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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
BJ League Round 23: Niigata Albirex keeps a leadership position - Dec 26, 2012


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There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Niigata Albirex as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Niigata Albirex defeated 10th ranked Gunma at home 89-80. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) helped adding 14 points and 5 assists. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost. Gunma will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Niigata Albirex will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Shinshu BW in Nagano.
Important game to mention about took place in Okinawa. First ranked Okinawa GK (17-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed Hamamatsu Phoenix (15-9) 85-82 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for guard Narito Namizato (172-89) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Anthony McHenry accounted for 23 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Adrian Thomas (200-87, college: Miami, FL) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Hamamatsu Phoenix in the defeat. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 17-3 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Chiba was also quite interesting. Third ranked Yokohama BC (14-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Chiba Jets (8-12). Yokohama BC managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Thomas Kennedy who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joe Werner produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds for the hosts. Yokohama BC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls. Chiba Jets lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Tokyo Cinq R.. Yokohama BC will meet at home Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Chiba Jets will have a break next round.
The game in Tokyo was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (14-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (8-12). Iwate Big Bulls managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. Reggie Okosa orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls' next round opponent will be Saitama Broncos (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against the league's second-placed Yokohama BC (#2).
Ninth-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (3-19) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (15-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Fukuoka managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Reginald Warren who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shimane SM. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Shinshu BW lost to Sendai 89ers on the opponent's court 76-83. Sendai 89ers managed to outperform Shinshu BW in a home game 79-67. Saitama Bron. recorded a loss to Akita NH on the road 87-84. Shiga L-Stars crushed Takamatsu FA on its own court 91-53. Oita H.Devils was smashed by Shimane SM in a road game 80-61. Osaka Evessa lost to Kyoto Hannar. at home 68-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists by Leonardo Pomare of Kyoto Hannar..



Sendai 89ers - Shinshu BW 83-76

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Shinshu BW (13-9) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (7-12) 83-76 on Tuesday. Sendai 89ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for guard Yasuaki Arai (180-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) helped adding 25 points. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Takanori Goya (190-83) scored 23 points and 4 assists. Sendai 89ers maintains ninth place with 7-12 record. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: T.Goya 23+3reb+4ast, J.Green 20+7reb+3ast, W.Marshall 10+3reb+1ast, T.Saito 8+8ast, D.Curry 6+5reb+2ast, Y.Matsubara 5+1reb+3ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 25+1reb+3ast, Y.Arai 24+3reb+3ast, S.Willard 10+15reb+2ast, T.Shimura 10+4reb+12ast, A.Nogami 6+1reb+1ast, K.Coble 3+1reb
gschID: 200547


Sendai 89ers - Shinshu BW 79-67

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (7-12) defeated at home 6th ranked Shinshu BW (13-9) 79-67 on Monday. Sendai 89ers dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 44. Sendai 89ers forced 20 Shinshu BW turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Forward Takuya Komoda (190-87) helped adding 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) responded with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Takato Saito (181-85) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Sendai 89ers maintains ninth place with 7-12 record. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: E.Morris 13+8reb+5ast, W.Marshall 11+6reb, J.Green 9+3reb+1ast, T.Goya 9+2reb, T.Saito 9+6reb+4ast, D.Curry 6+5reb
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 34+10reb+1ast, K.Coble 12, T.Komoda 10+6reb+4ast, S.Willard 8+11reb+1ast, S.Coleman 5+1reb+1ast, T.Shimura 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 200546


Akita NH - Saitama Bron. 87-84

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (2-16) were edged on the road by sixth ranked Akita Happinets (13-7) 87-84 on Sunday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-84. Strangely Saitama Broncos outrebounded Akita Happinets 46-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) helped adding 8 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach Kazuo Nakamura allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) scored 9 points and 18 rebounds. Akita Happinets moved-up to fifth place. Saitama Broncos lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Iwate Big Bulls (#3).
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: D.Baker 21+7reb, Y.Kitamuki 19+2reb+2ast, W.Oliver 14+7reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 9+18reb, I.Hideo 7+6reb+10ast, R.Orr 6+3reb+1ast
Akita NH: M.Brown 29+5reb+1ast, K.Shoji 15+2reb+2ast, D.Harris 14+2reb+6ast, S.Taguchi 12+1reb+5ast, A.Kent 8+13reb+3ast, Y.Kikuchi 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200537


Shiga L-Stars - Takamatsu FA 91-53

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (12-10) outscored at home 8th ranked Takamatsu FA (7-13) 91-53 on Sunday. Shiga L-Stars dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 30. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 49-21 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 4 assists. Cameroonian power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA) helped adding 13 points and 13 rebounds. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Brandon Penn (203-90, college: Rider, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 15 points and the other American import swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play at home against Osaka Evessa (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: B.Penn 15+1reb+3ast, R.Johnson 10+4reb+2ast, D.Lyons 10+5reb+2ast, M.Suzuki 7+3reb+2ast, D.Tamura 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Kodera 3+1reb
Shiga L-Stars: W.Arnold 22+4reb+4ast, R.Nixon 13+5reb+2ast, A.Aboya 13+13reb, T.Fujiwara 11+4reb+3ast, B.Yokoe 9+1reb+2ast, S.Ogawa 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 200541


