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B Standings
Central
 1. SeaHorses 16-1 
 2. Niigata Albirex 7-9 
 3. San-en 7-10 
 4. Toyama Grouses 7-10 
 5. Nagoya DD 6-11 
 6. Yokohama BC 4-13 
East
 1. Toyota Alvark 14-3 
 2. Chiba Jets 12-5 
 3. Toshiba BT 11-6 
 4. Hitachi SR 11-6 
 5. Hokkaido L. 9-8 
 6. Tochigi Brex 7-10 
West
 1. Ryukyu GK 12-5 
 2. Kyoto Hannar. 9-8 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 8-8 
 4. Nishinomiya S. 4-13 
 5. Osaka Evessa 4-13 
 6. Shimane SM 4-13 
Full Standings
Last:11/20/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Toyotsu FE 10-7 
 2. Kanazawa Sam. 9-8 
 3. Cyberdyne IR 9-8 
 4. Shinshu BW 9-8 
 5. Gunma 8-9 
 6. Tokyo Z 6-11 
East
 1. Akita NH 15-2 
 2. Fukushima 12-5 
 3. Yamagata 7-10 
 4. Sendai 89ers 7-10 
 5. Aomori Watts 3-14 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 2-15 
West
 1. Fukuoka Rizing 15-2 
 2. Ehime OV 12-5 
 3. Kumamoto V. 12-5 
 4. Hiroshima D. 8-9 
 5. Kagawa FA 7-10 
 6. Bambitious Nara 2-15 
Full Standings
Last:11/20/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Tokyo HT 6-0 
 2. Saitama Bron. 5-1 
 3. Otsuka A. 4-2 
 4. Toyoda Gosei 3-3 
 5. Tokyo Excel. 2-2 
 6. Kagoshima 2-4 
 7. Aisin AW 1-3 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 1-5 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 0-4 
Stage One Standings
Full Standings
Last:11/20/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata .
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Gardner, Niigata .28.2 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT25.9 
 3. Martin, San-en20.1 
 4. Trasolini, Hokkaido.18.1 
 5. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.5 
 6. Togashi, Chiba Jets17.1 
 7. Kirk, Toyota Alvark16.9 
 8. Sacre, Hitachi SR15.9 
 9. Uto, Toyama G.15.9 
 10. Sakuragi, SeaHorses14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .11.7 
 2. Scott, Shimane SM10.4 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba BT10.4 
 4. Davis, Toshiba BT9.9 
 5. Gardner, Niigata .9.7 
 6. Butts, SeaHorses9.6 
 7. Parker, Chiba Jets9.0 
 8. Takeuchi, Tochigi .8.9 
 9. Harrellson, Hitac.8.9 
 10. Thabeet, Yokohama.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Uto, Toyama G.6.6 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.6.2 
 3. Togashi, Chiba Jets5.9 
 4. Suzuki, San-en5.7 
 5. Igarashi, Niigata .5.3 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.5.1 
 7. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.0 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .4.5 
 9. Kinoshita, Osaka E.4.3 
 10. Burns, Nishinomiya S.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marc TRASOLINI
  Hokkaido.
  (206-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.8 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 3. Hashimoto, SeaHo.1.6 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 5. Parmer, Yokohama.1.5 
 6. Hiejima, SeaHorses1.5 
 7. Tatsuya, Kyoto H.1.5 
 8. Brown, Ryukyu GK1.5 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.4 
 10. Gaffney, Chiba Jets1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 D'Or FISCHER
  Shiga L.
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Fischer, Shiga L.3.4 
 2. Thabeet, Yokohama.2.5 
 3. Kirk, Toyota Alvark1.4 
 4. Brown, Ryukyu GK1.3 
 5. Orton, SeaHorses1.2 
 6. Parker, Chiba Jets1.2 
 7. Lammert, Nishinom.1.2 
 8. Edwards, Chiba J.1.1 
 9. Takeuchi, Tochigi .1.1 
 10. Martin, Ryukyu GK1.1 

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Round 15 (Regular Season)

