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B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 39-8 
 2. Sanen 26-21 
 3. Hitachi SR 23-24 
 4. Niigata Albirex 20-27 
 5. Yokohama BC 15-32 
 6. Toyama Grouses 13-34 
East
 1. Tochigi Brex 38-9 
 2. Toyota Alvark 36-11 
 3. Chiba Jets 33-14 
 4. Hokkaido L. 17-30 
 5. Akita NH 14-33 
 6. Sendai 89ers 12-35 
West
 1. SeaHorses 37-10 
 2. Nagoya DD 23-24 
 3. Osaka Evessa 22-25 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 22-25 
 5. Ryukyu GK 22-25 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 11-36 
Full Standings
Last:3/27/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Nishinomiya S. 34-14 
 2. Toyotsu FE 34-14 
 3. Tokyo Z 20-29 
 4. Tokyo Excel. 19-28 
 5. Bambitious Nara 18-30 
 6. Shinshu BW 12-37 
East
 1. Gunma 31-17 
 2. Fukushima 26-22 
 3. Yamagata 24-24 
 4. Cyberdyne IR 22-26 
 5. Aomori Watts 21-27 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 12-36 
West
 1. Shimane SM 40-7 
 2. Hiroshima D. 38-10 
 3. Kumamoto V. 37-11 
 4. Ehime OV 24-24 
 5. Kagawa FA 14-34 
 6. Kagoshima 6-42 
Full Standings
Last:3/27/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Kanazawa Sam. 29-3 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 28-4 
 3. Tokyo HT 21-11 
 4. Otsuka A. 20-12 
 5. Tokyo Cinq R. 13-19 
 6. Aisin AW 13-19 
 7. Saitama Bron. 12-20 
 8. Toyoda Gosei 5-27 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 3-29 
Full Standings
Last:3/20/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.6 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.9 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.6 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.5 
 5. White, Sendai19.4 
 6. Childress, Sanen18.6 
 7. Burrell, Nagoya DD18.1 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.8 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.17.6 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.3 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.8 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.7 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.4 
 6. Childress, Sanen9.4 
 7. White, Sendai9.1 
 8. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 9. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.9 
 10. Takeuchi, Toyota A.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.3 
 3. Namizato, Shiga L.4.1 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.7 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.5 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.5 
 10. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 3. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.8 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 5. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.6 
 6. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 7. Vendrame, Hitac.1.6 
 8. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.2.0 
 2. Chapman, Niigata .1.9 
 3. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.8 
 4. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.8 
 5. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.8 
 6. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 7. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 8. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 9. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 10. Nephawe, Sendai1.1 

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Round 50 (Regular Season)

Sendai 89ers 50% Apr.1 Hokkaido L.
Akita NH Apr.1 Chiba Jets 72%
Tochigi Brex 59% Apr.1 Toyota Alvar
Yokohama BC Apr.1 Toshiba BT 84%
Toyama Grous 54% Apr.1 Hitachi SR
Sanen 72% Apr.1 Niigata Albi
Shiga L-Star 59% Apr.1 Osaka Evessa
Ryukyu GK 64% Apr.1 Nagoya DD
Sendai 89ers 50% Mar.31 Hokkaido L.
Next Round Schedule

Round 51 (Regular Season)

Tokyo Excel Apr.1 Toyotsu FE 59%
Nishinomiya 74% Apr.1 Tokyo Z
Iwate Big Bu Apr.1 Aomori Watts 52%
Yamagata Apr.1 Gunma 64%
Cyberdyne I 67% Apr.1 Fukushima
Shinshu BW Apr.1 Bambitious N 63%
Shimane SM 57% Apr.1 Hiroshima D
Tokyo Excel Mar.31 Toyotsu FE 59%
Next Round Schedule

Round 19 (Regular Season)

Kanazawa Sam 89% Apr.9 Saitama Bron
Tokyo Cinq R Apr.9 Fukuoka Rizi 82%
Tokyo HT 65% Apr.9 Otsuka A.
Kanazawa Sam 89% Apr.8 Saitama Bron
Tokyo Cinq R Apr.8 Fukuoka Rizi 82%
Tokyo HT 65% Apr.8 Otsuka A.
B League D2 Round 37: #1 Gunma are defeated by Tokyo Z - Feb 12, 2017


