American-Panamanian Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, agency: Top Notch Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kyoto Hannar. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 10. The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Hamamatsu P. (#3, 7-5) with 17-point margin 80-63. Kyoto Hannar. is placed at 8th position in Japanese BJ League. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Kyoto Hannar. have already lost 8 games and recorded just two victories. Pomare turned to be Kyoto Hannar.'s top player in his first season with the team. Leonardo Pomare averages this season 13.6ppg and 9.6rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American forward Jermaine Green (203-F-80) of Shinshu BW. Green impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Shinshu BW was edged by slightly higher-ranked Yokohama BC (#5, 5-2) 85-82. This loss caused Shinshu BW to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Green is a newcomer at Shinshu BW and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Darnell Cox (211-C-85, agency: Court Side) of Osaka Evessa (#9). Cox showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Osaka Evessa, leading his team to a 86-82 win against the higher-ranked Oita H.Devils (#2, 7-2). Osaka Evessa can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Cox he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Cox has a very solid season. In 5 games in Japan he scored 11.8ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 24 points and 13 rebounds 5. Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Okinawa GK - 16 points and 13 rebounds 6. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Oita H.Devils - 23 points and 12 rebounds 7. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Toyama Grouses - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Larriques Cunningham (198-G-88) of Miyazaki SS - 22 points and 14 rebounds 10. Lewis Witcher (207-F/C-87) of Gunma - 25 points and 4 rebounds
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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