Nagoya DD Dec.3 Kyoto Hannar 51%
Niigata Albi Dec.3 Chiba Jets 54%
SeaHorses 67% Dec.3 Toyota Alvar
Yokohama BC Dec.3 Ryukyu GK 86%
Tochigi Brex 59% Dec.3 San-en
Toyama Grous Dec.3 Shiga L-Star 53%
Toshiba BT Dec.2 Hitachi SR 52%
Nagoya DD Dec.2 Kyoto Hannar 51%
SeaHorses 67% Dec.2 Toyota Alvar
Shimane SM Dec.2 Hokkaido L. 67%
Osaka Evessa 69% Dec.2 Nishinomiya
Tochigi Brex 59% Dec.2 San-en
Niigata Albi Dec.2 Chiba Jets 54%
Toyama Grous Dec.2 Shiga L-Star 53%
Yokohama BC Dec.2 Ryukyu GK 86%
Toshiba BT Dec.1 Hitachi SR 52%
Osaka Evessa 69% Dec.1 Nishinomiya
Shimane SM Dec.1 Hokkaido L. 67%
Next Round Schedule

Round 19 (Regular Season)

Kanazawa Sam 55% Dec.2 Kagawa FA
Ehime OV 74% Dec.2 Tokyo Z
Toyotsu FE 92% Dec.2 Bambitious N
Iwate Big Bu Dec.2 Sendai 89ers 70%
Yamagata 71% Dec.2 Aomori Watts
Kumamoto V. 55% Dec.2 Fukuoka Rizi
Akita NH 82% Dec.2 Cyberdyne I
Fukushima 74% Dec.2 Gunma
Shinshu BW 58% Dec.2 Hiroshima D
Kanazawa Sam 55% Dec.1 Kagawa FA
Ehime OV 74% Dec.1 Tokyo Z
Next Round Schedule

Round 9 (Regular Season)

Tokyo Excel Dec.3 Otsuka A. 62%
Kagoshima 76% Dec.3 Tokyo Cinq R
Tokyo Big Bl Dec.3 Aisin AW 66%
Tokyo HT 85% Dec.3 Toyoda Gosei
Tokyo Excel Dec.2 Otsuka A. 62%
Kagoshima 76% Dec.2 Tokyo Cinq R
Tokyo Big Bl Dec.2 Aisin AW 66%
Tokyo HT 85% Dec.2 Toyoda Gosei
B League Round 40 of Regular Season - Feb 23, 2017


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There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most interesting game of round 40 in the B League was only one-point a home defeat of their biggest opponent Toyota Alvark (29-8) to first ranked Tochigi Brex (30-7) 77-76 in the game for the first place. It ended the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 18-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tochigi Brex outrebounded Toyota Alvark 49-34 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Tochigi Brex have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-7 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face Toyama Grouses (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Toyota Alvark will play against Shiga L-Stars (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (17-22) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Diamond Dolphins (21-18) 77-75 on Wednesday evening. The winners were led by American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) who scored that evening 23 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Lamont Hamilton supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds by American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) did not help to save the game for Diamond Dolphins. Ryukyu GK maintains fifth position with 17-22 record. Diamond Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 18 games lost. Ryukyu GK will play against higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Diamond Dolphins will play against the league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (11-28) gave a tough game to third ranked Chiba Jets (26-13) on Wednesday. Chiba Jets managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. Americans were the main players on the court. Tyler Stone fired 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Evan Ravenel produced 22 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Chiba Jets have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 26-13 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth place with 28 games lost. They share the position with Sendai 89ers. Chiba Jets will meet Ryukyu GK (#5) in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Osaka Evessa (19-20) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (9-30) on Wednesday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in Osaka 84-68. It was a very good performance for Tomonobu Hasegawa who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth position with 9-30 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play on the road against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (19-20) against fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (18-19) on Wednesday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo 94-84. Worth to mention a great performance of Ira Brown who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fourth position with 18-19 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 40: SeaHorses won against Kyoto Hannar. on the opponent's court 101-87. Toyama Grouses unfortunately lost to Toshiba BT in a home game 88-95. Sanen managed to beat Yokohama BC on the road 85-73. Hokkaido L. was defeated by Sendai 89ers on its own court 84-90.

Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars 68-84

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Osaka Evessa (19-20) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (9-30) on Wednesday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in Osaka 84-68. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Osaka Evessa was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for guard Tomonobu Hasegawa (184-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Naoaki Hashimoto (183-92) added 9 points in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth position with 9-30 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play on the road against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 16+8reb+2ast, S.Konno 10+4reb, R.Roby 9+3reb+2ast, N.Hashimoto 9+3reb+2ast, S.Negoro 8+2reb, T.Soma 6+3reb
Shiga L-Stars: T.Hasegawa 24+3reb, C.Brackins 16+8reb+2ast, J.Mavunga 14+7reb+4ast, Y.Karino 8, R.Kobayashi 8+2reb+3ast, N.Namizato 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 475113


Kyoto Hannar. - SeaHorses 87-101

Rather expected game when 4th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (19-20) was defeated at home by first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (28-9) 101-87 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Kyoto Hannar. was better in second period 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 40-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Aishin Sea Horses shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Ryoma Hashimoto (178-88) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 4 assists and the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses' coach Kimikazu Suzuki used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Hill (203-87, college: Stanford) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 28-9 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. dropped to the third place with 20 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Dove 18+7reb+2ast, Y.Okada 16+1ast, K.Kotzur 15+5reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 12+1reb+1ast, L.Hill 9+8reb+4ast, S.Murakami 9+1reb+5ast
SeaHorses: R.Hashimoto 30+4reb+4ast, K.Kanamaru 26+3reb, J.Sakuragi 17+10reb+6ast, M.Hiejima 14+1reb+3ast, I.Butts 7+10reb+1ast, G.Edwards 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 475112


Nagoya DD - Ryukyu GK 75-77

Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (17-22) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Diamond Dolphins (21-18) 77-75 on Wednesday evening. Diamond Dolphins cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The winners were led by American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) who scored that evening 23 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Ryukyu GK players scored in double figures. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds by American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) did not help to save the game for Diamond Dolphins. The former international point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) added 13 points and 4 assists for lost side. Ryukyu GK maintains fifth position with 17-22 record. Diamond Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 18 games lost. Ryukyu GK will play against higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Diamond Dolphins will play against the league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Tillman 19+15reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 13+3reb+4ast, S.Funyu 9+4reb+2ast, T.Harimoto 8+3reb, Y.Fujinaga 8+4reb+2ast, D.Weaver 6+4reb
Ryukyu GK: R.Terry 23+4reb, L.Hamilton 15+7reb+5ast, S.Kitagawa 14+3reb, R.Kishimoto 10+6reb+4ast, N.Tashiro 5+1reb+2ast, K.Hatano 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475111


Toyama Grouses - Toshiba BT 88-95

Very predictable result when first ranked Toshiba Thunders (33-6) defeated on the road 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (8-31) 95-88 on Wednesday. Toyama Grouses trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 27-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-95 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Toyama Grouses 38-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Toyama Grouses were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and international point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) who added 25 points and 5 assists during the contest. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Naoki Uto (188-91) responded with 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders maintains first position with 33-6 record. Toyama Grouses lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 31 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against the league's leader Tochigi Brex (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: N.Uto 24+2reb+3ast, D.Pittman 15+10reb, D.Viney 15+1reb, Y.Miyanaga 13+2reb+4ast, T.Mito 8+1reb+2ast, K.Hilke 7+2reb
Toshiba BT: R.Shinoyama 25+3reb+5ast, N.Fazekas 24+7reb+4ast, Y.Fujii 15+5reb+4ast, T.Kurihara 9+4reb, K.Hareyama 5+2reb, M.Diouf 5+10reb+5ast
gschID: 475110


