2018–19 Korisliiga season

The 2018–19 Korisliiga season was the 79th season of the top professional basketball league in Finland. Karhu successfully defended their title to repeat as Finnish national champions.

Korisliiga
Season2018–19
Teams11
Dates7 October 2018 – May 2019
Final positions
ChampionsKarhu (2nd title)
Runners-upKouvot
Third placeKTP
Fourth placeVilpas

FormatEdit

The eleven teams played four times against each one of the other teams for a total of 40 games. The eight best qualified teams joined the playoffs and the last one played a best-of-three relegation playoff against the First Division runners-up.

TeamsEdit

Location of teams in the 2018–19 Korisliiga

Ura promoted from First Division and Kobrat remained in the league as Espoo United was expelled due to financial irregularities.[1][2]

Team City Arena
Helsinki Seagulls Helsinki Töölö Sports Hall
Kataja Joensuu Joensuu Areena
Karhu Kauhajoki Kauhajoen Yhteiskoulu
Kobrat Lapua Lapuan Urheilutalo
Korihait Uusikaupunki Pohitullin Sports Hall
Kouvot Kouvola Mansikka-Ahon Urheiluhalli
KTP Kotka Steveco-Areena
Nokia Nokia Nokian Palloiluhalli
Pyrintö Tampere Pyynikin Palloiluhalli
Salon Vilpas Vilpas Salohalli
Ura Kaarina Kupittaan palloiluhalli

Regular seasonEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Salon Vilpas 40 33 7 3795 3442 +353 66 Qualification for the playoffs
2 Karhu 40 28 12 3513 3215 +298 56
3 Pyrintö 40 24 16 3574 3331 +243 48
4 Kataja 40 24 16 3532 3371 +161 48
5 KTP 40 23 17 3495 3410 +85 46
6 Kouvot 40 19 21 3462 3391 +71 38
7 Helsinki Seagulls 40 18 22 3387 3393 −6 36
8 Nokia 40 17 23 3400 3539 −139 34
9 Korihait 40 16 24 3434 3602 −168 32
10 Kobrat 40 9 31 3309 3707 −398 18
11 Ura 40 9 31 3180 3680 −500 18 Qualification to relegation playoffs
Source: Korisliiga

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away HEL KAU KAT KOB KOR KOU KTP NOK PYR VIL URA HEL KAU KAT KOB KOR KOU KTP NOK PYR VIL URA
Helsinki Seagulls 82–81 63–85 73–96 87–72 74–88 93–92 88–73 87–82 91–94 93–70 72–74 64–100 79–80 115–79 90–84 73–88 63–87 82–77 83–89 101–78
Karhu 85–75 89–90 83–74 100–85 84–72 84–87 86–94 84–76 115–112 92–80 83–65 93–92 94–77 94–75 82–79 98–87 98–75 86–79 96–81 93–70
Kataja 83–81 65–69 91–72 88–77 91–80 87–84 91–82 82–84 87–94 80–88 102–80 85–65 87–84 102–85 79–78 88–69 93–100 76–74 121–128 96–75
Kobrat 81–104 101–85 94–103 90–99 76–93 102–86 84–81 90–108 85–92 104–94 81–82 71–81 71–104 89–80 78–76 77–100 95–73 75–69 114–107 102–88
Korihait 66–80 86–93 88–80 79–78 95–88 89–99 77–85 96–102 103–104 90–108 75–96 55–97 90–98 80–93 84–87 84–78 80–84 71–83 81–93 93–75
Kouvot 89–86 94–79 75–61 109–90 102–73 82–96 85–90 94–75 81–90 97–74 94–102 80–94 97–78 109–90 77–87 95–93 79–96 79–60 99–103 102–98
KTP 98–89 77–86 79–77 100–92 98–81 82–78 88–68 74–98 76–72 65–91 86–84 98–79 100–79 94–69 105–94 95–87 94–89 92–95 93–100 88–68
Nokia 75–118 69–94 86–88 93–81 91–80 79–69 89–78 86–81 86–89 100–86 93–102 66–88 97–95 78–81 89–95 86–91 101–89 69–87 80–99 104–78
Pyrintö 112–90 83–80 109–93 95–87 92–81 87–85 83–91 111–83 91–100 110–73 86–85 87–86 95–67 106–89 107–72 80–83 78–80 104–93 89–90 95–60
Salon Vilpas 80–79 83–77 87–97 94–86 110–71 106–72 79–71 75–69 94–93 94–78 84–87 90–86 96–78 103–76 110–71 109–86 101–84 108–89 89–85 92–67
Ura 82–75 75–99 72–81 89–97 83–100 55–93 69–90 74–85 83–75 81–88 89–74 71–101 87–112 79–94 85–80 66–92 82–71 97–87 84–91 78–104
Source: Korisliiga
Legend: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.

PlayoffsEdit

The quarter-finals and semi-finals were played in a best-of-three 1–1–1–1–1 format with re-seeding in the semifinals. The finals were played in a best-of-seven playoff format.

BracketEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1 Salon Vilpas 3
8 Nokia 0
1 Salon Vilpas 3
6 Kouvot 4
4 Kataja 1
5 KTP 3
6 Kouvot 1
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)
2 Karhu 4
2 Karhu 3
7 Helsinki Seagulls 0
2 Karhu 4
5 KTP 0
3 Pyrintö 0
6 Kouvot 3

QuarterfinalsEdit

Team 1 Series Team 2 Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
Salon Vilpas 3–0 Nokia 106–70 88–70 114–87 0 0
Karhu 3–0 Helsinki Seagulls 87–61 98–89 108–68 0 0
Pyrintö 0–3 Kouvot 85–93 83–91 78–83 0 0
Kataja 1–3 KTP 109–72 95–98 92–100 80–96 0

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Series Team 2 Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7
Salon Vilpas 3–4 Kouvot 87–86 77–85 92–91 71–88 89–73 86–95 82–91
Karhu 4–0 KTP 106–72 101–90 94–70 79–68 0 0 0

Third place gameEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
KTP 98–97 Salon Vilpas

FinalEdit

Team 1 Series Team 2 Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7
Karhu 2–1 Kouvot 96–86 74–88 85–78

Relegation playoffsEdit

Team 1 Series Team 2 Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Ura Basket 2–0 LoKoKo Bisons 126–79 90–80

Finnish clubs in European competitionsEdit

Team Competition Progress
Karhu Champions League Third qualifying round
Kataja FIBA Europe Cup Second round

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Korisliigojen sarjalisenssit kaudelle 2018-19 myönnetty" (in Finnish). Korisliiga. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Korisliiga, täältä tullaan! – Ura Basket pokkasi divarin mestaruuden näyttävästi". Retrieved 9 July 2018.

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