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B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 31-6 
 2. Sanen 22-15 
 3. Niigata Albirex 19-18 
 4. Hitachi SR 16-19 
 5. Yokohama BC 14-23 
 6. Toyama Grouses 8-29 
East
 1. Tochigi Brex 28-7 
 2. Toyota Alvark 28-7 
 3. Chiba Jets 24-13 
 4. Hokkaido L. 12-26 
 5. Akita NH 10-27 
 6. Sendai 89ers 10-28 
West
 1. SeaHorses 27-9 
 2. Nagoya DD 21-16 
 3. Osaka Evessa 19-18 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 18-19 
 5. Ryukyu GK 16-21 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 8-30 
Full Standings
Last:2/18/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Toyotsu FE 27-10 
 2. Nishinomiya S. 25-12 
 3. Tokyo Z 16-22 
 4. Bambitious Nara 14-23 
 5. Tokyo Excel. 13-23 
 6. Shinshu BW 10-28 
East
 1. Gunma 25-13 
 2. Fukushima 22-15 
 3. Yamagata 20-17 
 4. Aomori Watts 16-21 
 5. Cyberdyne IR 14-23 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 9-28 
West
 1. Hiroshima D. 31-7 
 2. Shimane SM 30-6 
 3. Kumamoto V. 29-8 
 4. Ehime OV 17-20 
 5. Kagawa FA 11-26 
 6. Kagoshima 5-32 
Full Standings
Last:2/18/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Fukuoka Rizing 22-3 
 2. Kanazawa Sam. 21-2 
 3. Otsuka A. 15-8 
 4. Tokyo HT 14-10 
 5. Aisin AW 12-13 
 6. Tokyo Cinq R. 10-15 
 7. Saitama Bron. 8-17 
 8. Toyoda Gosei 4-19 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 2-21 
Full Standings
Last:2/18/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.8 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.6 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.1 
 4. White, Sendai19.0 
 5. Burrell, Nagoya DD18.1 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi .18.1 
 7. Chapman, Niigata .17.9 
 8. Garrett, Toyota A.17.9 
 9. Gillenwater, Toyota A.17.2 
 10. Washburn, Yokohama.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.4 
 2. Harrellson, Osaka E.12.1 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.1 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.3 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.10.2 
 6. White, Sendai9.7 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota A.9.4 
 8. Kotzur, Kyoto H.9.3 
 9. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 10. Childress, Sanen9.0 
Assists Per Game
 JR SAKURAGI
  SeaHorses
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.1 
 2. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 3. Uto, Toyama G.3.9 
 4. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.9 
 5. Igarashi, Niigata .3.8 
 6. Namizato, Shiga L.3.8 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.3.8 
 8. Suzuki, Sanen3.7 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.6 
 10. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.2.0 
 3. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.9 
 4. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.8 
 5. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.7 
 7. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 8. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 9. Brown, Hitachi SR1.6 
 10. Garrett, Toyota A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  Niigata .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Chapman, Niigata .1.9 
 2. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 3. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.8 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 5. Edwards, SeaHorses1.3 
 6. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.3 
 7. Pittman, Toyama G.1.3 
 8. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.2 
 9. Childress, Sanen1.1 
 10. Bachynski, Nagoya D.1.1 
Player of the Week

 Davante Gardner
  Niigata Albirex
  ( 203-PF-124-91 )
  

 Ryan Stephan
  Tokyo Excel.
  ( 208-C-113-94 )
  

 Josh Peppers
  Fukuoka Rizing
  ( 201-F-102-85 )
  

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Round 39 (Regular Season)

Akita NH Feb.19 Yokohama BC 56%
Tochigi Brex 60% Feb.19 Sanen
Toshiba BT 82% Feb.19 Osaka Evessa
Niigata Albi Feb.19 Kyoto Hannar 55%
Toyama Grous Feb.19 Toyota Alvar 87%
Nagoya DD 57% Feb.19 Chiba Jets
Ryukyu GK Feb.19 Hitachi SR 58%
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Round 40 (Regular Season)

Kagawa FA Feb.19 Fukushima 77%
Aomori Watts 57% Feb.19 Ehime OV
Iwate Big Bu Feb.19 Nishinomiya 72%
Cyberdyne I Feb.19 Toyotsu FE 70%
Tokyo Excel Feb.19 Yamagata 54%
Tokyo Z Feb.19 Shimane SM 75%
Shinshu BW Feb.19 Kumamoto V. 84%
Bambitious N 73% Feb.19 Kagoshima
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Round 15 (Regular Season)

Tokyo Cinq R 64% Feb.26 Toyoda Gosei
Kanazawa Sam 96% Feb.26 Tokyo Big Bl
Tokyo HT 55% Feb.26 Otsuka A.
Aisin AW 57% Feb.26 Saitama Bron
Tokyo Cinq R 64% Feb.25 Toyoda Gosei
Aisin AW 57% Feb.25 Saitama Bron
Kanazawa Sam 96% Feb.25 Tokyo Big Bl
Tokyo HT 55% Feb.25 Otsuka A.
BJ League Round 8: Toyama Grouses hand first loss to undefeated Iwate Big Bulls - Nov 4, 2012


