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Central
 1. Hitachi SR 0-0 
 2. Niigata Albirex 0-0 
 3. Sanen 0-0 
 4. Toshiba BT 0-0 
 5. Toyama Grouses 0-0 
 6. Yokohama BC 0-0 
East
 1. Akita NH 0-0 
 2. Chiba Jets 0-0 
 3. Hokkaido L. 0-0 
 4. Sendai 89ers 0-0 
 5. Tochigi Brex 0-0 
 6. Toyota Alvark 0-0 
West
 1. Kyoto Hannar. 0-0 
 2. Nagoya DD 0-0 
 3. Osaka Evessa 0-0 
 4. Ryukyu GK 0-0 
 5. SeaHorses 0-0 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 0-0 
Last:7/19/2016
B League D2 Standings
Central
 1. Bambitious Nara 0-0 
 2. Nishinomiya S. 0-0 
 3. Shinshu BW 0-0 
 4. Tokyo Excel. 0-0 
 5. Tokyo Z 0-0 
 6. Toyotsu FE 0-0 
East
 1. Aomori Watts 0-0 
 2. Cyberdyne IR 0-0 
 3. Fukushima 0-0 
 4. Gunma 0-0 
 5. Iwate Big Bulls 0-0 
 6. Yamagata 0-0 
West
 1. Ehime OV 0-0 
 2. Hiroshima D. 0-0 
 3. Kagawa FA 0-0 
 4. Kagoshima 0-0 
 5. Kumamoto V. 0-0 
 6. Shimane SM 0-0 
Last:7/19/2016
B League D3 Standings
 1. Aisin AW 0-0 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 0-0 
 3. Kanazawa Samuraiz 0-0 
 4. Otsuka A. 0-0 
 5. Saitama Bron. 0-0 
 6. Tokyo Big Blue 0-0 
 7. Tokyo Cinq R. 0-0 
 8. Tokyo HT 0-0 
 9. Toyoda Gosei 0-0 
Last:7/19/2016
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 Davante GARDNER
  Nishinom.
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Gardner, Nishinom.27.7 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba25.3 
 3. Tillman, Hokkaido23.6 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi23.5 
 5. Heytvelt, Hitac.18.2 
 6. Pattillo, Tsukuba18.0 
 7. Shorter, Hiroshim.17.9 
 8. Chapman, Chiba J.16.9 
 9. Burrell, Mitsubis.16.9 
 10. Kanamaru, Aishin16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba13.3 
 2. Rossiter, Tochigi12.3 
 3. N'Diaye, Tsukuba11.2 
 4. Gardner, Nishinom.10.7 
 5. Butts, Aishin SH10.5 
 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. Tajima, Hokkaido.3.4 
 4. Furuno, Kumamoto.3.4 
 5. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.4 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi3.3 
 7. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.3 
 8. Hiejima, Aishin SH3.0 
 9. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.0 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi3.0 
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. Shorter, Hiroshim.1.6 
 7. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.1.6 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.6 
 9. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.5 
 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. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.2 
 5. Chapman, Chiba J.1.2 
 6. Parker, Toyota A.1.1 
 7. Takeuchi, Hiroshim.1.1 
 8. Nephawe, Kumamoto.1.1 
 9. Butts, Aishin SH1.1 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi1.0 
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Tochigi Brex 50% Sep.24 Akita NH
Chiba Jets 50% Sep.24 Sendai 89ers
Yokohama BC 50% Sep.24 Hitachi SR
Toyama Grous 50% Sep.24 Niigata Albi
Sanen 50% Sep.24 Toshiba BT
Nagoya DD 50% Sep.24 Kyoto Hannar
Shiga L-Star 50% Sep.24 SeaHorses
Osaka Evessa 50% Sep.24 Hokkaido L.
Toyota Alvar 50% Sep.23 Ryukyu GK
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Aomori Watts 50% Sep.22 Cyberdyne I
Iwate Big Bu 50% Sep.22 Fukushima
Yamagata 50% Sep.22 Gunma
Tokyo Excel 50% Sep.22 Tokyo Z
Shinshu BW 50% Sep.22 Bambitious N
Toyotsu FE 50% Sep.22 Nishinomiya
Shimane SM 50% Sep.22 Kagoshima
Ehime OV 50% Sep.22 Hiroshima D
Kumamoto V. 50% Sep.22 Kagawa FA
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BJ League Round 11: Akita Happinets defeat leader Iwate Big Bulls - Nov 12, 2012


