American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86, agency: Top Notch Sports) had a great game in the last round for Iwate Big Bulls, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 24. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Saitama Bron. (#11, 2-18) with 44-point margin 97-53. Iwate Big Bulls maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Iwate Big Bulls will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. In the team's last game Blackledge had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Iwate Big Bulls' top player in his first season with the team. Former Marquette University star has very solid stats this year. Blackledge is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 9.8rpg) and averages impressive 2.9bpg and 54.7% FGP. Worth to mention Blackledge played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Rodney Webb (200-F-83) of league's leader Niigata Albirex. Webb had a very good evening with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Niigata Albirex to another comfortable win 95-76 over the lower-ranked Shinshu BW (#6, 13-11) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Niigata Albirex still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 17-6 record. Webb is a newcomer at Niigata Albirex, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of league's second-best Yokohama BC. Kennedy scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Yokohama BC, leading his team to a 76-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (#8, 8-14). Yokohama BC needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 6 lost games. Kennedy has a great season in Japan. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86) of Iwate Big Bulls - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81) of Takamatsu FA - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Yokohama BC - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 7. D'Mario Curry (201-G/F-85) of Shinshu BW - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Nile Murry (193-G-83) of Niigata Albirex - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Carlos Dixon (201-F-81) of Iwate Big Bulls - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa - 16 points and 13 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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