Asian Basketball Journal - January 5, 2016

So much has happened since last week’s edition of the Asian Basketball Journal. Xinjiang continues to fly high in the CBA at first place despite losing to Sichuan. Former PBA import Andre Emmett also remains a strong performer in the KBL as the Jeonju KCC Egis move up to third place in the standings. The Japanese NBL All-Star Weekend is also about to start, while the Dacin Tigers continue their rise in the SBL. Out in the Middle East, Azad kept its place at second spot in the IBF Superleague, while Tadamon, Sagesse, and the Homenetmen start off their LBL campaigns on winning notes.

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.

2015-2016 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA):
- Images from

Andray Blatche and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers succumbed to the Sichuan Blue Whales yesterday for only their fourth loss of the season.

Du Feng's Guangdong Southern Tigers got a huge win over the Beijing Ducks to stay within striking distance of the leaders.

Stephon Marbury and the rest of Beijing have slid down to 7th spot in the team standings.

2015-2016 Korean Basketball League (KBL:):
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7'3 behemoth Ha Seung-Jin gets hacked by Lee Jung-Jae.

Kim Sun-Hyung got the better of veteran playmaker Yang Dong-Geun as the Seoul SK Knights beat Ulsan Mobis Phoebus, 90-70.

NT forwards Oh Se-Keun (L) and Lee Seung-Hyun (R) faced off this past weekend. Lee's Goyang Orions prevailed, 106-78.

2015-2016 Japan National Basketball League (NBL):
- Images from NBL-Japan.

The annual NBL-Japan All-Star Weekend unfurls on January 17!

The NBL East All-Stars: Yuta Tabuse, Alexis Minatoya, Yuki Togashi, Joji Takeuchi, Jeff Gibbs, Ryota Sakurai, Takatoshi Furukawa, Ryumo Ono, Daiki Tanaka, and Josh Heytvelt.

The NBL West All-Stars: Naoto Tsuji, Makoto Hiejima, Takuya Kawamura, Kosuke Takeuchi, Nick Fazekas, Ryusei Shinoyama, Kosuke Kanamaru, Kei Igarashi, Davante Gardner, and Kazutaka Takashima. Mitsubishi's Taito Nakahigashi will replace Kawamura, though, because of the latter's injury.

2015-2016 Super Basketball League (SBL):
- Images from TSNA/SBL.

The Fubon Braves got a big win over KKL to move up to 5-9 in the team standings.

Rising star Jiang Yu-Ann goes up for the lay-up as Taiwan Beer beat Yulon.

NT shooter Lu Cheng-Ju had 17 points as Yulon ended 2015 with a win over Fubon.

2015-2016 IBF Superleague First Conference:
- Images from Nasim Online.

Ali Allahverdi's 14 points helped Chemidor turn back Naft Abadan yesterday.

Zvonko Buljan's 23 points carried Arak to a win over Chemidor before the new year started.

2015-2016 Lebanese Basketball League (LBL):
- Images from Sportscode.

Dion Dixon was a vital piece of Sagesse's win over Hoops Club in the opening week of the LBL.

Mazen Mneimneh of Tadamon slices his way to the basket.

Mo Ibrahim quarterbacked effectively for Tadamon in their win over Moutahed.




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