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B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 45-10 
 2. Sanen 30-25 
 3. Hitachi SR 29-26 
 4. Niigata Albirex 24-31 
 5. Toyama Grouses 16-39 
 6. Yokohama BC 16-39 
East
 1. Tochigi Brex 44-11 
 2. Toyota Alvark 40-15 
 3. Chiba Jets 39-16 
 4. Hokkaido L. 21-34 
 5. Akita NH 17-38 
 6. Sendai 89ers 13-42 
West
 1. SeaHorses 44-11 
 2. Osaka Evessa 27-28 
 3. Ryukyu GK 26-29 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 24-31 
 5. Nagoya DD 24-31 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 16-39 
Full Standings
Last:4/23/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Nishinomiya S. 40-16 
 2. Toyotsu FE 39-17 
 3. Tokyo Z 26-31 
 4. Tokyo Excel. 21-34 
 5. Bambitious Nara 21-35 
 6. Shinshu BW 14-42 
East
 1. Gunma 36-20 
 2. Fukushima 30-26 
 3. Cyberdyne IR 28-28 
 4. Yamagata 26-30 
 5. Aomori Watts 25-31 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 15-41 
West
 1. Shimane SM 46-10 
 2. Hiroshima D. 43-13 
 3. Kumamoto V. 42-14 
 4. Ehime OV 27-29 
 5. Kagawa FA 18-38 
 6. Kagoshima 7-49 
Full Standings
Last:4/23/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Kanazawa Sam. 35-3 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 33-5 
 3. Tokyo HT 24-14 
 4. Otsuka A. 21-17 
 5. Tokyo Cinq R. 15-23 
 6. Aisin AW 13-19 
 7. Saitama Bron. 13-25 
 8. Toyoda Gosei 5-27 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 3-29 
Full Standings
Last:4/23/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.5 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.7 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.2 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.0 
 5. White, Sendai18.9 
 6. Childress, Sanen18.8 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.18.1 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.5 
 9. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.4 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.7 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.5 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.8.9 
 8. Nephawe, Sendai8.8 
 9. White, Sendai8.8 
 10. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.4 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.1 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 9. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
 10. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 4. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 7. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.5 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.4 
 7. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.3 
 8. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 9. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 

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Round 58 (Regular Season)

Sendai 89ers Apr.29 Toyota Alvar 85%
Akita NH 55% Apr.29 Hokkaido L.
Tochigi Brex 57% Apr.29 Chiba Jets
Hitachi SR 62% Apr.29 Toyama Grous
Toshiba BT 83% Apr.29 Yokohama BC
Niigata Albi 51% Apr.29 Sanen
Shiga L-Star 50% Apr.29 Nagoya DD
Ryukyu GK 59% Apr.29 Kyoto Hannar
Toshiba BT 83% Apr.28 Yokohama BC
Next Round Schedule

Round 59 (Regular Season)

Shinshu BW Apr.29 Tokyo Z 62%
Iwate Big Bu Apr.29 Gunma 81%
Toyotsu FE Apr.29 Nishinomiya 54%
Kumamoto V. 59% Apr.29 Hiroshima D
Aomori Watts 69% Apr.29 Yamagata
Kagawa FA Apr.29 Shimane SM 80%
Ehime OV 76% Apr.29 Kagoshima
Tokyo Excel 58% Apr.29 Bambitious N
Next Round Schedule

Round 22 (Regular Season)

Tokyo Cinq R 51% Apr.30 Otsuka A.
Saitama Bron 60% Apr.30 Tokyo HT
Fukuoka Rizi 55% Apr.30 Kanazawa Sam
Tokyo Cinq R 51% Apr.29 Otsuka A.
Saitama Bron 60% Apr.29 Tokyo HT
Fukuoka Rizi 55% Apr.29 Kanazawa Sam
B-Corsairs looking to even Aoki's record - Feb 12, 2016


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Japan Times can authoritatively reveal that, As the season marches closer to the finish line, the Yokohama B-Corsairs are striving to develop consistency and climb in the Eastern Conference standings.

Since the start of December, first-year bench boss Taketo Aoki's club has had the following results: win, loss, loss, win, win, loss, loss, loss, loss, win, win, win, loss, loss.

That puts the B-Corsairs at 16-16, with 20 games remaining before the bj-league's 11th and final playoff campaign. They sit in seventh place in the 12-team East, and a game ahead of the eighth-place Aomori Wat's (15-17), who would own the conference's final spot in the postseason if the playoffs started today.

Aoki, 42, has been a fixture with the Yokohama franchise since its inception in 2011, and the steady forward wrapped up his playing career, which began in 1996 in the JBL, on the team's 2012-13 title-winning season under then-coach Reggie Geary.

When Geary, a former NBA guard, departed to lead the NBL's Chiba Jets, Aoki spent two seasons as Michael Katsuhisa's capable assistant, then took the reins in the offseason when Katsuhisa moved on to pilot the Shimane Susanoo Magic.

Aoki's charges have explosive perimeter scorers and playmkers in mainstays Masayuki Kabaya (8.9 points per game) and Kenji Yamada (10.3 and a team-high 135 assists) and first-year B-Corsairs performer Cory Johnson (16.5), while frontcourt stalwarts Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (13.7 points, 11.9 rebounds) and Carl Hall (15.7 points, 9.8 rebounds) provide a potent punch inside.

