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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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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%
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Shiga L-Star 59% Apr.1 Osaka Evessa
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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
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B League Round 38: Leader Aishin Sea Horses lose to Hokkaido L. - Feb 19, 2017


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There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Aishin Sea Horses (27-9) recorded its ninth loss in Kariya on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (12-26) 78-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aishin Sea Horses won third quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Hokkaido L.'s coach Kota Mizuno used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Hokkaido L. maintains fourth position with 12-26 record. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked Osaka Evessa (19-18) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging top-ranked Toshiba Thunders (31-6) 84-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Hiroyuki Kinoshita contributed with 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for Toshiba Thunders. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa maintains third position with 19-18 record having twelve points less than leader Tochigi Brex, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top place with six games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play again at home against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nagoya. Third ranked Chiba Jets faced second-ranked Diamond Dolphins. Guests from Chiba (24-13) smashed host Diamond Dolphins (21-16) 94-75. Tyler Stone had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Jerome Tillman responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chiba Jets maintains third position with 24-13 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second place with 16 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Diamond Dolphins will play again against Chiba Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Niigata. Third ranked Niigata Albirex faced one of their biggest challengers Kyoto Hannar.. Host Niigata Albirex (19-18) defeated guests from Kyoto (18-19) 79-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. Davante Gardner notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Niigata Albirex's coach Kazuhiro Shoji allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Niigata Albirex maintains third position with 19-18 record having twelve points less than leader Tochigi Brex, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 19 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tochigi. First ranked Tochigi Brex faced second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix. Host Tochigi Brex (28-7) smashed guests from Hamamatsu (22-15) 93-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sanen Neophoenix. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Ryan Rossiter who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tochigi Brex have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-7 record, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Loser Sanen Neophoenix keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face again league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.

Rest of the games of round 38 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Hitachi SR were defeated by Ryukyu GK in Okinawa 78-63. Toyama Grouses was beaten by Toyota Alvark at home 66-82. Yokohama BC were destroyed by Akita NH on the opponent's court 84-60. Sendai 89ers outscored Shiga L-Stars in a home game 95-72. Hokkaido L. recorded a loss to SeaHorses on the road 89-72. Sendai 89ers was crushed by Shiga L-Stars on its own court 75-102.
The best stats of 38th round was 19 points and 15 rebounds by Robert Sacre of Hitachi SR.

Ryukyu GK - Hitachi SR 78-63

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Okinawa where one of their biggest challengers Hitachi Sunrockers (16-19) were defeated by fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (16-21) 78-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ryukyu GK. Hitachi Sunrockers was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Naoki Tashiro (188-93) chipped in 14 points. Four Ryukyu GK players scored in double figures. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Ryukyu GK maintains fifth position with 16-21 record. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fourth place with 19 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face again higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) in Tokyo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 19+15reb+1ast, Y.Mitsuhara 11+6reb, K.Hirose 10+9reb+2ast, R.Guinn 8+5reb, T.Ito 7+1reb, L.Vendrame 4+1reb
Ryukyu GK: N.Tashiro 14+4reb+1ast, R.Kishimoto 13+1reb+3ast, A.McHenry 11+10reb+3ast, R.Watanabe 10+4reb, L.Hamilton 8+9reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 8+3reb
gschID: 475097


Nagoya DD - Chiba Jets 75-94

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nagoya. Third ranked Chiba Jets faced second-ranked Diamond Dolphins. Guests from Chiba (24-13) smashed host Diamond Dolphins (21-16) 94-75. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-75. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Chiba Jets made 7 blocks. American Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and international power forward Tenketsu Harimoto (198-92) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chiba Jets maintains third position with 24-13 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second place with 16 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Diamond Dolphins will play again against Chiba Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: T.Harimoto 18+5reb, J.Tillman 17+12reb, T.Sasayama 12+1reb+4ast, D.Weaver 7+3reb, S.Funyu 7, T.Nakahigashi 6+8reb+2ast
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 31+13reb+4ast, Y.Togashi 16+5reb+4ast, R.Ono 13+3reb+5ast, M.Parker 13+9reb+2ast, T.Abe 6+2reb, K.Ishii 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 475096


