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Japanese Basketball (Men)

NBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 47-8 
 2. Tochigi Brex 42-12 
 3. Toshiba BT 38-17 
 4. Aishin SH 35-18 
 5. Hitachi SR 34-20 
 6. Hokkaido L. 28-27 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 28-28 
 8. Chiba Jets 22-33 
 9. Hiroshima D. 16-38 
 10. Kumamoto V. 13-36 
 11. Nishinomiya S. 13-41 
 12. Tsukuba R. 8-46 
Last:5/8/2016
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Toyama Grouses 39-13 
 2. Sendai 89ers 37-15 
 3. Akita NH 35-17 
 4. Niigata Albirex 34-18 
 5. Iwate Big Bulls 30-22 
 6. Fukushima 30-22 
 7. Shinshu BW 27-25 
 8. Aomori Watts 23-29 
 9. Gunma 22-30 
 10. Yokohama BC 19-33 
 11. Saitama Bron. 5-47 
 12. Tokyo Cinq R. 5-47 
Western
 1. Kyoto Hannar. 41-11 
 2. Okinawa GK 40-12 
 3. Shimane SM 37-15 
 4. Hamamatsu P. 36-16 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 35-17 
 6. Osaka Evessa 35-17 
 7. Kanazawa Samuraiz 27-23 
 8. Fukuoka Rizing 20-32 
 9. Bambitious Nara 17-35 
 10. Oita H.Devils 16-34 
 11. Takamatsu FA 11-41 
 12. Hiroshima L. 1-51 
Last:5/25/2016
NBDL Standings
 1. Toyota Tsusho 32-4 
 2. Otsuka A. 26-10 
 3. Tokyo Excel. 25-11 
 4. Yamagata 23-13 
 5. Tokyo Z 22-14 
 6. Tokyo HT 17-19 
 7. Aisin AW 16-20 
 8. Tokyo Big Blue 8-28 
 9. Kagoshima 6-30 
 10. Toyoda Gosei 5-31 
Last:4/13/2016
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. Kanamaru, Aishin S.16.9 
 10. Burrell, Mitsubis.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba13.5 
 2. Rossiter, Tochigi12.3 
 3. N'Diaye, Tsukuba11.2 
 4. Gardner, Nishinom.10.7 
 5. Butts, Aishin SH10.6 
 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. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.4 
 5. Furuno, Kumamoto.3.4 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi3.3 
 7. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.3 
 8. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.0 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi3.0 
 10. Hiejima, Aishin SH2.9 
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. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.1.6 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.6 
 8. Shorter, Hiroshim.1.6 
 9. Tillman, Hokkaido1.5 
 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. Chapman, Chiba J.1.2 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.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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Game 4 (Finals)

Toshiba BT 58% Jun.4 Aishin SH
BJ League Round 17: Leader Iwate Big Bulls lose to Shinshu BW - Dec 3, 2012


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The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Iwate Big Bulls (11-5) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Shinshu BW (11-5) 80-79. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 10-5 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shinshu BW outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 40-20 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced 22 points and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Shinshu BW keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Iwate Big Bulls. Shinshu BW is looking forward to face Toyama Grouses (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Saitama Broncos and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Fourth ranked Shimane Magic (10-6) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (8-8) 73-70 on Sunday evening. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jeral Davis contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for Shiga L-Stars. Shiga L-Stars' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic moved-up to second place, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Fukuoka Rizing. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Kyoto Hannar.. Shimane Magic will play against Osaka Evessa (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shiga L-Stars will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (10-6) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (10-4) on Sunday night. Host Niigata Albirex was defeated by Akita Happinets in a tough game in Niigata 97-104. The game was also dominated by American players. Dion Harris stepped up and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Nile Murry responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Akita Happinets moved-up to fourth place. Loser Niigata Albirex dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Shimane SM and Fukuoka Rizing. Akita Happinets will meet at home Yokohama BC (#6) in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Sendai 89ers (#9) and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oita. Leader Okinawa GK faced 4th placed Oita Heat Devils. Guests from Okinawa (14-0) smashed host Oita Heat Devils (9-7) 123-50. Naoto Kosuge nailed 23 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kouto felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Okinawa GK have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Oita Heat Devils lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be Fukuoka Rizing (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Oita Heat Devils will play against Takamatsu FA.
The game in Yokohama supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (11-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Yokohama BC (8-6). Toyama Grouses smashed Yokohama BC 91-70 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. The best player for the winners was Takeshi Mito who scored 26 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Toyama Grouses will face league's leader Shinshu BW in Nagano in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Yokohama BC will play on the road against Akita Happinets (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Takamatsu FA were crushed by Hamamatsu P. in Mikawa 91-72. Kyoto Hannar. smashed Miyazaki SS at home 87-67. Fukuoka Rizing won against Osaka Evessa on the opponent's court 75-65. Tokyo Cinq R. managed to outperform Saitama Bron. in a home game 97-88. Sendai 89ers recorded a loss to Chiba Jets on the road 85-76.
The best stats of 17th round was 27 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists by Jonathan Jones of Tokyo Cinq R..