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The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gunma (24-12) on the court of third ranked Tokyo Z on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Tokyo Z 63-52. The game was mostly controlled by Tokyo Z. Gunma managed to win third quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Gunma 45-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds for the winners and point guard Shimon Takayama (180-90) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tokyo Z maintains third place with 16-21 record having eight points less than leader Gunma. Gunma at the other side still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-26) gave a tough game to second ranked Shimane Magic (28-6). The visitors from Shimane managed to secure only two-point victory 51-49. However their fans expected much easier game. American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) nailed 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Wayne Marshall accounted for 8 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Koji Nagata (180-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Iwate Big Bulls in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Shimane Magic have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain second place with 28-6 record having just one point less than leader Gunma. Iwate Big Bulls lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 26 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Fourth-ranked Orange Vikings (16-20) gave a tough game to second ranked Fukushima (22-14) in Matsuyama on Friday. The visitors from Fukushima managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected easier game. Cedric Bozeman fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Craig Williams produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 21 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Fukushima maintains second place with 22-14 record having three points less than leader Gunma. Loser Orange Vikings keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Fukushima (22-14) against fourth ranked Orange Vikings (16-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Fukushima was crushed by Orange Vikings in Matsuyama 92-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fukushima. Worth to mention a great performance of Yoshihumi Nakajima who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 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. Orange Vikings maintains fourth place with 16-20 record. Fukushima at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kumamoto. Third ranked host Kumamoto V. (28-7) defeated 4th placed Tokyo Excel. (12-22) 82-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tokyo Excel.. Reginald Warren stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kumamoto V. maintains third place with 28-7 record having just two point less than leader Gunma. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fourth position with 22 games lost. Kumamoto V. will face again Tokyo Excel. (#4) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 37: Bambitious Nara won against Kagawa FA on the opponent's court 87-76. Kagoshima was outscored by Cyberdyne IR in a home game 62-87. Shinshu BW recorded a loss to Yamagata on the road 85-81. Hiroshima D. defeated Nishinomiya S. on its own court 84-79. Aomori Watts was beaten by Toyotsu FE in Nagoya 85-75. Tokyo Z lost to Gunma at home 60-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Terrance Woodbury of Bambitious Nara.

Kagawa FA - Bambitious Nara 76-87

There was a minor upset in Takamatsu where 5th ranked Kagawa FA (10-25) was defeated by fifth ranked Bambitious Nara (12-23) 87-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Bambitious Nara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) stepped up and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Rintaro Tokunaga (177-86) scored 19 points and 4 steals. Four Kagawa FA players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Bambitious Nara. They maintain fifth place with 12-23 record which they share with defeated Kagawa FA. Kagawa FA lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 25 games lost. Bambitious Nara will have a break next round. Kagawa FA will play again at home against Bambitious Nara (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: R.Tokunaga 19+2reb+3ast, C.Tapscott 14+12reb+3ast, T.Shuichi 10+4reb+2ast, N.Williams 10+6reb, T.Bandoh 8+3reb+1ast, H.Horita 6+3reb
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 23+7reb+4ast, A.Ogide 22+6reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 18+5reb+2ast, A.Hirao 8+2reb+4ast, D.Terashita 6+2reb+2ast, R.Kato 4+3reb
gschID: 533971


Kagoshima - Cyberdyne IR 62-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Cyberdyne IR's (14-21) road victory over 6th ranked Kagoshima (4-31) 87-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-62. Cyberdyne IR dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 32. They outrebounded Kagoshima 45-32 including a 39-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cyberdyne IR looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Shota Isshiki (177-87) chipped in 19 points. Four Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Tymell Murphy (196-90, college: FIU) scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cyberdyne IR maintains fifth place with 14-21 record. Loser Kagoshima keeps the sixth position with 31 games lost. Cyberdyne IR will have a break next round. Kagoshima will play again at home against Cyberdyne IR (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: C.Maduabum 14+10reb+1ast, R.Nakazono 10+1reb, H.Fujita 8+4reb+1ast, T.Murphy 7+10reb, H.Yamashita 7+1reb, A.Yamada 7+1ast
Cyberdyne IR: R.Rickert 25+19reb+6ast, S.Isshiki 19+2reb+2ast, J.Maniwa 12+3reb+2ast, M.Yosuke 11+2reb+3ast, D.Larkai 8+4reb+1ast, R.Otomo 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 533970


