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Central
 1. Toshiba BT 18-3 
 2. Sanen 12-9 
 3. Hitachi SR 11-10 
 4. Niigata Albirex 10-11 
 5. Yokohama BC 7-14 
 6. Toyama Grouses 2-18 
East
 1. Toyota Alvark 16-3 
 2. Tochigi Brex 15-4 
 3. Chiba Jets 14-7 
 4. Akita NH 6-15 
 5. Sendai 89ers 6-15 
 6. Hokkaido L. 5-16 
West
 1. SeaHorses 16-5 
 2. Nagoya DD 12-9 
 3. Osaka Evessa 11-9 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 10-11 
 5. Ryukyu GK 10-11 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 5-16 
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Last:12/5/2016
B Standings
Central
 1. Toyotsu FE 17-3 
 2. Nishinomiya S. 15-5 
 3. Tokyo Z 9-11 
 4. Tokyo Excel. 7-13 
 5. Bambitious Nara 6-14 
 6. Shinshu BW 6-14 
East
 1. Gunma 16-4 
 2. Fukushima 13-7 
 3. Cyberdyne IR 10-10 
 4. Yamagata 10-10 
 5. Aomori Watts 8-12 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 3-17 
West
 1. Kumamoto V. 17-3 
 2. Shimane SM 15-5 
 3. Hiroshima D. 15-5 
 4. Ehime OV 7-13 
 5. Kagawa FA 4-16 
 6. Kagoshima 2-18 
Full Standings
Last:12/5/2016
B League D3 Standings
 1. Fukuoka Rizing 17-1 
 2. Tokyo HT 13-5 
 3. Kanazawa Sam. 11-5 
 4. Otsuka A. 8-8 
 5. Tokyo Cinq R. 7-11 
 6. Aisin AW 4-4 
 7. Tokyo Big Blue 1-5 
 8. Saitama Bron. 1-17 
 9. Toyoda Gosei 0-6 
Full Standings
Last:12/5/2016
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba28.5 
 2. Gardner, Niigata20.8 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.20.5 
 4. Garrett, Toyota A.20.2 
 5. Rossiter, Tochigi20.2 
 6. Burrell, Nagoya DD19.5 
 7. Harrellson, Osaka18.1 
 8. Kanamaru, SeaHo.18.0 
 9. Chapman, Niigata17.4 
 10. Wright, Sendai16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Harrellson, Osaka13.1 
 2. Rossiter, Tochigi12.4 
 3. White, Sendai12.0 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba11.7 
 5. Butts, SeaHorses11.2 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota10.9 
 7. Willard, Toyama G.10.5 
 8. Spangler, Toshi.9.4 
 9. Burrell, Nagoya DD9.1 
 10. Kotzur, Kyoto H.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Narito NAMIZATO
  
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Namizato, Shiga L.4.3 
 2. Suzuki, Sanen4.0 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses3.8 
 4. Hatakeyama, Niiga.3.7 
 5. Togashi, Chiba Je.3.7 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.7 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi3.6 
 8. Hirose, Hitachi SR3.6 
 9. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.5 
 10. Ando, Akita NH3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.4 
 2. Hatakeyama, Niiga.2.2 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets2.0 
 4. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.9 
 5. Matsushima, Hokkai.1.7 
 6. Tajima, Hokkaido.1.6 
 7. Palmer, Akita NH1.5 
 8. Gibson, Osaka E.1.5 
 9. Hiejima, SeaHorses1.4 
 10. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Chapman, Niigata1.8 
 2. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.8 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka1.6 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.4 
 5. Jack, Hitachi SR1.3 
 6. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.3 
 7. Gibson, Osaka E.1.3 
 8. Edwards, SeaHorses1.3 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi1.2 
 10. Spangler, Toshi.1.1 
Player of the week
Round: 20

 Nick Fazekas
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-111)
  
Round: 20

 Solomon Alabi
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-109)
  
Round: 5

 Kyle Richardson
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-107)
  

