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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 
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Last:11/20/2017
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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 
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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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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%
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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
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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 D2 Round 41: Leader Gunma loses to Tokyo Excel. - Feb 26, 2017


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Luke Evans
The Regular Season in B League D2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Gunma (26-14) recorded its fourteenth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Tokyo Excel. (15-24) 78-76. Gunma cut a 14-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American center Luke Evans (203-91, college: Cal.Baptist) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tokyo Excel. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bambitious Nara. Gunma at the other side still keeps top position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fifth-ranked Tokyo Excel. (15-24) made lots of trouble for first ranked Gunma (26-14). Gunma managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tokyo Excel.. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) saved the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. Marcus Cousin contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for Tokyo Excel.Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gunma maintains first place with 26-14 record. Tokyo Excel. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Bambitious Nara. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fukushima (23-16) against sixth ranked Shinshu BW (12-28) on Saturday night. Host Fukushima was defeated by Shinshu BW in Fukushima 94-78. Jeroen van-der-List stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Cedric Bozeman responded with 17 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shinshu BW maintains sixth place with 12-28 record. Loser Fukushima keeps the second position with 16 games lost. Shinshu BW will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukushima will play again against Shinshu BW and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Nishinomiya S. (27-13) against fifth ranked Cyberdyne IR (15-25) on Friday night. Host Nishinomiya S. was defeated by Cyberdyne IR in Hyogo 89-75. Scootie Randall nailed 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Cyberdyne IR's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR maintains fifth place with 15-25 record. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Shimane. First ranked Shimane Magic faced 4th placed Bambitious Nara. Host Shimane Magic (32-6) defeated guests from Nara (15-24) 82-75. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Bambitious Nara. The best player for the winners was Josh Davis who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shimane Magic have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 32-6 record. Loser Bambitious Nara keeps the fourth position with 24 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Bambitious Nara (#4) at home in the next round.

Other games of round 41 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Yamagata defeated Kagoshima in a road game 70-63. Ehime OV beat Iwate Big Bulls at home 78-69. Aomori Watts lost to Kumamoto V. on the opponent's court 83-87. Nishinomiya S. managed to outperform Cyberdyne IR in a home game 71-65. Kagawa FA recorded a loss to Toyotsu FE on the road 90-81. Hiroshima D. was crushed by Tokyo Z on its own court 64-84.

Kagoshima - Yamagata 63-70

There was no surprise in Renova where 6th ranked Kagoshima (5-34) was defeated by third ranked Yamagata (21-18) 70-63 on Saturday. Kagoshima trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 21-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-70 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Mitsutaka Izawa (194-93) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American-Panamanian forward Tymell Murphy (196-90, college: FIU) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Yamagata maintains third place with 21-18 record having eight points less than leader Gunma. Kagoshima lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 34 games lost. Yamagata will have a break next round. Kagoshima will play again at home against Yamagata (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: R.Nakazono 13+4reb, T.Murphy 12+8reb+1ast, C.Maduabum 10+6reb+1ast, H.Fujita 8+1reb, B.Gill 6+2reb+1ast, D.Ankei 6+4reb
Yamagata: M.Izawa 16+7reb, M.Sanders-Frison 14+12reb+2ast, S.Murakami 13+3reb, S.Tarver 7+4reb+3ast, Y.Ishikawa 4+4reb+4ast, Y.Kojima 4+7reb
gschID: 534006


Ehime OV - Iwate Big Bulls 78-69

No shocking result in a game in Matsuyama where fourth ranked Orange Vikings (19-20) defeated 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-30) 78-69 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Iwate Big Bulls won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orange Vikings looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-88) who scored 23 points and 6 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) chipped in 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Orange Vikings' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Orange Vikings have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 19-20 record. Iwate Big Bulls lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 30 games lost. Orange Vikings will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Sawaguchi 19+3ast, O.Yoko 12+3reb+1ast, D.Lawson 10+16reb+3ast, R.Shibuta 10+1reb+3ast, S.Chiba 6+7reb+2ast, S.Onodera 6+3reb+1ast
Ehime OV: T.Tatsuhiko 23+3reb+6ast, L.Blackledge 13+2reb+1ast, C.Williams 9+11reb+4ast, Y.Nakajima 9+2reb+2ast, T.Yoshihiko 7+3reb+4ast, J.Crawford 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 534005


