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B Standings
Central
 1. Hitachi SR 2-0 
 2. Sanen 2-0 
 3. Niigata Albirex 1-1 
 4. Toyama Grouses 1-1 
 5. Toshiba BT 0-2 
 6. Yokohama BC 0-2 
East
 1. Toyota Alvark 2-0 
 2. Akita NH 1-1 
 3. Chiba Jets 1-1 
 4. Hokkaido L. 1-1 
 5. Sendai 89ers 1-1 
 6. Tochigi Brex 1-1 
West
 1. SeaHorses 2-0 
 2. Nagoya DD 1-1 
 3. Osaka Evessa 1-1 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 1-1 
 5. Ryukyu GK 0-2 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 0-2 
Full Standings
Last:9/25/2016
B Standings
Central
 1. Bambitious Nara 2-0 
 2. Tokyo Excel. 1-1 
 3. Nishinomiya S. 1-1 
 4. Toyotsu FE 1-1 
 5. Tokyo Z 1-1 
 6. Shinshu BW 0-2 
East
 1. Fukushima 2-0 
 2. Gunma 1-1 
 3. Aomori Watts 1-1 
 4. Cyberdyne IR 1-1 
 5. Yamagata 1-1 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 0-2 
West
 1. Hiroshima D. 2-0 
 2. Kumamoto V. 2-0 
 3. Shimane SM 2-0 
 4. Ehime OV 0-2 
 5. Kagawa FA 0-2 
 6. Kagoshima 0-2 
Full Standings
Last:9/25/2016
B League D3 Standings
 1. Aisin AW 0-0 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 0-0 
 3. Kanazawa Samuraiz 0-0 
 4. Otsuka A. 0-0 
 5. Saitama Bron. 0-0 
 6. Tokyo Big Blue 0-0 
 7. Tokyo Cinq R. 0-0 
 8. Tokyo HT 0-0 
 9. Toyoda Gosei 0-0 
Last:7/19/2016
Points Per Game
 Justin BURRELL
  
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Burrell, Nagoya DD25.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba24.0 
 3. Wright, Sendai23.0 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.22.5 
 5. Viney, Toyama G.21.0 
 6. Kanamaru, SeaHo.20.5 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses19.5 
 8. Dozier, Sanen19.5 
 9. Gardner, Niigata19.0 
 10. Kojima, Kyoto H.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 16
 1. Harrellson, Osaka16.0 
 2. McHenry, Ryukyu GK13.0 
 3. Kotzur, Kyoto H.13.0 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses12.5 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.12.0 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi11.0 
 7. Willard, Toyama G.11.0 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota11.0 
 9. Wright, Sendai10.5 
 10. Stephens, Akita10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julian MAVUNGA
  
  (203-PF-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mavunga, Shiga L.6.0 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.5 
 3. Hirose, Hitachi SR5.5 
 4. Garrett, Toyota A.5.0 
 5. Tajima, Hokkaido.4.5 
 6. Kojima, Kyoto H.4.5 
 7. Suzuki, Sanen4.5 
 8. Tanaka, Toyota A.4.5 
 9. Igarashi, Niigata4.0 
 10. Uto, Toyama G.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Abe, Chiba Jets4.0 
 2. Tajima, Hokkaido.4.0 
 3. Tanaka, Toyota A.3.5 
 4. Hatakeyama, Niiga.3.0 
 5. Sato, Niigata Albi.3.0 
 6. Endo, Tochigi Brex2.5 
 7. Nakahigashi, Nagoy.2.5 
 8. Gibson, Osaka E.2.5 
 9. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex2.5 
 10. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Harrellson, Osaka3.5 
 2. Armstrong, Chiba J.2.5 
 3. McHenry, Ryukyu GK2.0 
 4. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex2.0 
 5. Miller, Hokkaido L.2.0 
 6. Faye, Shiga L-Sta.1.5 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota1.5 
 8. Parker, Chiba Jets1.5 
 9. Omiya, Ryukyu GK1.5 
 10. Hasegawa, SeaHo.1.0 
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Round 3 (Regular Season)

