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B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 37-8 
 2. Sanen 25-20 
 3. Hitachi SR 22-23 
 4. Niigata Albirex 20-25 
 5. Yokohama BC 15-30 
 6. Toyama Grouses 11-34 
East
 1. Tochigi Brex 36-9 
 2. Toyota Alvark 35-10 
 3. Chiba Jets 31-14 
 4. Hokkaido L. 17-28 
 5. Akita NH 13-32 
 6. Sendai 89ers 12-33 
West
 1. SeaHorses 35-10 
 2. Nagoya DD 22-23 
 3. Osaka Evessa 22-23 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 21-24 
 5. Ryukyu GK 21-24 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 10-35 
Full Standings
Last:3/20/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Toyotsu FE 33-13 
 2. Nishinomiya S. 32-14 
 3. Tokyo Z 19-28 
 4. Tokyo Excel. 18-27 
 5. Bambitious Nara 17-29 
 6. Shinshu BW 12-35 
East
 1. Gunma 30-16 
 2. Fukushima 26-20 
 3. Yamagata 24-22 
 4. Aomori Watts 20-26 
 5. Cyberdyne IR 20-26 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 10-36 
West
 1. Shimane SM 38-7 
 2. Hiroshima D. 36-10 
 3. Kumamoto V. 35-11 
 4. Ehime OV 24-22 
 5. Kagawa FA 14-32 
 6. Kagoshima 6-40 
Full Standings
Last:3/20/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Kanazawa Sam. 29-3 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 28-4 
 3. Tokyo HT 21-11 
 4. Otsuka A. 20-12 
 5. Tokyo Cinq R. 13-19 
 6. Aisin AW 13-19 
 7. Saitama Bron. 12-20 
 8. Toyoda Gosei 5-27 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 3-29 
Full Standings
Last:3/20/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.6 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .22.0 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.9 
 4. White, Sendai19.4 
 5. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.3 
 6. Burrell, Nagoya DD18.1 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 8. Garrett, Toyota A.17.8 
 9. Childress, Sanen17.7 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.2 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.8 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.8 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.6 
 6. Childress, Sanen9.3 
 7. Sacre, Hitachi SR9.2 
 8. White, Sendai9.1 
 9. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Toyota A.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.2 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 3. Namizato, Shiga L.4.1 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.8 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.6 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.5 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.8 
 3. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 4. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 5. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.6 
 6. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 7. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 8. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.5 
 10. Brown, Hitachi SR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.2.0 
 2. Chapman, Niigata .1.9 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 4. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.8 
 5. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.8 
 6. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Nephawe, Sendai1.1 
 9. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 
 10. Dozier, Sanen1.1 
Player of the Week

 Ryan Rossiter
  Tochigi Brex
  ( 204-F/C-117-89 )
  

 Rick Rickert
  Cyberdyne IR
  ( 211-C/F-107-83 )
  

 Kyle Richardson
  Otsuka A.
  ( 201-F-107-91 )
  

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Tochigi Brex 86% Mar.25 Sendai 89ers
Chiba Jets 78% Mar.25 Hokkaido L.
Toyota Alvar 81% Mar.25 Akita NH
Yokohama BC 60% Mar.25 Toyama Grous
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Cyberdyne I 59% Mar.25 Yamagata
Kumamoto V. 88% Mar.25 Kagoshima
Toyotsu FE 62% Mar.25 Tokyo Z
Fukushima 85% Mar.25 Iwate Big Bu
Aomori Watts Mar.25 Gunma 52%
Shinshu BW Mar.25 Nishinomiya 82%
Bambitious N 52% Mar.25 Tokyo Excel
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Kagawa FA Mar.25 Hiroshima D 73%
Kumamoto V. 88% Mar.24 Kagoshima
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BJ League Round 9: Niigata Albirex defeats Shinshu BW in the closest game of the week - Nov 5, 2012


