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Japanese Basketball (Men)

NBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 47-8 
 2. Tochigi Brex 42-12 
 3. Toshiba BT 38-17 
 4. Aishin SH 35-18 
 5. Hitachi SR 34-20 
 6. Hokkaido L. 28-27 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 28-28 
 8. Chiba Jets 22-33 
 9. Hiroshima D. 16-38 
 10. Kumamoto V. 13-36 
 11. Nishinomiya S. 13-41 
 12. Tsukuba R. 8-46 
Last:5/8/2016
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Toyama Grouses 39-13 
 2. Sendai 89ers 37-15 
 3. Akita NH 35-17 
 4. Niigata Albirex 34-18 
 5. Iwate Big Bulls 30-22 
 6. Fukushima 30-22 
 7. Shinshu BW 27-25 
 8. Aomori Watts 23-29 
 9. Gunma 22-30 
 10. Yokohama BC 19-33 
 11. Saitama Bron. 5-47 
 12. Tokyo Cinq R. 5-47 
Western
 1. Kyoto Hannar. 41-11 
 2. Okinawa GK 40-12 
 3. Shimane SM 37-15 
 4. Hamamatsu P. 36-16 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 35-17 
 6. Osaka Evessa 35-17 
 7. Kanazawa Samuraiz 27-23 
 8. Fukuoka Rizing 20-32 
 9. Bambitious Nara 17-35 
 10. Oita H.Devils 16-34 
 11. Takamatsu FA 11-41 
 12. Hiroshima L. 1-51 
Last:5/25/2016
NBDL Standings
 1. Toyota Tsusho 32-4 
 2. Otsuka A. 26-10 
 3. Tokyo Excel. 25-11 
 4. Yamagata 23-13 
 5. Tokyo Z 22-14 
 6. Tokyo HT 17-19 
 7. Aisin AW 16-20 
 8. Tokyo Big Blue 8-28 
 9. Kagoshima 6-30 
 10. Toyoda Gosei 5-31 
Last:4/13/2016
Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Nishinom.
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Gardner, Nishinom.27.7 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba25.5 
 3. Tillman, Hokkaido23.6 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi23.5 
 5. Heytvelt, Hitac.18.2 
 6. Pattillo, Tsukuba18.0 
 7. Shorter, Hiroshim.17.9 
 8. Kanamaru, Aishin S.17.5 
 9. Burrell, Mitsubis.16.9 
 10. Chapman, Chiba J.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba13.7 
 2. Rossiter, Tochigi12.3 
 3. N'Diaye, Tsukuba11.2 
 4. Gardner, Nishinom.10.7 
 5. Butts, Aishin SH10.6 
 6. Brenton, Tochigi10.1 
 7. Tillman, Hokkaido9.8 
 8. Burrell, Mitsubis.9.2 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.9.2 
 10. Rickert, Chiba Je.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tommy BRENTON
  Tochigi .
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Brenton, Tochigi5.8 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.4 
 3. Furuno, Kumamoto.3.4 
 4. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.4 
 5. Tajima, Hokkaido.3.4 
 6. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.3 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi3.3 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi3.0 
 9. Tsuji, Toshiba BT2.9 
 10. Nishimura, Chiba2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tommy BRENTON
  Tochigi .
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Brenton, Tochigi2.0 
 2. Gibbs, Toyota A.2.0 
 3. Parker, Toyota A.1.8 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi1.7 
 5. Hatakeyama, Nishin.1.7 
 6. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.1.6 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.6 
 8. Shorter, Hiroshim.1.6 
 9. Tillman, Hokkaido1.5 
 10. Pattillo, Tsukuba1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  Tochigi Brex
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Naymick, Tochigi B.2.1 
 2. Edwards, Aishin SH1.7 
 3. N'Diaye, Tsukuba1.3 
 4. Chapman, Chiba J.1.2 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.2 
 6. Parker, Toyota A.1.1 
 7. Nephawe, Kumamoto.1.1 
 8. Takeuchi, Hiroshim.1.1 
 9. Butts, Aishin SH1.1 
 10. Fazekas, Toshiba1.0 
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Game 1 (Finals)

Toshiba BT 58% May.28 Aishin SH
Rizing Fukuoka's Game-Winning turnaround. - Nov 9, 2012


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As reported by the Japan Times, Coach Atsushi Kanazawa's club triumphed twice last weekend against the Takamatsu Five Arrows to jump into fifth place in the 10-team Western Conference.

The Rizing are relying on mainstays Jun Nakanishi and Akitomo Takeno in the backcourt along with newcomers Josh Peppers, Julius Ashby and Reggie Warren for the majority of the team's production.

Also in the mix are rookie sharpshooter Zane Johnson, a University of Hawaii product, veterans Satoshi Ishitani and Masahiro Kano, along with relatively unknown Rintaro Tokunaga, Keisuke Takabatake and Junya Masumoto.

Warren was an integral part of Takamatsu and Kyoto Hannaryz playoff teams in years past, and Ashby has been to the Final Four as a member of the Five Arrows, Tokyo Apache and Niigata Albirex BB.

Peppers has made major contributions for the Sendai 89ers and Shiga Lakestars in the postseason, while Takeno and Nakanishi have also been tested in the playoffs while competing for

Niigata and Fukuoka for the former and Tokyo, Osaka Evessa and Fukuoka for the latter.

That veteran leadership has given the Rizing an edge in preparation compared with some teams without that collective experience of years spent in the bj-league.

"I think the key to our chemistry is getting a lot better each and every game," Warren told The Japan Times on Tuesday. "With me and Peppers joining the team late, I think that played a part in the slow start.

"We are all communicating to suggest different things to the coach, especially the leaders of the team with me and Jun being more of the vocal players adding a lot of input on what's going on, and coach actually listening and respecting our voice is key," added Warren, a power forward who's averaging 15.9 points and 12.5 rebounds with six double-doubles in eight games.

Peppers, averaging 18.6 ppg, is the team's top option on offense. Ashby, an athletic, forceful presence in the middle, is scoring at an 11.5 ppg clip. Takeno, one of the best pure shooters in league history, and Nakanishi, who has played in the fledgling circuit since 2005, are both contributing 9.6 ppg.

The players have not been shy about speaking out and saying what they think are keys for the team's success, Warren said.

"Everyone has respect for each other and we all have played many games in this league and understand how it works," he added, referring to the team's veteran corps. "I think we know and understand our roles and the younger guys are following our lead.

Johnson is currently nursing a sprained ankle, but has already made a strong impression during the young season's first month.

"The guy can flat-out shoot," Warren said, "and he's going to help us so much. If teams continue to try and double team me and Ashby, Zane will make them pay."

None of the current Rizing players have been on a bj-league championship team, and that motivates them to aim to be the best this season.

"We all talk about the same thing," Warren said. "All of us have the same goals: to reach the finals. I think this team has what it takes and is hungry for a title."
  



Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Awards 2016 - May 25, 2016


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   
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Kings, Alvark to clash in B. League opener - May 24, 2016

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]

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NBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Toshiba BT reach Finals - May 24, 2016

Toshiba BT - Tochigi Brex 69-60 Toshiba Brave Thunders advanced into NBL Finals. They held off Tochigi Brex in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-10. But Tochigi Brex won second period 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 reboun...   [read more]


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