WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WOORI BANK FINISHES 2ND IN PARK SHINJA CUP ‘KOREA-JAPAN’ MATCH
Women’s basketball Asan Woori Bank lost the final game of the Park Shinjah Cup International Tournament to finish in second place. Woori Bank fell to Japan’s Toyota Antelopes 65-72 in the final game of the tournament at Cheongju Gymnasium in Chungcheongbuk-do on Wednesday. Established in 2015 after Park Shin-ja, who is considered a “legend of Korean women’s basketball,” the Park Shin-ja Cup was held as a tournament to discover off-season prospects until last year, but this year it was reorganized into an international tournament where even mainstream players can participate. Overseas clubs have also been invited to participate, and the prize money has been increased from 10 million won to 30 million won .Woori Bank, which finished first in Group A (3-1) and advanced to the semifinals, where it defeated “powerhouse” Eneos Sunflowers, which has won the Nippon W-League for 11 consecutive years, advanced to the final of the Park Shinja Cup after last year’s edition, which was played as a summer league to give prospects a chance .Toyota, runners-up in last season’s Japan W-League championship game, finished tied with Woori Bank in Group A with three wins and one loss, but finished second due to a worse head-to-head record .Toyota, which had defeated Cheongju KB 70-68 in the semifinals the day before, was looking for redemption against Woori in the final. Woori Bank defeated Toyota 93-90 in double overtime on the first day of the tournament .After allowing their opponents to score back-to-back points in the first quarter, Woori responded with a three-pointer from Kim Dan-bi. However, back-to-back turnovers by Shiori Yasuma, the group’s assists leader (10.25 average), led to a 3-13 run and they finished the first quarter trailing 17-25.Toyota opened the second quarter with a three-pointer, and Woori Bank responded with a three-pointer from Choi Yi-sam, followed by back-to-back three-pointers from Park Ji-hyun and Kim Dan-bi to pull within two. However, back-to-back threes from Yasuma and Aika Hirashita ended the half with Woori trailing 36-49.Woori continued its frustrating run until Yoo Seung-hee, a transfer from Shinhan Bank in Incheon, scored the team’s first points of the quarter with a basket with 6:34 left in the third quarter. Toyota responded with threes from all over the place and gained momentum, running out to an 18-point lead with about five minutes left in the third quarter. Both teams were held to 11 points in the third quarter, with Woori entering the final quarter trailing 47-60.Toyota responded with Juna Umezawa to extend their lead to 66-50 with just over five minutes left in the game. Woori Bank fought back with back-to-back baskets from Kim Dan-bi, two free throws from Park Ji-hyun, and a three-pointer from Na Yoon-jung to pull within nine points with 2:32 left in the game .Choi Yi-sam and Kim Dan-bi hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute, but it wasn’t enough to turn the game around. Toyota was led by Yasuma with 20 points and Umezawa with 20 points and eight rebounds. For Woori Bank, Kim Dan-bi, who won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors in both the regular season and championship game last season, scored a game-high 22 points, while Park Ji-hyun “Ssangpo” chipped in with 15 points and eight 토토사이트 rebounds.