Hamamatsu P. - Takamatsu FA 91-72

There was no surprise in Mikawa where 8th ranked Takamatsu FA (4-10) was crushed by second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (11-7) 91-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Takamatsu FA was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 45-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 27 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Despite that victory Hamamatsu Phoenix went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Takamatsu FA will play against Oita Heat Devils.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 20+10reb+6ast, K.Galloway 20+8reb+3ast, A.Thomas 14+8reb, O.Shinnosuke 14+1reb+2ast, E.Fuqua 10+11reb, M.Ohguchi 5
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 27+9reb+3ast, B.Penn 13+7reb, P.Williams 13+9reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 9+1reb, Y.Kodera 5, D.Tamura 2+2reb
gschID: 200483


Oita H.Devils - Okinawa GK 50-123

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oita. Leader Okinawa GK faced 4th placed Oita Heat Devils. Guests from Okinawa (14-0) smashed host Oita Heat Devils (9-7) 123-50. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oita Heat Devils to just 6 points in first quarter. Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 34. Okinawa GK forced 27 Oita Heat Devils turnovers and outrebounded them 53-29 including a 11-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. Okinawa GK players were unselfish on offense dishing 35 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Oita Heat Devils' players. Guard Naoto Kosuge (187-82) nailed 23 points and 4 assists for the winning side and American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kouto felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Brazilian forward Kazuya Hatano (192-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Oita Heat Devils in the defeat. Okinawa GK have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Oita Heat Devils lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be Fukuoka Rizing (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Oita Heat Devils will play against Takamatsu FA.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 23+2reb+4ast, S.Kinjo 20+2reb+1ast, A.McHenry 18+7reb+4ast, T.Woodbury 16+8reb+3ast, J.Newton 14+9reb+5ast, N.Namizato 8+4reb+10ast
Oita H.Devils: K.Hatano 16+11reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 13+3reb+2ast, T.Shimizu 13+7reb+5ast, M.Ohara 4+5reb+4ast, N.Takushi 2+2reb+1ast, Y.Taka Kura 2+1reb
gschID: 200487


Iwate Big Bulls - Shinshu BW 79-80

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Iwate Big Bulls (11-5) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Shinshu BW (11-5) 80-79. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 10-5 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shinshu BW outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 40-20 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced 22 points and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shinshu BW keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Iwate Big Bulls. Shinshu BW is looking forward to face Toyama Grouses (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Saitama Broncos and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: D.Curry 17+5reb+1ast, J.Green 13+8reb+1ast, T.Goya 11+4reb+2ast, W.Marshall 10+10reb+2ast, T.Saito 9+2reb+2ast, E.Morris 7+5reb+3ast
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 22+2reb+5ast, D.Sneed 16+5reb+1ast, R.Okosa 13+4reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 12+4reb+2ast, N.Nakamura 5+2reb, T.Masato 5+1reb
gschID: 200478


Shiga L-Stars - Shimane SM 70-73

Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Fourth ranked Shimane Magic (10-6) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (8-8) 73-70 on Sunday evening. Shiga L-Stars were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Shiga L-Stars' 28 and made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Strangely Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Shimane Magic 46-30 including a 28-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import center Jeral Davis (216-84) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and Cameroonian power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic moved-up to second place, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Fukuoka Rizing. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Kyoto Hannar.. Shimane Magic will play against Osaka Evessa (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shiga L-Stars will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 18+10reb+2ast, J.Davis 16+6reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 13+4reb+1ast, B.Freeman 11, K.Yamabuchi 8+2reb+4ast, E.Yamamoto 5+3reb+5ast
Shiga L-Stars: B.Yokoe 13+5reb+1ast, R.Nixon 12+4reb, D.Gomez Camargo 12+14reb+1ast, A.Aboya 10+10reb, T.Fujiwara 9+1reb+3ast, J.Nakama 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 200484


Yokohama BC - Toyama Grouses 70-91

The game in Yokohama supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (11-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Yokohama BC (8-6). Toyama Grouses smashed Yokohama BC 91-70 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. The game was mostly controlled by Toyama Grouses. Yokohama BC was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyama Grouses made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Yokohama BC turnovers and had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) who scored 26 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Toyama Grouses will face league's leader Shinshu BW in Nagano in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Yokohama BC will play on the road against Akita Happinets (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: T.Mito 26+3reb+4ast, J.Jacob 20+8reb, I.Brown 16+8reb+3ast, M.Joho 14+3reb+6ast, A.Garcia 12+9reb+5ast, R.Horikawa 2
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 23+7reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 16+2reb+2ast, T.Kennedy 16+6reb+2ast, P.Faye 6+3reb+1ast, O.Kimura 5+2reb+1ast, P.Butorac 2+2reb
gschID: 200482