Yamagata - Shinshu BW 85-81

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Shinshu BW (10-26) was defeated on the road by third ranked Yamagata (18-17) 85-81 on Saturday. Shinshu BW was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Yamagata dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 36. American center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Yuta Kojima (192-83) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Dutch power forward Jeroen van-der-List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Yamagata maintains third place with 18-17 record having eight points less than leader Gunma. Shinshu BW lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 26 games lost. Yamagata will face again Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: T.Hiroaki 19+1reb+2ast, C.Posthumus 18+15reb+1ast, J.van der List 17+12reb+7ast, S.Uesugi 9+3reb, D.Suzuki 5+5reb+3ast, Y.Yosuke 5+1reb+3ast
Yamagata: M.Sanders-Frison 30+12reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 10+7reb+1ast, S.Yamamoto 10+2reb+1ast, Y.Takahashi 9+2reb+4ast, S.Tarver 8+8reb+1ast, Y.Ishikawa 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 533969


Iwate Big Bulls - Shimane SM 49-51

Sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-26) gave a tough game to second ranked Shimane Magic (28-6). The visitors from Shimane managed to secure only two-point victory 51-49. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 12-9. But Iwate Big Bulls won second period 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) nailed 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) accounted for 8 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Koji Nagata (180-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Iwate Big Bulls in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Shimane Magic have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain second place with 28-6 record having just one point less than leader Gunma. Iwate Big Bulls lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 26 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: K.Nagata 20+11reb, N.Doaks 14+11reb+1ast, D.Lawson 6+7reb+1ast, O.Yoko 5+2reb+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 4+2ast, A.Drexler 0
Shimane SM: J.Abe 14+1reb+1ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 9+4reb+1ast, W.Marshall 8+7reb+2ast, J.Davis 7+10reb+1ast, R.Reid 6+3reb, H.Okamoto 3+1ast
gschID: 533968


Kumamoto V. - Tokyo Excel. 82-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kumamoto. Third ranked host Kumamoto V. (28-7) defeated 4th placed Tokyo Excel. (12-22) 82-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tokyo Excel.. The game was mostly controlled by Kumamoto V.. Tokyo Excel. was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kumamoto V. made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Kumamoto V. outrebounded Tokyo Excel. 50-30 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and power forward Ryota Nakanishi (199-88) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American center Luke Evans (203-91, college: Cal.Baptist) responded with 15 points and the other American import center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kumamoto V. maintains third place with 28-7 record having just two point less than leader Gunma. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fourth position with 22 games lost. Kumamoto V. will face again Tokyo Excel. (#4) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: L.Evans 15+3reb+1ast, R.Stephan 10+6reb, S.Miyata 8+3ast, T.Nishiyama 7+2reb+4ast, J.Herold 6+9reb+1ast, S.Izumi 5+2reb+1ast
Kumamoto V.: R.Warren 21+12reb+1ast, R.Nakanishi 18+6reb+3ast, J.James 9+8reb+1ast, S.Kobayashi 8+5reb+3ast, P.Butorac 7+3reb+1ast, T.Furuno 7+9reb+10ast
gschID: 533967


Tokyo Z - Gunma 63-52

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gunma (24-12) on the court of third ranked Tokyo Z on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Tokyo Z 63-52. The game was mostly controlled by Tokyo Z. Gunma managed to win third quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Gunma 45-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds for the winners and point guard Shimon Takayama (180-90) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tokyo Z maintains third place with 16-21 record having eight points less than leader Gunma. Gunma at the other side still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 16+2reb, M.Cousin 14+10reb+1ast, S.Kurihara 6+4reb+1ast, H.Kondo 6+4reb+5ast, Y.Takagi 3, D.Umetsu 2+1reb
Tokyo Z: S.Takayama 14+6reb, D.Jones 14+18reb, M.Takumi 10+3reb+2ast, S.Watanabe 5+3reb+4ast, K.Irabu 5+5reb+1ast, R.Nishitani 5
gschID: 533966


