7 years, 4 championships, 4 collaborations… now it’s a battle of the top 4 commanders… Who will laugh?

Former foes meet for a chance to advance to the championship game.

The Busan KCC Aegis defeated the Seoul SK Knights 97-77 in Game 3 of the 2023-2024 Jungkwanjang Professional Basketball League quarterfinals at Busan Sajik Gymnasium on Monday.

KCC ended the series against SK early and advanced to the best-of-four. KCC’s quarterfinal opponent is DB, 토토사이트 순위 a team that has regained its superteam aspect in the playoffs.

Wonju is where current KCC head coach Jeon Chang-jin first started his professional coaching career. Jeon served as an acting head coach in the 2001-2002 season before signing a formal coaching contract. It was Jeon who laid the foundation for the club to become a prestigious organization.

In particular, the selection of Kim Joo-sung, a huge rookie in the 2002 draft, was a big change for TG (now DB), which was at the bottom of the league. Kim had already been selected to the national team as a college player.

Jeon tasted championships as early as the 2002-2003 season, his first year as a full-time coach, and he and specialist center Kim Joo-sung combined to reach four championships in seven seasons. Only once did they miss the playoffs during their time together.

The former coach left Wonju after the 2008-2009 season to take a head coaching job elsewhere, and Kim remained with DB as a franchise star. After a stellar career, Kim retired from active play at the end of the 2017-2018 season as the KBL’s representative one-club man and the heart of Wonju basketball.

Coach Kim Joo-sung took over as acting head coach in the middle of the last season, setting up a head-to-head matchup between him and coach Jeon Chang-jin. And DB, which missed the playoffs last season, went straight to the quarterfinals this time, while KCC made it through the sixth round, setting up an unforgiving battle for a spot in the championship.

In terms of the regular season alone, JEJA was the stronger team. While KCC was plagued by injuries and underperformed throughout the regular season, first-year head coach Kim Joo-sung led his team to a wire-to-wire victory.

The team has the reigning MVP duo of Lee Sun Albano and Dedrick Lawson, as well as other solid players like Kang Sang-jae, Kim Jong-kyu, Park In-woong, Choi Seung-wook, Kim Young-hyun, and Yoo Hyun-joon. DB also leads KCC in the regular season head-to-head.

However, KCC, led by head coach Jeon Chang-jin, rebounded dramatically in the playoffs. With their full roster back together, KCC swept the series against SK, who were considered a formidable foe, and advanced to the quarterfinals. Both offense and defense looked flawless, a far cry from the regular season, and they were well-rested after a quick series.

The former head coach used the right rotations and tactics in the quarterfinals series to keep his team on the rise. If KCC can continue their performance in the quarterfinals, it will be a tough series for DB, who dominated throughout the regular season.

Who will have the last laugh in this matchup between the priests who shared the glory years in Wonju? The quarterfinals between DB and KCC will kick off on April 15 with Game 1 at the Wonju General Gymnasium.

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