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Central
 1. SeaHorses 30-8 
 2. Nagoya DD 18-20 
 3. San-en 17-21 
 4. Toyama Grouses 17-21 
 5. Niigata Albirex 15-23 
 6. Yokohama BC 11-27 
East
 1. Toyota Alvark 29-9 
 2. Chiba Jets 27-11 
 3. Toshiba BT 25-13 
 4. Hitachi SR 22-16 
 5. Tochigi Brex 21-17 
 6. Hokkaido L. 19-19 
West
 1. Ryukyu GK 30-8 
 2. Kyoto Hannar. 22-16 
 3. Osaka Evessa 13-25 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 12-26 
 5. Nishinomiya S. 7-31 
 6. Shimane SM 7-31 
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Last:2/19/2018
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Central
 1. Toyotsu FE 24-14 
 2. Gunma 23-14 
 3. Kanazawa Sam. 19-18 
 4. Cyberdyne IR 18-19 
 5. Shinshu BW 16-21 
 6. Tokyo Z 15-23 
East
 1. Akita NH 34-4 
 2. Fukushima 23-13 
 3. Sendai 89ers 16-22 
 4. Yamagata 15-23 
 5. Aomori Watts 9-29 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 4-34 
West
 1. Fukuoka Rizing 30-8 
 2. Kumamoto V. 27-11 
 3. Ehime OV 22-16 
 4. Hiroshima D. 19-19 
 5. Kagawa FA 16-20 
 6. Bambitious Nara 8-30 
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Last:2/19/2018
B League D3 Standings
 1. Tokyo HT 20-6 
 2. Otsuka A. 20-6 
 3. Saitama Bron. 18-6 
 4. Toyoda Gosei 15-11 
 5. Tokyo Excel. 13-11 
 6. Kagoshima 13-13 
 7. Aisin AW 8-16 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 3-21 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 2-22 
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Last:2/19/2018
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Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata .
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Gardner, Niigata .29.1 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT25.5 
 3. Martin, San-en19.3 
 4. Trasolini, Hokkaido.18.7 
 5. Edwards, Chiba J.18.0 
 6. Scott, Shimane SM17.9 
 7. Kirk, Toyota Alvark16.6 
 8. Uto, Toyama G.16.4 
 9. Smith, Kyoto H.15.4 
 10. Sacre, Hitachi SR15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh SCOTT
  Shimane SM
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Scott, Shimane SM11.1 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT10.8 
 3. Rossiter, Tochigi .10.7 
 4. Gardner, Niigata .9.9 
 5. Butts, SeaHorses9.4 
 6. Fischer, Shiga L.9.2 
 7. Lammert, Nishinom.8.9 
 8. Thabeet, Yokohama.8.8 
 9. Harrellson, Hitac.8.8 
 10. Kirk, Toyota Alvark8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Uto, Toyama G.6.9 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.6.8 
 3. Togashi, Chiba Jets5.5 
 4. Igarashi, Niigata .5.3 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.5.1 
 6. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.1 
 7. Suzuki, San-en4.9 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .4.7 
 9. Sasayama, Nagoya D.4.7 
 10. Burns, Nishinomiya S.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey PARMER
  Yokohama.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Parmer, Yokohama.1.7 
 2. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.7 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 4. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.5 
 5. Vendrame, Hitac.1.5 
 6. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.5 
 7. Brown, Ryukyu GK1.4 
 8. Namizato, Shiga L.1.4 
 9. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.4 
 10. Tatsuya, Kyoto H.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 D'Or FISCHER
  Shiga L.
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fischer, Shiga L.2.4 
 2. Thabeet, Yokohama.2.4 
 3. Lammert, Nishinom.1.5 
 4. Edwards, Chiba J.1.3 
 5. Kirk, Toyota Alvark1.3 
 6. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Parker, Chiba Jets1.2 
 8. Martin, Ryukyu GK1.2 
 9. Scott, Shimane SM1.1 
 10. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.1 
Player of the Week

 Joshua Smith
  Kyoto Hannar.
  ( 208-C-92 )
  

 Angelo Chol
  Sendai 89ers
  ( 206-F-93 )
  

 Justin Herold
  Tokyo Excel.
  ( 203-PF-91 )
  

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Round 26 (Regular Season)

Hokkaido L. 71% Mar.6 Nishinomiya
Hokkaido L. 71% Mar.5 Nishinomiya
Chiba Jets 72% Mar.4 Hitachi SR
Kyoto Hannar 57% Mar.4 Tochigi Brex
Niigata Albi Mar.4 Toyota Alvar 71%
Shiga L-Star Mar.4 SeaHorses 81%
Shimane SM Mar.4 San-en 68%
Toyama Grous Mar.4 Nagoya DD 58%
Yokohama BC Mar.4 Toshiba BT 79%
Chiba Jets 72% Mar.3 Hitachi SR
Kyoto Hannar 57% Mar.3 Tochigi Brex
Niigata Albi Mar.3 Toyota Alvar 71%
Ryukyu GK 83% Mar.3 Osaka Evessa
Shiga L-Star Mar.3 SeaHorses 81%
Shimane SM Mar.3 San-en 68%
Toyama Grous Mar.3 Nagoya DD 58%
Yokohama BC Mar.3 Toshiba BT 79%
Ryukyu GK 83% Mar.2 Osaka Evessa
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Round 40 (Regular Season)