SeaHorses - Hokkaido L. 70-78

Top ranked Aishin Sea Horses (27-9) recorded its ninth loss in Kariya on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (12-26) 78-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aishin Sea Horses won third quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Hokkaido L.'s coach Kota Mizuno used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and the former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) added 25 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hokkaido L. maintains fourth position with 12-26 record. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 25+4reb, J.Sakuragi 18+15reb+3ast, M.Hiejima 11+3reb+3ast, I.Butts 10+10reb, T.Hasegawa 3+1reb, G.Edwards 3+4reb+1ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 15+11reb+4ast, J.Bachynski 14+9reb, T.Orimo 12, T.Nishikawa 10+2reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 9+4reb+5ast, A.Tajima 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 475095


Toyama Grouses - Toyota Alvark 66-82

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Toyota Alvark (28-7) defeated on the road 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (8-29) 82-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) who scored 17 points and 6 assists. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (191-84) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Toyota Alvark and four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses' coach Bob Nash rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Toyota Alvark used an opportunity after Tochigi Brex lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Toyama Grouses lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 29 games lost. Toyota Alvark's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo .
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: D.Pittman 15+9reb+1ast, Y.Miyanaga 11+2reb+4ast, S.Willard 10+11reb+1ast, D.Viney 10+4reb+3ast, Y.Okada 8+2reb+2ast, T.Mito 6+1reb+2ast
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 17+4reb+6ast, Z.Baranski 15+5reb+1ast, S.Kikuchi 13+6reb+4ast, D.Tanaka 12+2reb+4ast, J.Takeuchi 10+12reb, T.Ito 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475094


Niigata Albirex - Kyoto Hannar. 79-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Niigata. Third ranked Niigata Albirex faced one of their biggest challengers Kyoto Hannar.. Host Niigata Albirex (19-18) defeated guests from Kyoto (18-19) 79-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. Kyoto Hannar. was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 31-16 charge of Niigata Albirex, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Kyoto Hannar. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) supported him with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Kazuhiro Shoji allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by American forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) did not help to save the game for Kyoto Hannar.. The former international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Four Niigata Albirex and five Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex maintains third position with 19-18 record having twelve points less than leader Tochigi Brex, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 19 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: K.Kotzur 15+6reb+5ast, Y.Okada 12+7reb+1ast, M.Dove 11+7reb+1ast, L.Hill 11+5reb, S.Utsumi 10+3reb, T.Sato 8+2reb
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 22+10reb+1ast, K.Sato 17+1reb, C.Chapman 16+11reb, S.Hatakeyama 10+3reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 7+4reb+2ast, T.You 4+2reb
gschID: 475093


Toshiba BT - Osaka Evessa 81-84

Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked Osaka Evessa (19-18) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging top-ranked Toshiba Thunders (31-6) 84-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 9-point deficit before their 31-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Osaka Evessa shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) contributed with 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa maintains third position with 19-18 record having twelve points less than leader Tochigi Brex, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top place with six games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play again at home against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 27+16reb+2ast, M.Diouf 14+8reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 9+2ast, T.Kurihara 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Fujii 8+3reb+4ast, T.Hasegawa 5+2reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 18+13reb+4ast, H.Kinoshita 17+4reb+2ast, T.Soma 13+2reb+2ast, T.Hashimoto 7+2reb+2ast, R.Roby 7+1ast, R.Goda 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 475092


