In the first week of the second half, the chaotic aspect continues. After finishing the first half with 2 consecutive wins, 6th place Jeonju KCC, who was looking for the top spot, started the second half with 3 consecutive losses. They struggled in 메이저사이트 attack, averaging only 68.3 points in 3 games, and are only 1.5 games away from 7th place Suwon KT. Behind KT, Wonju DB and Daegu Korea Gas Corporation are stuck with a difference of 0.5 games. KCC cannot guarantee playoffs. As Heo Woong, who is carrying a lot of burden this season, was shaken, the overall performance dropped significantly.
On the other hand, DB has changed 180 degrees after changing the manager. After manager Lee Sang-beom voluntarily resigned on the 5th, Kim Joo-seong, the manager, won 3 wins and 2 losses in 5 games. Goyang Carrot coach Kim Seung-gi, who faced DB on the 19th, said, “The players seem to have different postures on the court. Recently, DB is a team that can never be taken lightly.” At the time, DB lost to Carrot 72-87, but later defeated both Samsung and KT. Doo Kyung-min left, but Kang Sang-jae plays an active role and aims for spring basketball again. KT and KOGAS are also worthy of aiming for the playoff stage in terms of power.
In addition, there is a high probability that the upper ranks will fluctuate. The East Asian Super League (EASL), which will be held for the first time this season, is expected to act as a big variable. Last season’s champion, Seoul SK, and runner-up, Anyang KGC, are having a rough February due to the EASL held in Japan in early March. During the month of February, 4th place SK will play 10 games and 1st place KGC will also play 10 games. 3 or 4 more games than other teams. Because the game is tightly digested, there is no choice but to broaden the range of use of the squad.
SK coach Jeon Hee-chul said, “I am already worried about February. From February, we need to increase the utilization of Six Men. I think I have no choice but to make some adjustments while definitely catching the games that I can catch.” It is a notice that ‘more players will step on the court’.
KGC will start EASL from March 1st and SK from March 2nd in Utsunomia and Okinawa, Japan. A total of 8 teams, 2 Korean KBL teams, 2 Japanese teams, 2 Philippine teams, 1 Taiwanese team, and 1 Hong Kong team, determine the strongest team in East Asia in Japan.
The schedule after EASL could also put pressure on SK and KGC. From March 5th, the EASL final, to the end of the regular season, SK will play 9 matches and KGC will play 8 matches. KGC, which has been at the top throughout the season, and SK, which continues to rise after Choi Jun-yong’s return, but it remains to be seen what effect EASL will have on the two teams and the KBL game.
It is also noteworthy whether the Filipino players who joined in the second half are active. Dave Ildefonso for KT and Calvin Jeffrey Epistola for KCC have been playing since the second half. Samsung also concluded a contract with Justin Baltazar. If Ildefonso and Epistola play the role of handlers, which are lacking in their teams, the performance of the two teams will skyrocket.
This season is more intense than ever. The power of each team fluctuated due to the transfer of free agents in the air-conditioning league and the recruitment of Filipino players in the Asia Quarter, and the league game is also unpredictable. It seems that the composition of the top rankings going directly to the semifinals through entering the second round, and the bottom rankings aiming for the last game of the playoffs will continue until the end of the regular league.