Sendai 89ers 56% Oct.1 Hokkaido L.
Akita NH Oct.1 Toyota Alvar 75%
Chiba Jets 59% Oct.1 Tochigi Brex
Toshiba BT 58% Oct.1 Yokohama BC
Niigata Albi Oct.1 Hitachi SR 76%
Toyama Grous Oct.1 Sanen 75%
SeaHorses 79% Oct.1 Nagoya DD
Kyoto Hannar 56% Oct.1 Osaka Evessa
Ryukyu GK 58% Oct.1 Shiga L-Star
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Hiroshima D 59% Oct.1 Kumamoto V.
Tokyo Z 56% Oct.1 Toyotsu FE
Nishinomiya 94% Oct.1 Shinshu BW
Aomori Watts 56% Oct.1 Gunma
Fukushima 80% Oct.1 Yamagata
Cyberdyne I 93% Oct.1 Iwate Big Bu
Bambitious N 79% Oct.1 Tokyo Excel
Shimane SM 96% Oct.1 Ehime OV
Kagoshima 56% Oct.1 Kagawa FA
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BJ League Round 25: Niigata Albirex loses #1 position - Jan 6, 2013


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The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 25 in BJ League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Yokohama where host Yokohama BC (17-6) edged league's leader Niigata Albirex (17-7) 75-74 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Niigata Albirex was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of Yokohama BC, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Niigata Albirex outrebounded Yokohama BC 41-18 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) fired 26 points for the winners. Swingman Masayuki Kabaya (183-82) chipped in 23 points. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Yokohama BC have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls. Niigata Albirex at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Yokohama BC. Niigata Albirex will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Yokohama BC will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Niigata Albirex at home.
Another exciting game was between second ranked Shimane Magic and 3rd placed Fukuoka Rizing where Shimane Magic (16-7) beat Fukuoka Rizing (15-8) on the road 103-95. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds. Brandon Freeman contributed with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Fukuoka Rizing. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Shimane Magic. They maintain second place with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Yokohama BC. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Okinawa GK delivered the nineteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (12-12) 87-64. Anthony McHenry stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. At the losing side Masaharu Kataoka responded with 19 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Okinawa GK recorded the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (12-12) 92-77. Narito Namizato nailed 22 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kohto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 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. 6th ranked Shinshu BW (13-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Chiba Jets (9-12). Chiba Jets defeated Shinshu BW 88-78 on Saturday. The game was dominated by American players. Marquin Chandler fired 30 points for the winners. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chiba Jets maintains seventh place with 9-12 record. Shinshu BW lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Chiba Jets will face again higher ranked Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 25 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Sendai 89ers defeated Saitama Bron. in a road game 90-75. Gunma was beaten by Iwate Big Bulls at home 70-80. Hamamatsu P. destroyed Oita H.Devils on the opponent's court 85-60. Takamatsu FA managed to outperform Tokyo Cinq R. in a home game 84-77. Miyazaki SS was rolled over Shiga L-Stars on the road 82-59. Toyama Grouses was defeated by Osaka Evessa on its own court 59-75.



Yokohama BC - Niigata Albirex 75-74

Round 25 in BJ League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Yokohama where host Yokohama BC (17-6) edged league's leader Niigata Albirex (17-7) 75-74 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Niigata Albirex was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of Yokohama BC, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Niigata Albirex outrebounded Yokohama BC 41-18 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) fired 26 points for the winners. Swingman Masayuki Kabaya (183-82) chipped in 23 points. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls. Niigata Albirex at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Yokohama BC. Niigata Albirex will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Yokohama BC will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Niigata Albirex at home.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 22+7reb+1ast, C.Holm 16+16reb+3ast, K.Sato 14+5reb, Y.Ikeda 11+2reb+1ast, R.Webb 5+5reb, T.Finger 4+3reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 26+4reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 23+3ast, P.Faye 6+3reb, T.Kennedy 6+5reb+1ast, S.Hisayama 4+2reb, K.Yamada 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 200562


