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B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 33-6 
 2. Sanen 25-16 
 3. Hitachi SR 19-20 
 4. Niigata Albirex 19-22 
 5. Yokohama BC 14-27 
 6. Toyama Grouses 9-32 
East
 1. Tochigi Brex 31-8 
 2. Toyota Alvark 30-9 
 3. Chiba Jets 28-13 
 4. Hokkaido L. 14-27 
 5. Sendai 89ers 11-28 
 6. Akita NH 11-30 
West
 1. SeaHorses 30-9 
 2. Nagoya DD 21-20 
 3. Osaka Evessa 21-20 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 20-21 
 5. Ryukyu GK 17-24 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 10-31 
Full Standings
Last:2/26/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Toyotsu FE 30-10 
 2. Nishinomiya S. 27-13 
 3. Tokyo Z 17-24 
 4. Tokyo Excel. 15-24 
 5. Bambitious Nara 15-25 
 6. Shinshu BW 12-29 
East
 1. Gunma 26-14 
 2. Fukushima 24-16 
 3. Yamagata 22-18 
 4. Aomori Watts 16-24 
 5. Cyberdyne IR 15-25 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 9-31 
West
 1. Shimane SM 33-6 
 2. Hiroshima D. 32-8 
 3. Kumamoto V. 31-9 
 4. Ehime OV 20-20 
 5. Kagawa FA 11-29 
 6. Kagoshima 5-35 
Full Standings
Last:2/26/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Kanazawa Sam. 24-2 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 23-3 
 3. Otsuka A. 17-9 
 4. Tokyo HT 15-11 
 5. Aisin AW 13-15 
 6. Tokyo Cinq R. 12-16 
 7. Saitama Bron. 10-18 
 8. Toyoda Gosei 4-22 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 2-24 
Full Standings
Last:2/26/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 28
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT28.0 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.6 
 3. White, Sendai19.6 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.6 
 5. Chapman, Niigata .19.1 
 6. Kanamaru, SeaHo.18.2 
 7. Burrell, Nagoya DD18.1 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.7 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.17.6 
 10. Gillenwater, Toyota A.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.3 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.2 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.9 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.5 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.9 
 6. White, Sendai9.5 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota A.9.4 
 8. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 9. Childress, Sanen9.1 
 10. Kotzur, Kyoto H.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 JR SAKURAGI
  SeaHorses
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 2. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 3. Uto, Toyama G.4.0 
 4. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 5. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.8 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.3.8 
 7. Namizato, Shiga L.3.8 
 8. Igarashi, Niigata .3.8 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.5 
 10. Tajima, Hokkaido.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.8 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.8 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 5. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.7 
 6. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 7. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 8. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.6 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.6 
 10. Brown, Hitachi SR1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  Niigata .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chapman, Niigata .2.0 
 2. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 4. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.8 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 7. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.2 
 8. Pittman, Toyama G.1.1 
 9. Childress, Sanen1.1 
 10. Bachynski, Nagoya D.1.1 
Player of the Week

 Clint Chapman
  Niigata Albirex
  ( 208-F/C-111-89 )
  

 Chukwudiebere Maduabum
  Kagoshima
  ( 206-F-95-91 )
  

 Matthew Bryan-Amaning
  Fukuoka Rizing
  ( 205-F-109-88 )
  

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Round 43 (Regular Season)

Toyota Alvar Mar.6 Tochigi Brex 55%
Toyota Alvar Mar.5 Tochigi Brex 55%
SeaHorses 59% Mar.5 Hitachi SR
Sendai 89ers Mar.4 Toshiba BT 77%
SeaHorses 59% Mar.4 Hitachi SR
Sendai 89ers Mar.3 Toshiba BT 77%
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Round 43 (Regular Season)

Iwate Big Bu Mar.4 Kumamoto V. 85%
Cyberdyne I Mar.4 Bambitious N 53%
Ehime OV 65% Mar.4 Tokyo Z
Tokyo Excel Mar.4 Shimane SM 79%
Aomori Watts Mar.4 Hiroshima D 67%
Yamagata 75% Mar.4 Kagawa FA
Fukushima Mar.4 Toyotsu FE 56%
Shinshu BW Mar.4 Gunma 67%
Ehime OV 65% Mar.3 Tokyo Z
Nishinomiya 91% Mar.3 Kagoshima
Tokyo Excel Mar.3 Shimane SM 79%
Nishinomiya 91% Mar.2 Kagoshima
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Tokyo Cinq R Mar.5 Otsuka A. 55%
Toyoda Gosei 62% Mar.5 Tokyo Big Bl
Kanazawa Sam 70% Mar.5 Fukuoka Rizi
Tokyo HT 72% Mar.5 Aisin AW
Toyoda Gosei 62% Mar.4 Tokyo Big Bl
Kanazawa Sam 70% Mar.4 Fukuoka Rizi
Tokyo Cinq R Mar.4 Otsuka A. 55%
Tokyo HT 72% Mar.4 Aisin AW
BJ League Round 29: Leader Okinawa GK loses to Shiga L-Stars - Jan 27, 2013


