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B League Standings
Central
 1. Nagoya DD 0-0 
 2. Niigata Albirex 0-0 
 3. San-en 0-0 
 4. SeaHorses 0-0 
 5. Toyama Grouses 0-0 
 6. Yokohama BC 0-0 
East
 1. Chiba Jets 0-0 
 2. Hitachi SR 0-0 
 3. Hokkaido L. 0-0 
 4. Tochigi Brex 0-0 
 5. Toshiba BT 0-0 
 6. Toyota Alvark 0-0 
West
 1. Kyoto Hannar. 0-0 
 2. Nishinomiya S. 0-0 
 3. Osaka Evessa 0-0 
 4. Ryukyu GK 0-0 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 0-0 
 6. Shimane SM 0-0 
Last:7/24/2017
B League D2 Standings
Central
 1. Cyberdyne IR 0-0 
 2. Gunma 0-0 
 3. Kanazawa Sam. 0-0 
 4. Shinshu BW 0-0 
 5. Tokyo Z 0-0 
 6. Toyotsu FE 0-0 
East
 1. Akita NH 0-0 
 2. Aomori Watts 0-0 
 3. Fukushima 0-0 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 0-0 
 5. Sendai 89ers 0-0 
 6. Yamagata 0-0 
West
 1. Bambitious Nara 0-0 
 2. Ehime OV 0-0 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 0-0 
 4. Hiroshima D. 0-0 
 5. Kagawa FA 0-0 
 6. Kumamoto V. 0-0 
Last:7/24/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Aisin AW 0-0 
 2. Kagoshima 0-0 
 3. Otsuka A. 0-0 
 4. Saitama Bron. 0-0 
 5. Tokyo Big Blue 0-0 
 6. Tokyo Cinq R. 0-0 
 7. Tokyo Excel. 0-0 
 8. Tokyo HT 0-0 
 9. Toyoda Gosei 0-0 
Last:7/24/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT26.6 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.9 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.5 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .18.9 
 5. Childress, San-en18.9 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.18.3 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 8. White, Sendai17.7 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.1 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.0 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.5 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.7 
 6. Childress, San-en9.5 
 7. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 8. Mangano, Sendai8.8 
 9. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 10. Parker, Chiba Jets8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Garrett, Toyota A.4.0 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.0 
 6. Suzuki, San-en3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.7 
 8. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.5 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 10. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.6 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.1.5 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.5 
 9. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 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. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 3. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Childress, San-en1.2 
 9. Pittman, Toyama G.1.1 

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Toshiba BT 54% Sep.29 Nagoya DD
Tochigi Brex 57% Sep.29 SeaHorses
Yokohama BC 56% Sep.29 Shiga L-Star
Ryukyu GK 55% Sep.29 Hitachi SR
Niigata Albi 60% Sep.29 Shimane SM
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Akita NH 61% Sep.30 Kumamoto V.
Kagawa FA 56% Sep.30 Kanazawa Sam
Fukuoka Rizi 56% Sep.30 Gunma
Aomori Watts 59% Sep.30 Shinshu BW
Sendai 89ers 58% Sep.30 Toyotsu FE
Cyberdyne I 60% Sep.30 Iwate Big Bu
Tokyo Z 55% Sep.30 Ehime OV
Bambitious N 61% Sep.30 Yamagata
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Otsuka A. 57% Oct.1 Tokyo Cinq R
Tokyo Excel 57% Sep.30 Saitama Bron
Tokyo HT 57% Sep.30 Kagoshima
Otsuka A. 57% Sep.30 Tokyo Cinq R
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Tokyo HT 57% Sep.29 Kagoshima
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B League D2 Round 39: Gunma defeat leader Dragonflies - Feb 19, 2017