Saitama Bron. - Sendai 89ers 75-90

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (2-19) were defeated at home by ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (8-12) 90-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sendai 89ers. Saitama Broncos was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Takehiko Shimura (160-83) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Sendai 89ers and five Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sendai 89ers. They moved-up to eighth place. Saitama Broncos lost their twelfth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against Sendai 89ers (#8).
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: Y.Kitamuki 16+5reb+2ast, D.Baker 15+5reb+2ast, R.Orr 14+2reb+4ast, W.Oliver 11+7reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 11+13reb, I.Hideo 6+1ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 32+12reb+3ast, T.Shimura 13+7reb+6ast, K.Coble 11+3reb, S.Willard 10+8reb+2ast, Y.Arai 9+1reb+1ast, S.Coleman 7+4reb
gschID: 200560


Gunma - Iwate Big Bulls 70-80

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (17-6) defeated on the road 10th ranked Gunma (4-19) 80-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Iwate Big Bulls. Gunma was better in fourth quarter 25-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Iwate Big Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Gunma's 38. They outrebounded Gunma 48-37 including 37 on the defensive glass. American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Iwate Big Bulls. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Yokohama BC. Gunma lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 19 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Gunma will play again at home against the league's second-placed Iwate Big Bulls (#2).
Top scorers:
Gunma: D.Keller 23+11reb+2ast, J.Dixon 17+8reb+4ast, S.Okada 8+2reb+2ast, L.Witcher 7+5reb+1ast, S.Noriyuki 5+4reb, Y.Okumoto 4+2reb
Iwate Big Bulls: L.Blackledge 17+15reb+4ast, D.Sneed 17+7reb, R.Okosa 16+11reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 14+4reb+1ast, N.Nakamura 10+4reb, T.Masato 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200559


Chiba Jets - Shinshu BW 88-78

The game in Chiba was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Shinshu BW (13-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Chiba Jets (9-12). Chiba Jets defeated Shinshu BW 88-78 on Saturday. Chiba Jets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) fired 30 points for the winners. Center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Chiba Jets maintains seventh place with 9-12 record. Shinshu BW lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Chiba Jets will face again higher ranked Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: D.Curry 23+7reb+1ast, J.Green 21+6reb+2ast, S.Yosuke 8+2reb+5ast, E.Morris 7+5reb+2ast, T.Goya 6+2reb+2ast, T.Utsunomiya 5+2reb
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 30+3reb+2ast, J.Werner 20+12reb+1ast, D.Bell 12+5reb+2ast, M.Gray 10+2reb, R.Itakura 6+5reb, T.Kensuke 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 200561


Oita H.Devils - Hamamatsu P. 60-85

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-14) were rolled over at home by fourth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (16-9) 85-60 on Saturday. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 22 Oita Heat Devils turnovers and outrebounded them 47-36 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Adrian Thomas (200-87, college: Miami, FL) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Shoji Nakanishi (190-82) chipped in 15 points. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix moved-up to third place. Oita Heat Devils lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#3) in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 17+9reb+2ast, T.Granado 12+17reb+2ast, K.Mitomo 11+3reb+6ast, I.Kersulyte 10+3reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 10+3reb+4ast, M.Lottich 0
Hamamatsu P.: A.Thomas 26+12reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 15+2reb+3ast, J.Parmer 11+4reb+1ast, A.Ohta 9+7reb+1ast, K.Galloway 6+8reb+6ast, M.Ohguchi 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 200566


Takamatsu FA - Tokyo Cinq R. 84-77

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Takamatsu FA and 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. had identical 8-14 record. This time Takamatsu FA used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Tokyo 84-77 on Saturday night. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Tokyo Cinq R. won third quarter 24-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) fired 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Five Takamatsu FA and four Tokyo Cinq R. players scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA (9-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Oita H.Devils. Tokyo Cinq R. lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Takamatsu FA will face again Tokyo Cinq R. (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: C.Aoki 21+4reb+1ast, J.Jones 20+10reb+2ast, R.Barrett 17+5reb+1ast, H.Takada 11+4reb+4ast, A.Inoue 4+5reb, K.Sato 3+10reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 17+8reb+8ast, D.Tamura 17+2reb+2ast, B.Penn 15+7reb, Y.Kodera 15+1ast, R.Johnson 10+13reb+2ast, M.Suzuki 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200564


