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B Standings
Central
 1. Hitachi SR 2-0 
 2. Sanen 2-0 
 3. Niigata Albirex 1-1 
 4. Toyama Grouses 1-1 
 5. Toshiba BT 0-2 
 6. Yokohama BC 0-2 
East
 1. Toyota Alvark 2-0 
 2. Akita NH 1-1 
 3. Chiba Jets 1-1 
 4. Hokkaido L. 1-1 
 5. Sendai 89ers 1-1 
 6. Tochigi Brex 1-1 
West
 1. SeaHorses 2-0 
 2. Nagoya DD 1-1 
 3. Osaka Evessa 1-1 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 1-1 
 5. Ryukyu GK 0-2 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 0-2 
Full Standings
Last:9/25/2016
B Standings
Central
 1. Bambitious Nara 2-0 
 2. Tokyo Excel. 1-1 
 3. Nishinomiya S. 1-1 
 4. Toyotsu FE 1-1 
 5. Tokyo Z 1-1 
 6. Shinshu BW 0-2 
East
 1. Fukushima 2-0 
 2. Gunma 1-1 
 3. Aomori Watts 1-1 
 4. Cyberdyne IR 1-1 
 5. Yamagata 1-1 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 0-2 
West
 1. Hiroshima D. 2-0 
 2. Kumamoto V. 2-0 
 3. Shimane SM 2-0 
 4. Ehime OV 0-2 
 5. Kagawa FA 0-2 
 6. Kagoshima 0-2 
Full Standings
Last:9/25/2016
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
 Justin BURRELL
  
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Burrell, Nagoya DD25.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba24.0 
 3. Wright, Sendai23.0 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.22.5 
 5. Viney, Toyama G.21.0 
 6. Kanamaru, SeaHo.20.5 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses19.5 
 8. Gardner, Niigata19.0 
 9. Kojima, Kyoto H.19.0 
 10. Igarashi, Niigata18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 16
 1. Harrellson, Osaka16.0 
 2. McHenry, Ryukyu GK13.0 
 3. Kotzur, Kyoto H.13.0 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses12.5 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.12.0 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota11.0 
 7. Willard, Toyama G.11.0 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi11.0 
 9. Wright, Sendai10.5 
 10. Stephens, Akita10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julian MAVUNGA
  
  (203-PF-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mavunga, Shiga L.6.0 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.5 
 3. Hirose, Hitachi SR5.5 
 4. Garrett, Toyota A.5.0 
 5. Tajima, Hokkaido.4.5 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.4.5 
 7. Kojima, Kyoto H.4.5 
 8. Suzuki, Sanen4.5 
 9. Uto, Toyama G.4.0 
 10. Igarashi, Niigata4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Abe, Chiba Jets4.0 
 2. Tajima, Hokkaido.4.0 
 3. Tanaka, Toyota A.3.5 
 4. Sato, Niigata Albi.3.0 
 5. Hatakeyama, Niiga.3.0 
 6. Gibson, Osaka E.2.5 
 7. Endo, Tochigi Brex2.5 
 8. Nakahigashi, Nagoy.2.5 
 9. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex2.5 
 10. Palmer, Akita NH2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Harrellson, Osaka3.5 
 2. Armstrong, Chiba J.2.5 
 3. McHenry, Ryukyu GK2.0 
 4. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex2.0 
 5. Miller, Hokkaido L.2.0 
 6. Faye, Shiga L-Sta.1.5 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota1.5 
 8. Parker, Chiba Jets1.5 
 9. Omiya, Ryukyu GK1.5 
 10. Hasegawa, SeaHo.1.0 
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Round 3 (Regular Season)

Sendai 89ers 56% Oct.1 Hokkaido L.
Akita NH Oct.1 Toyota Alvar 75%
Chiba Jets 59% Oct.1 Tochigi Brex
Toshiba BT 58% Oct.1 Yokohama BC
Niigata Albi Oct.1 Hitachi SR 76%
Toyama Grous Oct.1 Sanen 75%
SeaHorses 79% Oct.1 Nagoya DD
Kyoto Hannar 56% Oct.1 Osaka Evessa
Ryukyu GK 58% Oct.1 Shiga L-Star
Toshiba BT 58% Sep.30 Yokohama BC
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Round 3 (Regular Season)