Tochigi Brex - Sanen 93-69

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tochigi. First ranked Tochigi Brex faced second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix. Host Tochigi Brex (28-7) smashed guests from Hamamatsu (22-15) 93-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sanen Neophoenix. The game was mostly controlled by Tochigi Brex. Sanen Neophoenix was better in fourth quarter 32-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sanen Neophoenix 39-20 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Four Sanen Neophoenix 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. Tochigi Brex have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-7 record, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Loser Sanen Neophoenix keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face again league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Sanen: R.Dozier 21+5reb+1ast, J.Childress 14+4reb+1ast, A.Ota 10+4reb+1ast, S.Tawatari 10+1reb, O.Ashaolu 7+2reb+1ast, S.Ohishi 3+2reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 16+12reb+5ast, T.Furukawa 11+1reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 11+1reb+5ast, Y.Tabuse 8+2reb, J.Gibbs 8+10reb+2ast, Y.Suda 8+2ast
gschID: 475091


Akita NH - Yokohama BC 84-60

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Yokohama BC (14-23) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Akita Happinets (10-27) 84-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Akita Happinets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Akita Happinets had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) who scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) chipped in 14 points. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Guard Alexis Minatoya (191-88) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and international center Pape Faye (200-87) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 10-27 record which they share with defeated Yokohama BC. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the fifth place with 23 games lost. Akita Happinets will face again Yokohama BC (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: A.Minatoya 13+5reb+1ast, K.Takeda 10+2reb, T.Kawamura 9+2reb+1ast, J.Parmer 8+4reb, P.Faye 7+9reb+1ast, M.Hosoya 5+2reb+1ast
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 14+4reb+3ast, S.Morrison 12+9reb, E.Ravenel 11+7reb+1ast, D.Taniguchi 10+1ast, D.Stephens 10+7reb+2ast, S.Ando 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 475090


Sendai 89ers - Shiga L-Stars 95-72

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (10-28) outscored at home 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (8-30) 95-72 on Saturday. The game without a history. Sendai 89ers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Shiga L-Stars' 42. The best player for the winners was American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 25 points and 7 rebounds and American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth position with 10-28 record which they share with defeated Shiga L-Stars. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the sixth place with 30 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: J.Mavunga 25+7reb+2ast, C.Brackins 16+7reb+3ast, Y.Sugawara 10+4reb, T.Hasegawa 7+2reb+1ast, S.Faye 6+7reb, N.Namizato 4+3reb+4ast
Sendai 89ers: W.White 27+10reb+2ast, T.Nephawe 18+8reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 10+4reb, M.Kikuchi 10+3reb, G.Mangano 8+6reb, K.Ishikawa 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 475089


SeaHorses - Hokkaido L. 89-72

Not a big story in a game in Kariya where 4th ranked Hokkaido L. (12-26) was defeated by first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (27-9) 89-72 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-72. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hokkaido L.'s 40. They outrebounded Hokkaido L. 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) who scored 33 points (!!!). American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 19 rebounds. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. The former international forward Daisuke Noguchi (196-83) produced 21 points and American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) added 7 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-9 record. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fourth place with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: D.Noguchi 21+2reb+3ast, T.Orimo 14+1reb+1ast, T.Nishikawa 9+1reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 8+4reb, A.Tajima 8+1reb+4ast, D.Miller 7+12reb+1ast
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 33+2reb+1ast, G.Edwards 16+9reb, I.Butts 12+19reb+2ast, J.Sakuragi 10+2reb+4ast, T.Hasegawa 8+1reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 4+2reb
gschID: 475088


Sendai 89ers - Shiga L-Stars 75-102

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (8-30) outleveled on the road 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (10-28) 102-75 on Friday. The game without a history. Shiga L-Stars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Shiga L-Stars had a 35-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Center Samba Faye (205-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Takayuki Kumagai (190-85) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Sendai 89ers' coach Takeo Mabashi gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth position with 8-30 record which they share with defeated Sendai 89ers. Sendai 89ers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 28 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: W.White 23+6reb+1ast, T.Nephawe 13+4reb, T.Kumagai 11+7reb+1ast, R.Yanagawa 8+1reb+2ast, G.Mangano 7+6reb, M.Kataoka 6+3reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Mavunga 29+11reb+3ast, S.Faye 17+6reb+1ast, C.Brackins 14+8reb, T.Hasegawa 12+3reb, Y.Yokoe 11+3reb+1ast, N.Namizato 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 475087


  




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