Asian Basketball Journal - January 27, 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.

'Twas another awesome week in Asian hoops!

Here are the highlights of this past week in Asian basketball:
- The Liaoning Flying Leopards sank to second place in the CBA standings after losing two of their last three games.
- The Ulsan Mobis Phoebus and Seoul SK Knights continued to separate themselves from the rest of the KBL pack with contrasting wins.
- The Japanese NBL resumed action post-All-Star Weekend, and the Wakayama Trians were salvaged by hometown supporters.
- In the SBL, Taiwan Beer regained some ground with three straight wins to stay among the top three teams.
- The IBF Superleague Playoffs started with Mahram punching a ticket to the Championship round.
- Moutahed and Tadamon gained some ground in the LBL, but the big story was the all-Lebanese Final in the 2015 Dubai Invitational Tournament.

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

Hamed Haddadi slams one home for the Qingdao Eagles as compatriot Arsalan Kazemi looks on. Qingdao has risen to third in the league table.

Michel Madanly was HUGE as the Jilin Northeast Tigers upset the Xinjiang Flying Tigers this past week. Jilin is now at fifth, while Xinjiang fell to ninth.

Former LA Laker Sun Yue bows in frustration as the Beijing Ducks succumbed to the Liaoning Flying Leopards, 120-96.

The GuangDong Southern Tigers continued to roll. Yi Jianlian and his crew haven't lost since November 26 of last year.

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):
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Kim Jong-Kyu and the Changwon LG Sakers are slowly climbing up the standings. They've won their last eight and are now fifth overall.

Kim Si-Rae gets a victory ride after nailing the game-winner against Seoul Samsung Thunders, 82-81.

Moon Tae-Young continued to be impressive for Ulsan Mobis Phoebus, who tripped league-leading Seoul SK Knights, 80-75, a few days ago. 

Rookie sensation Lee Seung-Hyun tries a difficult undergoal stab against the Seoul Samsung Thunders. Lee had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win.

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

Michael Parker's 15 points helped propel the Toyota Alvark past hard-luck Levanga Hokkaido, 77-59.

Former national team guard Ryota Sakurai aggressively attacks the Hitachi Sunrockers' defense. Sakurai tallied 6 markers in the 20-point loss.

Recently acquired Shota Issiki was effective in his playmaking role as the Tsukuba Robots defeated the beleaguered Wakayama Trians twice this past week.

Yuseke Endo of Link Tochigi Brex goes for the acrobatic attempt, but even he couldn't tow his team to a win against the Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi won this one, 99-90.

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

Bryan Davis tries to get the rebound from Bank of Taiwan's Chen Kuo-Wei. Davis and the rest of KKL lost this one, 67-78.

Veteran swingman and former national team mainstay Ho Shou-Cheng looks like he'll be retiring soon. 

Lin Kuan-Lun helped the Dacin Tigers go 2-0 this week and move up to a three-way tie for fifth place.

Patrick O'Bryant flushes one home with authority as Taiwan Beer seems to have righted the ship, going 3-0 this past week.

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

Mohammad Torabi (L) and Mohammad Hassanzadeh (R) jostle for position in the paint. Torabi's Petrochimi and Hassanzadeh's Azad University are stuck in a tight semifinal series.

Mohammad Reza Lofti tries to harras former NT gunner Hamed Afagh.

Oshin Sahakian of Mahram-Tehran tries to provide tough D against the ball handler of Qazvin. Mahram blasted Qazvin, 87-59, to barge into the Finals outright.

Saeid Davarpanah goes for the swipe against Mohammad Reza Moradian of Qazvin. Davarpanah dropped 12 points in the win for Mahram-Tehran.

2014-2015 Lebanese Basketball League (LBL):
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Youngster John Assi (L) tries to give veteran guard Sabah Khoury a hard time navigating the defense. Assi's Tadamon Zouk defeated Khoury's Hoops squad, 89-69.

Serbian big man Vladan Vukosavljević attracts the double-team from Hoops. He had 9 points in his team's fourth win in nine games.

2015 Dubai Invitational Tournament:
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Ahmad Ibrahim was solid as Al Riyadi claimed the 2015 Dubai Invitational crown.

Sagesse import Jay Youngblood soars for the deuce against the And-1 selection in the semis.

Lebanese-Australian Julian Khazzouh flushes one home in the championship match. He recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

American Jahmar Young gets a special citation after scoring 48 points in the title-clinching win for Al Riyadi.

It was a proud day for Al Riyadi and all of Lebanon as two Lebanese clubs finished 1-2 after the dust settled.

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