Asian Basketball Journal - March 14, 2016




We continue our Asian Basketball Journal this week with the CBA Finals starting and the KBL concluding the semifinals! Likewise, the IBF Superleague has also started its final four, while the NBL-Japan, SBL, and LBL are entering the deep waters of their elimination rounds.

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.


Guo Ailun gets some advice from head coach and uncle Guo Shiqiang, himself a former star PG for the CBA and Chinese NT.

Justin Dentmon and the Sichuan Blue Whales are down 0-1 in the 2016 CBA Finals.

Star import Lester Hudson had 29 points in Liaoning's Game 1 win.


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


Kim Tae-Sul raises his hand as Jeonju KCC Egis eliminates Anyang KGC in Game 4 of the semifinals!

Lee Seung-Hyun has been a force for Goyang as they enter the 2016 KBL Finals.

It was a double black-eye for Anyang as star PF Oh Se-Keun sprained his ankle.

Yang Dong-Geun is expected to heavily contemplate retirement after the Ulsan Mobis Phoebus got dethroned by the Goyang Orions.



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


Japan NT pool forward Kenta Hirose surveys the floor for the Hitachi Sunrockers.

Japanese star center Kosuke Takeuchi guards Mitsubishi import Amath M'Baye.

Star PG Naoto Tsuji launches a three as Toshiba beat Toyota earlier this week.

Star shooter Takatoshi Furukawa of Link Tochigi pulls up as Kosuka Kanamary tries to challenge.

2015-2016 JAPAN NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Toyota Alvark
32
6
2
Link Tochigi Brex
31
7
3
Aisin Seahorses
27
12
4
Toshiba Brave Thunders
26
15
5
Hitachi Sunrockers
25
12
6
Hokkaido Levanga
21
20
7
Chiba Jets
15
22
8
Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins
15
23
9
Hiroshima Dragonflies
14
25
10
Nishinomiya Storks
10
27
11
Kumamoto Volters
9
28
12
Tsukuba Robots
6
34


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


MVP candidate Chou Yi-Hsiang of Dacin continued his strong play, but the Tigers still absorbed back-to-back losses this past weekend.

Lu Cheng-Ju hit three treys as Yulon Luxgen defeated Dacin this past weekend.

NT forward Tsai Wen-Cheng played well as Pure Youth Construction nailed two wins this past weekend.

2015-2016 TAIWAN SUPER BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Pure Youth Construction
21
7
2
Taiwan Beer
20
9
3
Dacin Tigers
17
12
4
Yulon Luxgen
16
13
5
Fubon Braves
12
17
6
Bank of Taiwan
11
18
7
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
4
25


2015-2016 IBF Superleague First Conference:
- Images from Hamshahriphoto.ir.


Herve Toure will be Chemidor's main inside weapon as they take on Naft Abadan in the Superleague semifinals.

Import Rawle Marshall attacks the Azad University defense in the pivotal Game 7. Shahrdary Arak prevailed, 91-90.

Samad Nikkhah Bahrami dropped 29 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals in a losing cause for Azad.



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


Veteran swingman Elie Rustom tries a pull-up J as Sagesse beat Louaize last week.

Omar El-Ayoubi had 15 markers as Moutahed beat Homenetmen last week for their eighth win in 14 games.


Omar Kaissi tries to drive past veteran Rony Fahed as Hoops blew out Champville by 18 points.
2016 LEBANESE BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Al Riyadi Beirut
11
2
2
Homenetmen Beirut
10
4
3
Al Moutahed Tripoli
8
6
4
Hoops Club
7
5
5
Byblos Sporting Club
6
6
6
Tadamon Zouk
6
7
7
Sagesse Al Hekmeh
5
9
8
Louaize
3
10
9
Champville
3
10



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