NH Card’s Mercury or Crown HaeTae-Hanacard-Welcome Savings Bank’s back-and-forth drama?
On the 19th, the sixth day of the third round of the Welcome Savings Bank PBA Team League 2023-2024 concluded at the Goyang Kintex PBA Stadium in Goyang City.
As a result, the NHL Card, which had a day off, remains in first place with an undefeated record (5 wins and 14 points), while Crown Hattae is in second place (4 wins and 1 loss, 12 points) and Welcome Savings Bank and Hana Card are chasing them in third place (11 points).
Crown HaeTae won 4-1 in straight sets against Haiwon Resort to earn three points and move into sole possession of second place, ahead of Hana Card. In the first set, Kim Jae-geun and Kim Tae-kwan won 11-3 (9 games) against Lee Chung-bok and Im Sung-gyun, followed by evenly matched performances from Baek Min-ju, Lim Jung-sook, Oh Tae-joon, and Martinez.
Hana Card, on the other hand, was swept by SK Rent-a-Car. A win on the day would have allowed them to catch up to the leaders NHK and gain a foothold for an upset victory in the third round, but they lost the third set 1-4, with Murat Nasi Choklu (Turkuye) being the only player to beat Kang Donggung 15-13 (7 innings).
Hana Card is determined to make a comeback in their first match against NHK Card on Day 7 on the 20th. With their chances of winning the championship now slim, they must seize the game, which has been dubbed the “Card Company Derby,” to keep their chances alive. With only two games left in the third round, Hana Card needs to win the remaining games, including the one against NHK Card, and watch the outcome of NHK Card’s game. 굿모닝토토
Crown HaeTae has 12 points and is closing in on the NHK Card (14 points). With three games remaining, they still have a chance to close the gap. Crown HaeTae’s best-case scenario is to win both games and defeat the NHK Card on the final day of the third round to increase their chances of winning the title. They still have a chance to pull off the upset depending on how the NHK Card performs before the final matchup.
Welcome Savings Bank also stayed in contention for the title with their first four-game win streak of the season after defeating the Hawks. Welcome Savings Bank got a point from every player on the field as they swept the Huons 4-0 in straight sets to add three points to their tally. With the win, Welcome Savings Bank moves into third place with 11 points, one game behind Hana Card.
The team that is closest to winning the title is leader NH Card. Based on their recent momentum (five straight wins), they are the favorite to win the title in Round 3 following Round 1. With a day off today, the NHKad will look to extend their winning streak to six games against Hanakkad in the first game of Day 7 (12:30 p.m.).
Day 7 of the third round begins with the first game, NHK Card-Hanacard, at 3:30 p.m., followed by Eswai and High One Resort at 6:30 p.m., SK Rent-a-Car and Welcome Savings Bank at 9:30 p.m., and Crown Haetae and Huonce at 10:30 p.m. Blue One Resort will take a day off.