Yokohama BC - Sanen 73-85

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Yokohama BC (14-25) was defeated at home by second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (23-16) 85-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Sanen Neophoenix. Yokohama BC was better in second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Yokohama BC 43-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. Sanen Neophoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Yokohama BC's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) who added 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Sanen Neophoenix players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and international center Pape Faye (200-87) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Sanen Neophoenix maintains second position with 23-16 record having ten points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Yokohama BC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 25 games lost. Sanen Neophoenix will face league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins in Nagoya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Yokohama BC will play on the road against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Parmer 17+11reb+3ast, P.Faye 16+12reb, K.Yamada 8+1ast, K.Takeda 7+2reb, T.Kawamura 7+2reb, A.Minatoya 6+2reb+2ast
Sanen: O.Ashaolu 23+10reb+1ast, J.Childress 17+17reb+5ast, S.Tawatari 17+2reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 12+3reb+7ast, S.Okada 8+4reb+4ast, A.Ota 5+5reb
gschID: 475109


Hitachi SR - Niigata Albirex 94-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (19-20) against fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (18-19) on Wednesday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo 94-84. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 52-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hitachi Sunrockers outrebounded Niigata Albirex 46-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Hitachi Sunrockers looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Niigata Albirex's players. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward RT Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) who added 24 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fourth position with 18-19 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 44+10reb, K.Igarashi 17+5reb+7ast, S.Van Treese 7+6reb, T.You 7+2reb, K.Sato 6+1reb+1ast, K.Morii 3+1reb+2ast
Hitachi SR: R.Guinn 24+7reb+1ast, I.Brown 22+11reb+4ast, Y.Mitsuhara 17+5reb+4ast, L.Vendrame 10+3reb+3ast, K.Hirose 8+7reb+2ast, T.Ito 5+5reb+9ast
gschID: 475108


Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 76-77

The most interesting game of round 40 in the B League was only one-point a home defeat of their biggest opponent Toyota Alvark (29-8) to first ranked Tochigi Brex (30-7) 77-76 in the game for the first place. It ended the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 18-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tochigi Brex outrebounded Toyota Alvark 49-34 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and swingman Zack Baranski (193-92) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Tochigi Brex have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-7 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face Toyama Grouses (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Toyota Alvark will play against Shiga L-Stars (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Tanaka 29+6reb+1ast, Z.Baranski 16+6reb+1ast, D.Garrett 11+4reb+4ast, T.Shonaka 6+4reb, J.Takeuchi 6+9reb+2ast, S.Kikuchi 6+1reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Furukawa 18+3reb, J.Gibbs 13+8reb+2ast, R.Rossiter 11+18reb+5ast, K.Takeuchi 10+8reb, Y.Suda 8+1reb, Y.Tabuse 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 475107


Chiba Jets - Akita NH 67-64

Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (11-28) gave a tough game to third ranked Chiba Jets (26-13) on Wednesday. Chiba Jets managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. Americans were the main players on the court. Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) fired 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Evan Ravenel (203-89, college: Ohio St.) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Deshawn Stephens (203-89, college: San Diego St.) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Chiba Jets have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 26-13 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth place with 28 games lost. They share the position with Sendai 89ers. Chiba Jets will meet Ryukyu GK (#5) in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: E.Ravenel 22+6reb+2ast, D.Taniguchi 11+1reb, S.Ando 10+4reb, S.Taguchi 9+3reb+2ast, D.Stephens 8+8reb+2ast, R.Shirahama 2+5reb+2ast
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 24+9reb+2ast, H.Armstrong 13+6reb, M.Parker 12+8reb+1ast, R.Ono 8+7reb+3ast, K.Ishii 6+2reb, T.Abe 2+3ast
gschID: 475106


Hokkaido L. - Sendai 89ers 84-90

There was a small surprise in Saporro where sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (11-28) beat one of their biggest challengers Hokkaido L. (12-27) 90-84 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hokkaido L. won third quarter 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sendai 89ers won last quarter 33-28. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Hokkaido L. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sendai 89ers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fourth position with 27 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Yokohama BC (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Bachynski 24+7reb, T.Nishikawa 13+2reb+1ast, T.Orimo 11+1ast, D.Miller 10+6reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 9+2reb+6ast, D.Noguchi 8+2reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: W.White 20+8reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 19+2reb+1ast, T.Nephawe 15+7reb, T.Kumagai 10+2reb+1ast, M.Kikuchi 9+3reb+1ast, F.Satoh 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 475105


  




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