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After 9 rounds played we can already see who rules in the BJ League and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most exciting game of round 9 in the BJ League took place in Nagano. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Shinshu BW (5-3) to fifth ranked Niigata Albirex (5-3) 81-79 in the game for the fourth place. Niigata Albirex had a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Niigata Albirex have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shinshu BW and Fukuoka Rizing. Niigata Albirex is looking forward to face Saitama Broncos (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Shinshu BW will play against Yokohama BC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Toyama. Second-best host Toyama Grouses (6-4) lost to first ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-1) 95-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) nailed 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Reggie Okosa accounted for 21 points and 14 rebounds. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) came up with 23 points and 5 rebounds for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Iwate Big Bulls maintains first place with 9-1 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will play against league's second-placed Akita Happinets at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toyama Grouses will play against Gunma and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fourth ranked Shimane Magic (6-2) 93-86 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Michael Parker who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Leonardo Pomare who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Shimane Magic maintains fourth place with 6-2 record. Kyoto Hannar. lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with eight games lost. Shimane Magic will meet Takamatsu FA (#7) on the road in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play against the league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Gunma (0-10) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to sixth ranked Yokohama BC (4-2) 76-63. It was a good game for Draelon Burns who led his team to a victory with 24 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC maintains sixth place with 4-2 record. Gunma lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with ten games lost. Yokohama BC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gunma will play on the road against Toyama Grouses (#3) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Shiga was also quite interesting. Second ranked Oita Heat Devils (7-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-5). Oita Heat Devils defeated Shiga L-Stars 92-80 on Sunday. Wendell White stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Shiga L-Stars' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Oita Heat Devils. They keep a position of league leader. Shiga L-Stars lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth place with five games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face Osaka Evessa (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shiga L-Stars will play against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: Miyazaki SS was destroyed by Hamamatsu P. on the opponent's court 139-83. Saitama Bron. unfortunately lost to Chiba Jets in a home game 78-86. Tokyo Cinq R. lost to undefeated Akita NH on the road 55-76. Fukuoka Rizing defeated Takamatsu FA on its own court 80-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points, 15 rebounds and 16 assists by Kevin Galloway of Hamamatsu P..


Shimane SM - Kyoto Hannar. 93-86

Bottom-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fourth ranked Shimane Magic (6-2) 93-86 on Sunday evening. Kyoto Hannar. trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 32-28 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 86-93 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Yu Okada (184-83) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shimane Magic maintains fourth place with 6-2 record. Kyoto Hannar. lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with eight games lost. Shimane Magic will meet Takamatsu FA (#7) on the road in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play against the league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 23+11reb+3ast, B.Freeman 17+3reb+3ast, B.Puckett 16+5reb, T.Yokoo 12+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 9+1reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 7+2reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Pomare 20+10reb, Y.Okada 18+2reb+4ast, D.Palmer 14+5reb+2ast, J.Boyette 11+5reb, M.Cousin 8+2reb+1ast, H.Kantake 6
gschID: 200406


Shiga L-Stars - Oita H.Devils 80-92

The game in Shiga was also quite interesting. Second ranked Oita Heat Devils (7-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-5). Oita Heat Devils defeated Shiga L-Stars 92-80 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Oita Heat Devils made 28-of-32 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Shiga L-Stars only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Shiga L-Stars 45-34 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Oita Heat Devils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Shiga L-Stars were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Five Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: Top Notch Sports) with 18 points and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Shiga L-Stars' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Oita Heat Devils. They keep a position of league leader. Shiga L-Stars lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth place with five games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face Osaka Evessa (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shiga L-Stars will play against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: W.White 19+19reb+5ast, C.Tate 16+9reb+3ast, N.Takushi 16+3reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 13+5reb+1ast, M.Lottich 11+4reb+1ast, K.Hatano 9+3reb
Shiga L-Stars: W.Arnold 18+2reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 17+2reb, D.Gomez Camargo 14+7reb, S.Ogawa 9+5ast, R.Nixon 6+5reb+2ast, B.Yokoe 5+2ast
gschID: 200405


Hamamatsu P. - Miyazaki SS 139-83

Very expected game in Mikawa where 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-7) were crushed by third ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (7-3) 139-83 on Sunday. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 56-36 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Miyazaki Shining Suns' players. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 16 assists for the winners and forward Adrian Thomas (200-87, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 41 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Larriques Cunningham (198-88, college: Lee) scored 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Hamamatsu Phoenix. They moved-up to second place. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Kyoto Hannar. (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Okinawa GK.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: A.Thomas 41+7reb+2ast, K.Galloway 19+15reb+16ast, S.Nakanishi 16+2reb, J.Parmer 15+10reb+4ast, A.Ohta 13+10reb+2ast, Y.Tsubasa 13+3ast
Miyazaki SS: L.Cunningham 33+8reb+4ast, D.Keller 28+15reb+4ast, H.Otsuka 5+2ast, K.Shigenaga 5+1reb, T.Toyoda 5+2reb+1ast, K.Ito 3+1reb
gschID: 200404


Saitama Bron. - Chiba Jets 78-86

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Chiba Jets (3-5) defeated on the road 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (1-5) 86-78 on Sunday. Saitama Broncos were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 33-16 charge of Chiba Jets, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Tanaka Kensuke (187-85) stepped up and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American swingman D'Andre Bell (198-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) with 31 points and the other American import power forward Randall Orr (207-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) scored 13 points and 6 assists. Saitama Broncos' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chiba Jets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Saitama Broncos lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with five games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Niigata Albirex (#4).
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: D.Bell 15+7reb+4ast, M.Chandler 15+3reb+1ast, H.Sato 14+5reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 14+5reb+7ast, J.Werner 12+6reb, R.Itakura 6+1reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 31+3reb+1ast, R.Orr 13+4reb+6ast, T.Yamashiro 10+6reb, Y.Kitamuki 8+2reb, A.Scott 6+10reb+1ast, M.Haraguchi 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200403


