today’s game for Rush & Cash will be reviving its offensive capabilities against the Skywalkers. Whenever Rush & Cash plays the Skywalkers, it scores much less at 72.50 points on average than its season average of 87.0 points. Rush & Cash has had two wins and four losses against the Skywalkers this season.
The finals will be played as a best of five series.
Korean Basketball League
Goyang Orion Orions at Jeonju KCC Egis
5 p.m. Saturday, Jeonju Gymnasium, Jeonju, North Jeolla
The Goyang Orion Orions finally have a shot at the KBL Championship title for the first time in 14 years, but it will not be an easy journey as Jeonju KCC Egis stands in their way.
The Orions came out of the semi-finals against the former champions Ulsan Mobis Phoebus, with the team defeating the Phoebus with three straight wins. Orions guard Lee Seung-hyun has averaged 34 minutes 55 seconds of game time, with 11.83 points and 3.8 rebounds per game during the playoff to help the team make it to the finals.
If the Orions are to clinch the KBL title, containing Andre Emmett and Ha Seung-jin would be the most impending task. With Emmett, the Orions will have to put pressure on him during defense to render his menacing offense useless. Ha’s height and rebounding skills concern the Orions. The Orions players will have to box Ha out under the basket whenever a shot is attempted.