Asian Basketball Journal - March 2, 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 CBA semifinals are in full swing. Defensing champ Beijing leads GuangDong, 2-1, in their series, while second-seeded Laioning holds a 2-0 edge over Qingdao in the other.
- Defending champ Ulsan Mobis Phoebus just won the regular season title in the KBL. It’s nearly time for the playoffs to begin with Wonju, Seoul, Changwon, Goyang, and Incheon among the teams almost certain to advance!
- The long NBL season in Japan is not yet over, with teams still busy jostling for position. The biggest result this week was West-leading Aisin beating Chiba, which is teetering at fifth place in the East.
- The SBL in Taiwan has also finished its regular season, with the top two teams — Pure Youth and the Fubon Braves — waiting in the semis as the 3rd to 6th place teams battle in the quarterfinals.
- The second conference of the IBF Superleague has also started. Azad University and Mahram-Tehran have taken the helm with identical 3-0 records.
- Lebanese basketball was jolted with a game-stopping brawl between bitter rivals Al Riyadi and Sagesse. Ali Mahmoud and Terrell Stoglin figured in a fist-fight that halted their match in favor of Riyadi.

2014-2015 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA):
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Yi Jianlian helped GuangDong win in Game 3 to cut Beijing's series lead, 1-2.

Sun Yue slams one home. His Beijing Ducks are hoping to defend the CBA title they won last year.

Lester Hudson drives strong against Hamed Haddadi of the Qingdao Eagles. Hudson has been practically unstoppable for Liaoning this season.

Hamed Haddadi and the Qingdao Eagles need to turn things around if they are to stay alive in the CBA Playoffs.

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):
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Lee Sang-Min's Seoul Samsung Thunders are due to finish dead last in the 2014-2015 KBL.

Ulsan Mobis Phoebus fans celebrate as their team is assured of finishing with the best record in the KBL regular season.

Yoon Ho-Young has provided a huge lift for the Wonju Dongbu Promy this season. Wonju is currently tied for second overall.

Kim Jong-Kyu flashes his shooting form as Changwon LG beat Incheon ET Land, 89-82.

Heo Il-Young of Goyang goes up strong against the Busan KT Sonic Boom. Goyang won, 80-75.

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

Yuta Tabuse and the rest of the Link Tochigi Brex beat the Hyogo Storks earlier this past week, 97-68.

Veteran sniper Takehiko Orimo scored 16 oints but Levanga Hokkaido still lost to Hyogo, 76-68.

The Toshiba Brave Thunders got a big win this past week, beating the Kumamoto Volters, 93-68. 

Yuki Mistuhara helped the Hitachi Sunrockers defeat the Hiroshima Dragonflies, 82-69. 

2014-2015 Taiwan Super Basketball League (SBL):
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Lu Cheng-Ju and the rest of Yulon are going to square off against dangerous Bank of Taiwan in the next round.

2014 MVP Liu Cheng hopes he can help Taiwan Beer get past KKL in the quarterfinals.

Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (KKL) takes a team selfie after endeing the elims with a win over Bank of Taiwan.

NT veteran Chien Chia-Hung returns to action for Pure Youth just in time for the Playoffs. The trimmed down forward had 6 points and 5 rebounds against Fubon.

2014-2015 Iran Superleague (IBF):

PMINA Esfahan lost to league-leading Azad University earlier this week, 82-87. PMINA is 1-2 in the standings, while Azad is at 3-0.
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Former NT playmaker Aren Davoudi has been a big reason for Azad's success so far.
(image by Ashkan Mehriar/Nasim)

2014-2015 Lebanese Basketball League (LBL):
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Young big man Philip Tabet tries to put up a one-hander over the Homenetmen defense. Tadamon-Zouk won here, 98-82.

Julian Khazzouh gets himself checked after the game-stopping brawl last night.

Ahmad Ismail slams one home for Al Riyadi, which was awarded the win, 20-0.

Veteran big man Ali Kanaan posts up against Hoops. He had 6 points and 6 rebounds as UBA lost, 71-75.

Young point guard Ali Mezher tries to split the UBA defense. He had 16 points in the win for Hoops.

NT veteran Elie Rustom has his head checked for injuries after the big brawl between bitter rivals Al Riyadi and Sagesse.

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