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
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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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