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B League Standings
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
Points Per Game
 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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First Round Schedule
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
Toyota Alvar 50% Sep.22 Ryukyu GK
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First Round Schedule
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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Leader Iwate Big Bulls lose to Yokohama BC - Nov 25, 2012


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There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Iwate Big Bulls (11-3) recorded its third loss on the court of sixth ranked Yokohama BC on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Yokohama BC 98-61. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Yokohama BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC maintains sixth position with 7-5 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toyama Grouses (9-6) against fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (9-4) on Saturday night. Host Toyama Grouses were defeated by Niigata Albirex in Toyama 88-76. American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Kimitake Sato contributed with 21 points for the winners. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Toyama Grouses. Niigata Albirex moved-up to second place, which they share with Oita H.Devils. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against Niigata Albirex (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. Top-ranked Okinawa GK faced 3rd ranked Fukuoka Rizing. Host Okinawa GK (11-0) defeated guests from Fukuoka (8-5) 80-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Narito Namizato had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Julius Ashby responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Undefeated Okinawa GK have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-0 record. Loser Fukuoka Rizing dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Shinshu BW. Okinawa GK will again meet at home Fukuoka Rizing (#4) in the next round. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round.
Leader Iwate Big Bulls delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Yokohama BC (7-5) 89-84. Reggie Okosa notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls maintains first position with 11-3 record. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (4-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (5-8). Kyoto Hannar. defeated Takamatsu FA 80-69 on Saturday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was David Palmer who scored 19 points. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannar. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tokyo Cinq R. Loser Takamatsu FA dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Takamatsu FA (#8) at home in the next round.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Shimane SM defeated Osaka Evessa in a road game 87-84. Hamamatsu P. was beaten by Shiga L-Stars at home 69-78. Miyazaki SS lost to Oita H.Devils on the opponent's court 72-77. Gunma was outscored by Sendai 89ers in a home game 79-107. Chiba Jets recorded a loss to Akita NH on the road 88-73. Shinshu BW defeated Tokyo Cinq R. on its own court 83-74. Shimane SM beat Osaka Evessa in a road game 82-77.
The best stats of 14th round was 26 points and 19 rebounds by Cyrus Tate of Oita H.Devils.



Kyoto Hannar. - Takamatsu FA 80-69

The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (4-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (5-8). Kyoto Hannar. defeated Takamatsu FA 80-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannar.. Takamatsu FA was better in fourth quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannar. made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) who scored 19 points. Center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Kyoto Hannar. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tokyo Cinq R. Loser Takamatsu FA dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Takamatsu FA (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: B.Penn 16+3reb, R.Johnson 13+7reb+2ast, D.Lyons 13+3reb+4ast, M.Suzuki 8+1reb+3ast, P.Williams 7+6reb, H.Kikuchi 7+3reb
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Palmer 19+4reb+2ast, L.Pomare 14+7reb+2ast, M.Cousin 12+13reb, J.Boyette 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Okada 9+5reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 200456


Okinawa GK - Fukuoka Rizing 80-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. Top-ranked Okinawa GK faced 3rd ranked Fukuoka Rizing. Host Okinawa GK (11-0) defeated guests from Fukuoka (8-5) 80-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Fukuoka Rizing trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 18-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-80 at the end of the game. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Okinawa GK have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-0 record. Loser Fukuoka Rizing dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Shinshu BW. Okinawa GK will again meet at home Fukuoka Rizing (#4) in the next round. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Ashby 21+11reb+3ast, J.Peppers 18+8reb+2ast, R.Warren 14+10reb, A.Takeno 9+1reb+4ast, S.Ishitani 5+1reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 2+3reb+2ast
Okinawa GK: D.Larkai 19+5reb, N.Namizato 16+10reb+5ast, T.Woodbury 13+6reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 12+1reb+3ast, A.McHenry 9+13reb+1ast, M.Yamauchi 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200459