Hiroshima D 59% Oct.1 Kumamoto V.
Tokyo Z Oct.1 Toyotsu FE 97%
Nishinomiya 58% Oct.1 Shinshu BW
Aomori Watts Oct.1 Gunma 96%
Fukushima 98% Oct.1 Yamagata
Cyberdyne I 98% Oct.1 Iwate Big Bu
Bambitious N 59% Oct.1 Tokyo Excel
Shimane SM 96% Oct.1 Ehime OV
Kagoshima 56% Oct.1 Kagawa FA
Hiroshima D 59% Sep.30 Kumamoto V.
BJ League Round 16: #1 Iwate Big Bulls are defeated by Shinshu BW - Dec 2, 2012


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There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (11-4) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Shinshu BW (10-5) 84-79. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-20. But Iwate Big Bulls won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shinshu BW won last quarter 23-20. It was a great shooting night for Shinshu BW especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) who added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Shinshu BW have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Shinshu BW will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Shinshu BW in Nagano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Shimane Magic (9-6) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (8-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Shimane Magic was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 77-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. The winners were led by Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and Wayne Arnold supported him with 29 points. Shiga L-Stars' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) did not help to save the game for Shimane Magic. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth position with 8-7 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Oita H.Devils and Fukuoka Rizing. Shiga L-Stars will again play against higher ranked Shimane Magic (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shimane Magic will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Toyama Grouses (10-7) against sixth ranked Yokohama BC (8-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Toyama Grouses were crushed by Yokohama BC in Yokohama 92-59. Draelon Burns fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brandon Cole produced 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Yokohama BC maintains sixth position with 8-5 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the second place with seven games lost. They share the position with Hamamatsu P.. Yokohama BC will again meet at home higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Akita Happinets (9-4) against fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (10-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Niigata Albirex in a tough game in Niigata 66-72. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a very good performance for Chris Holm who helped to win the game recording 6 points and 18 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Niigata Albirex moved-up to second place, which they share with Shinshu BW. Akita Happinets at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Akita Happinets (#5) at home.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Oita. Their biggest opponent host Oita Heat Devils (9-6) were smashed by top-ranked Okinawa GK (13-0) 100-68. Worth to mention a great performance of Narito Namizato who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals. Coach Tohyama Kouto's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Undefeated Okinawa GK have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-0 record. Loser Oita Heat Devils dropped to the third place with six games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Fukuoka Rizing won against Osaka Evessa on the opponent's court 63-61. Hamamatsu P. managed to outperform Takamatsu FA in a home game 74-57. Miyazaki SS was rolled over Kyoto Hannar. on the road 93-74. Tokyo Cinq R. defeated Saitama Bron. on its own court 89-87. Sendai 89ers was beaten by Chiba Jets in a road game 88-74.



Oita H.Devils - Okinawa GK 68-100

The game between Top Four teams took place in Oita. Their biggest opponent host Oita Heat Devils (9-6) were smashed by top-ranked Okinawa GK (13-0) 100-68. 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 64 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 44. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 53-22 including a 39-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Okinawa GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Oita Heat Devils' players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Narito Namizato (172-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals and American swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who added 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Coach Tohyama Kouto's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized Brazilian forward Kazuya Hatano (192-82) scored 20 points. Five Okinawa GK and four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-0 record. Loser Oita Heat Devils dropped to the third place with six games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 26+8reb+5ast, N.Namizato 19+8reb+13ast, N.Kosuge 14+3reb+2ast, A.McHenry 13+9reb+3ast, D.Larkai 12+14reb+2ast, M.Yamauchi 9+2reb+4ast
Oita H.Devils: K.Hatano 20+4reb+2ast, N.Takushi 14+1reb+7ast, T.Shimizu 12+10reb+8ast, I.Kersulyte 11+4reb, D.Hayakawa 6+1reb, M.Ohara 3
gschID: 200477