Ehime OV - Fukushima 92-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Fukushima (22-14) against fourth ranked Orange Vikings (16-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Fukushima was crushed by Orange Vikings in Matsuyama 92-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fukushima. The game was mostly controlled by Orange Vikings. Fukushima was better in third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orange Vikings dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Fukushima's 44. Orange Vikings forced 20 Fukushima turnovers and outrebounded them 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Yoshihumi Nakajima (176-90) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Terrance Shannon (203-90, college: VCU) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Fukushima. Five Orange Vikings and four Fukushima players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Orange Vikings maintains fourth place with 16-20 record. Fukushima at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: T.Shannon 15+8reb, C.Bozeman 13+5reb+2ast, M.Mizuno 13+4reb+1ast, S.Kanno 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Masuda 8+2reb+3ast, K.Tomori 5+2reb
Ehime OV: Y.Nakajima 21+6reb+4ast, C.Williams 14+11reb+3ast, M.Okamoto 13+1reb+5ast, L.Blackledge 11+6reb+2ast, T.Tatsuhiko 11+5reb+2ast, J.Crawford 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 533965


Hiroshima D. - Nishinomiya S. 84-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Dragonflies' (29-6) home victory over their biggest opponent Nishinomiya S. (24-11) 84-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 52-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Senegalese center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, college: Washington) stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side point guard Noriaki Douhara (178-89) responded with 20 points and American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) scored 14 points. Four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. Nishinomiya S.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Dragonflies. They maintain first place with 29-6 record. Loser Nishinomiya S. keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Dragonflies will face again league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: N.Douhara 20+4reb, D.Burns 14+4reb+1ast, N.Tani 12+2reb+1ast, J.Vandenberg 10+9reb, L.Owens 8+9reb+2ast, Y.Ishitsuka 8+6reb
Hiroshima D.: S.Asayama 14+4reb+1ast, S.Tanaka 13+3reb, A.N'Diaye 12+8reb, D.Yamada 9+6reb+5ast, C.Lammert 9+3reb+2ast, D.Dillon 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 533964


Toyotsu FE - Aomori Watts 85-75

There was no surprise in Nagoya where 4th placed Aomori Watts (15-20) were defeated by first ranked Toyotsu FE (26-9) 85-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Aomori Watts were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) chipped in 27 points. Four Toyotsu FE players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyotsu FE maintains first place with 26-9 record. Aomori Watts lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. Toyotsu FE will face again Aomori Watts (#4) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: A.Wiggins 25+18reb+2ast, K.Barone 21+11reb, D.Shimoyama 11+3reb+2ast, K.Tateyama 8+4reb+1ast, N.Norisato 3+2reb+3ast, S.Tahakiro 3
Toyotsu FE: R.Carney 27+4reb, S.Alabi 17+20reb, S.Kozu 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Otsuka 10+2reb+3ast, K.Sugimoto 9+7reb+1ast, K.Fukuzawa 5+3reb
gschID: 533963


Ehime OV - Fukushima 70-73

Fourth-ranked Orange Vikings (16-20) gave a tough game to second ranked Fukushima (22-14) in Matsuyama on Friday. The visitors from Fukushima managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-70. Fukushima forced 20 Orange Vikings turnovers. Strangely Orange Vikings outrebounded Fukushima 54-35 including 39 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fukushima made 7 blocks. American guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 21 rebounds and guard Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-88) added 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four Orange Vikings players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Fukushima maintains second place with 22-14 record having three points less than leader Gunma. Loser Orange Vikings keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: T.Tatsuhiko 20+4reb+5ast, C.Williams 15+21reb+2ast, Y.Nakajima 13+5reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 11+9reb+1ast, T.Yoshihiko 6+7reb+2ast, M.Abe 3
Fukushima: S.Kanno 14+1reb, C.Bozeman 14+12reb+4ast, K.Tomori 10+4reb, S.Murakami 9+2ast, T.Shannon 9+6reb+1ast, N.Spikes 7+9reb+1ast
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Tokyo Z - Gunma 60-69

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Gunma (24-12) won against on the road 3rd placed Tokyo Z (16-21) 69-60 on Friday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Gunma made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Shimon Takayama (180-90) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gunma maintains first place with 24-12 record. Loser Tokyo Z keeps the third position with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: D.Jones 20+12reb, S.Takayama 13+5reb, S.Watanabe 9+1reb+3ast, R.Nishitani 7+1reb, K.Irabu 4+3reb+4ast, J.Liu 4+2reb
Gunma: T.Kennedy 15+7reb+1ast, M.Cousin 14+7reb, H.Kondo 10+5reb+3ast, M.Obuchi 8+6reb+2ast, S.Kurihara 8+2reb, A.Kuso 6+4reb+1ast
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