Shimane SM - Bambitious Nara 82-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Shimane. First ranked Shimane Magic faced 4th placed Bambitious Nara. Host Shimane Magic (32-6) defeated guests from Nara (15-24) 82-75. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Bambitious Nara. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-13. But Bambitious Nara won second period 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Bambitious Nara players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shimane Magic have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 32-6 record. Loser Bambitious Nara keeps the fourth position with 24 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Bambitious Nara (#4) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 19+6reb+6ast, A.Hirao 14+4reb, S.Komatsu 12+2reb, A.Ogide 12+9reb+2ast, D.Terashita 9+6reb+2ast, H.Mato 4+3reb+1ast
Shimane SM: J.Davis 22+13reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 17+1reb+2ast, R.Reid 13+10reb, J.Abe 6+2reb+4ast, K.Takabatake 5+3ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 5+2reb
gschID: 534007


Kumamoto V. - Aomori Watts 87-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Aomori Watts' (16-23) road loss to third ranked Kumamoto V. (30-9) 83-87 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 46-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kumamoto V. forced 21 Aomori Watts turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Aomori Watts' players. The best player for the winners was American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who scored 21 points and 7 assists. Guard Yuji Kanbara (183-89) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and American-Ugandan center Brandon Sebirumbi (205-90, college: Furman, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Aomori Watts' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumamoto V. maintains third place with 30-9 record having just one point less than leader Gunma. Aomori Watts lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 23 games lost. Kumamoto V. will face again Aomori Watts (#4) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: A.Wiggins 29+10reb, B.Sebirumbi 15+7reb+1ast, K.Tateyama 13+5reb+4ast, D.Shimoyama 9+4reb+1ast, K.Barone 8+2reb, Y.Nagayama 4+1reb+1ast
Kumamoto V.: R.Warren 21+4reb+7ast, Y.Kanbara 18+4reb+4ast, R.Nakanishi 15+4reb+1ast, T.Furuno 12+2reb+7ast, P.Butorac 8+4reb+1ast, M.Fukuda 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 534004


Nishinomiya S. - Cyberdyne IR 71-65

Rather predictable result in Hyogo where second ranked Nishinomiya S. (27-13) beat 5th ranked Cyberdyne IR (15-25) 71-65 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 17-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Nishinomiya S. dominated on the defensive end, holding Cyberdyne IR to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Cyberdyne IR's 20 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Cyberdyne IR was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) chipped in 18 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. Nishinomiya S. maintains second place with 27-13 record having just one point less than leader Gunma. Loser Cyberdyne IR keeps the fifth position with 25 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 19+6reb+2ast, M.Yosuke 13+4reb+5ast, S.Isshiki 12+2reb+4ast, R.Rickert 12+17reb+1ast, S.Kouno 5, J.Maniwa 3+4reb+1ast
Nishinomiya S.: N.Tani 18+2reb+3ast, J.Vandenberg 13+10reb, Y.Ishitsuka 10+4reb, K.Matsuzaki 9+1reb+3ast, L.Owens 7+6reb+2ast, J.Taniguchi 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 534003


Toyotsu FE - Kagawa FA 90-81

Not a big story in a game in Nagoya where 5th ranked Kagawa FA (11-28) was defeated by first ranked Toyotsu FE (29-10) 90-81 on Saturday. Kagawa FA trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 31-20 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 81-90 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Sheriff Sow (201-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals and Jamaican power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, college: Auburn, agency: Haylett Sports) added 6 points and 16 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who 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 Toyotsu FE. They maintain first place with 29-10 record. Loser Kagawa FA keeps the fifth position with 28 games lost. Toyotsu FE will face again Kagawa FA (#5) in Takamatsu in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 21+13reb+6ast, R.Tokunaga 18+3reb+1ast, H.Horita 13+4reb, S.Kon 10+3reb, A.Osawa 8+3reb+1ast, A.Forbes 6+16reb+2ast
Toyotsu FE: S.Alabi 21+8reb+1ast, S.Kozu 15+3reb+3ast, S.Sow 14+11reb, M.Narita 14+2reb+4ast, K.Fukuzawa 9+4reb+3ast, K.Sugimoto 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 534002


