Asian Basketball Journal - January 14, 2015

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.


Big wins, injuries, and All-Star festivities!
Here are the highlights of this past week in Asian basketball:
- In the CBA, the Liaoning Flying Leopards continue their winning ways, while Andray Blatche impresses anew.
- All-Star festivities kicked off and heated up in Korea and Japan.
- Taiwan Beer had a big win against Yulon Luxgen to move up in the Taiwanese SBL standings.
- In the Iranian Superleague, Petrochimi Bandar Imam had a huge win over Azad University to remain tied for the top spot.
- Sagesse had a HUGE win over rival AL Riyadi in one of the  the LBL season’s most awaited games.


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


Andray Blatche continued to be extremely productive in the CBA, dropping 43 points and grabbing 29 rebounds in a win over Zhejiang.

Guo Ailun and the Laioning Flying Leopards remained firmly entrenched at the top spot after beating the Bayi Rockets, 94-75.

Steph Marbury had only 2 points, but at least his Beijing Ducks still won against Chongqing to move up to 23-8 in the CBA standings.

Yi Jianlian's 26 points and 7 rebounds helped push GuangDong over Tianjin this past week. The Southern Tigers are currently in solo second with a 27-3 slate.

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):
- Images from Jumpball.co.kr.


6'7 Jyong Hyo-Geun of the Incheon ET Land Elephants was adjudged best Korean dunker during the Slam Dunk contest. Overall winner was Anthony Richardson of Wonju Dongbu Promy.

Korean NT mainstay Kim Sun-Hyung was named MVP of the main All-Star Game after scoring 16 points for the Junior All-Stars.

Moon Tae-Jong played for the Korean National Team in the preliminary All-Star Game. He played opposite younger brother Moon Tae-Young, who scored 27 points in the win for the KBL All-Stars. The younger Moon was named All-Star MVP.

Veteran floor general Yang Dong-Geun played for both the Senior All-Stars and the National Team. Sadly, he lost in both contests.

2014-2015 Japan National Basketball League (NBL):
- Images from the NBL.


Atsunobu Hirao and the Hiroshima Dragonfiles have had a great debut so far in the NBL. They counted the Toyot Alvark as their semifinal victim in the Emperor's Cup.

Naoto Tsuji tries to drive past Joji Takeuchi in the semifinals of the Emperor's Cup. Tsuji's Toshiba Brave Thunders lost to the Hitachi Sunrockers and got eliminated.

The 2014-2015 NBL All-Star Game is set for this Saturday!

The famous Takeuchi twins faced off in the Emperor's Cup Finals, with the Hitachi Sunrockers emerging victorious, 81-66, over the Hiroshima Dragonflies.

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


Taiwanese-American Doug Creighton has been shooting the lights out this season so far for Pure Youth Construction. He hit  7 triples in a win against the Dacin Tigers this past week.

James Tyler had 13 points, 16 rebounds, and NINE BLOCKS for the Bank of Taiwan as they beat the Dacin Tigers, 66-61, last week.

Naturalized Taiwanese center Quincy Davis is projected to miss a ton of time after reportedly getting a slipped disc injury. He was still signed up to be the national team's main reinforcement, though.

Wei Zhangbo's 4 triples and 18 points were still not enough for Bank of Taiwan to beat the Fubon Braves. Bank of Taiwan is second to the last in the standings with a 6-12 record, while the Braves are a solid second with 14 Ws in 19 games.

2014-2015 Iran Basketball Federation (IBF) Superleague:
- Images fro Nasim and ISNA.


Amir Alahverdi of Naft Aabadan treis to evade the double-team from Mahram Tehran. Mahram won this one, 74-58.
Yonas Lalehzadeh swipes at the ball even as Saeid Davarpanah attempts to penetrate. Davarpanah had a game-high 28 points to lead Mahram in the big win.


Former NT point guard Aren Davoudi tries to get past the pressure defense of Hamed Afagh. Davoudi had 8 points in the 87-91 loss. 

Meisam Mirzaei of Petrochimi Bandar Imam tries to grab the board against Hossein Rahmati and Rouzbeh Arghavan of Azad University.

2014-2015 Lebanese Basketball League (LBL):
- Images from Sports-961.com.

Amir Saoud played efficiently in a back-up role for Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut, which lost to Sagesse Al Hekmek Beirut, 74-97.


NT playmaker Rodrigue Akl had a measly3 points as Sagesse won over archrival Riyadi. Sagesse is second in the standings behind RIyadi, which is at 7-1 after its latest win over Hoops.

Mohammad Ibrahim hit 5 treys on the way to a game-high 17 points as United Byblos Amchit beat Hoops Club, 87-59, 
  
Tyrone Nelson of Hoops challenges the D of UBA's William Pharis. Nelson had 14 markers as Hoops remained the only winless team in the LBL.


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