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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:5/16/2016
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 27: Yokohama BC loses to Gunma - Jan 13, 2013


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The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Yokohama BC (17-8) and tenth ranked Gunma (5-20) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Yokohama BC was edged by Gunma in a tough game in Yokohama 74-77. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. It was a good game for American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Gunma maintains tenth place with 5-20 record. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Gunma will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yokohama BC will play at home against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Shimane Magic (16-9) against tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (4-21) on Saturday night. Visiting Shimane Magic was edged by Miyazaki Shining Suns in a tough game in Miyazaki 90-91. It was a great evening for American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 6 rebounds. Abdullahi Kuso helped adding 15 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Jeral Davis (216-84) with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains tenth place with 4-21 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki Shining Suns will again play against higher ranked Shimane Magic (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shimane Magic will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Iwate Big Bulls (19-6) which hosted in Iwate 4th placed Toyama Grouses (15-10). Second ranked Iwate Big Bulls managed to get a 12-point victory 91-79. It was an exceptional evening for Dillion Sneed who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Cole came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Iwate Big Bulls have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-6 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will again meet at home Toyama Grouses (#4) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Hamamatsu Phoenix (18-9) which hosted in Mikawa 4th placed Fukuoka Rizing (16-9). Second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix had an easy win 104-89. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Wendell White who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hamamatsu Phoenix. They maintain second place with 18-9 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be again Fukuoka Rizing (#4) at home.
And finally the game worth to mention about is Tokyo Cinq R.'s easy win against 5th ranked Akita Happinets 92-81. It was a good game for Kenji Sato who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Akita Happinets' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tokyo Cinq R. maintains eighth place with 10-16 record. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play on the road against Yokohama BC (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: Saitama Bron. were smashed by Chiba Jets on the road 90-67. Sendai 89ers lost to Niigata Albirex on its own court 73-86. Takamatsu FA were outscored by Okinawa GK in a road game 50-77. Osaka Evessa managed to beat Shiga L-Stars at home 79-64. Oita H.Devils were crushed by Kyoto Hannar. on the opponent's court 77-57. Tokyo Cinq R. were smashed by Akita NH in a home game 73-92. Niigata Albirex won against Sendai 89ers on the road 86-73.



Chiba Jets - Saitama Bron. 90-67

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Chiba Jets (11-12) crushed at home 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (3-20) 90-67 on Saturday. Chiba Jets made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and American power forward Wayne Oliver (201-80, college: W.Hills JC) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Saitama Broncos. The victory was the third consecutive win for Chiba Jets. They maintain seventh place with 11-12 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the eleventh position with 20 games lost. Chiba Jets will face again Saitama Broncos (#11) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 28+5reb+4ast, J.Werner 27+16reb, D.Bell 12+5reb+1ast, H.Sato 11+6reb+4ast, M.Gray 9+5reb+1ast, R.Itakura 2+1reb+4ast
Saitama Bron.: T.Yamashiro 22+16reb+1ast, W.Oliver 14+8reb+4ast, D.Baker 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 8+4reb+1ast, M.Haraguchi 5+1ast, I.Hideo 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200580


Sendai 89ers - Niigata Albirex 73-86

Very expected game when 9th ranked Sendai 89ers (8-15) lost at home to first ranked Niigata Albirex (20-7) 86-73 on Saturday. It was a good game for American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Forward Takuya Komoda (190-87) answered with 23 points and American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Sendai 89ers. The victory was the third consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They maintain first place with 20-7 record. Sendai 89ers lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 24+2reb, N.Murry 15+6reb+8ast, Y.Ikeda 14+1reb+1ast, C.Holm 12+17reb+4ast, T.Finger 12+1reb, R.Webb 5+5reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Komoda 23+1reb+1ast, T.Cummings 20+2reb, H.Kusaka 8+1reb+3ast, S.Coleman 7+5reb, T.Shimura 5+1reb+6ast, S.Willard 4+11reb+4ast
gschID: 200579