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The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last 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 Dragonflies (31-7) on the court of first ranked Gunma on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Gunma 86-82. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Dragonflies. It was a key game for the top position in the league. They outrebounded Dragonflies 45-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Hiromu Kitagawa (182-91) answered with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Dragonflies. Gunma maintains first place with 25-13 record which they share with defeated Dragonflies. Dragonflies at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another interesting game for Orange Vikings (17-20) which played on the court of Aomori Watts (16-21). Fourth ranked Orange Vikings had an easy win 78-64. It was a great evening for U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Yoshihumi Nakajima helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Orange Vikings maintains fourth place with 17-20 record which they share with defeated Aomori Watts. Aomori Watts at the other side keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. Orange Vikings will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aomori Watts will play again at home against Orange Vikings (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Cyberdyne IR (14-23) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Toyotsu FE (27-10) in Tsukuba on Saturday. The visitors from Nagoya managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Rodney Carney who led the winners and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Rick Rickert came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds for Cyberdyne IR in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyotsu FE maintains first place with 27-10 record. Loser Cyberdyne IR dropped to the fourth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Bambitious Nara. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cyberdyne IR will play again against the league's leader Toyotsu FE (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Fourth-ranked Tokyo Excel. (13-23) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Yamagata (20-17). The visitors from Yamagata managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Seth Tarver who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Yamagata have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-17 record having seven points less than leader Gunma. Tokyo Excel. at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 23 games lost. Yamagata will have a break next round. Tokyo Excel. will play again at home against Yamagata (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Fukushima (22-15) against fifth ranked Kagawa FA (11-26) on Saturday night. Visiting Fukushima was crushed by Kagawa FA in Takamatsu 85-62. It was a good game for Chehales Tapscott who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kagawa FA maintains fifth place with 11-26 record. Loser Fukushima keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Kagawa FA will face again league's second-placed Fukushima at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 39: Nishinomiya S. beat Iwate Big Bulls on the road 78-64. Bambitious Nara destroyed Kagoshima on its own court 91-66. Kumamoto V. managed to outperform Shinshu BW in a road game 77-67. Tokyo Z recorded a loss to Shimane SM at home 76-89. Hiroshima D. defeated Gunma on the opponent's court 86-75.
The most impressive performance of 39th round was 32 points and 6 rebounds by Ryan Stephan of Tokyo Excel..

Iwate Big Bulls - Nishinomiya S. 64-78

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Nishinomiya S. (25-12) beat on the road 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-28) 78-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Nishinomiya S.. Iwate Big Bulls was better in third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Iwate Big Bulls to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a good game for Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Koji Nagata (180-81) added 13 points in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Nishinomiya S. maintains second place with 25-12 record having just two points less than leader Gunma. Iwate Big Bulls lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 28 games lost. Nishinomiya S. will have a break next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against the league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: N.Doaks 19+6reb, K.Nagata 13+3reb+3ast, S.Onodera 12+2reb, O.Yoko 9+4reb+1ast, R.Shibuta 5+2reb+1ast, D.Lawson 4+9reb+2ast
Nishinomiya S.: J.Vandenberg 16+9reb+2ast, D.Burns 14+2reb+5ast, K.Matsuzaki 9+3reb+1ast, K.Maruyama 9+2reb, N.Tani 9+4reb+3ast, T.Yanagawa 7+1ast
gschID: 533987


Tokyo Excel. - Yamagata 77-78

Fourth-ranked Tokyo Excel. (13-23) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Yamagata (20-17). The visitors from Yamagata managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tokyo Excel. won third quarter 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Yamagata dominated on the defensive end, holding Tokyo Excel. to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Tokyo Excel. 40-25 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Seth Tarver (196-88, college: Oregon St.) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Four Yamagata players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) who recorded 32 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Hiroaki Tobita (187-90) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Yamagata have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-17 record having seven points less than leader Gunma. Tokyo Excel. at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 23 games lost. Yamagata will have a break next round. Tokyo Excel. will play again at home against Yamagata (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 32+6reb+2ast, H.Tobita 18+5reb+1ast, S.Izumi 10+1reb+1ast, T.Nishiyama 5+1reb+9ast, L.Evans 4+9reb, T.Ishida 3+2reb+1ast
Yamagata: S.Tarver 18+9reb, M.Izawa 11+3reb+1ast, M.Sanders-Frison 11+12reb+3ast, M.Masanari 10+2reb, H.Sasaki 9, Y.Takahashi 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 533988


