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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, Toshiba25.5 
 3. Tillman, Hokkaido23.6 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi23.5 
 5. Heytvelt, Hitac.18.2 
 6. Pattillo, Tsukuba18.0 
 7. Shorter, Hiroshim.17.9 
 8. Kanamaru, Aishin S.17.5 
 9. Burrell, Mitsubis.16.9 
 10. Chapman, Chiba J.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba13.7 
 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. Furuno, Kumamoto.3.4 
 4. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.4 
 5. Tajima, Hokkaido.3.4 
 6. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.3 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi3.3 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi3.0 
 9. Tsuji, Toshiba BT2.9 
 10. Nishimura, Chiba2.9 
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. Nephawe, Kumamoto.1.1 
 8. Takeuchi, Hiroshim.1.1 
 9. Butts, Aishin SH1.1 
 10. Fazekas, Toshiba1.0 
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Game 1 (Finals)

Toshiba BT 58% May.28 Aishin SH
Sakuragi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - Dec 10, 2012


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36-year old power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Aishin SH and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Toshiba BT (#5, 10-10) 88-81. Aishin SH maintains the 2nd position in Japanese league. They are still close to the very top. Aishin SH would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 17-3 record. In the team's last game Sakuragi had a remarkable 76.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Aishin SH, through which he has constantly improved. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sakuragi. Sakuragi is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.1ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.8rpg) and averages solid 52.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT. He is American forward in his first season at Toshiba BT. In the last game Fazekas recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Toshiba BT lost that game 81-88 to the higher-ranked Aishin SH (#2, 17-3). This loss caused Toshiba BT to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fazekas is a newcomer at Toshiba BT and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.3ppg (#1). He also registered 12.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of league's leader Toyota Alvark. Takeuchi scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Toyota Alvark, leading his team to a 88-57 easy win against #3 ranked Panasonic T. in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Toyota Alvark as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 18 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Takeuchi has a great season in Japan. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 8.2ppg (9th best), rebounds with 7.3rpg (4th best) and assists with 1.0apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80) of Hitachi SR - 17 points and 7 rebounds
5. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) of Aishin SH - 30 points and 2 rebounds
8. Joevan Catron (198-F-88) of Hokkaido L. - 18 points and 12 rebounds
9. Shunsuke Ito (204-C/F-79) of Tochigi Brex - 13 points and 11 rebounds

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


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   
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Kings, Alvark to clash in B. League opener - May 24, 2016

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]

Nick Fazekas
NBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Toshiba BT reach Finals - May 24, 2016

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]


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