Aomori Watts Mar.3 Kumamoto V. 84%
Akita NH 64% Mar.3 Fukushima
Yamagata 68% Mar.3 Iwate Big Bu
Cyberdyne I 55% Mar.3 Gunma
Shinshu BW 57% Mar.3 Kagawa FA
Toyotsu FE 60% Mar.3 Kanazawa Sam
Bambitious N Mar.3 Tokyo Z 64%
Ehime OV Mar.3 Hiroshima D 54%
Fukuoka Rizi 70% Mar.3 Sendai 89ers
Ehime OV Mar.2 Hiroshima D 54%
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Round 20 (Regular Season)

Saitama Bron 62% Feb.25 Tokyo HT
Otsuka A. 87% Feb.25 Aisin AW
Tokyo Big Bl 55% Feb.25 Tokyo Cinq R
Toyoda Gosei Feb.25 Tokyo Excel 54%
Saitama Bron 62% Feb.24 Tokyo HT
Otsuka A. 87% Feb.24 Aisin AW
Tokyo Big Bl 55% Feb.24 Tokyo Cinq R
Toyoda Gosei Feb.24 Tokyo Excel 54%
JBL Round 8 of Regular Season - Nov 25, 2012


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The most interesting game of round 8 in the JBL was a home defeat of 4th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (9-7) to third ranked Panasonic Trians (10-6) 79-71 in the game for the third place. It ended the three-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-71. Strangely Hitachi Sunrockers outrebounded Panasonic Trians 44-31 including a 22-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Panasonic Trians especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panasonic Trians maintains third position with 10-6 record having four points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Toshiba BT. Panasonic Trians are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round where they are favorite. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses (#2) in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Sixth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-11) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 5th ranked Toshiba Thunders (9-7) 87-86 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds and Takuya Tashiro supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 31 points and 16 rebounds by American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) did not help to save the game for Toshiba Thunders. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mitsubishi Dolphins maintains sixth position with 5-11 record. Toshiba Thunders lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Hitachi SR. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Toshiba Thunders will play on the road against Tochigi Brex and hope to get back on the winning track.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Osaka: Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) and Panasonic Trians (#3). Hitachi Sunrockers (9-7) won against visiting Panasonic Trians (10-6) 83-73. The best player for the winners was Joji Takeuchi who scored 22 points and 6 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Shuji Ono used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jameel Watkins produced 18 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record, which they share with Toshiba BT. Loser Panasonic Trians keep the third place with six games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Panasonic Trians will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to secure a win.
JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Tochigi Brex (3-13) 100-69. Jeff Gibbs orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Toyota Alvark have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Tochigi Brex at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya where they are favorite. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (14-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Tochigi Brex (3-13) 91-58. Worth to mention a quality performance of Jeff Gibbs who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 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. Toyota Alvark have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round where they are favorite. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: Toshiba BT won against Mitsubishi DD on the opponent's court 88-83. Bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. was outscored by Aishin SH in a home game 63-83. Aishin SH managed to beat Hokkaido L. on the road 81-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 15 rebounds by J.R. Sakuragi of Aishin SH.


Mitsubishi DD - Toshiba BT 83-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins' (5-11) home loss to fifth ranked Toshiba Thunders (9-7) 83-88 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Toshiba Thunders made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Toshiba Thunders especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Mitsubishi Dolphins were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) who added 24 points during the contest. Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face Tochigi Brex (#7) on the road in the next round. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against the league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: M.Rolle 20+7reb+3ast, R.Hale 15+9reb, S.Utsumi 14+1reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 14+2reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 8+4reb, K.Nakagawa 7+3ast
Toshiba BT: N.Tsuji 24+3ast, N.Fazekas 23+12reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 12+1ast, T.Kurihara 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Yamashita 7+2reb+4ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 5+1ast
gschID: 183290


Hitachi SR - Panasonic T. 71-79

The most interesting game of round 8 in the JBL was a home defeat of 4th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (9-7) to third ranked Panasonic Trians (10-6) 79-71 in the game for the third place. It ended the three-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-71. Strangely Hitachi Sunrockers outrebounded Panasonic Trians 44-31 including a 22-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Panasonic Trians especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panasonic Trians maintains third position with 10-6 record having four points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Toshiba BT. Panasonic Trians are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round where they are favorite. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses (#2) in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 17+4reb, J.Smith 17+15reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 11+12reb+4ast, T.Watanabe 9+2reb+3ast, F.Nishimura 7+2reb+4ast, Y.Mitsuhara 3+1reb+1ast
Panasonic T.: J.Watkins 25+16reb+5ast, T.Onishi 13+5reb+1ast, A.Hirao 13, K.Hirose 13+5reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 12+2reb+4ast, H.Watanabe 3+1ast
gschID: 183289