Aomori Watts - Ehime OV 64-78

Another interesting game for Orange Vikings (17-20) which played on the court of Aomori Watts (16-21). Fourth ranked Orange Vikings had an easy win 78-64. The game was mostly controlled by Orange Vikings. Aomori Watts was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orange Vikings forced 19 Aomori Watts turnovers. It was a great evening for U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Yoshihumi Nakajima (176-90) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Orange Vikings players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and American-Ugandan center Brandon Sebirumbi (205-90, college: Furman, agency: Dynamics Global Management) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Orange Vikings maintains fourth place with 17-20 record which they share with defeated Aomori Watts. Aomori Watts at the other side keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. Orange Vikings will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aomori Watts will play again at home against Orange Vikings (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: A.Wiggins 27+14reb, B.Sebirumbi 15+11reb+1ast, D.Shimoyama 9+2reb, K.Aita 6+5reb+2ast, N.Norisato 5+1reb+1ast, T.Kan 2+6reb+1ast
Ehime OV: C.Williams 17+13reb+3ast, B.Kosei 13+1ast, Y.Nakajima 13+5reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 12+3reb+2ast, T.Tatsuhiko 7+6reb+1ast, M.Abe 6
gschID: 533986


Kagawa FA - Fukushima 85-62

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Fukushima (22-15) against fifth ranked Kagawa FA (11-26) on Saturday night. Visiting Fukushima was crushed by Kagawa FA in Takamatsu 85-62. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 33-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kagawa FA outrebounded Fukushima 53-37 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Rintaro Tokunaga (177-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) added 14 points in the effort for Fukushima. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kagawa FA maintains fifth place with 11-26 record. Loser Fukushima keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Kagawa FA will face again league's second-placed Fukushima at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: N.Spikes 16+14reb, C.Bozeman 14+2reb+3ast, K.Tomori 9+2reb, T.Shannon 6+7reb, S.Murakami 4+2reb, Y.Masuda 4+1reb+1ast
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 24+8reb+2ast, R.Tokunaga 22+10reb+2ast, N.Williams 9+4reb, S.Mizoguchi 8+3reb+1ast, A.Forbes 8+14reb+2ast, S.Kon 5+3reb
gschID: 533985


Bambitious Nara - Kagoshima 91-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Kagoshima's (5-32) road loss to fifth ranked Bambitious Nara (14-23) 66-91 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Bambitious Nara. Kagoshima was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Bambitious Nara players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Tymell Murphy (196-90, college: FIU) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kagoshima. 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. Bambitious Nara have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cyberdyne IR. Loser Kagoshima keeps the sixth position with 32 games lost. Bambitious Nara will face again Kagoshima (#6) in Renova in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: C.Maduabum 18+16reb+1ast, R.Hayashi 11, R.Nakazono 9+3reb+1ast, T.Murphy 8+7reb+2ast, A.Yamada 5+1reb, H.Yamashita 4+3reb
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 24+4reb+3ast, A.Ogide 14+5reb, S.Komatsu 12+4reb+1ast, R.Boykin 11+4reb+1ast, A.Hirao 9+2reb+2ast, J.Masumoto 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 533984


Shinshu BW - Kumamoto V. 67-77

Rather predictable result when third ranked Kumamoto V. (29-8) won against 6th ranked Shinshu BW (10-28) in Nagano 77-67 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kumamoto V. outrebounded Shinshu BW 48-37 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and Yasuhiko Yasuhiko (181-90) added 13 points in the effort for Shinshu BW. Kumamoto V. maintains third place with 29-8 record having just two point less than leader Gunma. Shinshu BW lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 28 games lost. Kumamoto V. will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Kumamoto V. (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: C.Posthumus 16+17reb+2ast, Y.Yasuhiko 13+3reb+3ast, Y.Yosuke 7+2reb+3ast, F.Hiroki 7+2reb+3ast, S.Uesugi 6+3reb+1ast, J.van der List 6+3reb+1ast
Kumamoto V.: J.James 28+17reb+2ast, R.Warren 16+8reb+1ast, R.Nakanishi 11+7reb+1ast, Y.Kanbara 8+3reb+2ast, M.Fukuda 5+8reb+5ast, K.Matsunaga 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 533983