Osaka Evessa - Shimane SM 84-87

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Osaka Evessa (1-9) was edged at home by fourth ranked Shimane Magic (9-5) 87-84 on Saturday. Osaka Evessa trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 26-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-87 at the end of the game. Shimane Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 7 blocks. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks. Center Jeral Davis (216-84) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Osaka Evessa's coach Zoran Kreckovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shimane Magic moved-up to third place. Osaka Evessa lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: N.Walkup 27+5reb+2ast, D.Cox 20+11reb+3ast, M.Bell 19+10reb+6ast, S.Konno 6+2reb, M.Obuchi 4+2reb+1ast, S.Takeda 3+1reb
Shimane SM: M.Parker 26+7reb+4ast, J.Davis 16+7reb+2ast, S.Nakama 11+1reb+5ast, E.Yamamoto 8+6reb+7ast, K.Yamabuchi 7+3reb+2ast, B.Freeman 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200457


Hamamatsu P. - Shiga L-Stars 69-78

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Mikawa where sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (7-6) defeated 5th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (8-7) 78-69 on Saturday. Shiga L-Stars made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Shinya Ogawa (183-83) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Shoji Nakanishi (190-82) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shiga L-Stars have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 7-6 record. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 18+16reb+6ast, E.Fuqua 13+4reb, A.Thomas 12+3reb+1ast, S.Nakanishi 10+4reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 7+1ast, J.Parmer 5+3reb+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: S.Ogawa 15+5reb+5ast, J.Nakama 14+6reb, R.Nixon 13+12reb+2ast, A.Aboya 11+12reb+2ast, W.Arnold 7+2reb, B.Yokoe 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200455


Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS 77-72

Very expected game when 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-12) were defeated on the road by third ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-4) 77-72 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-25. But Miyazaki Shining Suns won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 53-30 including a 41-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) produced 22 points and his fellow American import guard Larriques Cunningham (198-88, college: Lee) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Oita Heat Devils moved-up to second place, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Keller 22+3reb+3ast, H.Otsuka 14+1ast, K.Ito 13+2reb+6ast, L.Cunningham 10+5reb+6ast, T.Fairley 6+11reb+1ast, R.Woods 4+5reb+4ast
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 26+19reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 19+6reb, T.Finger 12+5reb+5ast, M.Lottich 9+13reb+3ast, K.Hatano 6+5reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 5+3reb
gschID: 200458


Gunma - Sendai 89ers 79-107

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (4-7) outscored on the road 11th ranked Gunma (1-14) 107-79 on Saturday. The game without a history. Sendai 89ers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Gunma's 44. It was a great shooting night for Sendai 89ers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Kevin Coble (203-87, college: Northwestern, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. American power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and Vincentian center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) added 6 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sendai 89ers moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chiba Jets and Takamatsu FA. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round. Gunma will play again at home against Sendai 89ers (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gunma: L.Witcher 21+6reb, K.Tsutsumi 12+2reb+1ast, T.Granado 11+2reb+1ast, K.Tomori 6+3ast, Y.Okumoto 6+3reb+2ast, D.Brown 6+2reb
Sendai 89ers: S.Coleman 18+2reb+1ast, K.Coble 17+5reb, Y.Arai 15, T.Shimura 14+7ast, T.Komoda 14+2reb, S.Willard 11+15reb+5ast
gschID: 200453


Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 76-88

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toyama Grouses (9-6) against fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (9-4) on Saturday night. Host Toyama Grouses were defeated by Niigata Albirex in Toyama 88-76. Toyama Grouses were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Niigata Albirex shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 68.4 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Kimitake Sato (184-84) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex moved-up to second place, which they share with Oita H.Devils. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against Niigata Albirex (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: A.Garcia 18+10reb, I.Brown 14+9reb+3ast, M.Joho 14+1reb+1ast, T.Mito 10+4reb+5ast, T.Fujie 10+3reb+1ast, B.Cole 5+7reb
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 21+3reb+1ast, N.Murry 20+7reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 11+1reb+1ast, R.Webb 9+13reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 9+5reb+1ast, C.Holm 8+11reb+1ast
gschID: 200451