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Hokkaido L. Dec.10 Nagoya DD 73%
Akita NH Dec.10 Toshiba BT 82%
Toyota Alvar 80% Dec.10 Kyoto Hannar
Hitachi SR Dec.10 Osaka Evessa 56%
Yokohama BC Dec.10 SeaHorses 81%
Niigata Albi 74% Dec.10 Sendai 89ers
Toyama Grous Dec.10 Shiga L-Star 66%
Sanen Dec.10 Chiba Jets 56%
Ryukyu GK Dec.10 Tochigi Brex 74%
Hokkaido L. Dec.9 Nagoya DD 73%
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Round 22 (Regular Season)

Toyotsu FE 65% Dec.10 Kumamoto V.
Hiroshima D 85% Dec.10 Bambitious N
Tokyo Z 57% Dec.10 Yamagata
Nishinomiya 57% Dec.10 Shimane SM
Aomori Watts 52% Dec.10 Tokyo Excel
Iwate Big Bu Dec.10 Kagawa FA 59%
Fukushima 92% Dec.10 Kagoshima
Gunma 83% Dec.10 Ehime OV
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Tokyo Cinq R Dec.11 Fukuoka Rizi 59%
Tokyo Big Bl Dec.11 Otsuka A. 66%
Kanazawa Sam 58% Dec.11 Aisin AW
Toyoda Gosei 56% Dec.11 Saitama Bron
Tokyo Cinq R Dec.10 Fukuoka Rizi 59%
Toyoda Gosei 56% Dec.10 Saitama Bron
Tokyo Big Bl Dec.10 Otsuka A. 66%
Kanazawa Sam 58% Dec.10 Aisin AW
BJ League Round 19: Fukuoka Rizing hands first loss to undefeated Okinawa GK - Dec 10, 2012


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The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Okinawa GK (15-1) on the court of fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Fukuoka Rizing 86-74. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 30-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fukuoka Rizing made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) answered with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kouto rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing (11-7) moved-up to third place, which they share with Shimane SM. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Fukuoka Rizing is looking forward to face Oita Heat Devils (#5) on the road in the next round. Okinawa GK will play against Shimane Magic (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Seventh ranked Kyoto Hannar. (9-9) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars (9-9) 73-70 in the fight for the fifth place. It was a great evening for American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Marcus Cousin helped adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) responded with 17 points. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Oita H.Devils and Shiga L-Stars. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again on the road against Kyoto Hannar. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Shimane Magic (11-7) against tenth ranked Osaka Evessa (2-12) on Sunday night. Host Shimane Magic was defeated by Osaka Evessa in a tough game in Shimane 70-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for Michael Bell who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Parker came up with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Shimane Magic in the defeat. Osaka Evessa moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Osaka Evessa will meet league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shimane Magic will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK having rather not much hope for a victory.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Toyama Grouses (12-8) against fourth ranked Shinshu BW (12-6) on Sunday night. Host Toyama Grouses were defeated by Shinshu BW in a tough game in Toyama 91-99. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. Wayne Marshall fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 20 rebounds and 9 blocks for the winners. Shinshu BW moved-up to second place, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Shinshu BW's next round opponent will be Akita Happinets (#6) at home. Toyama Grouses will play against Saitama Broncos.
And finally the game worth to mention about is Takamatsu FA's 27-point blow over 5th ranked Oita Heat Devils 82-55. It was a very good performance for Robert Johnson who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 21 rebounds. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Takamatsu FA maintains eighth place with 6-10 record. Oita Heat Devils lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Takamatsu FA will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round. Oita Heat Devils will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Gunma beat Chiba Jets on the road 81-66. Saitama Bron. lost to Iwate Big Bulls on its own court 72-88. Hamamatsu P. outscored Miyazaki SS in Mikawa 103-80. Akita NH was rolled over Yokohama BC at home 56-89.