Tokyo Z - Shimane SM 76-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd placed Tokyo Z's (16-22) home loss to second ranked Shimane Magic (30-6) 76-89 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 14 points at the halftime before their 57-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Shimane Magic dominated on the defensive end, holding Tokyo Z to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Shota Watanabe (180-93) added 20 points in the effort for Tokyo Z. Shimane Magic have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain second place with 30-6 record having just two point less than leader Gunma. Loser Tokyo Z keeps the third position with 22 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Tokyo Z will play again at home against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: S.Watanabe 20+4reb+2ast, D.Jones 19+8reb+2ast, J.Liu 9+9reb+1ast, K.Nakagawa 8+2ast, S.Akiba 7+1reb, M.Takumi 5+5reb+1ast
Shimane SM: E.Yamamoto 16+3reb+3ast, W.Marshall 14+3reb+3ast, J.Davis 13+7reb+3ast, J.Abe 11+2reb+1ast, K.Takabatake 11+3reb+1ast, R.Reid 9+7reb
gschID: 533982


Cyberdyne IR - Toyotsu FE 93-95

Fifth-ranked Cyberdyne IR (14-23) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Toyotsu FE (27-10) in Tsukuba on Saturday. The visitors from Nagoya managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) accounted for 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) respectively for Cyberdyne IR in the defeat. Five Toyotsu FE and four Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyotsu FE maintains first place with 27-10 record. Loser Cyberdyne IR dropped to the fourth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Bambitious Nara. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cyberdyne IR will play again against the league's leader Toyotsu FE (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: R.Rickert 27+18reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 20+3reb+2ast, S.Randall 19+9reb+4ast, M.Yosuke 12+6reb+1ast, Y.Yamaguchi 6+4reb+2ast, J.Maniwa 5+1reb+3ast
Toyotsu FE: R.Carney 23+9reb+2ast, S.Alabi 19+12reb+1ast, K.Fukuzawa 15+3reb+3ast, S.Kozu 14+6reb+2ast, K.Sugimoto 11+2reb+1ast, S.Muto 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 533980


Gunma - Hiroshima D. 86-82

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Dragonflies (31-7) on the court of first ranked Gunma on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Gunma 86-82. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Dragonflies. It was a key game for the top position in the league. They outrebounded Dragonflies 45-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Hiromu Kitagawa (182-91) answered with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Ataru Sakata (192-91) added 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Dragonflies. Four Gunma and five Dragonflies players scored in double figures. Gunma maintains first place with 25-13 record which they share with defeated Dragonflies. Dragonflies at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: A.Sakata 18+2reb+1ast, D.Yamada 13+3reb+3ast, C.Lammert 11+7reb, D.Dillon 10+1reb+4ast, H.Kitagawa 10+7reb+5ast, S.Asayama 6+1ast
Gunma: M.Cousin 21+9reb+1ast, A.Kuso 18+7reb+3ast, S.Kurihara 11+7reb, M.Obuchi 10+2reb+3ast, H.Kondo 9+8reb+8ast, T.Fujiwara 7+4reb
gschID: 533981


Gunma - Hiroshima D. 75-86

There was a small surprise when first ranked Dragonflies (31-7) defeated on the road leader Gunma (25-13) 86-75 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Dragonflies. Gunma was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Gunma was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Seiji Ikaruga (185-94) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Dragonflies players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and center Daisuke Umetsu (196-90) added 16 points in the effort for Gunma. Gunma's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dragonflies have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 31-7 record which they share with defeated Gunma. Loser Gunma still keeps top position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gunma: D.Umetsu 16+2reb+1ast, A.Kuso 14+8reb, T.Kennedy 12+6reb, T.Fujiwara 8+1reb+2ast, S.Kurihara 7+5reb, M.Cousin 6+10reb+2ast
Hiroshima D.: S.Asayama 18, D.Dillon 17+2reb, C.Lammert 12+8reb, S.Ikaruga 11+6reb+4ast, S.Tanaka 8+3reb+2ast, H.Kitagawa 7+3reb+5ast
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