‘Park Ji-soo 37P-20R’ KB Stars avenges losing Game 1 to Woori Bank

KB Stars made the championship game 1 win and 1 loss.

Cheongju KB Stars, led by head coach Kim Wan-soo, beat head coach Wi Sung-woo’s Asan Woori Bank Woori WON 64-60 in the second round of the Woori WON 2023-2024 women’s professional basketball championship match best-of-five series at Cheongju Gymnasium on the 26th.

KB Stars, which recorded 27 wins and 3 losses in the regular league and ranked No. 1, defeated Bucheon Hana One Q with 3 wins and no losses in the series in the playoffs best-of-five series. Since then, they have been beaten 62-68 by Woori Bank in the first game on the 24th, but they will balance the series with their victory.

On the other hand, Woori has lost some momentum. Woori, which advanced to the postseason by ranking second 23 wins and seven losses, beat Yongin Samsung Life Bloomings by 3-1 in the playoffs. They also won the first round, and could have won 100 percent chance 16/16 if they win the game, but failed to come true.

Park Ji-soo posted a double-double with 37 points and 20 rebounds, spearheading KB Stars’ offense. Kang Isul 10 points also backed Kang.

At Woori Bank, Kim Dan-bi 25 points, 8 assists and Park Ji-hyun 12 points, 10 assists fought hard, but the team’s defeat faded.

The first quarter was tight. As KB Stars got the upper hand with Shim Sung-young’s three-pointer and Yeom Yoon-ah’s consecutive points, Woori Bank heated up the court atmosphere with Park Ji-hyun’s outside shot and Lee Myung-kwan’s under-the-goal score.

In the middle of the quarter, KB Stars gradually took the lead. Park Ji-soo raged under the basket and brought the flow toward KB Stars. Woori Bank countered with Kim Dan-bi’s free throw and Choi Yi-sam’s under-the-basket score, but it lacked a little strength. The first quarter ended with KB Stars leading 20-16.

In the second quarter, Woori Bank’s counterattack began. Park Ji-hyun, Choi Yi-sam and Lee Myung-kwan scored under the basket one after another. Park Hye-jin also helped with a quick score. KB Stars responded with Yeom Yoon-ah and Park Ji-soo’s points, but failed to change the atmosphere by hitting Park Ji-hyun with three points. The first half ended with Woori Bank overturning the game 36-34, with Kim Dan-bi and Choi Yi-sam scoring consecutive points.

The seesaw game was also played in the third quarter. Kim Dan-bi and Park Ji-hyun at Woori Bank, and Park Ji-soo and Heo Ye-eun at KB Stars played a close game, respectively. After the battle of Iljin and Iljin, KB Stars gradually began to change the atmosphere. Kang Yi-seul’s three-point shot divided the rim, and Park Ji-soo also scored under the basket. The third quarter ended with KB Stars taking the lead again 47-45.

The final result was decided in the fourth quarter. KB Stars will control the team with the upper hand. While Park Ji-soo still showed strong presence under the basket, Lee Yoon-mi’s outer defense fired up.

Woori Bank was not just watching. They opened the scoring with Kim Dan-bi’s under-the-basket-shot goal and turned the tables with free throws by Park Ji-hyun and Kim Dan-bi, and Choi Yi-sam’s three-point shot. Soon after, Kang I-seul allowed a shot under the basket, but Park Hye-jin’s long-range shot went off.

The goddess of victory in the last minute of the quarter smiled at KB Stars. Park Ji-soo’s under-the-basket goal tied the match, and Heo Ye-eun succeeded in both of the free throws that were made through U-foul against the opponent team, cementing her victory. Then, with 25.7 seconds to go, Park Ji-soo placed a shot under the basket to give KB Stars its first win in the championship match. 스포츠토토