Asian Basketball Journal - February 22, 2016



Doing the Asian Basketball Journal has been a little challenging this year, but it’s not because there hasn’t been much happening. On the contrary, the CBA is entering the semifinals of its annual playoffs, and the KBL just crowned its regular season champion. Things are continuing to heat up in the NBL, SBL, LBL, and IBF Superleague, too, while it’ll be Al Rayyan versus Al Sadd in the championship of the QBL.

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 OSports.cn.


Andray Blatche just led the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in knocking off the defending champion Beijing Ducks!

Lester Hudson tries to put the move on Samad Nikkhah Bahrami. Hudson's Liaoning Flying Leopards are through to the semis against the GuangDong Southern Tigers.

Steph Marbury hangs his head as Beijing drops Game 4 to Xinjiang. The Ducks have, therefore, relinquished the crown they won in 2015.

Yi Jianlian of GuangDong goes for the loose ball against former NBA player Michael Beasley of Shandong.
2015-2016 CHINESE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
(1) Liaoning beat (8) Zhejiang, 3-0.
(2) Xinjiang beat (7) Beijing, 3-1.
(3) Sichuan beat (6) Guangsha, 3-0.

(4) GuangDong beat (5) Shandong, 3-0.


2015-2016 Korean Basketball League (KBL:):
- Images from Jumpball.co.kr.


Ha Seung-Jin tries to get good positioning against the much smaller Lee Seung-Hyun of Goyang.

Second generation player Heo Ung tries an over the head pass for the Wonju Dongbu Promy.

The Jeonju KCC Egis clinched the regular season championship after defeating Anyang KGC.

Kim Jun-Yl of Seoul Samsung goes up strong against the Busan KT Sonic Boom.

Iconic PG Yang Dong-Geun has been named MVP of the 2015-2016 KBL season.
2015-2016 KOREAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
(1) Jeonju KCC Egis vs (8) Changwon LG Sakers
(2) Ulsan Mobis Phoebus vs (7) Busan KT Sonic Boom
(3) Goyang Orions vs (6) Wonju Dongbu Promy

(4) Anyang KGC vs (5) Seoul Samsung Thunders


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


Kenta Hirose of Hitachi tries to protect the ball against Kosuke Kanamaru of Aisin.

Shohei Kikuchi of Toyota tries to look over his defender. The Alvark remain on top of the NBL team standings.

Toshihiro Nakatsuka tries to drive strong for the Nishinomiya Storks.

Former NBA hopeful Yuki Togashi has helped the Chiba Jets stay in contention for a playoff spot in the NBL.

2015-2016 JAPAN NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Toyota Alvark
30
4
2
Link Tochigi Brex
27
6
3
Aisin Seahorses
24
10
4
Toshiba Brave Thunders
24
11
5
Hitachi Sunrockers
22
11
6
Hokkaido Levanga
16
19
7
Chiba Jets
13
19
8
Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins
13
20
9
Hiroshima Dragonflies
11
22
10
Kumamoto Volters
9
23
11
Nishinomiya Storks
8
26
12
Tsukuba Robots
5
31


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


Bryant Davis gets teed up as the Dacin Tigers beat the Fubon Braves.

Chen Shun-Hsiang drives in the middle of traffic as Bank of Taiwan beats Taiwan Beer.

Lin Wei-Che goes up with authority against Liam McMorrow of the Yulon Luxgen.

Pan Guang-Han of Yulon rises up against Fubon for 2 of his 18 points.

2015-2016 TAIWAN SUPER BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Pure Youth Construction
16
6
2
Taiwan Beer
15
8
3
Dacin Tigers
14
9
4
Yulon Luxgen
12
12
5
Bank of Taiwan
9
12
6
Fubon Braves
9
13
7
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
4
19



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


Elie Chamoun uses the screen as Byblos beat Louaize, 78-74.

Mo Ibrahim helped Tadamon slip past Moutahed, 81-78.

Sevag Ketenjian of Homenetmen turns the corner as they defeat Champville.
2016 LEBANESE BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Homenetmen Beirut
8
2
2
Al Riyadi Beirut
7
1
3
Hoops Club
6
3
4
Byblos Sporting Club
5
5
5
Tadamon Zouk
4
5
6
Al Moutahed Tripoli
4
5
7
Sagesse Al Hekmeh
4
5
8
Louaize
2
7
9
Champville
1
8


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


Behnam Yakhchali skies for the rebound as Petrochimi battled Azad.

Dro Derghokasian and the rest of Chemidor are set to face Samen Mashhad in the quarterfinals.

Hamed Hosseinzadeh and the rest of Petrochimi Bandar Imam will square off with Shahrdary Tabriz in the next round.
2015-2016 IBF SUPERLEAGUE PLAYOFFS
(1) Petrochimi Bandar Imam vs (8) Shahrdary Tabriz
(2) Chemidor Tehran vs (7) Samen Masshad
(3) Naft Abadan vs (6) Shahrdary Gorgan


(4) Shahrdary Arak vs (5) Azad University


2015-2016 Qatar Basketball League (QBL):
- Images from Gulf-Times.

Vernon Macklin failed to push El Jaish past Al Rayyan in the semifinals. Al Rayyan will face Al Sadd for the QBL championship.
2015-2016 QATAR BASKETBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
(1) Al Rayyan beat (4) El Jaish, 2-0.
(3) Al Sadd beat (2) Al Gharafa, 2-0.


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