The Park Shinjah Cup semifinal draw has been finalized. It’s a Korean-Japanese matchup.
The Cheongju KB Stars defeated the Philippines 91-66 in the final game of Group B of the 2023 WKBL Park Shinjah Cup on Nov. 31 at Cheongju Gymnasium. Park Ji-soo had 15 points and seven rebounds, transfer Kim Ye-jin had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Kang Isul had 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Yoon Yoon-ah had 12 points.
KB moved into the quarterfinals with four wins and first place in Group B. They will host Toyota Antelopes (Japan), who finished second in Group A, in the semifinals on March 2. Second place in Group B went to Aeneos Sunflowers (JPN). They defeated Hana WonQ 82-62 on the day. Hana OneQ was led by Shin Ji-hyun with 14 points. In Group B, BNK is third with a 2-2 record, Hana Wonq is fourth with a 1-3 record, and the Philippines is last with four losses.
The other quarterfinal matchup is between Group A’s top-ranked Woori Bank and Group B’s second-ranked Eneos. Woori Bank fell short to Bendigo 68-74 in the final game of Group A. Woori Bank and Toyota finished the group stage tied at 3-1. Based on the winner-take-all rule, Woori Bank is in first place and Toyota is in second.
Toyota defeated Samsung Life 89-76 earlier in the day. Samsung Life was led by Kang Yoo-rim with 29 points, including five three-pointers. In Group A, Shinhan Bank and Bendigo are tied at 2-2. Shinhan 사설토토 Bank is in third place on the winner-take-all basis, while Bendigo is in fourth. Samsung Life is in last place with four losses.
Woori Bank-Eneos and KB-Toyota will play the semifinals first on March 2. This will be followed by the 9th-10th place match between group bottom Samsung Life and the Philippines, and the 7th-8th place match between group 4th place Bendigo and Hana OneQ. On the final day of the tournament, next month 3, the finals will be held, followed by the third-place match between Shinhan Bank-BNK and the fifth- and sixth-place match.