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The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Okinawa GK (20-5) recorded its fifth loss on the court of fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Shiga L-Stars 80-69. Okinawa GK was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Shiga L-Stars had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Shinya Ogawa (183-83) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Shiga L-Stars' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth place with 16-11 record. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Shiga L-Stars are again looking forward to face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okinawa GK will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Shimane. Second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix faced 3rd placed Shimane Magic. Guests from Mikawa (20-9) defeated host Shimane Magic (17-10) 93-89. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Wendell White contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for Shimane Magic. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-9 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing and Toyama Grouses. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again at home against the league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Niigata Albirex delivered the twentieth first victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (3-22) 100-83. Chris Holm stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. John Humphrey responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They maintain first place with 21-7 record. Saitama Broncos lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 22 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Saitama Broncos will play again against the league's leader Niigata Albirex (#1) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Akita supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (20-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Akita Happinets (14-11). Iwate Big Bulls did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-53. Reggie Okosa nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Akita Happinets' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Iwate Big Bulls moved-up to second place. Akita Happinets lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's second-placed Iwate Big Bulls (#2).
The game in Oita was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (10-17) played at the court of eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (10-17). Oita Heat Devils managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was P.J. Alawoya who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Takamatsu FA. Oita Heat Devils will face again Takamatsu FA (#7) at home in the next round.

Other games of round 29 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chiba Jets defeated Shinshu BW in a road game 91-75. Sendai 89ers was beaten by Tokyo Cinq R. at home 78-96. Kyoto Hannar. were destroyed by Fukuoka Rizing on the opponent's court 95-71. Osaka Evessa managed to outperform Miyazaki SS in a home game 83-73. Toyama Grouses managed to beat Gunma on the road 78-72.


Shinshu BW - Chiba Jets 75-91

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Nagano where 6th ranked Shinshu BW (13-14) was defeated by seventh ranked Chiba Jets (13-12) 91-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chiba Jets. Shinshu BW was better in fourth quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Chiba Jets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) who scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Chiba Jets. They moved-up to sixth place. Shinshu BW lost their seventh game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Chiba Jets (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: J.Green 21+5reb+1ast, M.Fey 16+11reb, E.Morris 11+7reb, T.Saito 11+5reb+5ast, S.Yosuke 6+1ast, T.Goya 5+2reb+2ast
Chiba Jets: J.Werner 24+6reb+2ast, M.Chandler 23+7reb+4ast, T.Ishida 12+1ast, D.Bell 8+5reb+2ast, T.Kensuke 8+9ast, R.Itakura 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200600


Akita NH - Iwate Big Bulls 53-73

The game in Akita supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (20-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Akita Happinets (14-11). Iwate Big Bulls did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-53. The game was mostly controlled by Iwate Big Bulls. Akita Happinets was better in third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Iwate Big Bulls had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) accounted for 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Akita Happinets in the defeat. Akita Happinets' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Iwate Big Bulls moved-up to second place. Akita Happinets lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's second-placed Iwate Big Bulls (#2).
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Brown 13+6reb+3ast, A.Kent 13+14reb+1ast, S.Taguchi 7+6reb, K.Shoji 6+1ast, Y.Kikuchi 5+1reb, D.Harris 5+3reb
Iwate Big Bulls: R.Okosa 16+12reb+3ast, C.Dixon 14+8reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 14+9reb+2ast, N.Nakamura 9+2reb, T.Masato 9+2reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 200598


Sendai 89ers - Tokyo Cinq R. 78-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Tokyo Cinq R.'s (11-16) road victory over 9th ranked Sendai 89ers (8-16) 96-78 on Saturday. Strangely Sendai 89ers outrebounded Tokyo Cinq R. 46-34 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tokyo Cinq R. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tokyo Cinq R. made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) who scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Tokyo Cinq R. players scored in double figures. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) added 8 points and 17 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Tokyo Cinq R. maintains eighth place with 11-16 record. Sendai 89ers lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 32+14reb, S.Coleman 17+7reb+1ast, T.Shimura 10+1reb+12ast, S.Willard 8+17reb+3ast, T.Komoda 7+3reb+1ast, D.Takaoka 4+2reb+1ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: C.Aoki 20+3reb+3ast, H.Takada 18+8ast, R.Barrett 18+3reb+4ast, J.Jones 16+8reb+4ast, K.Sato 9+9reb+2ast, C.Sasaki 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 200599


Oita H.Devils - Takamatsu FA 88-79

The game in Oita was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (10-17) played at the court of eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (10-17). Oita Heat Devils managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-79. Oita Heat Devils looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. point guard Masaaki Suzuki (176-87) produced 23 points and American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Takamatsu FA. Oita Heat Devils will face again Takamatsu FA (#7) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: M.Suzuki 23+4reb+3ast, D.Lyons 15+7reb+4ast, P.Williams 13+7reb+5ast, B.Penn 9+2reb, H.Kikuchi 8, D.Tamura 7
Oita H.Devils: P.Alawoya 22+12reb, T.Shimizu 20+7reb+5ast, K.Hatano 15+3reb+7ast, C.Tate 13+6reb+5ast, I.Kersulyte 10+4reb+3ast, M.Ohara 7+3ast
gschID: 200607


