Asian Basketball Journal - January 6, 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.

It was a great week in Asian hoops that ushered in the new year!
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.

Here are the highlights of this past week in Asian basketball:
- Andray Blatche had another string of impressive performances in the CBA.
- Korean behemoth Ha Seung-Jin gets sidelined because of a nose injury.
- Japan takes a long break for its 2015 All-Star activities.
- Pure Youth and the Fubon Braves are moving up in the Taiwanese SBL.
- The late Aidin Nikkhah-Bahrami gets honored in the Iranian Superleague.
- Al Riyadi remains undefeated in the LBL.
- Orthodox and Ittihad Schools are early leader in the Jordanian Premier League.

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

Andray Blatche continues to cause headaches for his opponents in China. He dropped 41 points, 16 rebounds, and 7 assists on the Jiangsu Dragons this past week. 

Hamed Haddadi tries to defend against the shifty Lin Chih-Chieh. Haddadi's Qingdao Eagles prevailed over Lin's Guangsha Lions. Qingdao moves up to 20-7 while Guangsha slides to 20-8 this week.

Tseng Wen-Ting tries to hold his ground against former NBA player Shelden Williams. Williams's Tianjin Steel Golden Lions won over Tseng's Shanghai Sharks in overtime, 110-109.

Yi Jianlian slams one home as the GuangDong Southern Tigers beat the Sichuan Blue Whales, 120-94. Yi had 34 points and 19 rebounds in the victory.

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

Korean super sniper Cho Sung-Min chooses to drive to the basket in this sequence. Cho's Busan KT Sonic Boom won over the Seoul Samsung Thunder in this game, 80-69. 

Ha Seung-Jin leaves his team's game against the Seoul Samsung Thunder last week after his nose got hit by an elbow from Leo Lyons. Ha will miss a ton of time because of this injury.

The Incheon ET Land Elephants handed defending champ Ulsan Mobis Phoebus a big loss a few days ago. 

Super Korean wingman Moon Tae-Jong pulls up from deep against Jang Jae-Seok of the Goyang Orions. Moon had 15 points to help the Sakers beat the Orions, 93-84.

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

The 2015 Japan-NBL All-Star Weekend will be held on January 17-18 next week.

Yuta Miyanga of the Chiba Jets rises for the jumper even as Kento Matsuzaki of the Kumamoto Volters contests. The Jets won here, 68-48.

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

Bryan Davis of Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor was named the first SBL Player of the Week in 2015. He is currently averaging about 29 points and 16 rebounds for KKL, which is in fifth place.

Cheng Jen-Wei of the Fubon Braves tries an underhand shot against Lee Te-Wei of Yulon Luxgen. Cheng unloaded 13 points off the bench as the Braves beat Yulon, 91-89 in overtime.

Veteran shooter Yang Che-Yi hit the game-winner as KKL beat Taiwan Beer, 67-64, on January 2. 

2014-2015 Iranian Basketball Superleague:
- Images from Ashkan Mehriar/Nasim.

Mahram Tehran honors old team member Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, who died in a car accident late in 2007. Aidin is the older brother of star forward Samad Nikkhah Bahrami.

Mohsen Moradkhani hurls a floater against Mahram Tehran. Mosen had 6 points as PMINA Esfahan lost to Mahram, 66-82.

Veteran big man Mousa Nabipour goes up strong for Mahram Tehran, which currently sits near the top of the league table with 13 wins and 2 losses.

Ramin Honarmand of PMINA Esfahan tries to elude two Mahram defenders. PMINA is currently sitting near the bottom of the standings with a 4-10 slate.

2014-2015 Lebanese Basketball League (LBL):
-Images from Daily Star and Arabasket.

Ahmad Ibrahim of Al Riyadi goes up in traffic against United Byblos Amchit (UBA). Ibrahim scored a game-high 21 points as Al Riyadi won, 100-65.

Charles Tabet of Al Moutahed Tripoli goes up to block the attempt of Sagesse import Desmond Penigar. Tabet's squad handed Sagesse its first loss of the season this past week, 88-77.

Joe Vogel looks for a friend even as former NBA player Nikoloz Tsikitishvili tries to defend in the shaded area. Vogel's Homenetmen Beirut lost to Champville in this encounter, 77-79. Tsikitishvili had 29 points for the winners.

Up-and-coming young player Wael Arakji goes for an off-balance jumper against UBA. The 20-year old Arakji is being groomed to be Lebanon's future star playmaker.

2014-2015 Jordanian Premier League:
-Images from Jordan Basketball.

National team mainstay Mohammad Shaher Hussein tries a shot from in close. Hussein's team, Applied Science University (ASU), lost to Al Ittihad Schools Amman, 91-99.

Jordanian naturalized player Rasheim Wright calls the play for Ittihad Schools. He led the team to its first win in the Premier League's second stage.

Iconic Jordanian star guard Sam Daghlas returned to action after spending much of 2014 recuperating from a tough grind in the 2013-2014 CBA season. It's possible we might see Daghlas return to action for the national team in #FIBAAsia2015.

Palestinian star big man Sani Sakanini is now playing his trade in the Jordanian Premier League. He plays for the Orthodox Amman squad.

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