Iwate Big Bulls - Toyama Grouses 91-79

An interesting game for Iwate Big Bulls (19-6) which hosted in Iwate 4th placed Toyama Grouses (15-10). Second ranked Iwate Big Bulls managed to get a 12-point victory 91-79. It was an exceptional evening for American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) accounted for 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. American power forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-6 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will again meet at home Toyama Grouses (#4) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 24+10reb+1ast, T.Masato 15+6ast, L.Blackledge 12+3reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 12+1reb+2ast, N.Nakamura 10+1reb+1ast, R.Okosa 8+9reb+5ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Jacob 19+10reb, M.Joho 18+2reb+3ast, I.Brown 15+7reb+1ast, B.Cole 14+19reb+1ast, T.Mito 5+1reb, M.Kamezaki 3
gschID: 200578


Okinawa GK - Takamatsu FA 77-50

Very predictable result when first ranked Okinawa GK (20-3) rolled over at home 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-16) 77-50 on Saturday. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Takamatsu FA to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 53-38 including a 45-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 20-3 record. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. Okinawa GK will face again Takamatsu FA (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 21+9reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 13+6reb+4ast, J.Newton 11+14reb, Y.Sugawara 8+6reb, D.Larkai 8+10reb+2ast, M.Yamauchi 8+3reb+3ast
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 19+10reb, P.Williams 11+11reb+4ast, H.Kikuchi 9+2reb+2ast, M.Kita 4, Y.Kodera 3+1reb, Y.Kishimoto 2+2ast
gschID: 200587


Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars 79-64

There was an upset when higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (14-11) lost on the road to ninth ranked Osaka Evessa (5-18) 79-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 48-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Osaka Evessa made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Osaka Evessa had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Osaka Evessa's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Osaka Evessa maintains ninth place with 5-18 record. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face again higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: D.Cox 18+13reb+2ast, M.Bell 13+8reb+2ast, M.Obuchi 13+2reb+2ast, S.Konno 9+4reb+5ast, D.Lathan 7+4reb+1ast, N.Walkup 6+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 16+8reb+1ast, D.Gomez Camargo 15+9reb+1ast, J.Nakama 8+1reb+2ast, W.Arnold 5+4reb+2ast, A.Aboya 5+4reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 200585


Kyoto Hannar. - Oita H.Devils 77-57

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (13-12) outplayed at home 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-16) 77-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Kyoto Hannar. outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 40-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 16 rebounds. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Kyoto Hannar. maintains sixth place with 13-12 record. Oita Heat Devils lost their twelfth game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: Y.Okada 14+6reb+1ast, L.Pomare 13+8reb+1ast, D.Palmer 11+3reb+2ast, M.Cousin 9+16reb+2ast, H.Kantake 9+4reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 8+3ast
Oita H.Devils: P.Alawoya 14+9reb+2ast, I.Kersulyte 13+3reb+1ast, C.Tate 11+5reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 9+4reb+7ast, Y.Taka Kura 5, M.Ohara 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 200584


Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing 104-89

An interesting game for Hamamatsu Phoenix (18-9) which hosted in Mikawa 4th placed Fukuoka Rizing (16-9). Second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix had an easy win 104-89. Fukuoka Rizing was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 38-21 charge of Hamamatsu Phoenix, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 20 Fukuoka Rizing turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Fukuoka Rizing helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 25 points and 13 rebounds respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hamamatsu Phoenix. They maintain second place with 18-9 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be again Fukuoka Rizing (#4) at home.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.White 28+7reb+3ast, J.Parmer 17+6reb+9ast, K.Galloway 13+11reb+7ast, S.Nakanishi 13+4reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Tsubasa 8+1ast
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 25+13reb+1ast, R.Warren 24+13reb+4ast, J.Ashby 15+4reb, M.Kano 6+2reb+2ast, T.Rintaro 6, A.Takeno 5+1reb+8ast
gschID: 200583


