American Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Panasonic T., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5. The 35-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Mitsubishi DD (#6, 3-7) 77-74. Panasonic T. maintains the 2nd position in Japanese JBL. They are still close to the very top. Panasonic T. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. Watkins turned to be Panasonic T.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Georgetown University star has very solid stats this year. Watkins is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.6ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.9bpg and 59.5% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD. Hale had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Mitsubishi DD was edged by the higher-ranked Panasonic T. (#2, 8-2) 68-67. Mitsubishi DD is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-7 record. Hale is one of the most experienced players at Mitsubishi DD and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT (#5). Fazekas scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Toshiba BT, leading his team to a 71-49 easy win against the higher-ranked Toyota Alvark (#1, 8-2). Toshiba BT needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Fazekas has a great season in Japan. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.1ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.8rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Hokkaido L. - 20 points and 15 rebounds 7. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) of Mitsubishi DD - 32 points and 6 rebounds 9. Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80) of Hitachi SR - 20 points and 7 rebounds 10. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of Toyota Alvark - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
NBL Round 1 of Finals. Aishin Sea Horses take the lead - May 29, 2016
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Toshiba BT - Aishin SH 65-70 Aishin Sea Horses victoriously opened NBL Finals. They defeated Toshiba Brave Thunders for 1-0 lead. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Toshiba Thunders' 24. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Aishin Sea Horses made 9 blocks. American power forward Gavin Edward... [read more]
Aishin Sea Horses victoriously opened NBL Finals. They defeated Toshiba Brave Thunders for 1-0 lead. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Toshiba Thunders' 24. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Aishin Sea Horses made 9 blocks. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 21+8reb+2ast, N.Tsuji 15+3reb+2ast, M.Diouf 9+9reb, T.Hasegawa 9+1reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 6+5reb+2ast, Y.Yamashita 3+1reb Aishin SH: I.Butts 17+9reb, M.Hiejima 15+3reb+4ast, G.Edwards 15+13reb, K.Kanamaru 10+1ast, J.Sakuragi 6+7reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 4+2reb+1ast
Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Awards 2016 - May 25, 2016
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Finals MVP: Evan Ravenel (203-C/F-89) of Okinawa GK; Player of the Year: Wendell White (198-G-84) of Sendai 89ers; Guard of the Year: Joho Masashi (183-SF-82) of Toyama Grouses; Forward of the Year: Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Shimane SM; Center of the Year: Evan Ravenel (203-C/F-89) of Okinawa GK; Domestic Player of the Year: Joho Masashi (183-SF-82) of Toyama Grouses; Import Player of the Year: Wendell White (198-G-84) of Sendai 89ers; Defensive Player of the [read more]
Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 1st Team 2016
Kings, Alvark to clash in B. League opener - May 24, 2016
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The B. League revealed on Tuesday that the Alvark Tokyo and Ryukyu Golden Kings will tip off the inaugural season on Sept. 22 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It is the sole game that will be played on the day, and the other matchups, which will be announced later, will be played on the weekend. For the historical opening, the league picked two powerhouse clubs from the NBL and bj-league [read more]
The B. League revealed on Tuesday that the Alvark Tokyo and Ryukyu Golden Kings will tip off the inaugural season on Sept. 22 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It is the sole game that will be played on the day, and the other matchups, which will be announced later, will be played on the weekend. For the historical opening, the league picked two powerhouse clubs from the NBL and bj-league. The Alvark, who were known as the Toyota Alvark in the NBL, are a four-time champion in Japan's top men's circuit (JBL and NBL), while the Golden Kings have captured the bj-league title four times, including one they just won on May 15. The opening game will begin following an opening ceremony, which starts at 6:30 p.m. It will be broadcast live on Fuji Television and NHK-BS while it will also be streamed on Sportsnavi Live. The two teams will return to Yoyogi the next day to complete the final game of the two-game series. B. League chairman Masaaki Okawa said at a Tokyo news conference that the fans will be entertained with 'unprecedented stage effects' and 'surprises' at the game. On starting the inaugural season with just one game, Okawa said that the B. League borrowed the idea from the J. League, which used the same format when it kicked off on May 15, 1993. 'It left a strong impression on me that the J. League went on to have enormous popularity after the game,' said Okawa, a former J. League executive. 'We'll have two teams that represent the NBL and bj-league and present a great show, and we'd like to drastically change the values (for basketball) with the game. It'll be aired on prime time, so hopefully we'd like to make our league as popular as we can with this opportunity.' The two clubs' players will obviously be the main attraction. Ryukyu guard Ryuichi Kishimoto said that he was 'excited to be part of the commemorative game' while he felt 'a sense of responsibility' to help make it an attractive game. 'We've played against (the Alvark) in preseason games, but we haven't won one yet,' said Kishimoto, who earned the playoff MVP accolade in the 2013-14 season. 'So hopefully, we'll post a win this time.' Said Alvark guard/forward Daiki Tanaka: 'I expect a lot of fans will come to the game. I'd like to have a game that they can see our emotion, so they'll return for another game.' Courtesy of: japantimes.co.jp
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