Asian Basketball Journal - March 27, 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 FIBA suspension on the Federacion Libanaise de Basketball remains, Al Riyadi, Al Moutahed Tripoli, and Homenetmen Beirut are all gaining momentum in the LBL, and the playoffs continue to heat up in China, Korea, and Taiwan!

The Lebanese league and the Japan-NBL are hitting their strides,
the Beijing Ducks are one win away from the 2014 CBA title,
and the playoffs in the KBL and SBL are heating up, too!
It was an exciting week in Asian basketball!
(composite image by Enzo Flojo/Hoop Nut)

2014 Lebanese Basketball League (LBL): FLB remains suspended, while Riyadi, Moutahed, and Homenetmen continue to surge!

Lebanese NT players like Ali Mahmoud remain in limbo as the
FIBA suspension on FLB stands.
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Lebanese-American Ali Haidar goes up strong as Al Riyadi scrapes by Sagesse, 73-72.
(image from ProSportLb)

Sagesse's Charles Thomas tries a pirouette move against Joe Vogel of Homenetmen.
Homenetmen defeated Sagesse, 68-63.
(image from ProSportLb)

Lebanese-Australian Julian Khazzouh of Sagesse tries to go up
 strong against Ahmad Ismail of Al Riyadi.
(image from ProSportLb)

Terrence Leather of Homenetmen emphatically slams one home against Sagesse.

2014 CBA Playoffs: Championship series heats up as Beijing leads Xinjiang, 3-1!

CBA leading scorer Lester Hudson led Xinjiang's home win in Game 3, 92-81.
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Import Randolph Morris shoots over Tang Zhengdong as the Beijing Ducks
defeated the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in overtime in Game 2, 90-86.
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Stephon Marbury drilled in 28 points and handed out 8 assists as the Beijing Ducks
dismantled the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Game 4, 94-88.
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Former Chinese NT big man Su Wei gets bloodied as the Flying Tigers
lost in Game 4, 94-88.
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Sun Yue drained 4 treys on his way to 17 points as the Ducks moved
within a win of the 2014 CBA title.
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2014 KBL: Changwon sweeps Busan, 3-0, while Seoul squares series with Ulsan, 1-1!

Courtney Sims and Aaron Haynes are jubilant as
the Seoul SK Knights won in Game 2, 74-69.
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Veteran wingman Joo Hee-Jung waxed hot, connecting on 5 triples
as the Knights beat Mobis Phoebus in Game 2.
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Korean-American Joon Tae-Pong is frustrated as the Sonic Boom get swept.
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The Sakers celebrate after their huge road win over Busan KT Sonic Boom, 96-82.
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Moon Tae-Jong had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals as
the Sakers won in Game 3.
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Moon Tae-Young has some sweet nothings for the referee as
the defending champion Ulsan Mobis Phoebus lose Game 2 at home.
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2014 Japan-NBL: Trians, Thunders, and Alvark come up big!

Jeff Gibbs had 15 points and 7 rebounds as Toyota Alvark beat the
Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins a few days ago, 95-74.
(image from Toyota Alvark)

NCAA Division 1 product KJ Matsui continued to wax hot from long
range as Toyota Alvark won its back-to-back against Mitsubishi.
(image from Toyota Alvark)

Senegalese Mamadou Diouf had 14 points and 7 rebounds to help the league-leading
Toshiba Brave Thunders win over fellow powerhouse Aishin Seahorses.
(image from Toshiba)

Import Michael Parker led the Wakaya Trians' win over the Hitachi Sunrockers, 88-76.
Parker unloaded 32 points and 22 rebounds in the big win.
(image from Wakayama Trians)

With averages of around 20 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal per game,
former NBA hopeful Takuya Kawamura remains the main man for Wakayama.
(image from Wakayama Trians)

2014 SBL: It will be Pure Youth vs Taiwan Mobile in the Finals!

Chen Shih-Chieh and the defending champion Pure Youth club are
back in the SBL Finals after winning Game 5, 81-74, to
clinch their semis series against the Dacin Tigers, 4-1.
(image from TSNA/Yahoo!)

Dacin's Lin Kuan-Lun was named the 2014 SBL Most Improved Player.
The 30-year old wingman normed 14.5 points and 1.5 threes per game.
(image from TSNA/Yahoo!)

Former NT player Wu Tai-Hao gets mobbed by his teammates after
he hit the marginal free throws in the second OT to lift Taiwan Mobile
past Taiwan Beer in Game 7 of their semis duel, 78-76.
(image from TSNA/Yahoo!)

Veteran PG Wu Yung-Jen will finally play in the SBL Finals
after playing since the league's inception.
He hit 2 treys and had 6 points in Game 7.
(image from TSNA/Yahoo!)

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