Asian Basketball Journal - March 19, 2014

Here in the Philippines there really is no site (or person) really dedicated to the Asian hoops scene, which is why this series exists. Through this series of Asian Basketball Journals, I hope to address just that void. I believe that Asian basketball is such a vibrant source of stories, and I think this should be shared with hoop nuts here in the Philippines and beyond.

Like what I did in the previous post, I won’t be going into a lot of detail anymore.I’ll use mostly images and videos and then just add captions to each one that will, hopefully, capture the essence of the latest developments in Asian hoops.

As always, this past week saw many interesting things happen. The 2014 WABA Champions Cup finally wrapped up, the 2014 CBA Finals got underway, the championship protagonists of the 2014 Qatar Basketball Cup have been set, and the postseason for the KBL and SBL finally began.

Recent developments in the different Asian leagues have
really heated up the action in the continent!
(composite image by Enzo Flojo/Hoop Nut)

2014 WABA Champions Cup: Mahram Tehran beats Petrochimi Bandar Imam in the Finals to bring home the title!

Hamed Haddadi dropped 33 points and 17 rebounds to
lead Mahram-Tehran in its conquest of the 2014 WABA Champions Cup.
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Mahdi Kamrani yells after making a big play for second-placers Petrochimi.
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Wesam Al-Sous scored 23 points as ASU-Jordan defeated Al Kahraba (Iraq)
in the battle for third place.
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The Iranians pocket yet another championship!
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Petrochimi Bandar Imam, bannered by a handful of NT standouts, settles for silver.
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The Jordanians are all smiles as they bring home the bronze medal.
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2014 Qatar Basketball Cup: Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa set up title showdown!

Qatar NT mainstay Khalid Suliman Abdi pulls up here, but he failed to lead Al Sadd past
Al Gharafa in the 2014 Qatar Basketball Cup semifinals.
(image from the QBF)

Despite his advanced age, the iconic Yaseen Ismail Musa continues to
be a vital cog for perennial title contenders Al Rayyan.
(image from the QBF)

2014 CBA Playoffs: Beijing eliminates Guangdong in the semis and and wins Game 1 over Xinjiang in  the Finals!

Sun Yue goes up for the block against Lester Hudson in Game 1 of the 2014 CBA Finals.
Sun's Beijing Ducks beat Hudson's Xinjiang Flying Tigers, 95-75.
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Stephon Marbury and the Ducks were successful in dethroning the Guangdong Southern Tigers
in the 2014 CBA semifinals.
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Sun Yue stepped up to score 15 points in Game 1 against Xinjiang.
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Tang Zhengdong was a non-factor in Game 1 of the 2014 CBA Finals.

Chinese superstar Yi Jianlian is a picture of frustration after he fell short of
leading his Guangdong Southern Tigers back to the CBA Finals.
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2014 KBL: Seoul SK Knights and Busan KT Sonic Boom take series leads in the Quarterfinals!

Byun Ki-Hoon of the SK Knights dropped 13 points in Game 2 of their
2014 KBL quarterfinal series against the Goyang Orions.
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Cho Sung-Min drained three triples to help Busan KT Sonic Boom
within a win of the 2014 KBL semifinals.
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Big man Choi Jin-Soo has been struggling for the Goyang Orions, who
are one loss away from elimination against the Seoul SK Knights.
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Courtney Sims of the SK Knights is double-teamed by Choi Jin-Soo and Anthony Richardson
of the Goyang Orions. The Knights are one win away from facing defending champs
Ulsan Mobis Phoebus in the semifinals.
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Jung Young-Sam and the Incheon ET Land Elephants are on the brink of
getting the boot against the Busan KT Sonic Boom.
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2014 Japan-NBL: Nick Fazekas comes up big as the NBL nears the end of the eliminations!

Import Carl Hall and the Hyogo Storks might miss the postseason after an overtime
loss to Levanga Hokkaido.
(image from the Hyogo Storks)

Former Japanese NT playmaker Kei Igarashi helped the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins
to their 22nd win after beating the Hitachi Sunrockers, 73-61.
(image from Mitsubishi Electric)

Current Japanese NT starting PG Naoto Tsuji has been enjoying a
productive season for the Toshiba Brave Thunders, norming 12 points per game and
shooting better than 41% from beyond the arc.
(image from Toshiba)

Nick Fazekas received Player of the Week honors for the Toshiba Brave Thunders. He
is norming around 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game.
(image from Toshiba)

Japanese NT mainstay Ryota Sakurai and the Levanga Hokkaido five are
currently one of the hottest teams in the Japan-NBL, winning 7 of their last 8 games.
(image from Levanga Hokkaido)

2014 SBL: The Playoffs begin with some great games and a couple of key injuries

Despite his recent injury, 24-year old Liu Cheng still bagged the
2013-2014 SBL Most Valuable Player award for Taiwan Beer.
Even when injured, Cheng shone in Game 3, scoring 22 points to
lead Taiwan Beer to a 2-1 series lead against Taiwan Mobile.
(image from Yahoo! Taiwan)

Luke Nevill, who scored 21 points and grabbed 16 boards, and the rest of Taiwan Mobile failed to gain a commanding 2-1 edge on Taiwan Beer after losing Game 3 of their semifinal series, 78-87.
(image from Yahoo! Taiwan)

Tien Lei and the rest of the Dacin Tigers are just nearing elimination after
they lost Game 3 to Pure Youth Construction, 60-85.
(image from Yahoo! Taiwan)

Undersized PF Tsai Wen-Chengscored 15 points and pulled down 10 boards to help
Pure Youth gain a 2-1 lead against Dacin.
(image from Yahoo! Taiwan)

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