Osaka Evessa - Fukuoka Rizing 61-63

Very expected game when 10th ranked Osaka Evessa (1-10) was edged at home by fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (9-6) 63-61 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 18-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who added 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach Zoran Kreckovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Oita H.Devils and Shimane SM. Osaka Evessa lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#5).
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 15+16reb+3ast, A.Takeno 13+1reb+4ast, J.Ashby 12+13reb+2ast, J.Peppers 9+1reb+3ast, M.Kano 7+1reb+2ast, S.Ishitani 6+2reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: D.Cox 18+18reb+6ast, M.Bell 16+13reb+2ast, S.Watanuki 11+3reb+2ast, S.Konno 6+3ast, N.Walkup 4+4reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 3+2reb
gschID: 200476


Shiga L-Stars - Shimane SM 84-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Shimane Magic (9-6) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (8-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Shimane Magic was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 77-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. Shimane Magic was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 31-19 charge of Shiga L-Stars, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. The winners were led by Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: Top Notch Sports) supported him with 29 points. Shiga L-Stars' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) did not help to save the game for Shimane Magic. point guard Kouki Yamabuchi (183-84) added 20 points for lost side. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth position with 8-7 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Oita H.Devils and Fukuoka Rizing. Shiga L-Stars will again play against higher ranked Shimane Magic (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shimane Magic will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: W.Arnold 29+1reb, D.Gomez Camargo 15+15reb, R.Nixon 12+4reb+3ast, A.Aboya 8+7reb, S.Ogawa 7+1ast, J.Nakama 6+4reb+1ast
Shimane SM: M.Parker 22+6reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 20+2reb+1ast, B.Freeman 12+4reb+2ast, B.Puckett 9+7reb, E.Yamamoto 5+5ast, J.Davis 5+3reb
gschID: 200474


Hamamatsu P. - Takamatsu FA 74-57

Rather predictable result in Mikawa where fourth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (10-7) defeated 8th ranked Takamatsu FA (4-9) 74-57 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Takamatsu FA was better in third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hamamatsu Phoenix won last quarter 29-14. They also forced 20 Takamatsu FA turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) who added 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds and forward Brandon Penn (203-90, college: Rider, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face again Takamatsu FA (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 20+7reb+3ast, A.Thomas 14+4reb, K.Galloway 10+5reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 7+2reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 7+1reb+1ast, S.Nakanishi 5+1reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 11+3reb+1ast, B.Penn 11+8reb, R.Johnson 10+9reb+1ast, M.Kita 7+3reb+4ast, H.Kikuchi 6+4reb+1ast, P.Williams 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 200473


Kyoto Hannar. - Miyazaki SS 93-74

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (2-13) were rolled over on the road by seventh ranked Kyoto Hannar. (7-8) 93-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannar.. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannar. dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 36. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Yu Okada (184-83) who added 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) responded with 28 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Kyohei Ito (175-88) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Kyoto Hannar. have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 7-8 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the ninth place with 13 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 23+17reb+2ast, Y.Okada 20+3reb+4ast, L.Pomare 13+10reb+3ast, D.Palmer 12+7reb, J.Boyette 11+3reb+2ast, T.Murakami 5+1ast
Miyazaki SS: D.Keller 28+6reb+1ast, H.Otsuka 12+2reb+2ast, K.Ito 11+5reb+4ast, R.Woods 8+6reb+4ast, M.Takahashi 6+2reb+1ast, T.Fairley 5+10reb
gschID: 200475