Shimane SM - Oita H.Devils 80-61

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-13) were outplayed on the road by third ranked Shimane Magic (15-7) 80-61 on Sunday. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for center Jeral Davis (216-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) helped adding 21 points and 13 rebounds. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Shimane Magic have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Oita Heat Devils lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 25+13reb+3ast, W.White 17+6reb, T.Finger 7+4reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 7+4ast, T.Shimizu 3+4reb+3ast, M.Ohara 2+1reb
Shimane SM: J.Davis 26+12reb+1ast, M.Parker 21+13reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 11+1reb+5ast, E.Yamamoto 9+3reb+4ast, Y.Hikino 5+2ast, B.Freeman 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 200543


Osaka Evessa - Kyoto Hannar. 68-77

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (12-10) won against on the road 10th ranked Osaka Evessa (2-16) 77-68 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-11. But Osaka Evessa won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) helped adding 21 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kyoto Hannar. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 12-10 record, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Osaka Evessa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round. Osaka Evessa will play on the road against Takamatsu FA (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 16+14reb+2ast, D.Cox 13+4reb+2ast, N.Walkup 12+6reb+5ast, D.Lathan 10+3reb+2ast, S.Takeda 6+2reb, S.Watanuki 5+2reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Pomare 22+17reb+7ast, D.Palmer 21+10reb+1ast, J.Boyette 13+2ast, M.Kataoka 12+1reb+4ast, Y.Okada 7+3reb+5ast, T.Murakami 2+1reb
gschID: 200542


Niigata Albirex - Gunma 89-80

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Niigata Albirex as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Niigata Albirex defeated 10th ranked Gunma at home 89-80. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) helped adding 14 points and 5 assists. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Five Niigata Albirex and four Gunma players scored in double figures. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost. Gunma will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Niigata Albirex will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Shinshu BW in Nagano.
Top scorers:
Gunma: Y.Okumoto 19+1reb+1ast, J.Dixon 19+5reb+6ast, L.Witcher 16+10reb+1ast, D.Keller 14+8reb, K.Tomori 5+4reb+1ast, Y.Suzuki 3+2reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: Y.Ikeda 17+4reb+1ast, C.Holm 15+20reb+2ast, K.Sato 15+2reb+1ast, N.Murry 14+3reb+5ast, T.Finger 10+3reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 200538


Chiba Jets - Yokohama BC 72-79

The game in Chiba was also quite interesting. Third ranked Yokohama BC (14-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Chiba Jets (8-12). Yokohama BC managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Sunday. Yokohama BC forced 21 Chiba Jets turnovers. Strangely Chiba Jets outrebounded Yokohama BC 50-37 including 39 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds and power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) added 5 points and 15 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Yokohama BC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls. Chiba Jets lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Tokyo Cinq R.. Yokohama BC will meet at home Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Chiba Jets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Werner 26+17reb+1ast, S.Isshiki 11+1reb, D.Bell 10+7reb+3ast, H.Sato 8+3reb+4ast, M.Karimata 7+2reb+1ast, R.Itakura 5+4reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 19+8reb+1ast, D.Burns 15+5reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 13+3reb+2ast, K.Yamada 11+4reb+4ast, P.Faye 9+7reb+1ast, L.Malloy 7+5reb
gschID: 200539


Tokyo Cinq R. - Iwate Big Bulls 69-78

The game in Tokyo was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (14-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (8-12). Iwate Big Bulls managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. It looked good early as Tokyo Cinq R. took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Iwate Big Bulls had a 28-13 second period charge getting the lead and Tokyo Cinq R. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-78. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and guard Kenji Sato (180-79) added 4 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.Iwate Big Bulls moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls' next round opponent will be Saitama Broncos (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against the league's second-placed Yokohama BC (#2).
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 28+12reb+2ast, C.Aoki 12+3ast, J.Carter 9+4reb, R.Barrett 7+2reb, K.Sato 4+12reb+6ast, H.Takada 3+5reb+4ast
Iwate Big Bulls: R.Okosa 24+9reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 17+4reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 16+10reb+4ast, T.Masato 9+2reb+1ast, C.Dixon 6+5reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 5
gschID: 200540


Okinawa GK - Hamamatsu P. 85-82

Important game to mention about took place in Okinawa. First ranked Okinawa GK (17-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed Hamamatsu Phoenix (15-9) 85-82 on Sunday evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 29-21 charge of Okinawa GK, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Narito Namizato (172-89) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Adrian Thomas (200-87, college: Miami, FL) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Hamamatsu Phoenix in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 17-3 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: A.Thomas 23+10reb+7ast, K.Galloway 18+10reb+3ast, Y.Tsubasa 17+1reb+1ast, S.Nakanishi 11+2reb, J.Parmer 5+3reb+2ast, E.Fuqua 3+3reb
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 23+6reb+1ast, N.Namizato 18+6reb+10ast, N.Kosuge 11+1ast, J.Newton 10+14reb+1ast, S.Kinjo 8+3reb, D.Larkai 8+3reb
gschID: 200545


Miyazaki SS - Fukuoka Rizing 75-76

Ninth-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (3-19) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (15-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Fukuoka managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-75. It was a great evening for American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shimane SM. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: R.Woods 29+15reb+5ast, A.Kuso 17+11reb, T.Fairley 10+8reb, H.Otsuka 10+1reb+2ast, K.Ito 5+2reb+2ast, Y.Kojima 2+4reb+3ast
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 16+2reb+4ast, R.Warren 15+18reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 11+4reb+1ast, M.Kano 9+2reb+1ast, J.Ashby 9+8reb+2ast, S.Ishitani 6+4reb
gschID: 200544


  



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;
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