Asian Basketball Journal - February 8, 2016



It’s been a couple of weeks since the last Asian Basketball Journal, and, for sure, a lot has happened in the various pro hoops leagues around Asia. Playoff positioning has been the theme for teams in the CBA, KBL, and NBL-Japan, while the SBL just had a successful staging of its All-Star Weekend. The IBF Superleague and LBL, too, have seen big games these past two weeks, with Petrochimi and Al Riyadi currently reigning in their respective club circuits.

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.


Hamed Haddadi slams one home for Sichuan, which is now in second place overall.


He Tianju drives strong for Liaoning, which is still leading the pack from the top spot.


Zhou Qi and the rest of the Xinjiang Flying Tigers have put together three straight wins to remain among the top 3 teams.

2015-2016 CHINESE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Liaoning Flying Leopards
31
7
2
Sichuan Blue Whales
30
8
3
Xinjiang Flying Tigers
30
8
4
Guangdong Southern Tigers
28
10
5
Shandong Flaming Bulls
28
10
6
Guangsha Lions
27
11
7
Beijing Ducks
23
15
8
Zhejiang Golden Bulls
22
16
9
Dongguan Leopards
19
19
10
Shanxi Brave Dragons
18
20
11
Shanghai Sharks
18
20
12
Jiangsu Dragons
18
20
13
Fujian Sturgeons
16
22
14
Qingdao Eagles
16
22
15
Beikong Fly Dragons
13
25
16
Jiangsu Monkey Kings
12
26
17
Jilin Northeast Tigers
10
28
18
Tianjin Gold Lions
8
30
19
Bayi Rockets
7
31
20
Foshan Long Lions
6
32


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


Joo Tae-Soo pulls up for the jumper as Incheon ET face Seoul SK.


Kim Hyo-Bum of Jeonju KCC tries a reverse lay-up against Marqus Blakely of Busan KT.


Park Rae-Hun pops the cap as the beleaguered Changwon LG Sakers play league-leading Ulsan Mobis.

2015-2016 KOREAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Ulsan Mobis Phoebus
30
17
2
Jeonju KCC Egis
30
18
3
Goyang Orions
30
18
4
Anyang KGC
28
20
5
Seoul Samsung Thunder
27
22
6
Wonju Dongbu Promy
24
24
7
Busan KT Sonic Boom
20
28
8
Seoul SK Knights
19
29
9
Changwon LG Sakers
19
29
10
Incheon ET Land Elephants
13
35


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


NT big man Joji Takeuchi attacks the basket as the Hitachi Sunrockers beat the Aisin Seahorses this past week.


Japanese hotshot Makoto Hiejima sizes up the defense of import Kevin Murphy.


Naoto Tsuji and the Toshiba Brave Thunders are moving up the standings after winning 10 of their last 13 games.

2015-2016 JAPAN NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Toyota Alvark
24
4
2
Link Tochigi Brex
23
6
3
Aisin Seahorses
21
8
4
Toshiba Brave Thunders
20
9
5
Hitachi Sunrockers
19
11
6
Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins
13
14
7
Hokkaido Levanga
13
17
8
Hiroshima Dragonflies
11
17
9
Chiba Jets
10
18
10
Kumamoto Volters
8
20
11
Nishinomiya Storks
5
23
12
Tsukuba Robots
5
25


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


Chang Jung-Hsuan attacks the hoop for Taiwan Beer, which is currently in second place behind Pure Youth Construction in the SBL.


NT star wingman Liu Cheng scored 24 points and was named All-Star Game MVP.


Deadly NT sniper Lu Cheng-Ju dropped 5 triples and scored 31 points as Yulon Luxgen beat Bank of Taiwan earlier this past week.
2016 SBL All-Star Weekend Highlights:


2015-2016 TAIWAN SUPER BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Pure Youth Construction
15
5
2
Taiwan Beer
14
7
3
Dacin Tigers
12
8
4
Yulon Luxgen
11
10
5
Fubon Braves
8
12
6
Bank of Taiwan
7
12
7
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
4
17



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


Amir Sedighi challenges the Azad University defense hard for Chemidor Tehran.


Mohammad Torabi goes up strong against Rouzbeh Arghavan. Torabi's Chemidor team is currently at third place in the team standings.

2015-2016 IBF SUPERLEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Petrochimi Bandar Imam
20
4
2
Naft Abadan
18
6
3
Chemidor Tehran
17
6
4
Shahrdary Arak
15
9
5
Azad University
15
9
6
Shahrdary Gorgan
13
12
7
Samen Masshad
9
15
8
Shahrdary Tabriz
4
19
9
Army Tehran
3
21
10
Ayandeh Sazan
2
15


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

Wael Arakji pushes the tempo for league-leading Al Riyadi-Beirut.

Omar Kaissi protects the rock as the Hoops club notched a win over rivals Homenetmen.


Jordanian star forward Zaid Abbas makes his debut in the Lebanese Basketball League for Byblos!
2016 LEBANESE BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Al Riyadi Beirut
7
0
2
Homenetmen Beirut
6
2
3
Hoops Club
5
2
4
Al Moutahed Tripoli
4
3
5
Byblos Sporting Club
3
4
6
Tadamon Zouk
3
5
7
Sagesse Al Hekmeh
3
5
8
Louaize
2
6
9
Champville
1
7




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