Fukushima - Shinshu BW 78-94

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fukushima (23-16) against sixth ranked Shinshu BW (12-28) on Saturday night. Host Fukushima was defeated by Shinshu BW in Fukushima 94-78. The game was mostly controlled by Shinshu BW. Fukushima managed to win second period 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shinshu BW dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Fukushima's 42. They outrebounded Fukushima 47-18 including a 38-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dutch power forward Jeroen van-der-List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. American guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) responded with 17 points and the other American import forward Terrance Shannon (203-90, college: VCU) scored 16 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shinshu BW maintains sixth place with 12-28 record. Loser Fukushima keeps the second position with 16 games lost. Shinshu BW will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukushima will play again against Shinshu BW and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: C.Bozeman 17+3reb+2ast, T.Shannon 16+4reb, S.Kanno 9+5reb+2ast, S.Murakami 7+3ast, Y.Masuda 6, W.Igari 6+1ast
Shinshu BW: J.van der List 16+12reb+2ast, S.Uesugi 14+5reb+1ast, C.Posthumus 13+12reb+1ast, F.Hiroki 13+3reb+2ast, T.Hiroaki 12+3reb+5ast, Y.Yosuke 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 534001


Hiroshima D. - Tokyo Z 64-84

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Hiroshima where third ranked Tokyo Z (17-23) outleveled second-ranked Dragonflies (31-8) 84-64 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-64. The best player for the winners was American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard Shota Watanabe (180-93) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Senegalese center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, college: Washington) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Dragonflies' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tokyo Z maintains third place with 17-23 record having eleven points less than leader Gunma. Loser Dragonflies keep the second position with eight games lost. Tokyo Z will have a break next round. Dragonflies will play again at home against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: C.Lammert 14+12reb, S.Asayama 11+1reb, S.Ikaruga 9+1reb+2ast, D.Dillon 9+3reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 9+10reb+1ast, D.Yamada 6+4reb+2ast
Tokyo Z: D.Jones 31+14reb+3ast, S.Watanabe 25+6reb+2ast, M.Takumi 12+2reb+3ast, K.Irabu 7, J.Liu 6+6reb, S.Akiba 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534000


Gunma - Tokyo Excel. 81-80

Fifth-ranked Tokyo Excel. (15-24) made lots of trouble for first ranked Gunma (26-14). Gunma managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tokyo Excel.. Tokyo Excel. was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 23-16 third quarter run of Gunma. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) saved the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import center Luke Evans (203-91, college: Cal.Baptist) added 14 points in the effort for Tokyo Excel.Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gunma maintains first place with 26-14 record. Tokyo Excel. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Bambitious Nara. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 25+12reb+3ast, L.Evans 14+4reb+1ast, T.Nishiyama 10+2reb+4ast, H.Tobita 8+5reb+2ast, T.Ishida 6+4reb+1ast, J.Herold 6+4reb
Gunma: A.Kuso 24+7reb+2ast, M.Cousin 18+5reb, T.Kennedy 10+1reb+1ast, D.Umetsu 9+9reb, T.Fujiwara 7+1reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 6+2reb
gschID: 533999


Nishinomiya S. - Cyberdyne IR 75-89

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Nishinomiya S. (27-13) against fifth ranked Cyberdyne IR (15-25) on Friday night. Host Nishinomiya S. was defeated by Cyberdyne IR in Hyogo 89-75. The game was mostly controlled by Cyberdyne IR. Nishinomiya S. was better in third quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cyberdyne IR made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. American forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) nailed 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) accounted for 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Cyberdyne IR's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Nishinomiya S. in the defeat. Five Cyberdyne IR and four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. Cyberdyne IR maintains fifth place with 15-25 record. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: J.Vandenberg 20+8reb, N.Tani 15+7reb+4ast, K.Matsuzaki 14+5reb+6ast, D.Burns 10+7reb+5ast, Y.Ishitsuka 8+2reb, J.Taniguchi 4+5reb+2ast
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 31+6reb+4ast, D.Larkai 12+3reb, R.Rickert 12+13reb+5ast, S.Isshiki 11+1reb, M.Yosuke 10+4reb+4ast, J.Maniwa 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 533998


Gunma - Tokyo Excel. 76-78

Top ranked Gunma (26-14) recorded its fourteenth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Tokyo Excel. (15-24) 78-76. Gunma cut a 14-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American center Luke Evans (203-91, college: Cal.Baptist) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Four Gunma players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tokyo Excel. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bambitious Nara. Gunma at the other side still keeps top position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 17+3reb+2ast, D.Umetsu 16+4reb, M.Cousin 14+14reb+5ast, M.Obuchi 13+1reb+4ast, Y.Takagi 6, A.Kuso 5+9reb+1ast
Tokyo Excel.: L.Evans 20+9reb+1ast, H.Tobita 18, T.Nishiyama 14+5reb+4ast, J.Herold 7+12reb+2ast, K.Nagasawa 5, Y.Saito 5
gschID: 533997


  




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