Fukuoka Rizing - Kyoto Hannar. 95-71

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (14-13) was rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (17-10) 95-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Fukuoka Rizing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Fukuoka Rizing outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 39-28 including 33 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing's coach Atsushi Kanazawa felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) added 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Shimane SM. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face again Kyoto Hannar. (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Kataoka 21+3reb+1ast, M.Cousin 19+10reb+1ast, Y.Okada 9+1reb+3ast, L.Pomare 8+8reb+2ast, T.Murakami 8+2reb+4ast, J.Boyette 4+3reb+2ast
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Nakanishi 17+3reb+2ast, J.Peppers 17+10reb+2ast, S.Ishitani 16, R.Warren 15+10reb+1ast, M.Kano 11+3reb+2ast, A.Takeno 10+1reb+3ast
gschID: 200606


Shimane SM - Hamamatsu P. 89-93

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Shimane. Second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix faced 3rd placed Shimane Magic. Guests from Mikawa (20-9) defeated host Shimane Magic (17-10) 93-89. It looked good early as Shimane Magic took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hamamatsu Phoenix had a 26-23 second period charge getting the lead and Shimane Magic was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-93. Strangely Shimane Magic outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 46-33 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Shimane Magic. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-9 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing and Toyama Grouses. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again at home against the league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 26+13reb+2ast, B.Freeman 20+9reb+2ast, J.Davis 14+10reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 8+3reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 7+2reb+2ast, K.Hatano 5+2reb
Hamamatsu P.: W.White 24+5reb+1ast, K.Galloway 23+12reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 15, J.Parmer 12+6reb+4ast, E.Fuqua 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Tsubasa 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 200605


Osaka Evessa - Miyazaki SS 83-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Osaka Evessa's (6-19) home victory over 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (4-23) 83-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Osaka Evessa. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miyazaki Shining Suns were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Five Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Osaka Evessa maintains ninth place with 6-19 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the tenth position with 23 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: A.Kuso 24+10reb+1ast, H.Otsuka 14+2reb, R.Woods 14+9reb+2ast, T.Fairley 8+12reb+1ast, K.Ito 7+4reb+8ast, M.Takahashi 2+2reb
Osaka Evessa: D.Lathan 19+6reb+2ast, D.Cox 16+15reb+3ast, M.Obuchi 12+4reb+3ast, M.Bell 12+11reb+3ast, S.Konno 12+1reb+2ast, S.Takeda 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 200604


Shiga L-Stars - Okinawa GK 80-69

Top ranked Okinawa GK (20-5) recorded its fifth loss on the court of fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Shiga L-Stars 80-69. Okinawa GK was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Shiga L-Stars had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Shinya Ogawa (183-83) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Shiga L-Stars' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Narito Namizato (172-89) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth place with 16-11 record. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Shiga L-Stars are again looking forward to face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okinawa GK will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 17+10reb+1ast, J.Newton 13+6reb+2ast, N.Namizato 11+4reb+6ast, D.Larkai 11+4reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 9+1reb+1ast, M.Yamauchi 5+2reb+3ast
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 20+10reb+3ast, W.Arnold 15+2reb+2ast, S.Ogawa 14+5reb+4ast, T.Fujiwara 10+2ast, R.Nixon 8+6reb+3ast, J.Nakama 5+3reb
gschID: 200603


Saitama Bron. - Niigata Albirex 83-100

Leader Niigata Albirex delivered the twentieth first victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (3-22) 100-83. The game without a history. Niigata Albirex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Niigata Albirex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They maintain first place with 21-7 record. Saitama Broncos lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 22 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Saitama Broncos will play again against the league's leader Niigata Albirex (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 18+5reb+3ast, Y.Kitamuki 16+5reb+3ast, D.Baker 14+6reb, T.Yamashiro 11+6reb, R.Orr 11+5reb+4ast, M.Haraguchi 8+2reb
Niigata Albirex: C.Holm 19+18reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 14+2reb+4ast, N.Murry 14+4reb+1ast, K.Sato 12+3reb+5ast, R.Webb 12+5reb+3ast, H.Kondo 10+3reb+6ast
gschID: 200602


Gunma - Toyama Grouses 72-78

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Gunma (5-22) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (17-10) 78-72 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gunma won third quarter 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Shimane SM. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the tenth position with 22 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round. Gunma will play again at home against Toyama Grouses (#4).
Top scorers:
Gunma: D.Keller 25+14reb+2ast, L.Witcher 19+5reb+2ast, Y.Okumoto 9+3reb+1ast, S.Okada 7+2reb+1ast, J.Dixon 5+3reb, K.Tomori 3+1reb+4ast
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 23+7reb+1ast, J.Jacob 20+9reb+1ast, T.Mito 14+11reb+3ast, M.Kamezaki 7+1ast, M.Joho 6+8reb+5ast, T.Fujie 6
gschID: 200601


  




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