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City of champions


Busan KCC Egis has been crowned the Korea Basketball League Champions. 

The championship caps off KCC Egis’ inaugural season in Busan, which moved here from Jeonju in 2023. The win over KT Sonicboom is also significant since the Sonicboom was based in Busan from 2003 to 2021.

KCC Egis’ win marks a significant milestone in Busan’s sports history. This is the first time in 27 years that a Busan-based professional sports team has won a league championship. 

On Sunday, KCC Egis beat KT Sonicboom 88-70 in the fifth game of the 2023-24 KBL Championship to win the best-of-seven series 4-1. The club became the first team to claim the championship title after finishing the regular season in 5th place. 

This marks the team’s sixth title overall. KCC Egis last won the championship in the 2010-11 season. 

During the regular season, KCC struggled with the absence of star players due to injury, poor performance and conscription, which resulted in a disappointing 5th-place finish. However, the team pulled off a miracle thanks to charismatic head coach Jeon Chang-jin and his top players, like Heo Ung, Choi Jun-yong, Ra Gun-ah, Song Kyo-chang and Lee Seoung-hyun.

Mayor Park Heong-joon, a noted big fan of basketball, congratulated the club and said, “The City of Busan will foster sports culture in the city by establishing policies related to sport. The citizens will have pride in the city as the city government is trying hard to make a city where people want to live generation after generation.”

<Today's Vocabulary - 오늘의 단어>

inaugural: 첫 significant: 중요한 absence: 부재 injury: 부상 conscription: 병역 


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