Aishin triumphs at JBL Finals! . They trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) chipped in 14 points. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) added 8 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 16+17reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 14+4reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 7+3reb+1ast, K.Young 6+7reb, S.Kitagawa 6+1reb, K.Takashima 3+2reb Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 11+10reb+2ast, T.Kurihara 8+2reb+3ast, R.Shinoyama 8+4reb+3ast, Y.Kagami 8+1reb+2ast, C.Moss 6+3reb, Y.Uda 4+2reb+1ast
East edge West in JBL All-Star Game - Dec 31, 2012
JBL All-Star Game took plat at the Park Arena Komaki, Aichi Prefecture. The East Selection outgunned their West opponents 126:119 for the win. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) delivered 24 pints and 14 boards to pace the winners. West got to a strong start. They fired 36 points in the opening frame to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. West arrived at halftime up by 7 points 63:56. However East turned things around in the third term. They went on a 34:20 rally to surge ahead. West did not surrender though. East were up by two points late in regulation however Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) sank two free throws to send the game into overtime. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) and Jeff Gibbs teamed up for the East selection in the extra period and led their team to the win. Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80, college: Penn St.) and Takuya Kawamura provided 17 points each for East. Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) and Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) added 20 points apiece for the winners. Jameel Watkins answered with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the West selection. Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) had 19 points in the loss.
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