Experienced American Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Tokyo Cinq R. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 17. The 33-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Saitama Bron. (#10, 2-10) 97-88. Tokyo Cinq R. maintains the 8th position in Japanese BJ League. Tokyo Cinq R. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-9 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tokyo Cinq R.'s top player in his first season with the team. Jones has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.0ppg) and rebounds (9th best: 10.3rpg).
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Marquin Chandler (202-F-82) of Chiba Jets. Chandler impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Chiba Jets cruised to a 85-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Sendai 89ers (#9, 5-9). This victory allowed Chiba Jets to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Chandler is a newcomer at Chiba Jets and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of top-ranked Okinawa GK. McHenry showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Okinawa GK, leading his team to a 123-50 easy win against the lower-ranked Oita H.Devils (#5, 9-7). Okinawa GK have amazing season winning all 14 games without a single defeat. McHenry turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. McHenry has a very solid season. In 13 games in Japan he scored 16.4ppg. He also has 8.8rpg, 2.5spg and FGP: 63.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Kenji Sato (180-G-79) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Dion Harris (190-G-85) of Akita NH - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists 6. Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81) of Takamatsu FA - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Takeshi Mito (184-G-85) of Toyama Grouses - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Hamamatsu P. - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82) of Fukuoka Rizing - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Okinawa GK - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Awards 2016 - May 25, 2016
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Finals MVP: Evan Ravenel (203-C/F-89) of Okinawa GK; Player of the Year: Wendell White (198-G-84) of Sendai 89ers; Guard of the Year: Joho Masashi (183-SF-82) of Toyama Grouses; Forward of the Year: Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Shimane SM; Center of the Year: Evan Ravenel (203-C/F-89) of Okinawa GK; Domestic Player of the Year: Joho Masashi (183-SF-82) of Toyama Grouses; Import Player of the Year: Wendell White (198-G-84) of Sendai 89ers; Defensive Player of the [read more]
Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 1st Team 2016
Kings, Alvark to clash in B. League opener - May 24, 2016
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The B. League revealed on Tuesday that the Alvark Tokyo and Ryukyu Golden Kings will tip off the inaugural season on Sept. 22 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It is the sole game that will be played on the day, and the other matchups, which will be announced later, will be played on the weekend. For the historical opening, the league picked two powerhouse clubs from the NBL and bj-league [read more]
The B. League revealed on Tuesday that the Alvark Tokyo and Ryukyu Golden Kings will tip off the inaugural season on Sept. 22 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It is the sole game that will be played on the day, and the other matchups, which will be announced later, will be played on the weekend. For the historical opening, the league picked two powerhouse clubs from the NBL and bj-league. The Alvark, who were known as the Toyota Alvark in the NBL, are a four-time champion in Japan's top men's circuit (JBL and NBL), while the Golden Kings have captured the bj-league title four times, including one they just won on May 15. The opening game will begin following an opening ceremony, which starts at 6:30 p.m. It will be broadcast live on Fuji Television and NHK-BS while it will also be streamed on Sportsnavi Live. The two teams will return to Yoyogi the next day to complete the final game of the two-game series. B. League chairman Masaaki Okawa said at a Tokyo news conference that the fans will be entertained with 'unprecedented stage effects' and 'surprises' at the game. On starting the inaugural season with just one game, Okawa said that the B. League borrowed the idea from the J. League, which used the same format when it kicked off on May 15, 1993. 'It left a strong impression on me that the J. League went on to have enormous popularity after the game,' said Okawa, a former J. League executive. 'We'll have two teams that represent the NBL and bj-league and present a great show, and we'd like to drastically change the values (for basketball) with the game. It'll be aired on prime time, so hopefully we'd like to make our league as popular as we can with this opportunity.' The two clubs' players will obviously be the main attraction. Ryukyu guard Ryuichi Kishimoto said that he was 'excited to be part of the commemorative game' while he felt 'a sense of responsibility' to help make it an attractive game. 'We've played against (the Alvark) in preseason games, but we haven't won one yet,' said Kishimoto, who earned the playoff MVP accolade in the 2013-14 season. 'So hopefully, we'll post a win this time.' Said Alvark guard/forward Daiki Tanaka: 'I expect a lot of fans will come to the game. I'd like to have a game that they can see our emotion, so they'll return for another game.' Courtesy of: japantimes.co.jp
NBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Toshiba BT reach Finals - May 24, 2016
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Toshiba BT - Tochigi Brex 69-60 Toshiba Brave Thunders advanced into NBL Finals. They held off Tochigi Brex in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-10. But Tochigi Brex won second period 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 reboun... [read more]
Toshiba Brave Thunders advanced into NBL Finals. They held off Tochigi Brex in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-10. But Tochigi Brex won second period 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Andrew Naymick (209-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks and the other American import guard Tommy Brenton (196-89, college: Stony Brook) added 6 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Top scorers: Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 31+20reb+3ast, M.Diouf 9+12reb, N.Tsuji 9+5reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 8+2reb+2ast, T.Kurihara 5+1reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 3+2reb+3ast Tochigi Brex: A.Naymick 15+14reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Endo 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Tabuse 8+2reb+2ast, T.Brenton 6+10reb+6ast, H.Watanabe 5+3reb+1ast
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