Asian Basketball Journal - November 30, 2014

Here in the Philippines there 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.

Action continued to heat up all over Asia this week, especially after the Taiwanese SBL finally started!

Here are the highlights of this past week in Asian hoops:
- Yes, the Liaoning Flying Leopards continue undefeated in the CBA, winning two games this past week to go up 13-0. The Xinjiang Flying Tigers and Jilin Northeast Tigers also revved up this past week, with both climbing to 9-3.
- Over in the KBL, the Incheon ET Land Elephants and the Changwon LG Sakers were the big winners this past week, as each netting 2 wins to climb in the team standings.
- As expected Mahram Tehran and Petrochimi Bandar Imam continued to dominate in the the Iranian Superleague, also going 2-0 this past week.
- In the NBL, the favorites continued to dominate, including the Aishin Seahorses, who remained unscathed after 13 games.
- Over in Kazakhstan, BC Astana stayed in first place after defeating BC Caspiy Aktau, while BC Kapshagay got one over cellar-dweller Almaty Legion.
- The Taiwanese Super Basketball League also just began, with Liu Cheng winning Player of the Week and Taiwan Beer, Yulon Luxgen, and Pure Youth all winning their first two games.
- By far the biggest development, however, was FIBA’s officially suspending Japan from joining any and all officially-sanctioned international competitions.

2014-2015 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA): 
All images are from

Andray Blatche continues to fill the sheets as the Xinjiang Flying Tigers went 2-0 this past week.

Former PBA import Denzel Bowls has impressed so far for the Jilin Northeast Tigers.

Guo Ailun has been an important contributor to Liaoning's awesome 13-game win streak.

Top FIBA Asia big men Hamed Haddadi and Zhang Zhaoxu matched up this past week. Haddadi's Qingdao Eagles prevailed over Zhang's Shanghai Sharks.

Li Gen of Beijing gets an easy two over the Chongqing Soaring Dragons. The Ducks won, 122-86.

Mahdi Kamrani's 19 points and 9 assists were not enough for Jiangsu Tongxi to beat the Shanghai Sharks this past week.

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):
All images are from

Ham Ji-Hoon tallied 11 points as Ulsan Mobis Phoebus get past the Jeonju KCC Egis this past week.

Jyeong Hyo-Geun goes up strong as the Incheon ET Land Elephants handed the Changwon LG Sakers their only defeat of the week.

National team big man Kim Jong-Kyu was dominant against the Jeonju KCC Egis, getting 14 points and 7 boards.

Kim Si-Rae poured the heat against the Seoul Samsung Thunder, tallying 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Young gun Lee Jae-Do was impressive for the Busan KT Sonic Boom, dropping 10 markers as they beat the Wonju Dongbu Promy.

Yang Hee-Jong flashes his familiar form for the Anyang KGC, which beat Wonju Dongbu Promy earlier this week, 84-69.

2014-2015 Iranian Superleague:

Amir Sedighi slams 2 of his 8 points as Mahram Tehran blew past Takmash Qazvin, 95-74.
(image from the IBF.)

Asghar Kardoust was limited to just 9 points as Naft Abadan succumbed to Mahram Tehran, 86-65.
(image by Ahskan Mehriar/Nasim)

7'4 Jaber Rouzbahani had 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks as Naft Abadan fell to 2-3 in the standings.(image by Ahskan Mehriar/Nasim)

Mohammad Ojaghi of Mahram Tehran navigates through traffic as Mahram Tehran climbed to 6-0 in the Superleague.(image by Ahskan Mehriar/Nasim)

2014-2015 Japanese National Basketball League (NBL): 

Asahi Tajima and the Levanga Hokkaido kept the Tsukuba Robots winless after 14 games. Tajima had 15 points as Levanga won its fourth game of the season.
(image from Levanga Hokkaido)

Ira Brown skies for the slam as the Hitachi Sunrockers defeated the Toyota Alvark, 87-76.
(image from the NBL)

Former national team mainstay Kei Igarashi helped lead the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins get payback on the Hiroshima Dragonflies.
(image from Mitsubishi)

Kosuke Takeuchi helped the Hiroshima Dragonflies go 1-1 this past week, splitting their series with the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins.
(image from the NBL)

Youngster Yuseke Endo has been playing sparingly, but his team, Link Tochigi Brex, continues to do well this season. They did, however, go 0-4 this past week, losing to Aishin twice and then to Toshiba last night.
(image from Link Sports)

2014-2015 Kazakhstan Basketball League Division 1:

Denis Degtyartev protects the ball as BC Kapshagay beat Almaty Legion, 73-65.
(image from

National team stalwart Dimo Klimov goes up strong as BC Astana beat BC Caspiy Aktau, 70-56.
(image from BC Astana)

Pavel Mikheyev of BC Almaty Legion tries to get past Dmitriy Gavrilov of BC Kapshagay.
(image from

Austrian-Slovenian Rasid Mahalbasic dropepd 7 points, 10 boards, 10 assists, and 5 steals for BC Astana as they beat BC Caspiy Aktau.
(image from BC Astana)

Kyrgystani Zhanysh Erns Uulu skies for the easy twinner. He scored 14 as BC Caspiy Aktau fell to BC Astana.
(image from BC Astana)

2014-2015 Taiwanese Super Basketball League (SBL):
All images are from Yahoo! Taiwan.

Import Bryan Davis couldn't tow Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor past Yulon Luxgen this past week, 70-79.

Chen Shun-Hsiang erupted for 20 points as as Bank of Taiwan upended Taiwan Mobile, 67-65.

Doug Creighton and the rest of Pure Youth Construction went 2-1 to star the season, winning over Taiwan Mobile and the Dacin Tigers before losing to Yulon Luxgen last night.

National team star swingman Liu Cheng was named SBL Player of the Week in week 1.

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