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There were just 11 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.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-2) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by third ranked Akita Happinets (7-1) 86-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Iwate Big Bulls managed to win third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Akita Happinets dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 28. They outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 42-26 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Iwate Big Bulls. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Akita Happinets maintains third place with 7-1 record having seven points less than leader Okinawa GK. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. Akita Happinets are looking forward to face Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano in the next round. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (8-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-9) 112-72. It was a great evening for American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Morihisa Yamauchi helped adding 30 points and 4 steals. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kouto felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) responded with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Undefeated Okinawa GK have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Okinawa GK will play against league's second-placed Oita Heat Devils at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Gunma is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to second ranked Toyama Grouses (8-4) 83-71 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Ira Brown who led the winners and scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Nyika Williams came up with 18 points for Gunma in the defeat. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains second place with 8-4 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK. Gunma lost their twelfth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Toyama Grouses will meet Saitama Broncos (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gunma will play against Tokyo Cinq R. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Takamatsu was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Shimane Magic (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Takamatsu FA (3-5). Shimane Magic defeated Takamatsu FA 70-59. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Michael Parker who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shimane Magic moved-up to third place, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Takamatsu FA at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be Shiga L-Stars (#6) at home. Takamatsu FA will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa.
The game in Shiga was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (6-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Shiga L-Stars (4-6). Shiga L-Stars managed to secure a 8-point victory 87-79 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Dionisio Gomez Camargo orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Tokyo Cinq R. Loser Fukuoka Rizing keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face higher ranked Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Osaka Evessa.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 11: Osaka Evessa were beaten by Oita H.Devils on the road 85-77. Yokohama BC lost to Shinshu BW on its own court 72-81. Sendai 89ers unfortunately lost to Tokyo Cinq R. in a road game 86-102. Niigata Albirex rolled over Saitama Bron. at home 79-55.



Miyazaki SS - Okinawa GK 72-112

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (8-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-9) 112-72. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 36. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 41-30 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Morihisa Yamauchi (173-90) helped adding 30 points and 4 steals. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kouto felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) responded with 31 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Larriques Cunningham (198-88, college: Lee) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Okinawa GK have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Okinawa GK will play against league's second-placed Oita Heat Devils at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: M.Yamauchi 30+2reb, J.Newton 25+14reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 22+6reb, N.Kosuge 9+1reb+2ast, D.Larkai 8+6reb+1ast, N.Namizato 7+3reb+7ast
Miyazaki SS: D.Keller 31+9reb+2ast, L.Cunningham 16+5reb+3ast, Y.Kojima 10+1reb, K.Ito 9+3reb+1ast, T.Fairley 4+10reb, M.Takahashi 2+1reb
gschID: 200427


Oita H.Devils - Osaka Evessa 85-77

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Oita Heat Devils (8-2) beat at home 9th ranked Osaka Evessa (1-5) 85-77 on Sunday. Osaka Evessa trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 28-19 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 77-85 at the end of the game. Osaka Evessa was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. Power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) added 20 points in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Oita Heat Devils maintains second place with 8-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the ninth position with five games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face league's leader Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#5).
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: W.White 23+16reb+2ast, C.Tate 19+6reb, M.Lottich 15+1reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 13+1reb+7ast, T.Finger 7+3reb+5ast, K.Hatano 4+6reb
Osaka Evessa: D.Cox 22+11reb, N.Walkup 20+4reb+2ast, M.Obuchi 11+4reb+8ast, S.Konno 6+1reb+1ast, S.Watanuki 5+3reb+3ast, S.Takeda 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200426


Takamatsu FA - Shimane SM 59-70

The game in Takamatsu was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Shimane Magic (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Takamatsu FA (3-5). Shimane Magic defeated Takamatsu FA 70-59. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Takamatsu FA was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 8 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shimane Magic moved-up to third place, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Takamatsu FA at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be Shiga L-Stars (#6) at home. Takamatsu FA will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 15+6reb, B.Puckett 13+6reb+1ast, J.Davis 10+5reb, K.Yamabuchi 10+2reb+2ast, T.Yokoo 8+3reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 7+2reb+5ast
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 16+5reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 11+6reb, P.Williams 8+11reb+3ast, R.Johnson 8+5reb, M.Suzuki 6+1reb+3ast, B.Penn 4+6reb
gschID: 200425


Shiga L-Stars - Fukuoka Rizing 87-79

The game in Shiga was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (6-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Shiga L-Stars (4-6). Shiga L-Stars managed to secure a 8-point victory 87-79 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Fukuoka Rizing was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Shiga L-Stars, which allowed them to win the game. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Shinya Ogawa (183-83) contributed with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Five Shiga L-Stars and four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Tokyo Cinq R. Loser Fukuoka Rizing keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face higher ranked Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Osaka Evessa.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: S.Ogawa 19+3reb+5ast, D.Gomez Camargo 18+16reb+2ast, R.Nixon 15+8reb+3ast, T.Fujiwara 14+2reb+4ast, J.Nakama 11+2reb+1ast, B.Yokoe 5+1ast
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 19+16reb+1ast, J.Peppers 15+6reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 14+2reb+1ast, A.Takeno 10+1reb+5ast, M.Kano 8+3reb+1ast, J.Ashby 7+4reb
gschID: 200424


