Asian Basketball Journal - October 16, 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 in previous posts, I won’t be going into a lot of detail. I’ll use mostly images and then just add captions to each one that will, hopefully, capture the essence of the latest developments in Asian hoops.

The Asian pro circuit kicked off last week with the opening games
of the KBL and Japan-NBL.

A lot of interesting things happened this past week: The Goyang Orions have started hot and won their first three games in the 2014-2015 KBL season, while defending champs Ulsan Mobis Phoebus and Busan KT Sonic Boom are right behind at 2-1 apiece. Over in the JBA, powerhouses Toyota Alvark, Link Tochigi Brex, and Wakayama Trians have all started strong, too, while new team Hiroshima Dragonflies

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):

Charles Rhodes slams one home as Busan KT beat Changwon LG, 84-79.
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National team centers Ha Seung-Jin and Kim Jong-Kyu squared off
on opening weekend. Ha's KCC Egis won, 84-79.
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NT sniper Heo Il-Young has been big for the Goyang Orions so far,
averaging 10.3ppg and shooting 57% from beyond the arc.
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Veteran Kim Joo-Sung had 11 points and 7 rebounds as Wonju Dongbu Promy
defeated Jeonju KCC Egis on opening weekend, 65-59.
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Kim Sun-Hyung and the rest of the Seoul SK Knights have gone
1-1 so far to start their 2014-2015 campaign.
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Rookie center Lee Seung-Hyun has been a big spark for Goyang.
He scored 13 points as the Orions beat the Knights in round 3.
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Ricardo Ratliffe is averaging around 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks
as the champs have won 2 of their first 3 games.
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2014-2015 Japanese National Basketball League (NBL): 

The expansion Hiroshima Dragonflies have enjoyed a strong start inn their maiden NBL season.
(image from Japan-NBL)

Yuta Tabuse pulls up as Link Tochigi Brex beat the champions, Toshiba Brave Thunders.
(image from Japan-NBL)

Joji Takeuchi gets the ball in the post for the Hitachi Sunrockers, who are 2-0 to start the season.
(image from Japan-NBL)

Import Joshua Heytvelt dropped 22 points as Hitachi defeated
the Chiba Jets on opening day.
(image from Japan-NBL)

Former PBA import Nick Fazekas tries a runner against Ryan Rossiter.
(image from Japan-NBL)

Ryan Rossiter averaged 22 points and 10 boards against the champs
in rounds 1 and 2.
(image from Japan-NBL)

Chiba's Ryumo Ono tries to drive against the tough Hitachi D.
(image from Japan-NBL)

Takuya Kawamura has started the season on fire, averaging 22.5ppg, 7.0apg, and 2.5spg
in Wakayama's first two contests.
(image from Japan-NBL)

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