Akita NH - Tokyo Cinq R. 76-55

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (2-6) was rolled over on the road by leader Akita Happinets (6-0) 76-55 on Sunday. Tokyo Cinq R. was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Akita Happinets dominated on the defensive end, holding Tokyo Cinq R. to just 7 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 20. Akita Happinets forced 20 Tokyo Cinq R. turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach Kazuo Nakamura felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and center Jared Carter (216-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 9 points and 11 rebounds. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Akita Happinets. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Okinawa GK. Tokyo Cinq R. lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. Akita Happinets will face league's leader Iwate Big Bulls on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Sendai 89ers (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: T.Cummings 18+7reb+1ast, K.Shoji 12+1reb+1ast, Y.Kikuchi 11+6reb+2ast, A.Kent 11+8reb+7ast, D.Harris 11+2ast, J.Demercy 6+2reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 11+13reb+2ast, H.Takada 11+1reb+2ast, J.Carter 9+11reb+1ast, C.Sasaki 9+5reb, A.Inoue 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Kurihara 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200399


Gunma - Yokohama BC 63-76

Bottom-ranked Gunma (0-10) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to sixth ranked Yokohama BC (4-2) 76-63. It was a great shooting night for Yokohama BC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. His fellow American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and Vincentian center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gunma. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC maintains sixth place with 4-2 record. Gunma lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with ten games lost. Yokohama BC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gunma will play on the road against Toyama Grouses (#3) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 24+4reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 13+7reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 11+2ast, P.Faye 8+8reb+3ast, P.Butorac 6+6reb, T.Hotta 6+1reb
Gunma: N.Williams 14+8reb, T.Granado 12+2reb, L.Witcher 11+12reb+2ast, Y.Suzuki 9+1reb+1ast, S.Okada 7+2reb+3ast, K.Tomori 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 200402


Shinshu BW - Niigata Albirex 79-81

The most exciting game of round 9 in the BJ League took place in Nagano. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Shinshu BW (5-3) to fifth ranked Niigata Albirex (5-3) 81-79 in the game for the fourth place. Niigata Albirex had a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) with 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shinshu BW and Fukuoka Rizing. Niigata Albirex is looking forward to face Saitama Broncos (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Shinshu BW will play against Yokohama BC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 22+9reb+3ast, R.Webb 15+8reb+2ast, K.Sato 13+2reb+1ast, C.Holm 8+12reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 7+5reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 6+1reb+3ast
Shinshu BW: W.Marshall 21+9reb+1ast, J.Green 16+12reb+1ast, T.Saito 13+3reb+6ast, E.Morris 10+5reb, S.Yosuke 9+5ast, Y.Matsubara 5+1ast
gschID: 200401


Toyama Grouses - Iwate Big Bulls 87-95

The game between Top Four teams took place in Toyama. Second-best host Toyama Grouses (6-4) lost to first ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-1) 95-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. They outrebounded Toyama Grouses 41-27 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) nailed 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) accounted for 21 points and 14 rebounds. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) came up with 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls maintains first place with 9-1 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will play against league's second-placed Akita Happinets at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toyama Grouses will play against Gunma and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 31+8reb, C.Dixon 23+10reb+3ast, R.Okosa 21+14reb+3ast, N.Nakamura 7, T.Masato 6+6reb, K.Takahashi 4+1reb+3ast
Toyama Grouses: A.Garcia 23+5reb+2ast, T.Mito 14+5reb+3ast, M.Joho 13+3reb+4ast, I.Brown 11+7reb+2ast, B.Cole 10+2reb+2ast, M.Kamezaki 6
gschID: 200400


Fukuoka Rizing - Takamatsu FA 80-67

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (5-3) beat at home 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-4) 80-67 on Sunday. Fukuoka Rizing dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 44. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Fukuoka Rizing. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shinshu BW and Niigata Albirex. Takamatsu FA lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with four games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Shiga L-Stars (#6) on the road in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Shimane Magic.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 21+7reb+3ast, R.Warren 18+10reb+4ast, A.Takeno 12+1reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 12+4reb+4ast, J.Ashby 6+8reb, M.Kano 5+5reb+2ast
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 14+7reb+4ast, P.Williams 13+14reb+2ast, B.Penn 13+2reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 7+3reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 6+4reb, Y.Kishimoto 5+1reb
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