Asian Basketball Journal - January 19, 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.

It was a super busy week in Asian hoops!

Here are the highlights of this past week in Asian basketball:
- We saw All-Star Weekend highlights from the CBA and NBL-Japan.
- Taiwan Beer continued to slide in the SBL, while the Fubon Braves had a huge win over Pure Youth.
- In the Iranian Superleague, title favorites Petrochimi Bandar Imam and Mahram Tehran tangled again in their version of Manila Clasico.
- Over in Lebanon, Byblos-Amchit and Moutahed had big wins to move up in the standings.
- Also, the Dubai Invitational Tourney kicked off with Lebanese clubs Sagesse and Al Riyadi dominating the field.

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

With CBA averages of around 30 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 triples per game, Andray Blatche has some NBA teams wanting to sign him for the remainder of the season and the Playoffs.

Luo Kaiwen of the Bayi Rockets skies for a double-clutch reverse jam. Luo won the 2015 All-Star Slam Dunk Contest.

Michael Beasley set a new CBA record with 59 points in the All-Star Game as the South beat the North, 142-123.

Syrian superstar Michel Madanli/Michael Madanly ruled the 3-point Shootout. Madanli plays for the Jilin Northeast Tigers, putting up 21 points and 4 threes a game.

18-year old Bayi Rockets forward Zou Yuchen was named MVP of the All-Star Rookie Game.

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):
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Ham Ji-Hoon tries to drive past Oh Se-Keun as the Ulsan Mobis Phoebus beat Anyang KGC, 86-73, to remain in second place. Anyang fell to 13-23.

Rookie big man Lee Seung-Hyun continues to impress for the Goyang Orions, who defeated the Jeonju KCC Egis, 85-56. Lee had 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Veteran guard Park Sang-Oh charges down the gut of the Wonju Bongbu Promy defense. Park had 8 points to help the league-leading Seoul SK Knights prevail.

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

The 2015 All-Star Weekend opened with a bang this past weekend!
Senegalese-French import Amath M'Baye was the toast of the NBL All-Star Weekend, copping the Slam Dunk title and the All-Star Game MVP after racking up 44 points in the West's 127-112 win over the East. M'Baye plays for the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins.

National team mainstay Daiki Tanaka had 8 points to help the "Hopes" team defeat the "Futures" team, 84-83, in the first All-Star Game this weekend. The "Hopes" were composed of the best U24 players in the NBL and NBDL, while the "Futures" were made up of the best university players.

Super sniper Kosuke Kanamaru hit 7 threes in the West's win over the East. Not surprisingly, he also won the 3-point Shootout.

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

Veteran Chang Chih-Feng helped the Dacin Tigers snap a losing streak and hand the reeling Taiwan Beer club its seventh loss in the last ten games.

Wingman Chang Yu-Lin splits the Pure Youth defense as the Fubon Braves beat the defending champs, 95-89, in OT. This put Fubon just half a game behind Pure Youth in the league table.

Earlier last week, Pure Youth frustrated Taiwan Beer, winning, 80-72. Here, Tsai Wen-Cheng tries to get by fellow NT stalwart Liu Cheng.

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

Young shootet Behnam Yakhchali tries to protect the ball against Mahram's Farid Aslani. Yakhchali hit 4 threes in scoring 15 points for Petrochimi Bandar Imam.

Mehdi Esmaeili of Mahram battles with Meisam Mirzaei of Petrochimi for the rebound. Mahram won a close one against its archrival, 71-66.

Iranian legend Samad Nikkhah Bahrami struggled from the field, shooting just 4/14, in the loss.

2014-2015 Lebanese Basketball League (LBL):
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Joey Accaoui looks for a friend in this sequence. Accaoui scored 14 points for Tadamon Zouk, but they still lost to United Byblos Amchit (UBA), 79-72.

Mazen Mneimneh goes down the lane aggressively. Mneimneh had a game-high 28 points to lead UBA in the win.

Rashad McCants of Homenetmen Beirut tries a dipsy-doo lay-up. McCants tallied 17 points, but his team still fell to Moutahed Tripoli, 76-67.

2015 Dubai Invitational Tournament:
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Rodrigue Akl drives strong as Sagesse beat Al Shabab on Day 1 of the tournament.

Ahmad Ismail has been a strong interior presence for Al Riyadi so far, averaging around 18 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.

Former NT playmaker Ali Mahmoud has also been solid for Al Riyadi. Here he attacks the defense of the UAE national team.

Asi Taulava slams one home in the NLEX Road Warriors' first game of the tournament. They won that game against Al Itihad-Libya, 81-71.

William Pharis of Sagesse tries to post up against the And-1-USA selection. Pharis had 11 points in the victory.

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