Yokohama BC - Gunma 74-77

The game between third ranked Yokohama BC (17-8) and tenth ranked Gunma (5-20) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Yokohama BC was edged by Gunma in a tough game in Yokohama 74-77. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. It was a good game for American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Keller is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Masayuki Kabaya (183-82) added 15 points in the effort for Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Gunma maintains tenth place with 5-20 record. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Gunma will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yokohama BC will play at home against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gunma: J.Dixon 17+4reb+5ast, D.Keller 16+9reb+1ast, Y.Okumoto 15+1reb+1ast, N.Williams 8+12reb, K.Tomori 8+2reb+8ast, L.Witcher 6+8reb
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 17+8reb+6ast, M.Kabaya 15+4reb+3ast, K.Yamada 11+3reb+1ast, P.Faye 10+6reb, T.Kennedy 9+7reb+2ast, L.Malloy 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 200582


Tokyo Cinq R. - Akita NH 73-92

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (10-16) was outleveled at home by fifth ranked Akita Happinets (14-8) 92-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 41-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Akita Happinets made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Guard Kenji Sato (180-79) answered with 6 points and 19 rebounds and American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Akita Happinets maintains fifth place with 14-8 record. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Akita Happinets will face higher ranked Yokohama BC (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Brown 35+9reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 17+3reb+1ast, K.Shoji 14+1reb+2ast, D.Harris 11+5reb+4ast, A.Kent 5+6reb+5ast, D.Fitzgerald 5+6reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: C.Aoki 20+1reb+1ast, R.Barrett 19+7reb, H.Takada 12+3reb+2ast, K.Sato 6+19reb+3ast, A.Inoue 4+3reb+1ast, J.Carter 4+1reb
gschID: 200581


Miyazaki SS - Shimane SM 91-90

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Shimane Magic (16-9) against tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (4-21) on Saturday night. Visiting Shimane Magic was edged by Miyazaki Shining Suns in a tough game in Miyazaki 90-91. It was a great evening for American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 6 rebounds. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) helped adding 15 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Jeral Davis (216-84) with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains tenth place with 4-21 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki Shining Suns will again play against higher ranked Shimane Magic (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shimane Magic will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: R.Woods 30+6reb+3ast, A.Kuso 15+11reb, H.Otsuka 13+1reb+3ast, L.Cunningham 11+1reb+3ast, K.Ito 10+3reb+1ast, T.Fairley 8+13reb
Shimane SM: J.Davis 29+16reb+2ast, B.Freeman 19+6reb, B.Puckett 14+7reb+2ast, M.Parker 10+6reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 7+2reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 6+7reb+4ast
gschID: 200586


Sendai 89ers - Niigata Albirex 73-86

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Niigata Albirex (20-7) beat on the road 9th ranked Sendai 89ers (8-15) 86-73 on Friday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 49-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Forward Takuya Komoda (190-87) answered with 23 points and American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Sendai 89ers. The victory was the third consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They maintain first place with 20-7 record. Sendai 89ers lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 24+2reb, N.Murry 15+6reb+8ast, Y.Ikeda 14+1reb+1ast, T.Finger 12+1reb, C.Holm 12+17reb+4ast, R.Webb 5+5reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Komoda 23+1reb+1ast, T.Cummings 20+2reb, H.Kusaka 8+1reb+3ast, S.Coleman 7+5reb, T.Shimura 5+1reb+6ast, Y.Arai 4+1ast
gschID: 200576


Tokyo Cinq R. - Akita NH 92-81

And finally the game worth to mention about is Tokyo Cinq R.'s easy win against 5th ranked Akita Happinets 92-81. Akita Happinets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Tokyo Cinq R. dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 26 and made 33-of-38 free shots (86.8 percent) during the game, while Akita Happinets only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 48-23 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Akita Happinets were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Kenji Sato (180-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) answered with 26 points and the other American import guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) added 14 points and 7 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Five Tokyo Cinq R. and four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tokyo Cinq R. maintains eighth place with 10-16 record. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play on the road against Yokohama BC (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: K.Sato 23+14reb+1ast, J.Jones 19+12reb+1ast, R.Barrett 16+5reb+3ast, C.Aoki 15+5reb+2ast, A.Inoue 13+6reb+1ast, H.Takada 4+6reb+4ast
Akita NH: M.Brown 26+4reb+2ast, Y.Kikuchi 15+5reb, D.Harris 14+4reb+7ast, S.Taguchi 14+2reb+3ast, D.Fitzgerald 9+4reb+3ast, K.Shoji 3+1reb
gschID: 200577


  



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

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