Mitsubishi DD - Toshiba BT 87-86

Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Sixth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-11) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 5th ranked Toshiba Thunders (9-7) 87-86 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Takuya Tashiro (187-87) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Four Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 31 points and 16 rebounds by American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) did not help to save the game for Toshiba Thunders. Swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mitsubishi Dolphins maintains sixth position with 5-11 record. Toshiba Thunders lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Hitachi SR. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Toshiba Thunders will play on the road against Tochigi Brex and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 31+16reb+1ast, S.Kikuchi 17+2reb+2ast, N.Tsuji 16+5reb+5ast, Y.Yamashita 9+1ast, R.Shinoyama 4+4reb+2ast, T.Kurihara 3+4reb+1ast
Mitsubishi DD: M.Rolle 19+7reb+2ast, T.Tashiro 17+2reb+4ast, S.Utsumi 17+1reb+2ast, R.Hale 13+7reb+2ast, J.Uzawa 9+9reb+1ast, A.Minatoya 5
gschID: 183288


Hitachi SR - Panasonic T. 83-73

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Osaka: Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) and Panasonic Trians (#3). Hitachi Sunrockers (9-7) won against visiting Panasonic Trians (10-6) 83-73. The game was mostly controlled by Hitachi Sunrockers. Panasonic Trians managed to win third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) who scored 22 points and 6 assists. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) chipped in 23 points. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Shuji Ono used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record, which they share with Toshiba BT. Loser Panasonic Trians keep the third place with six games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Panasonic Trians will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 20+5reb, J.Watkins 18+8reb+1ast, T.Onishi 14+3reb, H.Kinoshita 7+3reb+1ast, K.Hirose 4+5reb+4ast, F.Aono 4+1reb+1ast
Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 23+3reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 22+4reb+6ast, D.Fenn 10+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 10+4reb+1ast, H.Kashiwakura 7+1reb+4ast, F.Nishimura 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183287


Tochigi Brex - Toyota Alvark 69-100

JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Tochigi Brex (3-13) 100-69. It looked good early as Tochigi Brex took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Toyota Alvark had a 31-14 second period charge getting the lead and Tochigi Brex was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-100. Toyota Alvark made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Keijuro Matsui (188-85, college: Columbia) contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Shuto Tawatari (185-90) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Tochigi Brex. Five Toyota Alvark and four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Toyota Alvark have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Tochigi Brex at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya where they are favorite. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: R.Anzai 12+2reb+1ast, D.Yamada 12+5reb+1ast, O.Barro 10+3reb, S.Tawatari 10+4reb+4ast, T.Smith 8+2reb, T.Amino 7+6reb
Toyota Alvark: K.Matsui 19+1reb, J.Gibbs 18+5reb+4ast, K.Tanaka 15+2reb+3ast, M.Takahashi 14+2reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 11+4reb+1ast, S.Hinkley 7+3reb
gschID: 183286


Hokkaido L. - Aishin SH 63-83

Very predictable result in Saporro where second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (13-3) smashed bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (1-15) 83-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Hokkaido L. was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) who added 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses' coach Kimikazu Suzuki allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) scored 14 points. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido L. lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) in Osaka in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#3) in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Klette 14+4reb, J.Catron 14+8reb, D.Noguchi 7+4reb+2ast, K.Taneichi 6+2reb+2ast, T.Abe 6+2reb+6ast, R.Sakurai 6+3reb+1ast
Aishin SH: S.Kashiwagi 16+1reb+3ast, J.Sakuragi 13+13reb+5ast, K.Young 11+9reb, T.Furukawa 11+4reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 10+2reb+1ast, S.Asayama 8
gschID: 183285


Tochigi Brex - Toyota Alvark 58-91

JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (14-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Tochigi Brex (3-13) 91-58. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Michael Takahashi (198-74, college: CS Northridge) who added 15 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Five Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. International forward Tomoo Amino (196-80) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round where they are favorite. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Amino 12+8reb+1ast, D.Yamada 9+4reb+1ast, S.Tawatari 6+3reb+1ast, T.Smith 6+5reb+2ast, T.Yanagawa 6+1reb, O.Barro 4+1reb
Toyota Alvark: M.Takahashi 15+3reb, Y.Okada 15+2reb, J.Gibbs 11+12reb+5ast, K.Matsui 11+3reb+1ast, K.Ninomiya 10+1reb+4ast, K.Takeuchi 8+7reb
gschID: 183284


Hokkaido L. - Aishin SH 66-81

Not a big story in a game in Saporro where 8th ranked Hokkaido L. (1-15) was defeated by second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (13-3) 81-66 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 37-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Hokkaido L. 32-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and the former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) who added 15 points and 6 assists during the contest. American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) scored 16 points. Four Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido L. lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) in Osaka in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#3) in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Catron 17+5reb, T.Orimo 16+1reb+2ast, M.Ito 12+3reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 10+2reb+1ast, T.Klette 4+5reb, H.Shishito 3
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 27+15reb+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 15+1reb+6ast, S.Kitagawa 12+1reb+1ast, K.Young 8+5reb, R.Covile 7+6reb, T.Furukawa 4+2reb
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