Cheongju KB, the defending women’s professional basketball champion, will not be able to play ‘Spring Basketball’ for the first time in 12 years. The aftermath of Park Ji-soo’s injury was so great.
KB knelt 55-68 to Incheon Shinhan Bank in the 2022-23 women’s professional basketball regular season home game held at Cheongju Gymnasium on the 17th. KB, who recorded 18 losses (9 wins) of the season with 2 consecutive losses, confirmed 5th place regardless of the results of the remaining 3 games until the end of the regular season, and was unable to go to the playoffs (PO) where the top 4 teams competed. KB has a gap of 5 games with 4th place Busan BNK (13-12), which played 2 less games, so it cannot enter the top 4 even if it wins all the remaining games.
It is the first time in 12 years that KB has not been able to participate in the PO since Cheonan was in 5th place in the 2010-11 season. After the 2011-12바카라, season, when KB moved its hometown to Cheongju, it ranked 3rd or higher in all except for the 2012-13 season, when it was 4th. In particular, after Park Ji-soo joined in 2016, he won the playoffs after winning the regular season twice in the 2018-19 and 2021-22 seasons, achieving an integrated championship.
However, this season, Park Ji-soo’s absence has been difficult. Park Ji-soo joined the team at the end of the 3rd round in December last year to concentrate on treatment after being diagnosed with panic disorder. Until then, KB had only 2 wins and 11 losses. After Park Ji-soo joined, he gradually found the atmosphere of last season and recorded 6 wins and 3 losses, including 4 consecutive wins, and raised his dream of advancing to PO. However, at the beginning of this month, he again withdrew due to a finger injury. After that, KB had to give up its dream again with 1 win and 4 losses. Park Ji-soo cheered for his teammates on the bench that day, but it was not enough.
As KB was eliminated, all four top 4 teams were also covered, including Asan Woori Bank, which confirmed the first place in the regular season early. The rest of the teams are fighting fiercely for ranking. Shinhan Bank became tied for second place with Yongin Samsung Life Insurance with 15 wins and 11 losses with the victory that day. It is 1.5 games behind BNK. Shinhan Bank took the lead in victory on this day, with Kim Jin-young scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds, and Sonia Kim recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Kim Jin-young scored 12 points in the first quarter alone. It was 2 points more than KB’s team score. Shinhan Bank, which led lightly by 25-10 in the first quarter, solidified its victory early in the second quarter by running away with a 38-18, 20-point lead in the last minute of the second quarter.