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There were just 8 rounds played in Regular Season of BJ League and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Iwate Big Bulls (8-1) on the court of third ranked Toyama Grouses on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Toyama Grouses 89-87. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Iwate Big Bulls. Toyama Grouses have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Toyama Grouses is again looking forward to face league's leader Iwate Big Bulls at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shinshu BW (5-2) against fifth ranked Niigata Albirex (4-3) on Saturday night. Host Shinshu BW was defeated by Niigata Albirex in Nagano 77-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shinshu BW. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists and Nile Murry who added 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Niigata Albirex have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 4-3 record, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Shinshu BW at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Shimane SM. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Niigata Albirex (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Kyoto Hannar. is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to fourth ranked Shimane Magic (5-2) 70-66 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Jeral Davis who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by Leonardo Pomare did not help to save the game for Kyoto Hannar.. Shimane Magic maintains fourth position with 5-2 record, which they share with Shinshu BW. Loser Kyoto Hannar. still closes the standings with seven games lost. Shimane Magic will again meet at home Kyoto Hannar. (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Gunma is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to sixth ranked Yokohama BC (3-2) 76-67. The best player for the winners was Draelon Burns who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC maintains sixth position with 3-2 record. Newly promoted Gunma still closes the standings with nine games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Gunma will play again at home against Yokohama BC (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Shiga was also quite interesting. Second ranked Oita Heat Devils (6-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-4). Oita Heat Devils managed to secure a 5-point victory 79-74 on Saturday. Wendell White orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Shiga L-Stars' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record having 2 victories less than leader Okinawa GK. Shiga L-Stars lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with four games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against the league's second-placed Oita Heat Devils (#2).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: Takamatsu FA was beaten by Fukuoka Rizing on the road 85-77. Hamamatsu P. destroyed Miyazaki SS on its own court 112-77. Chiba Jets managed to outperform Saitama Bron. in a road game 96-81. Akita NH rolled over Tokyo Cinq R. at home 90-70.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 27 points and 18 rebounds by Reginald Warren of Fukuoka Rizing.


Fukuoka Rizing - Takamatsu FA 85-77

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (4-3) beat at home 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-3) 85-77 on Saturday. Takamatsu FA trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 28-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-85 at the end of the game. Takamatsu FA was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. Forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and forward Brandon Penn (203-90, college: Rider, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 4-3 record, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with three games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face again Takamatsu FA (#7) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 27+18reb+2ast, J.Peppers 16+11reb+5ast, J.Ashby 15+4reb+2ast, S.Ishitani 8+1reb+3ast, A.Takeno 6+2reb, M.Kano 6+4reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 17+13reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 16+3reb, P.Williams 12+6reb, B.Penn 11+8reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Kodera 6+1ast
gschID: 200398


Shimane SM - Kyoto Hannar. 70-66

Bottom-ranked Kyoto Hannar. is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to fourth ranked Shimane Magic (5-2) 70-66 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-10. But Kyoto Hannar. won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American center Jeral Davis (216-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Kyoto Hannar.. American guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) added 6 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Shimane Magic maintains fourth position with 5-2 record, which they share with Shinshu BW. Loser Kyoto Hannar. still closes the standings with seven games lost. Shimane Magic will again meet at home Kyoto Hannar. (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 22+10reb, M.Parker 14+8reb+1ast, B.Freeman 13+6reb, T.Yokoo 8+2reb, K.Yamabuchi 6+5reb+9ast, B.Puckett 4+4reb
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Pomare 21+8reb, D.Palmer 14+2reb, M.Cousin 12+4reb, J.Boyette 8+2reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 6+7reb+3ast, K.Setoyama 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 200397


Shiga L-Stars - Oita H.Devils 74-79

The game in Shiga was also quite interesting. Second ranked Oita Heat Devils (6-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-4). Oita Heat Devils managed to secure a 5-point victory 79-74 on Saturday. Shiga L-Stars trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 24-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-79 at the end of the game. Oita Heat Devils dominated on the defensive end, holding Shiga L-Stars to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Shiga L-Stars' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record having 2 victories less than leader Okinawa GK. Shiga L-Stars lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with four games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against the league's second-placed Oita Heat Devils (#2).
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: W.White 21+16reb+6ast, C.Tate 15+9reb+1ast, N.Takushi 12+3reb+1ast, M.Lottich 12+6reb, T.Shimizu 9+2ast, K.Mitomo 8+1reb+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 18+5reb+1ast, R.Nixon 12+7reb+1ast, W.Arnold 11+6reb, T.Fujiwara 9+3reb+2ast, J.Nakama 7+2reb+3ast, A.Aboya 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 200396


