Asian Basketball Journal - March 16, 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 Liaoning Flying Leopards take a 2-1 series lead in the CBA Finals after beating the Beijing Ducks in a cardiac Game 3!
- The KBL Playoffs saw the Incheon ET Land Elephants eliminate the Seoul SK Knights, while the Goyang Orions forced a Game 5 against the Changwon LG Sakers.
- The NBL season in Japan continues, with the Aisin Seahorses, Hiroshima Dragonflies, and Toyota Alvark moving up in the standings.
- The SBL Playoffs have also heated up, with both semifinal series tied at 1-1.
- The second conference of the IBF Superleague is moving along well, with Azad remaining unbeaten even as Mahram and Petrochimi follow closely behind.
- The Lebanese Basketball League just finished its second phase and will now move on to the crossover round.
- In Qatar, Al Rayyan and El Jaish are now tied at the top after the former beat the latter this past week.

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

Liaoning's He Tianju yells in triumph after the Flying Tigers beat Beijing in Game 2.

Lester Hudson came up big again, putting up a triple-double line in Game 3 as Liaoning took the series lead, 2-1.

Sun Yue did well in Game 1 for Beijing, but they've dropped the next two to fall behind in the series.

Zhu Yanxi and the rest of the Ducks better buckle down to square the series again in Game 4.

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):
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Joo Hee-Jung and the rest of the Seoul SK Knights got the boot from the Incheon ET Land Elephants.
Ricardo Powell, Cha Ba-Wee, and the rest of the Elephants now face the Wonju Dongbu Promy in the KBL Semifinals.

Kim Si-Rae and the rest of the Changwon LG Sakers advance to the next round after outlasting the Goyang Orions in five games.

Rookie sensation Lee Seung-Hyun helped the Orions push the Sakers to the limit. They should be back even stronger next season. Lee is a prime candidate for the Korean NT this year.

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

Former Phoenix Sun Yuta Tabuse tries to ward off the defense of Aisin's Shinsuke Kashiwagi. Aisin won this contest, 88-73.

Former NT playmaker Ryota Sakurai celebrated his 32nd birthday this past week, but his still, Levanga Hokkaido, still ended up losing to the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins twice.

Daisuke Noguchi tries to penetrate against the suffocating defense of the Hiroshima Dragonflies. Noguchi's Tsukuba Robots lost this one, 60-87.

Up-and-coming player Daiki Tanaka helped the Toyota Alvark go 2-0 against the Hyogo Storks this past week. Tanaka is projected to be one of the future bulwarks of Team Hayabusa.

2014-2015 Taiwan Super Basketball League (SBL):
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Chen Chih-Chung scored 11 points on the strength of 3 triples as Yulon upset Pure Youth in Game 1 of their semis duel.

NT candidate Peng Chun-Yen hit 5 treys as the defending champs won Game 2 in emphatic fashion to tie the series. 

Liu Sheng-Yao scored 19 points off the bench as the Fubon Braves won Game 1 against Taiwan Beer. Taiwan Beer bounced back to win Game 2 and tie their own semis series.

Vetran sniper and former NT standout Chou Shih-Yuan was named Sixth Man of the Year in the 2014-2015 SBL.

2014-2015 Iran Superleague (IBF):

Former NT playmaker Aren Davoudi has played a major role in Azad University's dominance in the IBF Superleague's second conference.
(image by Ashkan Mehriar/Nasim)

Majid Ghasemzadeh of Sanaye attacks the rim against Hossein Rahmati and Mohammad Shahrian of Azad. Sanaye lost this one, 57-92.(image from the IBF)

Upstart PG Sajjad Mashayekhi stumbles in this play. Sajjad's Mahram side defeated PMINA Esfahan in this game, 64-57.(image from the IBF)

Naturalized Lebanese player Sam Hoskin dropped 24 points and 10 rebounds as Gorgan beat Naft Abadan this past week, 81-67, to remain in the league's top four.(image by Ashkan Mehriar/Nasim)

2014-2015 Lebanese Basketball League (LBL):
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Fadi El Khatib has returned to LBL action, playing for his home club, Al Ryiadi, which is the league's top team with a 16-1 record.

NT stalwart Elie Rustom pulls up against Champville. Rustom tallied 21 points as Sagesse won, 91-87.

26-year-old PG Joey Accaoui orchestrates the play for Tadamon Zouk, which beat Hoops this past week, 71-68.

One of Lebanon's most promising young players, Jimmy Salem looks to be a future star in the LBL and FIBA Asia.

2014-2015 Qatar Basketball League (QBL):

Hassino Ndoye drives strong to the hoop against Qatar SC. Ndoye had 23 points as Al Arabi won this one, 84-70.
(image from Gulf Times)

Dominic James of Al Rayyan slams one home as they beat rival team El Jaish this past week, 100-79.
(image from Gulf Times)

Al Rayyan import Demarius Bolds barrels down the gut of the El Jaish defense. Bolds had 31 points in the big win.
(image from El Jaish)

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