Asian Basketball Journal - March 9, 2016



We continue our Asian Basketball Journal this week as playoff action heats up in a couple of the big leagues. The Liaoning Flying Leopards will face the Sichuan Blue Whales in the 2016 CBA Finals after they booted out the GuangDong Southern Tigers and Xinjiang Flying Tigers respectively. Over in the KBL, the Final Four is down to the Goyang Orions, Anyang KGC, regular season champs Jeonju KCC Egis, and defending overall champions Ulsan Mobis Phoebus. Things are also continuing to get exciting in NBL-Japan, the SBL, the IBF Superleague, and the LBL!

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 got the better of Andray Blatche in their semifinal match-up.

Former NBA Summer League player He Tianju helped Liaoning knock off the Southern Tigers.

Former Beijing Duck Li Gen hangs his head after Xinjiang gets ousted again.

This is the third time in three years that Yi Jianlian has been left thinking about what could have been.



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


Jeon Seong-Hyen goes up for the easy lay-up as Anyang KGC disposed of Seoul Samsung.

The 2016 KBL Final Four Team Captains (L-R): Lee Seung-Hyun, Yang Dong-Geun, Oh Se-Keun, and Ha Seung-Jin.

Former KOR Youth NT player Lee Jung-Hyun hit the game-winner for Anyang against Seoul Samsung.

Seoul Samsung coach Lee Sang-Min barks out orders to no avail as his club goes fishing.



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


Japan's national pool for the 2016 #FIBAOQT.

Japanese ace Takuya Kawamura looked healthy and deadly as Mitsubishi dealt Aisin a loss last week.

Yuta Tabuse and the rest of the Link Tochigi club remain solid at #2 overall in the team standings.

2015-2016 JAPAN NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Toyota Alvark
31
5
2
Link Tochigi Brex
30
7
3
Aisin Seahorses
27
11
4
Hitachi Sunrockers
25
11
5
Toshiba Brave Thunders
25
14
6
Hokkaido Levanga
21
19
7
Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins
15
22
8
Chiba Jets
13
22
9
Hiroshima Dragonflies
13
25
10
Kumamoto Volters
9
27
11
Nishinomiya Storks
9
27
12
Tsukuba Robots
6
34


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


Chen Gui-Hsiang goes up strong against Luke Nevill.

Chou Yi-Hsiang sizes up the defense of the Bank of Taiwan.

Doug Creighton and the rest of Pure Youth Construction continue to rule from atop the team standings.

2015-2016 TAIWAN SUPER BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Pure Youth Construction
19
7
2
Taiwan Beer
19
9
3
Dacin Tigers
17
10
4
Yulon Luxgen
15
13
5
Bank of Taiwan
11
15
6
Fubon Braves
10
17
7
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
4
24


2015-2016 IBF Superleague First Conference:


Adnan Doraghi and the rest of Shahrdary Gorgan got booted out of the playoffs by Naft Abadan.
(image from Tarafdari)

Ivan Koljevic of Shahrdary Arak rises for a jump-pass against Azad University.(image from Tarafdari)

Azad University is just one win away from setting a semifinals date with top-seeded Petrochimi.(image from basketballshirvan)



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

Ali Mezher tries to maneuver past the defense of Carl Sarkis.

Former NT player Miguel Martinez lines up the jumper from the corner.

Ramel Curry was big as Moutahed beat Louaize in Round 13 of the LBL.

2016 LEBANESE BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Rank
TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
1
Al Riyadi Beirut
10
2
2
Homenetmen Beirut
9
3
3
Hoops Club
7
5
4
Al Moutahed Tripoli
7
5
5
Byblos Sporting Club
6
6
6
Tadamon Zouk
6
6
7
Sagesse Al Hekmeh
4
8
8
Louaize
3
9
9
Champville
2
10



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