Fukuoka Rizing - Okinawa GK 86-74

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Okinawa GK (15-1) on the court of fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Fukuoka Rizing 86-74. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 30-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fukuoka Rizing made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) answered with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Okinawa GK. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kouto rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing (11-7) moved-up to third place, which they share with Shimane SM. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Fukuoka Rizing is looking forward to face Oita Heat Devils (#5) on the road in the next round. Okinawa GK will play against Shimane Magic (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: N.Namizato 15+7reb+8ast, T.Woodbury 13+4reb+1ast, J.Newton 12+8reb+1ast, D.Larkai 12+5reb, M.Yamauchi 8+5reb, N.Kosuge 7+2reb+4ast
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Ashby 30+16reb+2ast, A.Takeno 14+2reb+5ast, R.Warren 13+7reb+4ast, Z.Johnson 10+7reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 8+2reb+2ast, M.Kano 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 200506


Shiga L-Stars - Kyoto Hannar. 70-73

Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Seventh ranked Kyoto Hannar. (9-9) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars (9-9) 73-70 in the fight for the fifth place. It looked good early as Shiga L-Stars took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kyoto Hannar. had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and Shiga L-Stars were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-73. Kyoto Hannar. made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) helped adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. At the losing side Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) responded with 17 points and guard Shinya Ogawa (183-83) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Oita H.Devils and Shiga L-Stars. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again on the road against Kyoto Hannar. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 17+4reb, S.Ogawa 12+3reb+4ast, W.Arnold 11+3reb, T.Fujiwara 11+1reb+1ast, R.Nixon 7+6reb+1ast, A.Aboya 6+6reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Palmer 25+5reb+2ast, K.Setoyama 13+3reb+1ast, M.Cousin 11+9reb, M.Kataoka 10+3reb+3ast, L.Pomare 6+7reb+2ast, Y.Okada 4+1reb
gschID: 200503


Chiba Jets - Gunma 66-81

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Gunma (2-16) beat on the road higher ranked Chiba Jets (8-8) 81-66 on Sunday. Gunma shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 20 rebounds. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Gunma players scored in double figures. Forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Chiba Jets. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gunma moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Miyazaki SS. Loser Chiba Jets keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Gunma will face higher ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 19+13reb+3ast, J.Werner 17+8reb, D.Bell 11+6reb, T.Kensuke 5+3reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 4+1reb+2ast, H.Sato 4+2reb+3ast
Gunma: J.Dixon 24+5reb+5ast, L.Witcher 14+20reb+3ast, K.Tomori 12+2reb+5ast, Y.Suzuki 10+3reb, S.Okada 9+3reb, T.Granado 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 200502


Saitama Bron. - Iwate Big Bulls 72-88

Very expected game when 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (2-12) lost at home to first ranked Iwate Big Bulls (13-5) 88-72 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Iwate Big Bulls's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-13 extending their advantage to 16 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Iwate Big Bulls made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 24 rebounds and American forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Iwate Big Bulls maintains first place with 13-5 record. Saitama Broncos lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Toyama Grouses (#4).
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: T.Yamashiro 25+24reb+1ast, R.Orr 17+1reb+1ast, D.Baker 14+8reb+5ast, M.Haraguchi 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Nobihura 7+1reb+2ast, I.Hideo 0+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 20+6reb+2ast, C.Dixon 18+8reb+5ast, R.Okosa 14+7reb, T.Masato 12+3reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 8+1reb+2ast, H.Ishibashi 5
gschID: 200501


Miyazaki SS - Hamamatsu P. 80-103

Very predictable result when second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (13-7) rolled over on the road 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (2-16) 103-80 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Hamamatsu Phoenix's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-11 extending their advantage to 23 points. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 47-27 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. His fellow American import forward Adrian Thomas (200-87, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) answered with 32 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Kyohei Ito (175-88) added 19 points in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-7 record having just -2 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Osaka Evessa (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Takamatsu FA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: R.Woods 32+6reb+2ast, K.Ito 19+3reb+3ast, H.Otsuka 15+2reb+2ast, T.Fairley 5+7reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 5+4reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 4+5reb
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 23+8reb+4ast, A.Thomas 21+9reb+3ast, Y.Tsubasa 16+1reb+3ast, J.Parmer 16+9reb+1ast, Y.Shiina 13+1reb+2ast, A.Ohta 4+8reb
gschID: 200507


