Ulsan Mobis claim KBL title, ticket to FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019
Ulsan (Korea) - Ulsan Mobis are crowned the Korean Basketball League champions with a 92-84 win over Incheon ETLand Elephants. Ulsan clinched the finals series 4-1 for their 7th ever KBL title, leading all franchises in the history of the competition.
It had been 4 years since Ulsan Mobis completed their three-peat back in 2015 in a sweep over Wonju DB Promy and now they are back atop the KBL this time. The title win has also granted Ulsan a trip to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 Final 8 round, a tournament no Korean team has won since 1992.
This caps off a spectacular season by Ulsan who also finished as the regular season champs with a 43-11 record, just one victory shy of tying the KBL all-time record. Already pegged in the pre-season as possibly the “best KBL team ever”, Ulsan proceeded to lead the league in points, rebounds, assists, all shooting percentage catagories, and blocks. After their quarterfinals, Ulsan proceeded to beat Jeonju KCC Egis 3-1 to set up their 10th KBL finals appearance facing Incheon.
Incheon ET Elephants, who were making their first ever trip to the KBL finals, kept the games close and won game 2, but eventually fell to Ulsan in 5 games.
Star guard and regular season MVP candidate, Lee Dae-Sung, is named the KBL Finals MVP after averaging 16.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in the series. Lee also shot 49.2 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from downtown.
The KBL champions are now headed to represent Korea at the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 Final 8 round later this year to face the top clubs from all over Asia. The previous KBL champions, Seoul SK Knights, went all the way to the semifinals last year and claimed 3rd place, the highest for a Korean team ever since 1997.