Asian Basketball Journal - March 23, 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 Beijing Ducks repeated as CBA Champions after beating the Liaoning Flyng Leopards in Game 6, 106-98.
- The KBL Playoffs continued to heat up as both semifinal series are squared at 1-1.
- The NBL season in Japan saw an exciting race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern division, with the Chiba Jets and Toyota Alvark fighting for the postseason ticket.
- The SBL Playoffs have also ramped up the excitement as Pure Youth and Taiwan Beer advance to the Finals.
- In the IBF Superleague, Petrochimi rose in the standings after a narrow win over arch-rival Mahram while Naft Abadan handed Azad its first loss of the conference.
- The LBL saw its favored teams continue to do well as Riyadi, UBA, Sagesse, and Champville all won this past week.
- In Qatar, Al Gharafa advances to the semifinals against Al Rayyan, while El Jaish continues to play the waiting game

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

Beijing copped its second straight CBA title after winning Game 6 on the road.

Guo Ailun battles with Sun Yue in Game 5. 

Stephon Marbury is pumped up after leading the Ducks to a pivotal Game 5 win.

Marbury was named 2015 Finals MVP.

Sun Yue drilled in all his 9 points from beyond the arc in Game 6.

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

Moon Tae-Jong celebrates with his teammates after they won Game 2 on the road, 75-69.

Moon Tae-Young goes up strong as Ulsam Mobis Phoebus rebounded with a Game 3 triumph, 86-79.

Park Byung-Woo pulls up for one of his two triples against Incheon ET Land in Game 3, which Wonju Dongbu Promy won to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Former NT player Yoon Ho-Young has come up big for Wonju this season, averaging about 12 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 32% from beyond the arc.

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

Amath Mbaye of Senegal goes up strong as the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins beat the reigning champions Toshiba Brave Thunders, 82-72, a few nights ago. 

Isaac Butts of the Hyogo Storks goes to the line. The Storks lost to the Hitachi Sunrockers here, 85-100.

Kazuyuki Nakagawa brings up the ball as the Tsukuba Robots split their back-to-back this week opposite the Wakayama Trians.

Yuta Tabuse unleashes a floater over the Hiroshima Dragonflies' defense.

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

Chen Shun-Hsiang of Bank of Taiwan was named MVP of the 2014-2015 season.

Douglas Creighton has been a solid contributor for Pure Youth. Back to the Finals for them!

Garret Siler has filled in well for Pure Youth as they advanced to the Finals.

Young PG Jiang Yu-Ann is one of the guys to watch in future NT rosters.

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

Hamed Haddadi returns to Iran after his CBA team collapsed in the playoffs.

Mohammad Reza Akbari pulls up over the outstretched arms of Oshin Sahakian.

Samad Nikkhah Bahrami tries to barrel his way through the Mahram defense.

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

Ahmad Ibrahim of Al Riyadi rises for a three-ball. He had 14 points as they dropped Homenetmen.

Carl Sarkis tries to find a seam in the Hoops D.

Mazen Mneimneh releases an attempt from rainbow country.

2014-2015 Qatar Basketball League (QBL):

Manny Adako tries to put up a shot in heavy traffic. Al Gharafa moved on to the next round after sweeping Al Wakrah.

Saad Abdulrahman helped Al Sadd assert supremacy over Al Shamal in their own Game 2 match.

Shawn Taggart and the rest of El Jaish now await the winner of the Al Sadd-Al Shamal in the semiinals.

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