Yokohama BC - Toyama Grouses 92-59

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Toyama Grouses (10-7) against sixth ranked Yokohama BC (8-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Toyama Grouses were crushed by Yokohama BC in Yokohama 92-59. The game without a history. Yokohama BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Yokohama BC forced 19 Toyama Grouses turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Toyama Grouses' players. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Masashi Joho (183-82) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Yokohama BC maintains sixth position with 8-5 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the second place with seven games lost. They share the position with Hamamatsu P.. Yokohama BC will again meet at home higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 24+9reb+12ast, T.Kennedy 23+12reb+1ast, P.Butorac 16+7reb, O.Kimura 11+2reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 6+1reb+4ast, P.Faye 5+2reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 14+3reb+4ast, J.Jacob 12+6reb, B.Cole 12+6reb+4ast, T.Mito 8+3reb+1ast, M.Kamezaki 7+1ast, I.Brown 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 200472


Tokyo Cinq R. - Saitama Bron. 89-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Tokyo Cinq R.'s (6-9) home victory over 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (2-9) 89-87 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 17 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Tokyo Cinq R. outrebounded Saitama Broncos 58-38 including a 32-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Saitama Broncos were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 21 rebounds and guard Kenji Sato (180-79) who added 11 points and 19 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to eighth place. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will face again Saitama Broncos (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Barrett 21+4reb+3ast, J.Jones 21+21reb+3ast, C.Aoki 14+3reb+8ast, H.Takada 11+6reb+2ast, K.Sato 11+19reb, A.Inoue 9+3reb
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 24+13reb+5ast, D.Baker 21+10reb+3ast, Y.Kitamuki 15+3reb+1ast, R.Orr 12+1reb+6ast, Y.Nobihura 10+3reb+2ast, M.Fukuda 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 200471


Chiba Jets - Sendai 89ers 88-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Chiba Jets and 8th ranked Sendai 89ers had identical 5-7 record. This time Chiba Jets used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Sendai 88-74 on Saturday night. Sendai 89ers were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 28-12 charge of Chiba Jets, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Chiba Jets outrebounded Sendai 89ers 44-32 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who added 19 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Kevin Coble (203-87, college: Northwestern, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and center Sam Coleman (208-87, college: Coppin St.) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chiba Jets maintains seventh position with 6-7 record. Loser Sendai 89ers dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. Chiba Jets will face again Sendai 89ers (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 23+14reb+4ast, J.Werner 19+14reb+2ast, H.Sato 15+2reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 11+3reb+8ast, D.Bell 8+9reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 6+1reb+2ast
Sendai 89ers: K.Coble 15+5reb+1ast, S.Coleman 11+9reb, K.Clarke 10+7reb+3ast, T.Shimura 10+3reb+2ast, D.Takaoka 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Arai 6+3reb
gschID: 200470


Niigata Albirex - Akita NH 72-66

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Akita Happinets (9-4) against fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (10-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Niigata Albirex in a tough game in Niigata 66-72. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-14 Akita Happinets' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-66 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 48-30 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a very good performance for center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 6 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jordan Demercy (200-88, college: Georgetown, KY) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Niigata Albirex moved-up to second place, which they share with Shinshu BW. Akita Happinets at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Akita Happinets (#5) at home.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 15+1reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 14+1reb+2ast, R.Webb 10+10reb+2ast, H.Kondo 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 7+2ast, N.Murry 7+7reb+2ast
Akita NH: J.Demercy 15+9reb+3ast, A.Kent 14+6reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 14+1reb, D.Harris 13+8reb+5ast, K.Shoji 5+2reb, Y.Kikuchi 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200469


Iwate Big Bulls - Shinshu BW 79-84

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (11-4) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Shinshu BW (10-5) 84-79. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-20. But Iwate Big Bulls won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shinshu BW won last quarter 23-20. It was a great shooting night for Shinshu BW especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) who added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Shinshu BW have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Shinshu BW will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Shinshu BW in Nagano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: E.Morris 21+5reb+2ast, D.Curry 11+8reb+2ast, J.Green 10+5reb, W.Marshall 9+10reb+4ast, Y.Matsubara 9, T.Goya 8+2reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 22+6reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 19+11reb+2ast, C.Dixon 14+2reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 12+4ast, R.Okosa 7+7reb+3ast, T.Masato 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 200468


  




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