Yokohama BC - Shinshu BW 72-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Yokohama BC (5-3) lost at home to sixth ranked Shinshu BW (6-4) 81-72 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Yokohama BC won fourth quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shinshu BW had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Takanori Goya (190-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shinshu BW moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Shinshu BW will face higher ranked Akita Happinets (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Yokohama BC will play against Sendai 89ers.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: T.Goya 24+7reb+4ast, J.Green 14+9reb+2ast, W.Marshall 13+8reb+2ast, E.Morris 13+5reb+3ast, D.Curry 7+5reb, S.Yosuke 5+1reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 23+9reb, D.Burns 16+7reb+7ast, P.Faye 10+4reb, S.Kouno 8+3reb, P.Butorac 6+3reb, T.Hotta 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200423


Tokyo Cinq R. - Sendai 89ers 102-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Tokyo Cinq R.'s (4-6) home victory over 9th ranked Sendai 89ers (2-6) 102-86 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 60-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tokyo Cinq R. made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Tokyo Cinq R. had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Kenji Sato (180-79) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) answered with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import center Sam Coleman (208-87, college: Coppin St.) added 21 points in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Four Tokyo Cinq R. and five Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the ninth position with six games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will face Gunma (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sendai 89ers will play against Yokohama BC.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 31+12reb+3ast, R.Barrett 17+4reb, K.Sato 15+7reb+2ast, C.Aoki 12+1reb+1ast, H.Takada 12+3reb+3ast, C.Sasaki 9+6reb
Sendai 89ers: S.Coleman 21+3reb+1ast, K.Coble 15+5reb+1ast, T.Shimura 14+3reb+4ast, S.Willard 14+9reb+5ast, Y.Arai 13+1ast, T.Komoda 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 200422


Toyama Grouses - Gunma 83-71

Bottom-ranked Gunma is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to second ranked Toyama Grouses (8-4) 83-71 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Toyama Grouses. Gunma managed to win fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Tatsunori Fujie (184-87) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Vincentian center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) came up with 18 points and American power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Gunma in the defeat. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains second place with 8-4 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK. Gunma lost their twelfth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Toyama Grouses will meet Saitama Broncos (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gunma will play against Tokyo Cinq R. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: T.Fujie 18+3reb+3ast, I.Brown 16+9reb+8ast, B.Cole 12+7reb+1ast, M.Kamezaki 11+1reb+1ast, J.Jacob 10+8reb, A.Garcia 9+3reb+1ast
Gunma: N.Williams 18+3reb+1ast, L.Witcher 11+8reb, T.Granado 9+5reb, Y.Suzuki 9+4ast, S.Okada 8+3reb+2ast, D.Brown 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200421


Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 79-55

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (1-7) were outscored on the road by fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (7-3) 79-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Niigata Albirex. Saitama Broncos was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Saitama Broncos to just 6 points in first quarter. Niigata Albirex made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Saitama Broncos 49-35 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Niigata Albirex made 8 blocks. American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Coach Matt Garrison's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players saving starting five for next games. American forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) added 14 points in the effort for Saitama Broncos. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Shimane SM. Saitama Broncos lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Niigata Albirex will face Chiba Jets (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Saitama Broncos will play against the league's second-placed Toyama Grouses.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 14+3reb, C.Holm 13+11reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 12+3reb+1ast, R.Webb 11+6reb, N.Murry 11+8reb+4ast, S.Komatsu 6+1reb
Saitama Bron.: D.Baker 17+10reb+2ast, A.Scott 14+3reb, Y.Kitamuki 14+3reb+2ast, R.Orr 6+2ast, T.Yamashiro 2+15reb+1ast, Y.Nobihura 2
gschID: 200420


Iwate Big Bulls - Akita NH 67-86

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-2) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by third ranked Akita Happinets (7-1) 86-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Iwate Big Bulls managed to win third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Akita Happinets dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 28. They outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 42-26 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 13 points in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Akita Happinets maintains third place with 7-1 record having seven points less than leader Okinawa GK. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. Akita Happinets are looking forward to face Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano in the next round. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: D.Harris 22+6reb+7ast, J.Demercy 13+4reb+1ast, A.Kent 12+7reb, T.Cummings 11+5reb+2ast, Y.Kikuchi 10+2reb+2ast, S.Taguchi 6+5reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 13+4reb+1ast, D.Sneed 13+9reb+1ast, R.Okosa 10+6reb, L.Blackledge 10+3reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 8+1reb+3ast, T.Masato 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200419


  




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