Shiga L-Stars - Miyazaki SS 82-59

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (3-20) were outplayed on the road by fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (13-10) 82-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-59. Shiga L-Stars dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 32. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 49-31 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shiga L-Stars. They maintain fifth place with 13-10 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 20 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: R.Woods 15+5reb+3ast, A.Kuso 11+14reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 10+2reb+2ast, H.Otsuka 8+1ast, L.Cunningham 7+2reb+3ast, M.Takahashi 3
Shiga L-Stars: B.Yokoe 15+1ast, D.Gomez Camargo 14+16reb+7ast, J.Nakama 11+4reb+3ast, S.Ogawa 11+1reb+3ast, R.Nixon 10+12reb+3ast, A.Aboya 10+11reb
gschID: 200563


Toyama Grouses - Osaka Evessa 59-75

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Osaka Evessa (4-17) won against on the road 4th placed Toyama Grouses (14-9) 75-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Osaka Evessa. Toyama Grouses was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Walkup is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Osaka Evessa maintains ninth place with 4-17 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against Osaka Evessa (#9).
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 18+6reb+2ast, M.Joho 11+2reb+4ast, J.Jacob 11+15reb+2ast, T.Fujie 8+1reb+1ast, T.Mito 5+10reb+2ast, B.Cole 4+5reb
Osaka Evessa: D.Lathan 14+3reb+1ast, N.Walkup 12+5reb+4ast, M.Bell 12+13reb+3ast, S.Konno 11+5reb+1ast, D.Cox 8+9reb+1ast, T.Kawabe 8+1reb
gschID: 200558


Fukuoka Rizing - Shimane SM 95-103

Another exciting game was between second ranked Shimane Magic and 3rd placed Fukuoka Rizing where Shimane Magic (16-7) beat Fukuoka Rizing (15-8) on the road 103-95. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Fukuoka Rizing's 30 and made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 49-32 including a 41-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shimane Magic brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) contributed with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Shimane Magic. They maintain second place with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Yokohama BC. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: A.Takeno 20+3ast, J.Ashby 20+9reb+1ast, J.Johnson 16+6reb+2ast, J.Peppers 13+3reb+1ast, R.Warren 12+8reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 11+4reb+3ast
Shimane SM: B.Freeman 27+8reb+4ast, M.Parker 23+19reb+1ast, J.Davis 14+9reb, T.Yokoo 14+1reb, B.Puckett 11+6reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 9+5ast
gschID: 200565


Okinawa GK - Kyoto Hannar. 87-64

Leader Okinawa GK delivered the nineteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (12-12) 87-64. Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kyoto Hannar.'s 32. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Narito Namizato (172-89) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) responded with 19 points and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 7 points and 14 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Kataoka 19+3reb+2ast, J.Boyette 13+1reb+1ast, M.Cousin 9+9reb+2ast, L.Pomare 7+14reb, Y.Okada 5+1ast, T.Murakami 4+1ast
Okinawa GK: N.Namizato 23+5ast, A.McHenry 20+16reb+5ast, D.Larkai 14+3reb, N.Kosuge 11+1reb, J.Newton 9+9reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 4
gschID: 200557


Okinawa GK - Kyoto Hannar. 92-77

Leader Okinawa GK recorded the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (12-12) 92-77. It was a great shooting night for Okinawa GK especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) nailed 22 points and 8 assists for the winning side and American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kohto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Yu Okada (184-83) came up with 18 points and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Kyoto Hannar. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: Y.Okada 18+4reb+3ast, L.Pomare 16+8reb, D.Palmer 15+2reb+2ast, M.Cousin 12+7reb, J.Boyette 8+1reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 6+4reb+2ast
Okinawa GK: N.Namizato 22+1reb+8ast, T.Woodbury 20+2reb+1ast, J.Newton 15+7reb+2ast, M.Yamauchi 13+5reb, Y.Sugawara 9+1reb+3ast, A.McHenry 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 200556


  




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