Asian Basketball Journal - November 8, 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.

Pro hoops action is really heating up all over Asia!

Here are the highlights of these past few weeks in Asian hoops:
- The top teams in the KBL and NBL-Japan continued to roll an dominate.
- The 2014-2015 CBA season finally kicked off!
- BC Astana continues to rule the four-team Kazakh league.
- Sagesse bags the 2014 Al Qadisia title.
- Al Rayyan wins the 2014 Arab Club Championships.
- The 2014 ABL Finals heat up as Hi Tech Bangkok beats the Malaysia Dragons in Game 1.

2014-2015 Japanese National Basketball League (NBL): 

Hiroki Watanabe launches one as the Link Tochigi Brex sweep their back-to-back against Levanga Hokkaido.
(image from Link Tochigi)

Ira Brown and Kenta Hirose celebrate as the Hitachi Sunrockers remain on top of the NBL team standings.
(image from Hitachi)

Nick Fazekas and the rest of the Toshiba Brave Thunders continue to struggle in the 2014-2015 season.
(image from Toshiba)

Shinnosuke Negoro and the Hyogo Storks won twice against Wakayama before losing today against the Aishin Seahorses.
(image from the Hyogo Storks)

Former national team playmaker Shinsuke Kashiwagi has been a very important piece of Aishin's undefeated campaign so far.
(image from Aishin)

Former NT player Takatoshi Furukawa dropped 13 points as Link Tochigi Brex picked up its seventh win.
(image from Link Tochigi)

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):
- All images are from
6'8 center Kim Jun-Yi dropped 24 points as the Seoul Samsung Thunder beat the Jeonju KCC Egis earlier this week.

Playmaker Kim Si-Rae has been playing well as the Changwon LG Sakers have won three games in a row.

Top rookie Lee Seung-Hyun had 13 points and 7 rebounds as the Goyang Orions beat the Jeoneju KCC Egis today, 84-76.

National team PG Yang Dong-Geun rifles in a three-pointer as Ulsan Mobis Phoebus defeated the Incheon ET Land Elephants last weekend, 80-72.

Yang Hee-Jong helped the struggling Anyang KGC squad beat the Seoul SK Knights today, 82-69.

National team swingman Yoon Ho-Young drives past Ricardo Powell as the Wonju Dongbu Promy continued their strong play with a 76-70 victory over the Incheon ET Land Elephants tonight.

2014-2015 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA): 
- All images are from
Despite 28 points from The Lebanese Tiger, Fadi El-Khatib, the Foshan Long Lions lost to the Liaoning Flying Leopards on opening weekend.

Han Shuo and the rest of the Bayi Rockets continued to struggle at the start of the 2014-2015 season, losing their third straight game this weekend.

Taiwanese wingman Jet Chang recorded 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 threes as the Sichuan Blue Whales lost to the Tianjin Steel Golden Lions today, 115-108.

Naturalized Filiino Andray Blatche dueled with Metta World Peace on opening weekend. Blatche is currently averaging around 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal for the 3-0 Xinjiang Fying Tigers.

Former NBAers Michael Beasley and Delonte West have teamed up for the Shanghai Sharks this season. So far, it hasn't been a rosy partnership, though, as the Sharks have lost their first three games.

Erick McCollum of the Zhejiang Golden Bulls is currently #2 in scoring, dropping 38.7 points per contest.

Serbian big man Miroslav Raduljica was instrumental in helping the Shandong Flaming Bulls win on opening weekend, but they have since struggled, losing their last two games.

The defending champion Beijing Ducks have started the season well, going 3-0 so far. Stephon Marbury has been a big contributor, norming about 21 points, 4 boards, and 5 assists per game.

Yi Jianlian and the Guangdong Southern Tigers may have lost their opening match to Beijing, but they have bounced back well, winning over Jilin and Shandong this week.

2014-2015 Kazakhstan Division 1 Basketball:

#31 Anatoliy Kolesnikov has carried over his strong play from the 2014 Asian Games to his campaign with BC Astana despite playing off the bench.
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National team mainstay Anton Ponomarev has been solid as BC Astana's main reserve center.
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Jerry Jamar Johnson leads the Division 1 scoring table with nearly 18 points per contest.
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Former national team teammates Dimo Klimov (#12) and Mikhail Yevstigneyev (#37) faced off this week, with Klimov's BC Astana prevailing over Yevstigneyev's Almaty Legion.
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Greek-American Pat Calathes has been a double-double machine for BC Astana this season.
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Pavel Mikheyev of Almaty Legion tries to box out Luksa Andric of BC Astana. Astana has beaten Almaty 4 out of 4 so far this season.
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Vasili Savchenko of BC Kapshagay tries to outmaneuver the Astana defense here. BC Kapshagay is running second in the team standings with a 2-2 slate.
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2014 Arab Club Championships:

Top Qatari club Al Rayyan celebrates after bagging the 2014 Arab Club Championships, beating Morocco's AS Sale, 85-78.
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The Qataris had to defeat top Egyptian side, Al Ahly Cairo in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.
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Qatari living legend Yaseen Musa receives the trophy for the victorious Qataris.
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2014 Al Qadisia Tournament:
- credit to The Daily Star writer Dany Abboud for all the information and links to the images.
National team playmaker Rodrigue Akl shows off the championship trophy after Sagesse beat Ittihad Alexandria of Egypt, 77-73.
(image from Sagesse)

Sagesse wins its first title since the 2006 WABA Tournament.
(image from Dany Abboud)

Sagesse rallied past fellow Lebanese club Tadamon Zouk in the semifinals, 89-82.
(image from Sagesse)

Young playmaker Wael Arakji has been a vital cog for Al Riyadi, which struggled in the Arab Club Championships after losing star scorer Ahmad Ibrahim to food poisoning.
(image from The Daily Star)

2014 ASEAN Basketball League:
- All images are from the ASEAN Basketball League.
Al Vergara and the rest of the Singapore Slingers got booted out in the semifinals.

Jerick Cañada dropped a season-high 23 points on top of 6 assists as Hi-Tech Bangkok  beat the Westports Malaysia Dragons in Game 1 of the 2014 ABL Finals, 93-77.

Pinoy super scorer Leo Avenido failed to lead the Saigon Heat past the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the semifinals.

Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa needs to play well in Game 2 if the Dragons want to avert falling into a 0-2 hole.

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