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Japanese Basketball (Men)

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
Iwate Big Bulls are defeated by Toyama Grouses - Jan 17, 2013


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BJ League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 28 rounds left.

The most important game in the last round took place in Iwate between second ranked Iwate Big Bulls (19-7) and fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (16-10) on Sunday night. Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Toyama Grouses at home 85-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 16-10 record, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Toyama Grouses is looking forward to face Gunma (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Akita Happinets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mikawa. Second ranked host Hamamatsu Phoenix (19-9) defeated 4th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (16-10) 93-87. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Kevin Galloway supported him with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-9 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Toyama Grouses. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (21-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Takamatsu FA (9-17) 77-50. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Anthony McHenry fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Dexter Lyons produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Okinawa GK have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Oita H.Devils. Okinawa GK will meet Shiga L-Stars (#5) on the road in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Oita Heat Devils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Yokohama BC (20-8) crushed at home 5th ranked Akita Happinets (14-10) by 32 points 83-51, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was dominated by American players. It was a very good performance for Draelon Burns who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to second place. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: Akita NH lost to Yokohama BC on the opponent's court 81-92. Miyazaki SS was outscored by Shimane SM in a home game 69-99. Oita H.Devils was rolled over Kyoto Hannar. on the road 78-49. Yokohama BC defeated Gunma on its own court 79-61. Saitama Bron. was smashed by Chiba Jets in a road game 98-66. Osaka Evessa lost to Shiga L-Stars at home 57-75.



Yokohama BC - Akita NH 83-51

Third ranked Yokohama BC (20-8) crushed at home 5th ranked Akita Happinets (14-10) by 32 points 83-51, which is the biggest margin this round. Yokohama BC dominated on the defensive end, holding Akita Happinets to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 51-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. It was a very good performance for guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) added 10 points in the effort for Akita Happinets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to second place. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: D.Fitzgerald 12+13reb+1ast, D.Harris 10+1reb+2ast, M.Brown 10+3reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 5+3reb, K.Shoji 5+3reb, Y.Kato 4+2reb+1ast
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 20+10reb+6ast, M.Kabaya 16+3reb+2ast, T.Kennedy 15+12reb+2ast, L.Malloy 12+12reb, P.Faye 7+6reb, O.Kimura 7+1reb
gschID: 200597


Yokohama BC - Akita NH 92-81

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Akita Happinets (14-10) were defeated on the road by third ranked Yokohama BC (20-8) 92-81. Yokohama BC dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 34 and made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Quite impressive performance for guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) replied with 26 points and 6 assists and forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to second place. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Brown 26+4reb+6ast, D.Fitzgerald 10+7reb, D.Harris 8+3reb+2ast, R.Mizumachi 7+6reb+1ast, S.Taguchi 7+3reb+4ast, Y.Yamaguchi 7+1reb
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 27+13reb+8ast, T.Kennedy 25+11reb+3ast, K.Yamada 16+2reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 9+2reb+2ast, P.Faye 8+2reb+1ast, L.Malloy 5+7reb
gschID: 200596


Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing 93-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mikawa. Second ranked host Hamamatsu Phoenix (19-9) defeated 4th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (16-10) 93-87. Hamamatsu Phoenix dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Fukuoka Rizing's 34. Hamamatsu Phoenix brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) supported him with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 25 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-9 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Toyama Grouses. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 25+6reb+2ast, R.Warren 19+12reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 16+3reb+3ast, A.Takeno 11+1reb+6ast, J.Ashby 11+9reb+1ast, J.Johnson 3+1reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.White 23+10reb+4ast, K.Galloway 15+8reb+8ast, J.Parmer 14+8reb+3ast, S.Nakanishi 9+4reb, Y.Shiina 9+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 8
gschID: 200591


Okinawa GK - Takamatsu FA 77-50

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (21-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Takamatsu FA (9-17) 77-50. 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. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 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 respectively for lost side. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Okinawa GK have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Oita H.Devils. Okinawa GK will meet Shiga L-Stars (#5) on the road in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Oita Heat Devils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
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
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
gschID: 200595


