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Central
 1. SeaHorses 30-8 
 2. Nagoya DD 18-20 
 3. San-en 17-21 
 4. Toyama Grouses 17-21 
 5. Niigata Albirex 15-23 
 6. Yokohama BC 11-27 
East
 1. Toyota Alvark 29-9 
 2. Chiba Jets 27-11 
 3. Toshiba BT 25-13 
 4. Hitachi SR 22-16 
 5. Tochigi Brex 21-17 
 6. Hokkaido L. 19-19 
West
 1. Ryukyu GK 30-8 
 2. Kyoto Hannar. 22-16 
 3. Osaka Evessa 13-25 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 12-26 
 5. Nishinomiya S. 7-31 
 6. Shimane SM 7-31 
Full Standings
Last:2/19/2018
B Standings
Central
 1. Toyotsu FE 24-14 
 2. Gunma 23-14 
 3. Kanazawa Sam. 19-18 
 4. Cyberdyne IR 18-19 
 5. Shinshu BW 16-21 
 6. Tokyo Z 15-23 
East
 1. Akita NH 34-4 
 2. Fukushima 23-13 
 3. Sendai 89ers 16-22 
 4. Yamagata 15-23 
 5. Aomori Watts 9-29 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 4-34 
West
 1. Fukuoka Rizing 30-8 
 2. Kumamoto V. 27-11 
 3. Ehime OV 22-16 
 4. Hiroshima D. 19-19 
 5. Kagawa FA 16-20 
 6. Bambitious Nara 8-30 
Full Standings
Last:2/19/2018
B League D3 Standings
 1. Tokyo HT 20-6 
 2. Otsuka A. 20-6 
 3. Saitama Bron. 18-6 
 4. Toyoda Gosei 15-11 
 5. Tokyo Excel. 13-11 
 6. Kagoshima 13-13 
 7. Aisin AW 8-16 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 3-21 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 2-22 
Stage One Standings
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Last:2/19/2018
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata .
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Gardner, Niigata .29.1 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT25.5 
 3. Martin, San-en19.3 
 4. Trasolini, Hokkaido.18.7 
 5. Edwards, Chiba J.18.0 
 6. Scott, Shimane SM17.9 
 7. Kirk, Toyota Alvark16.6 
 8. Uto, Toyama G.16.4 
 9. Smith, Kyoto H.15.4 
 10. Sacre, Hitachi SR15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh SCOTT
  Shimane SM
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Scott, Shimane SM11.1 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT10.8 
 3. Rossiter, Tochigi .10.7 
 4. Gardner, Niigata .9.9 
 5. Butts, SeaHorses9.4 
 6. Fischer, Shiga L.9.2 
 7. Lammert, Nishinom.8.9 
 8. Thabeet, Yokohama.8.8 
 9. Harrellson, Hitac.8.8 
 10. Kirk, Toyota Alvark8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Uto, Toyama G.6.9 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.6.8 
 3. Togashi, Chiba Jets5.5 
 4. Igarashi, Niigata .5.3 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.5.1 
 6. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.1 
 7. Suzuki, San-en4.9 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .4.7 
 9. Sasayama, Nagoya D.4.7 
 10. Burns, Nishinomiya S.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey PARMER
  Yokohama.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Parmer, Yokohama.1.7 
 2. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.7 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 4. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.5 
 5. Vendrame, Hitac.1.5 
 6. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.5 
 7. Brown, Ryukyu GK1.4 
 8. Namizato, Shiga L.1.4 
 9. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.4 
 10. Tatsuya, Kyoto H.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 D'Or FISCHER
  Shiga L.
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fischer, Shiga L.2.4 
 2. Thabeet, Yokohama.2.4 
 3. Lammert, Nishinom.1.5 
 4. Edwards, Chiba J.1.3 
 5. Kirk, Toyota Alvark1.3 
 6. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Parker, Chiba Jets1.2 
 8. Martin, Ryukyu GK1.2 
 9. Scott, Shimane SM1.1 
 10. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.1 

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Round 26 (Regular Season)

Hokkaido L. 71% Mar.6 Nishinomiya
Hokkaido L. 71% Mar.5 Nishinomiya
Chiba Jets 72% Mar.4 Hitachi SR
Kyoto Hannar 57% Mar.4 Tochigi Brex
Niigata Albi Mar.4 Toyota Alvar 71%
Shiga L-Star Mar.4 SeaHorses 81%
Shimane SM Mar.4 San-en 68%
Toyama Grous Mar.4 Nagoya DD 58%
Yokohama BC Mar.4 Toshiba BT 79%
Chiba Jets 72% Mar.3 Hitachi SR
Kyoto Hannar 57% Mar.3 Tochigi Brex
Niigata Albi Mar.3 Toyota Alvar 71%
Ryukyu GK 83% Mar.3 Osaka Evessa
Shiga L-Star Mar.3 SeaHorses 81%
Shimane SM Mar.3 San-en 68%
Toyama Grous Mar.3 Nagoya DD 58%
Yokohama BC Mar.3 Toshiba BT 79%
Ryukyu GK 83% Mar.2 Osaka Evessa
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Round 40 (Regular Season)

Aomori Watts Mar.3 Kumamoto V. 84%
Akita NH 64% Mar.3 Fukushima
Yamagata 68% Mar.3 Iwate Big Bu
Cyberdyne I 55% Mar.3 Gunma
Shinshu BW 57% Mar.3 Kagawa FA
Toyotsu FE 60% Mar.3 Kanazawa Sam
Bambitious N Mar.3 Tokyo Z 64%
Ehime OV Mar.3 Hiroshima D 54%
Fukuoka Rizi 70% Mar.3 Sendai 89ers
Ehime OV Mar.2 Hiroshima D 54%
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Round 20 (Regular Season)

Saitama Bron 62% Feb.25 Tokyo HT
Otsuka A. 87% Feb.25 Aisin AW
Tokyo Big Bl 55% Feb.25 Tokyo Cinq R
Toyoda Gosei Feb.25 Tokyo Excel 54%
Saitama Bron 62% Feb.24 Tokyo HT
Otsuka A. 87% Feb.24 Aisin AW
Tokyo Big Bl 55% Feb.24 Tokyo Cinq R
Toyoda Gosei Feb.24 Tokyo Excel 54%
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.'   




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