After the B-Corsairs' 75-64 defeat to the host Shinshu on Sunday, Aoki told reporters that the Brave Warriors were a formidable foe that played a tough game until the end. The key now, he said, is for his team to 'step up' to the challenge in the run-up to the playoffs.

To do so, Yokohama will need to find more success on the road. The Kanagawa-based club is a woeful 6-10 in away games.

Some teams thrive in run-and-gun, high-scoring contents. On the other hand, the B-Corsairs have greater success when foes don't put up high-scoring totals. Exhibit A: Twelve of their 16 wins have been earned by holding opponents to less than 80 points.

Aoki is a high-energy, passionate coach, and it will be interesting to monitor his team's progress over the next few months.

Geary said he expects Aoki, affectionately known as TK, to give the B-Corsairs a real push over the next few months, and reflected on the Kanagawa Prefecture native's two years working with him.

'TK is a great guy who, as a veteran player for me, had a good basketball IQ and a willingness to learn,' Geary, who now coaches the NBL's Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins told The Japan Times on Wednesday. 'You could see from his interest in what I was doing that he was already looking ahead to transitioning into the coaching or front office side of the game.

'TK always had a steadying presence with our group and was a veteran the younger players could look up to. His work ethic and professionalism were always on display.'

He added: 'As a former player, I envision TK being a players' coach with a laid back and welcoming personality. Also he has a steady personality that can handle the ups and downs a coach will experience throughout a long season.

'I'm very happy for and proud of TK's early success in guiding the B-Corsairs into a playoff team and bringing the excitement of winning back to a loyal booster following.'

Cartwright's insight: Former NBA center Bill Cartwright, who played on three Chicago Bulls title-winning teams and later served a stint as the team's head coach, recognizes that Bob Hill, the ex-Tokyo Apache head coach, brings valuable wisdom to the table in his new role with the rebuilding Phoenix Suns.

Hill, former bench boss of four NBA teams, was hired last week as an assistant for Suns interim coach Earl Watson.

'I believe Bob will be a great addition to the Suns coaching staff,' Cartwright told The Japan Times. 'He brings head coaching experience and the big thing Bob brings is he's a teacher of basketball.'

Cartwright played under Hill on the New York Knicks (1986-87), and understands that Hill's decades of basketball experience are vital for Watson and the Suns.

The 216-cm Cartwright, now employed as an advisory coach for the Osaka Evessa, has made occasional visits to Japan this season, including for last week's games. He is helping assess the team's performance and concocting strategies to improve its overall play.

Cartwright, who served as the team's head coach for the second half of the 2012-13 season, said he's established a strong bond with Osaka's current bench boss, Dai Oketani.

'My relationship with Coach Dai is very good,' Cartwright revealed this week. 'We agree in every area of play, he is very open-minded and believes as I do in systems play.'

Cartwright believes the Evessa have a chance to contend for the title this season.

It all starts with defense, he said.

'As a team, the Evessa need to be one of the best defensive teams in the league,' Cartwright insisted. 'This will give them an opportunity to win now.'

Rejection artists: Through Sunday, two of the league's top-three shot blockers play for the Shinshu Brave Warriors, Xavier Gibson and Mike Bell.

Gibson leads the 24-team circuit with 3.0 blocks a game, followed by Henriquez-Roberts (2.2) and Bell (2.1).

Theft specialists: A trio of Japanese standouts are among the league's top 10 in steals: Toyama's Takeshi Mito (1.9 per game; tied for fifth overall), Nara's Tatsuya Suzuki (1.8; ninth) and Shiga's Yu Okada (1.6; 10th).

Weekend schedule: The following Saturday-Sunday series are on the docket: Aomori vs. Shinshu, Akita vs. Gunma, Toyama vs. Fukushima, Saitama vs. Iwate, Tokyo vs. Sendai, Yokohama vs. Niigata, Hamamatsu vs. Osaka, Takamatsu vs. Shimane, Fukuoka vs. Kyoto and Oita vs. Nara.

League accolades: Niigata shooting guard Kimitake Sato, who wears No. 23 in honor of the legendary Michael Jordan, received the Lawson/Ponta Weekly MVP honor, it was announced on Wednesday.

Sato torched Saitama's defense last weekend, scoring 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting on Saturday. He added 19 points in the series finale, helping the Albirex win back-to-back games and improved to 20-12.

The 31-year-old is Niigata's third-leading scorer (14.5 points per game).

In a 2010 interview with The Japan Times, Sato had this to say about his jersey number and the inspiration provided by MJ: 'He's one of my heroes, of course. And the reason why I took No. 23 is because I started playing basketball after I watched Michael Jordan's games.'   




Hilton
Armstrong
Armstrong's 20 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
32-year old center Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Chiba Jets and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 57. He had the game-high 20 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Chiba Jets in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Sendai 89ers (#6, 13-42) with 41-point margin 102-61. Chiba Jets maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few ga...   [read more]

Paul Butorac
Japanese B League D2 round 58 best performance: Paul Butorac - 3 days ago
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Takashi's 28 points give him B League D3 Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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