Miyazaki SS - Shimane SM 69-99

Very predictable result when third ranked Shimane Magic (17-9) smashed on the road 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (4-22) 99-69. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 36. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 46-28 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Shimane Magic especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. Quite impressive performance for center Jeral Davis (216-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Larriques Cunningham (198-88, college: Lee) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Five Shimane Magic and four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shimane Magic maintains third position with 17-9 record having four points less than leader Okinawa GK. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the tenth place with 22 games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play on the road against Osaka Evessa (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: R.Woods 21+5reb+2ast, L.Cunningham 14+3reb+5ast, T.Fairley 13+5reb, A.Kuso 10+8reb, Y.Kojima 4+3reb, T.Toyoda 3
Shimane SM: J.Davis 24+15reb+2ast, B.Puckett 21+11reb+5ast, B.Freeman 18+3reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 14+5reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 13+6reb+4ast, K.Park 6
gschID: 200594


Kyoto Hannar. - Oita H.Devils 78-49

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-17) were rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (14-12) 78-49. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kyoto Hannar. outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 44-29 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 13 points in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Kyoto Hannar. maintains sixth position with 14-12 record. Oita Heat Devils lost thirteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 17 games lost. Kyoto Hannar.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Oita Heat Devils will play against Takamatsu FA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 20+11reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 13+4reb+2ast, P.Alawoya 6+6reb+3ast, Y.Taka Kura 4, I.Kersulyte 3+2reb+1ast, D.Hayakawa 2+2reb
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 20+12reb+1ast, D.Palmer 18+9reb, L.Pomare 17+12reb+3ast, Y.Okada 12+1reb+7ast, H.Kantake 5+3reb+1ast, T.Murakami 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 200592


Yokohama BC - Gunma 79-61

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Yokohama BC (20-8) beat at home 10th ranked Gunma (5-21) 79-61. The game without a history. Yokohama BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Yokohama BC outrebounded Gunma 46-35 including 32 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. American power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Gunma. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the tenth position with 21 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Gunma will play at home against Toyama Grouses (#4).
Top scorers:
Gunma: L.Witcher 16+6reb+2ast, S.Okada 15+5reb, D.Keller 8+9reb+3ast, J.Dixon 8+4reb+3ast, K.Tomori 6+3reb+7ast, N.Williams 5+6reb
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 22+8reb+4ast, T.Kennedy 18+6reb+1ast, P.Faye 14+13reb, M.Kabaya 11+4reb+5ast, K.Yamada 6+2reb+4ast, S.Hisayama 6+1reb
gschID: 200590


Chiba Jets - Saitama Bron. 98-66

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (3-21) were outplayed on the road by seventh ranked Chiba Jets (12-12) 98-66. The game without a history. Chiba Jets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 30 and made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Chiba Jets players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Quite impressive performance for American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Wayne Oliver (201-80, college: W.Hills JC) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Chiba Jets have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-12 record. Saitama Broncos at the other side keep the eleventh place with 21 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano and it may be quite challenging game. Saitama Broncos will play at home against the league's leader Niigata Albirex (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: W.Oliver 18+6reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 14+4reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 13+10reb+1ast, D.Baker 9+4reb, M.Haraguchi 6+1reb, Y.Nobihura 4+2reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: J.Werner 24+11reb, M.Chandler 19+8reb+7ast, M.Gray 17+3reb+2ast, H.Sato 12+2reb+3ast, D.Bell 12+4reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 9+4reb+6ast
gschID: 200589


Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars 57-75

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (15-11) won against on the road 9th ranked Osaka Evessa (5-19) 75-57. Quite impressive performance for Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth position with 15-11 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the ninth place with 19 games lost. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be league's leader Okinawa GK at home and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: D.Cox 19+9reb+2ast, M.Bell 19+15reb+1ast, N.Walkup 9+3reb+5ast, S.Watanuki 3, S.Konno 3+2reb+1ast, S.Takeda 2+1reb+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 24+10reb, W.Arnold 14+4reb+2ast, R.Nixon 12+4reb+5ast, J.Nakama 11+2reb+3ast, S.Ogawa 4+5reb+5ast, D.Terashita 4+2ast
gschID: 200593


Iwate Big Bulls - Toyama Grouses 68-85

The most important game in the last round took place in Iwate between second ranked Iwate Big Bulls (19-7) and fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (16-10) on Sunday night. Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Toyama Grouses at home 85-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 22 points. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 16-10 record, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Toyama Grouses is looking forward to face Gunma (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Akita Happinets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 22+2reb+1ast, R.Okosa 19+10reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 8+13reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 6, D.Sneed 6+6reb, K.Takahashi 5+4ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Jacob 25+11reb, M.Joho 12+8reb+1ast, T.Fujie 11+1ast, T.Mito 11+2reb+4ast, I.Brown 10+11reb+4ast, B.Cole 7+8reb
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