Asian Basketball Journal - February 10, 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.




Here are the highlights of this past week in Asian basketball:
- The 2015 CBA Playoffs has started, with teams like the GuangDong Southern Tigers and Liaoning Flying Leopards looming as the favorites to dethrone the Beijing Ducks.
- In the KBL, the top three teams are pretty much set, while as many as five teams still have a shot at completing the six-team playoff cast.
- The NBL saw some not-so-heralded teams like Toyota, Hokkaido, and Kumamoto gain some ground even as leaders like Tochigi and Aisin remained at the top.
- In the SBL, the biggest upset came from Yulon Luxgen, which beat powerhouse Fubon, while league leader Pure Youth remained on top after defeating Taiwan Beer.
- After a two-year drought, Mahram Tehran finally copped an IBF Super League crown again! They defeated Petrochimi Bandar Imam in the Finals of the season’s first conference.
- The Lebanese Basketball League continued to heat up this week, especially after Sagesse was on the wrong end of an upset at the hands of United Byblos-Amchit (UBA).



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


Guo Ailun and the Liaoning Flying Leopards are now up 2-0 against the Guangsha Lions in their quarterfinal pairing.

Luo Hanchen hit the game-winner in Game 1 as Dongguan beat GuangDong. The Southern Tigers rebounded in Game 2 to square the series, 1-1, though.

Steph Marbury goes up strong against the Jilin Northeast Tigers. Marbury's Beijing Ducks now have a commanding 2-0 edge.

Will Bynum helps the GuangDong Southern Tigers recover and win in Game 2 against the Dongguan Leopards.

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


Davon Jefferson dropped a big game as the Changwon LG Sakers continued to roll in the KBL.

Legendary Korean hoopster Hur Jae resigned from his head coaching post for the Jeonju KCC Egis. His squad is near the bottom of the standings with an 11-34 record.

Kim Joo-Sung is the Tim Duncan of Korean hoops. He continues to defy his age every season. He helped Wonju Dongbu Promy beat the Seoul SK Knights this past week.

Lee Jung-Hyun tossed in 19 points as Anyang KGC slipped past Busan KT Sonic Boom in a crucial match for positioning this past week.

2014-2015 Japan National Basketball League (NBL):


Daisuke Kobayashi drives strong to the hoop against the D of the Wakayama Trians. Kobayashi and the rest of Link Tochigi Brex beat Wakayama to stay at second place in the East.

Ryoma Hashimoto tries to protect the ball in this sequence from the Aisin Seahorses' win over the Toshiba Brave Thunders, 82-78 in overtime.

Young big man Tenketsu Harimoto helped the Toyota Alvark beat the Mistubishi Diamond Dolphins, 87-78. This was only the Dolphins' eighth loss of the season and Toyota's 17th victory.

Yusuke Okada lets one fly, but his Hiroshima Dragonflies still lost to a streaking Levanga Hokkaido, 59-68.

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


Chen Shun-Hsiang helped lift the Bank of Taiwan over the Dacin Tigers, 78-74.

Doug Creighton had another stellar showing as Pure Youth defeated Taiwan Beer, 79-75. Pure Youth remained in solo first, while Taiwan Beer tumbled to third spot.

NT sniper Lu Cheng-Ju helped lead Yulon Luxgen in upsetting the Fubon Braves, 73-67. Yulon moved up to a tie for fourth place with Bank of Taiwan.

2014-2015 Iran Basketball Federation (IBF) Superleague:
- Images from Nasim.


Former NT big man Hamed Sohrabnejad tries to get a hold of the loose ball in this bit of action from Game 1 of the Finals.



Farid Aslani tries to get away from the defense of Hamed Afagh even as Mahram Tehran beat the defending champion Petrochimi Bandar Imam for the title!


Saeid Davarpanah shoots over fellow NT wingman Hamed Afagh here. Davarpanah was instrmental in Mahram's win over Petrochimi in the Finals.

Perennial NT teammates Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Oshin Sahakian went head-to-head in the Finals, with the latter's squad ultimately prevailing.

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

Carl Sarkis of Champville looks for someone to pass to. Sarkis hit 5 treys en route to 17 points for Champville as they beat the Homenetmen, 88-74.

Veteran swingman Mohammad Ibrahim helped UBA pull the rug from under Sagesse, 92-89.

Rodrigue Akl tries to manuever past Ratko Varda of UBA. Akl had 11 markers in the loss.

Big boy Roy Samaha tries to carve some space in the paint against Tadamon. Samaha's team, Al Riyadi, easily beat Tadamon, 98-79, for their ninth in in ten games.



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