Asian Basketball Journal - March 2, 2016



We continue our Asian Basketball Journal and look at the CBA Playoffs, where Liaoning and Sichuan look headed for a collision course for the title. Over in Korea, the Goyang Orions have just clinched a semifinal berth opposite opposite season champions Jeonju KCC Egis. Other highlights of the past week include Petrochimi of Iran earning a berth in the 2016 FIBA Asia Champions’ Cup after besting Lebanon’s Al Riyadi in the 2016 WABA Club Championships and Al Rayyan capturing the 2016 QBL championship after beating Al Sadd in the second game.

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 and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers haven't been able to solve the problem that is Hamed Haddadi and the Sichuan Blue Whales.


The Liaoning Flying Leopards are flying high in the 2016 CBA Playoffs.


Hamed Haddadi has been nearly unstoppable for the Blue Whales.


Lester Hudson goes one on one against GuangDong's Yi Jianlian.



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


Joe Jackson tries a wrap-around pass as Goyang beat Wonju in the quarterfinals.


Kim Gi-Yun goes for the loose ball against the Seoul Samsung Thunders.


National team standout Lee Seung-Hyun has waxed hot for Goyang so far.


Oh Se-Keun has flashed fine form for Anyang KGC so far in the Playoffs.


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


Fumio Nishimura of the Chiba Jets tries to throttle past his defender.


Hiromu Kitagawa drives to the hoop for the Hiroshima Dragonflies.


Takumi Hasegawa and the Toshiba Brave Thunders are hanging on to fourth place in the team standings.


National team forward Yuki Mitsuhara and the Hitachi Sunrockers were able to get back-to-back wins over the Kumamoto Volters.

2015-2016 JAPAN NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Toyota Alvark
31
5
2
Link Tochigi Brex
28
7
3
Aisin Seahorses
26
10
4
Toshiba Brave Thunders
25
12
5
Hitachi Sunrockers
24
11
6
Hokkaido Levanga
19
19
7
Chiba Jets
13
21
8
Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins
14
21
9
Hiroshima Dragonflies
12
24
10
Kumamoto Volters
9
25
11
Nishinomiya Storks
9
27
12
Tsukuba Robots
5
33


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


Young Taiwan Beer big man Chou Po-Hsun was named Player of the Week in the SBL.


Li Wei-Cheh of Bank of Taiwan tries an undergoal stab against Fubon's Earl Barron.


Lu Ji-Er helped his Dacin Tigers beat KKL this past week, 88-79.

2015-2016 TAIWAN SUPER BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Pure Youth Construction
18
6
2
Taiwan Beer
16
9
3
Dacin Tigers
15
10
4
Yulon Luxgen
14
12
5
Bank of Taiwan
11
13
6
Fubon Braves
9
15
7
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
4
22


2015-2016 IBF Superleague First Conference:
- Images from the Mehr News Agency.


Mohammad Jamshidi and the rest of Naft Abadan remain strong in third place in the Superleague.


Saeid Davarpanah and the rest of Petrochimi bagged the 2016 WABA club crown.


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


Ahmad Ibrahim helped the Homenetmen beat Louaize this past week.


Veteran PG Sabah Khoury of Sagesse tries to get past his foe.


Tarek Ammoury of Moutahed played well as they beat Byblos.

2016 LEBANESE BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Al Riyadi Beirut
9
1
2
Homenetmen Beirut
8
3
3
Hoops Club
6
4
4
Al Moutahed Tripoli
6
5
5
Tadamon Zouk
5
5
6
Byblos Sporting Club
5
6
7
Sagesse Al Hekmeh
4
7
8
Louaize
3
8
9
Champville
2
9


2015-2016 Qatar Basketball League (QBL):
- Images from Doha Stadium Plus.

Al Rayyan adds to its impressive trophy case after beating Al Sadd in the 2016 QBL championship series.


Dominic James had 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists as  Al Rayyan bagged the title.


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