Akita NH - Chiba Jets 88-73

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Chiba Jets (4-7) were defeated on the road by third ranked Akita Happinets (9-2) 88-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Akita Happinets dominated on the defensive end, holding Chiba Jets to just 7 points in third quarter. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 28 points and 5 rebounds. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and swingman D'Andre Bell (198-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Akita Happinets moved-up to second place. Loser Chiba Jets keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Akita Happinets will face again Chiba Jets (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Werner 24+11reb+1ast, D.Bell 16+8reb+1ast, M.Chandler 12+5reb+2ast, H.Sato 7+2reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 6+2ast, R.Itakura 5
Akita NH: T.Cummings 28+5reb+1ast, A.Kent 19+12reb+3ast, D.Harris 12+3reb+5ast, Y.Kikuchi 10+1reb+2ast, S.Taguchi 7+2reb+2ast, K.Shoji 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200450


Yokohama BC - Iwate Big Bulls 98-61

Top ranked Iwate Big Bulls (11-3) recorded its third loss on the court of sixth ranked Yokohama BC on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Yokohama BC 98-61. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Yokohama BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC maintains sixth position with 7-5 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: K.Takahashi 13+3ast, D.Sneed 10+6reb, L.Blackledge 9+7reb, N.Nakamura 7+1reb, T.Masato 7+4reb+2ast, R.Okosa 7+6reb+4ast
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 28+9reb+1ast, D.Burns 23+6reb+7ast, P.Butorac 18+3reb+1ast, M.Yosuke 6+1reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 4+1reb+1ast, K.Yamada 4+1reb+6ast
gschID: 200454


Shinshu BW - Tokyo Cinq R. 83-74

Everything went according to plan in Nagano where fifth ranked Shinshu BW (8-5) won against 7th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (5-8) 83-74 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kenji Sato (180-79) added 13 points and 15 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shinshu BW moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Shinshu BW will face again Tokyo Cinq R. (#7) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 16+11reb+3ast, K.Sato 13+15reb+1ast, R.Barrett 11+2reb+2ast, C.Aoki 11+1reb+1ast, J.Carter 10+1reb, A.Inoue 8+1reb+1ast
Shinshu BW: J.Green 20+8reb+3ast, W.Marshall 19+6reb, E.Morris 12+11reb+1ast, T.Goya 10+2reb+1ast, D.Curry 8+3reb+2ast, T.Utsunomiya 5+1ast
gschID: 200452


Osaka Evessa - Shimane SM 77-82

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Osaka Evessa (1-9) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Shimane Magic (9-5) 82-77 on Friday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 5 points. Shimane Magic made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. Center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) produced 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Osaka Evessa's coach Zoran Kreckovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shimane Magic moved-up to third place. Osaka Evessa lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 19+5reb+2ast, D.Cox 15+7reb+5ast, S.Konno 8, S.Watanuki 7+5reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 7+4reb, T.Kawabe 4+1ast
Shimane SM: B.Freeman 22+3reb+4ast, B.Puckett 22+9reb, M.Parker 20+11reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 8+4reb+3ast, K.Yamabuchi 6+2reb+3ast, E.Yamamoto 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 200449


Yokohama BC - Iwate Big Bulls 84-89

Leader Iwate Big Bulls delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Yokohama BC (7-5) 89-84. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) supported him with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Yokohama BC. His fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls maintains first position with 11-3 record. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 31+10reb, D.Burns 21+7reb+4ast, P.Butorac 11+3reb+2ast, O.Kimura 10+2reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 6+5reb+1ast, P.Faye 5+8reb
Iwate Big Bulls: R.Okosa 22+17reb+4ast, C.Dixon 19+4reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 12+1reb+4ast, L.Blackledge 10+14reb+3ast, D.Sneed 10+5reb, T.Masato 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 200448


  




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