Takamatsu FA - Oita H.Devils 82-55

And finally the game worth to mention about is Takamatsu FA's 27-point blow over 5th ranked Oita Heat Devils 82-55. The game without a history. Takamatsu FA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Takamatsu FA outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 45-34 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 21 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and naturalized Brazilian forward Kazuya Hatano (192-82) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Takamatsu FA maintains eighth place with 6-10 record. Oita Heat Devils lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Takamatsu FA will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round. Oita Heat Devils will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Shimizu 17+3reb+2ast, K.Hatano 13+9reb+1ast, W.White 12+16reb+3ast, M.Ohara 6+3reb, Y.Taka Kura 3+1reb, D.Hayakawa 2
Takamatsu FA: H.Kikuchi 13+1reb, B.Penn 12+4reb, P.Williams 11+10reb+1ast, D.Lyons 9+2reb+5ast, M.Suzuki 9+3reb+1ast, R.Johnson 8+21reb+1ast
gschID: 200505


Akita NH - Yokohama BC 56-89

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Akita Happinets (10-6) were outscored at home by sixth ranked Yokohama BC (10-6) 89-56 on Sunday. The game without a history. Yokohama BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Yokohama BC had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. Quite impressive performance for American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Coach Reggie Geary's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) added 6 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Yokohama BC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Yokohama BC will face Sendai 89ers (#9) at home in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Shinshu BW (#3) in Nagano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 16+6reb, D.Harris 14+2reb+1ast, D.Fitzgerald 9+7reb+1ast, A.Kent 6+12reb+4ast, Y.Yamaguchi 5+1reb+1ast, K.Shoji 3+3reb+3ast
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 22+7reb+8ast, T.Kennedy 17+14reb, K.Yamada 17+1reb+3ast, M.Kabaya 10+1reb+1ast, S.Hisayama 7+2reb+2ast, P.Faye 7+10reb+1ast
gschID: 200499


Shimane SM - Osaka Evessa 70-78

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Shimane Magic (11-7) against tenth ranked Osaka Evessa (2-12) on Sunday night. Host Shimane Magic was defeated by Osaka Evessa in a tough game in Shimane 70-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. The game without a history. Osaka Evessa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) came up with 25 points and 9 rebounds and center Jeral Davis (216-84) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Shimane Magic in the defeat. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Osaka Evessa will meet league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shimane Magic will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 25+9reb+1ast, B.Puckett 13+1reb+2ast, J.Davis 13+5reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 11+3reb+2ast, B.Freeman 6+2reb, E.Yamamoto 2+4reb+6ast
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 19+10reb+1ast, S.Konno 18+1reb+1ast, D.Cox 14+12reb+3ast, S.Watanuki 9+4reb+4ast, N.Walkup 8+4reb+1ast, S.Takada 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200504


Toyama Grouses - Shinshu BW 91-99

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Toyama Grouses (12-8) against fourth ranked Shinshu BW (12-6) on Sunday night. Host Toyama Grouses were defeated by Shinshu BW in a tough game in Toyama 91-99. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. They outrebounded Toyama Grouses 61-50 including 19 on the offensive glass. Shinshu BW brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. 28 personal fouls committed by Toyama Grouses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 20 rebounds and 9 blocks for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) added 22 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Shinshu BW moved-up to second place, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Shinshu BW's next round opponent will be Akita Happinets (#6) at home. Toyama Grouses will play against Saitama Broncos.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 22+10reb+6ast, A.Garcia 22+11reb+1ast, J.Jacob 18+12reb, M.Joho 9+5reb+5ast, T.Mito 8+6reb+3ast, T.Fujie 6+2ast
Shinshu BW: J.Green 21+8reb, W.Marshall 17+20reb+1ast, T.Goya 15+8reb+4ast, E.Morris 15+15reb, T.Saito 11+1reb+4ast, D.Curry 10+6reb+2ast
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