Asian Basketball Journal - December 28, 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.

Steph Marbury's grimace spearheads this past week's developments in Asian basketball!

Here are the highlights of this past week in Asian basketball:
- League-leading Liaoning absorbed another loss this past week, but they bounced back well, defeating the Xinjiang Flying Tigers for the second time this season in the CBA.
- Over in the KBL, the Wonju Dongbu Promy and Ulsan Mobis Phoebus continued their winning ways, while Cho Sung-Min’s return has continued to spark Busan KT Sonic Boom’s winning run.
- In the NBL, the Aisin Seahorses finally absorbed their first defeat, losing to the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins.
- Meanwhile in Taiwan, defending champ Pure Youth rebounded this week with a squeaker of a win over Taiwan Beer to remain in first place with nine wins against three losses.
- As for the Iranian Superleague, Gorgan caught a big fish by upsetting powerhouse Mahram Tehran, while Qazvin moved up after beating Naft Abadan.
- Over in Lebanon, Sagesse tagged its sixth win in as many games, while the Homenetmen got win #2 and Champville finally pulled off a W after losing its first three contests.
- Lastly, in Kazakhstan, BC Almaty Legion logged back-to-back victories over BC Kapshagay to catapult past Caspiy Aktau in the league table.

2014-2015 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA):
-Images from

Things got a little testy between Charles Gaines of Zhejiang and Wu Ke of Shandong. Gaines dropped 32 points and 25 rebounds as Zhejiang won, 120-111.

Zaib Abbas of Shanxi challenges the drive of Liaoning's Lester Hudson. Abbas had 15 points and 12 boards as Shanxi dealt Liaoning only its second loss of the season. Hudson's triple-double effort was apparently in vain.

Steph Marbury sulks on the bench as his Beijing Ducks get clobbered by the Shanghai Sharks, 115-106. Marbury tallied 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists in the loss.

Promising back-up guard Yang Ming has been on a tear lately, and he scored 20 points as the Flying Leopards rebounded from a loss earlier in the week to frustrate the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, 114-106.

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):
-Images from

Korean NT sniper Cho Sung-Min drained 13 points as Busan KT Sonic Boom beat Wonju Dongbu Promy, 69-61, this past week.

Park Sang-Oh pulls up in traffic as the Seoul SK Knights pocketed a victory over the Seoul Samsung Thunder, 70-56. Park scored 13 markers in the win.

Iconic Korean playmaker Yang Dong-Geun helped Ulsan Mobis Phoebus to three wins this past week. The club is on top of the standings right now with a 24-6 slate.

Yoon Ho-Young skies for the easy two points as Wonju Dongbu Promy blew out the Jeonju KCC Egis, 79-53. Wonju is currently at third spot with 20 wins in 30 games. 

2014-2015 National Basketball League - Japan (NBL-Japan):

Joshua Heytvelt of the Hitachi Sunrockers rattles the rim with this slamma jamma against the Tsukuba Robots. The Sunrockers won this one, 80-58, to notch their twentieth win for the season.
(image from the NBL)

Naoki Tani of the Hyogo Storks pulls up for a long tom against the Kumamoto Volters. The Storks prevailed, 80-66, to move up to fourth in the West standings.
(image by Nariaki Ueda)

Shogo Asayama of Mitsubishi tries to dribble against the Aisin Seahorses' defense. Asayama drilled in 19 points to help lead the Diamond Dolphins in dealing the first loss of the Seahorses this season.
(image from Akihiro Sato)

Former national team swingman Tomoo Amino pulls up from deep against the Toyota Alvark. Amino's Link Tochigi Brex absorbed a humbling 76-99 defeat in this one even as the Alvark moved up in the East standings.
(image from Link Sports)

2014-2015 Taiwanese Super Basketball League (SBL):
-Images from TSNA.

Chou Yi-Hsiang of the Dacin Tigers goes up strong for the lay-up. Chou helped the Tigers beat the Yulon Luxgen, 105-90. Dacin tied its victims at fourth place in the league table.

Jiang Shih-Feng gets away from the KKL defense as Yulon Luxgen won, 75-59, a day after Christmas.

Defending champion Pure Youth celebrates after they squeaked past Taiwan Beer, 82-80. Half-American Douglas Creighton hit the marginal basket for Pure Youth.

Former KBL import Rod Benson debuted this week in the SBL. He has played two games now for Bank of Taiwan, though both games ended as losses.

2014-2015 Iranian Basketball Superleague:

Amir Abbas Mohabbat emphatically slams one home as Shahrdari Gorgan pulled the rug from under Mahram Tehran, 76-73. Mohabbat had 9 points in the win.
(image by Aref Karimi/ISNA)

Promising young big man Mohammad Yousofvand (in red) ws named Player of the Week in the Superleague. He is norming around 14 points and 8 rebounds so far this season for Qazvin.
(image by Aref Karimi/Ifnam)
Samad Nikkhah Bahrami raises his arms in protest at a non-call. Bahrami's Petrochimi club blasted Sanaye, 75-53, for their eighth win in ten games.
(image by Ashkan Mehriar/Nasim)

2014-2015 Lebanese Basketball League (LBL):
-Images from Sports961.

Ali Kanaan goes up strong for United Byblos Amchit. UBA, however, ended up losing to the Homenetmen, 70-76.

Lebanese-Australian big man Julian Khazzouh attacks the basket against Tadamon. Khazzouh's Sagesse club scraped a win, 90-87.

Matt Morgan of Hoops pulls up against Champville. Champville ended up winning convincingly, though, 78-62.

Sagesse import Terrell Stoglin has been stellar for the legendary club, leading them to an immaculate 6-0 card so far in the season.

2014-2015 Kazakhstan Basketball League Div. 1:
-Images from BC Almaty Legion.

National team stalwart Dmitriy Gavrilov takes it strong in the lane for BC Kapshagay, which lost back-to-back this week to BC Almaty Legion.

Dmitriy Sviridov rocks the rim with this slam dunk as Almaty won the first game against Kapshagay, 86-51.

Yuriy Kozhanov dribbles past Leonid Bondarovich. Kozhanov helped Almaty Legion book a 63-55 win on Christmas Eve against Kapshagay.

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