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27/04/2011
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KOR – KCC Egis claim fifth KBL championship

SEOUL (KBL) - Guards Kang Byung-Hyun and Shin Myung-ho hit timely baskets down the stretch to help KCC Egis edge out Dongby Promy 79-77 in Game 6 of the 2011 KBL Finals and win the best-of-seven series 4-2 and clinch their fifth KBL League crown.

The win completed an impressive turnaround. Down 2-1 in the series, KCC Egis fought back and took Games 4 and 5. Dongbu had won Game 3 of the series after the first two games had been split.

American Chris Daniels led KCC Egis with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds and giant center Ha Seung-jin added 22 points and pulled down nine boards, but the contribution of Kang and Shin proved decisive.

Ha was named Finals MVP.

With KCC Egis trailing 77-75, Kang fired in his second of two three-pointers for the game to give KCC Egis a 78-77 lead.

Kang had 10 points for the game.

Lim Jae-hyun then succeeded in his second of two free-throws to seal the issue with 11 seconds left on the clock. Lim too had 10 points.

“It was a shot of fortune,” said Kang, who was playing his last game before undertaking military service on 2 May.

“This victory will be the best present for me ahead of the military."

KCC Egis who trailed 25-16 at the end of the first quarter and 40-30 at halftime, bounced back after the break to take a 58-56 lead to end the third period, setting up a high-voltage final frame.

Shin gave KCC Egis the edge just past the midway mark in the fourth quarter with his only three-pointer of the game and moments later converted two free-throws to put his team ahead.

“I just threw the ball with confidence, and it went through the rim just fine,” Shin said.

“And you wouldn’t know how dazzling I was with such a successful shot.

“I think I was able to make the shot with calmness as my team-mates were helping each other."

Victor Thomas’ 23 points and nine rebounds paced Dongbu Promy. Kim Joo-Sung had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

KCC Egis, who had finished runners-up last year to Mobis Phoebus, are now the most successful team in KBL history having won five titles (1998, 1999, 2008 and 2009, 2010) in various formats of the KBL.

FIBA Asia