Asian Basketball Journal - May 1, 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 NBL-Japan Playoffs are set with the top eight teams all seeded and only one round left to play before the quarterfinals begin!
- In the LBL, semifinal action continues to heat up as Champville and Al Riyadi are level, while UBA has taken a commanding 2-0 lead over Sagesse.
- In the IBF Superleague’s second conference, Azad, Petrochimi, and Mahram continue to jostle for the top spot, while Gorgan and Naft Abadan follow in the middle of the pack.
- Over in Qatar, it will be El Jaish and Al Gharafa facing off in the Finals after they defeated Al Rayyan and Al Arabi respectively.

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

Chiba, Hiroshima, Tochigi, Hitachi, Aisin, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Toyota all make the 2015 NBL Playoffs!

Fumio NIshimura drives strong as the Chiba Jets defeat the Hiroshima Dragonflies.

National team sniper Naoto Tsuji connected four times from beyond the arc against Hyogo.

Yuki Mitsuhara and the rest of the Hitachi Sunrockers remain at the very top of the NBL standings.

Yuta Tabuse goes strong to the basket as Link Tochigi beat the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphis early this week to solidify their hold on teh East's second seed.

2015 IBF Superleague Second Conference:
- Images from Nasim Online.

Courtney Pigram of Gorgan scored 31 points in their win over Sanaye. Gorgan is sitting in fourth place in the league table.

Bulgarian import Filip Videnov pulls up as Azad University defeated Qazvin last week. Azad is currently tied for first place with Petrochimi.

National team wingman Saeid Davarpanah goes up strong as Mahram beat Gorgan last week. Davarpanah scored 13 points off the bench.

Vahid Nouroozi sizes up the defense of Filip Videnov in their game last week. Nouroozi scored 7 points, but his team, Samen, still lost to Azad, 93-51.

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

Former NT shooter Elie Stephan rises up to shoot over Mo Ibrahim. Stephan and Sagesse dropped Game 1 of their semis tiff with UBA, 67-76.

Jasmon Youngblood has been practically unstoppable for UBA. He scored 31 points in a Game 2 win last night.
2015 NBA Draft hopeful Wael Arakji had 11 points and 8 assists as Al Riyadi blasted Champville in Game 1, 113-69.

Nikoloz Tsikitishvili scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Champville knotted their semis series with Al Riyadi a few days ago at 1-1.

2015 Qatar Cup:

Demarius Bolds has been great for Al Rayyan, but they still got bounced by Al Gharafa in the Qatar Cup semis, 82-77.
(image from Gulf Times)

National Team player Mohammed Abdulla helped Al Rayyan go up, 1-0, in their semis series with Al Gharafa, but they just couldn't finish the job.
(image from Al Rayyan)

Sammy Monroe was the spearhead for Al Gharafa, dropping 27 points and 12 boards for the winners.
(image from Doha Stadium Plus)

Shawn Taggert led El Jaish to the Finals after they beat Al Arabi in the semis. Taggert was great as his club swept their foes.
(image from El Jaish)

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