Hamamatsu P. - Miyazaki SS 112-77

Very expected game when 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-6) were smashed by third ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (6-3) in Mikawa 112-77 on Saturday. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 32. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 57-37 including 19 on the offensive glass. Hamamatsu Phoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Miyazaki Shining Suns' players. American players dominated also this game. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Guard Larriques Cunningham (198-88, college: Lee) replied with 31 points and 6 rebounds and forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: A.Thomas 25+2reb+2ast, J.Parmer 20+13reb+8ast, E.Fuqua 14+6reb+2ast, K.Galloway 13+15reb+13ast, S.Nakanishi 11+4reb+1ast, A.Ohta 11+5reb
Miyazaki SS: L.Cunningham 31+6reb+3ast, H.Otsuka 19+2reb+1ast, D.Keller 15+7reb+7ast, T.Fairley 6+9reb, K.Ito 4+2reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200395


Saitama Bron. - Chiba Jets 81-96

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Chiba Jets (2-5) won against on the road 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (1-4) 96-81 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Chiba Jets dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 30. They outrebounded Saitama Broncos 51-32 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Chiba Jets looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Cameroonian forward Serge Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St., agency: SDJ Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Randall Orr (207-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) replied with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Five Chiba Jets and four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Tokyo Cinq R. Loser Saitama Broncos dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against Chiba Jets (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: H.Sato 19+6reb+2ast, D.Bell 16+5reb+4ast, J.Werner 14+13reb+6ast, S.Angounou 13+15reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 12+1reb+3ast, T.Kensuke 12+6reb+6ast
Saitama Bron.: R.Orr 25+7reb+7ast, J.Humphrey 18+5reb+3ast, A.Scott 12+5reb, M.Haraguchi 11+2reb, T.Yamashiro 7+8reb, Y.Kitamuki 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 200394


Gunma - Yokohama BC 67-76

Bottom-ranked Gunma is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to sixth ranked Yokohama BC (3-2) 76-67. It looked good early as Gunma took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Yokohama BC had a 26-19 second period charge getting the lead and Gunma was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-76. The best player for the winners was American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Kenya Tomori (177-84) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Gunma players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC maintains sixth position with 3-2 record. Newly promoted Gunma still closes the standings with nine games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Gunma will play again at home against Yokohama BC (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 19+10reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 17+1reb+1ast, P.Faye 11+14reb, P.Butorac 9+3reb, T.Kennedy 8+5reb+1ast, O.Kimura 4+1reb
Gunma: K.Tomori 21+9reb+2ast, L.Witcher 13+10reb+1ast, N.Williams 11+12reb+1ast, S.Okada 10+5reb, D.Brown 8+3ast, T.Granado 4+2reb
gschID: 200393


Shinshu BW - Niigata Albirex 59-77

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shinshu BW (5-2) against fifth ranked Niigata Albirex (4-3) on Saturday night. Host Shinshu BW was defeated by Niigata Albirex in Nagano 77-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shinshu BW. The game was mostly controlled by Niigata Albirex. Shinshu BW was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Niigata Albirex dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 32. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who added 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and swingman D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Niigata Albirex have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 4-3 record, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Shinshu BW at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Shimane SM. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Niigata Albirex (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 16+1reb, C.Holm 13+19reb+7ast, R.Webb 11+4reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 9+1reb+2ast, N.Murry 8+9reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 8+3reb
Shinshu BW: W.Marshall 20+6reb+1ast, D.Curry 11+6reb+2ast, E.Morris 8+7reb+1ast, J.Green 7+11reb, T.Saito 7+4reb+3ast, S.Yosuke 4
gschID: 200392


Toyama Grouses - Iwate Big Bulls 89-87

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Iwate Big Bulls (8-1) on the court of third ranked Toyama Grouses on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Toyama Grouses 89-87. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Five Toyama Grouses and four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Toyama Grouses is again looking forward to face league's leader Iwate Big Bulls at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: A.Garcia 21+9reb+4ast, I.Brown 15+2reb+2ast, T.Mito 12+3reb+4ast, M.Joho 12+4ast, J.Jacob 10+4reb+1ast, B.Cole 9+4reb
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 28+10reb+5ast, R.Okosa 17+9reb+4ast, N.Nakamura 15+3reb+2ast, D.Sneed 14+4reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 9+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 4
gschID: 200391


Akita NH - Tokyo Cinq R. 90-70

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (2-5) was outscored on the road by top-ranked Akita Happinets (5-0) 90-70 on Saturday. Akita Happinets dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 40. Akita Happinets forced 25 Tokyo Cinq R. turnovers. American players dominated also this game. Power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach Kazuo Nakamura used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and center Jared Carter (216-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.Akita Happinets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Tokyo Cinq R. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. Akita Happinets will face again Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: T.Cummings 23+3reb+2ast, D.Harris 20+1reb+4ast, A.Kent 19+10reb+5ast, J.Demercy 11+4reb+2ast, S.Taguchi 9+2reb+1ast, K.Shoji 6+2reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 23+10reb+2ast, J.Carter 17+9reb+1ast, A.Inoue 10+3reb, R.Barrett 9+6reb, H.Takada 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Kurihara 3+2ast
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