Kyoto Hannar. - Miyazaki SS 87-67

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Kyoto Hannar. (8-8) smashed at home 9th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (2-14) 87-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannar.. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in fourth quarter 30-25. 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' 32. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) added 16 points respectively for the guests. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Kyoto Hannar.. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face Shiga L-Stars (#7) on the road in the next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Palmer 20+7reb+1ast, J.Boyette 15+2ast, L.Pomare 12+14reb+5ast, M.Cousin 12+8reb+1ast, H.Kantake 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Okada 7+1reb+5ast
Miyazaki SS: H.Otsuka 19+1ast, D.Keller 16+3reb+3ast, R.Woods 15+9reb+3ast, K.Ito 9+4reb+4ast, T.Fairley 5+13reb+1ast, T.Toyoda 3
gschID: 200485


Osaka Evessa - Fukuoka Rizing 65-75

Very expected game when 10th ranked Osaka Evessa (1-11) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (10-6) 75-65 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fukuoka Rizing forced 19 Osaka Evessa turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. American center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) produced 4 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Osaka Evessa's coach Zoran Kreckovic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place, which they share with Shimane SM and Niigata Albirex. Osaka Evessa lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2).
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 23+9reb+4ast, J.Ashby 20+13reb+2ast, A.Takeno 14+6ast, J.Masumoto 5, S.Ishitani 5+1reb+2ast, M.Kano 5+2reb+4ast
Osaka Evessa: N.Walkup 14+7reb, S.Konno 11+1ast, S.Watanuki 9+4reb+4ast, S.Takeda 6+1reb, T.Kawabe 6+1ast, M.Bell 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 200486


Niigata Albirex - Akita NH 97-104

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (10-6) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (10-4) on Sunday night. Host Niigata Albirex was defeated by Akita Happinets in a tough game in Niigata 97-104. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 64-52 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Niigata Albirex outrebounded Akita Happinets 36-21 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) stepped up and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and swingman Jordan Demercy (200-88, college: Georgetown, KY) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Akita Happinets moved-up to fourth place. Loser Niigata Albirex dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Shimane SM and Fukuoka Rizing. Akita Happinets will meet at home Yokohama BC (#6) in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Sendai 89ers (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: D.Harris 25+6reb+9ast, S.Taguchi 21+3reb+2ast, M.Kato 21+3reb+3ast, J.Demercy 21+6reb+4ast, A.Kent 14+3reb, K.Shoji 2+1ast
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 23+7reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 18+1reb+3ast, C.Holm 14+13reb+1ast, K.Sato 12+1reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 11+1reb+5ast, R.Webb 11+11reb+2ast
gschID: 200479


Tokyo Cinq R. - Saitama Bron. 97-88

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (7-9) beat at home 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (2-10) 97-88 on Sunday. Saitama Broncos trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 32-25 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 88-97 at the end of the game. Tokyo Cinq R. outrebounded Saitama Broncos 43-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) added 23 points respectively for the guests. Four Tokyo Cinq R. and five Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Tokyo Cinq R. maintains eighth place with 7-9 record. Saitama Broncos lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play at home against the league's second-placed Iwate Big Bulls (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 27+14reb+7ast, C.Aoki 23+7reb+3ast, K.Sato 19+11reb+2ast, R.Barrett 10+4reb+3ast, H.Takada 8+1reb+1ast, J.Carter 6+5reb
Saitama Bron.: Y.Kitamuki 23+2reb+2ast, M.Haraguchi 17+4reb, D.Baker 15+14reb+1ast, Y.Nobihura 11+3reb+1ast, R.Orr 10+2reb+5ast, G.Kuroiwa 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200481


Chiba Jets - Sendai 89ers 85-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Sendai 89ers' (5-9) road loss to eighth ranked Chiba Jets (7-7) 76-85 on Sunday. Sendai 89ers trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-85 at the end of the game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds. Center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Kevin Coble (203-87, college: Northwestern, agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and forward Karron Clarke (198-85, college: De Paul) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Chiba Jets. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Chiba Jets will face Gunma (#11) at home in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against Niigata Albirex.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 27+16reb+2ast, D.Bell 18+4reb+1ast, J.Werner 13+14reb, S.Isshiki 10+1ast, T.Kensuke 5+4reb+11ast, H.Sato 4+1reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: Y.Arai 16+2reb+2ast, K.Coble 15+14reb+2ast, K.Clarke 12+11reb+2ast, T.Shimura 12+2reb+4ast, S.Coleman 8+11reb+1ast, T.Komoda 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 200480


  




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