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B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 45-10 
 2. Sanen 30-25 
 3. Hitachi SR 29-26 
 4. Niigata Albirex 24-31 
 5. Toyama Grouses 16-39 
 6. Yokohama BC 16-39 
East
 1. Tochigi Brex 44-11 
 2. Toyota Alvark 40-15 
 3. Chiba Jets 39-16 
 4. Hokkaido L. 21-34 
 5. Akita NH 17-38 
 6. Sendai 89ers 13-42 
West
 1. SeaHorses 44-11 
 2. Osaka Evessa 27-28 
 3. Ryukyu GK 26-29 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 24-31 
 5. Nagoya DD 24-31 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 16-39 
Full Standings
Last:4/23/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Nishinomiya S. 40-16 
 2. Toyotsu FE 39-17 
 3. Tokyo Z 26-31 
 4. Tokyo Excel. 21-34 
 5. Bambitious Nara 21-35 
 6. Shinshu BW 14-42 
East
 1. Gunma 36-20 
 2. Fukushima 30-26 
 3. Cyberdyne IR 28-28 
 4. Yamagata 26-30 
 5. Aomori Watts 25-31 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 15-41 
West
 1. Shimane SM 46-10 
 2. Hiroshima D. 43-13 
 3. Kumamoto V. 42-14 
 4. Ehime OV 27-29 
 5. Kagawa FA 18-38 
 6. Kagoshima 7-49 
Full Standings
Last:4/23/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Kanazawa Sam. 35-3 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 33-5 
 3. Tokyo HT 24-14 
 4. Otsuka A. 21-17 
 5. Tokyo Cinq R. 15-23 
 6. Aisin AW 13-19 
 7. Saitama Bron. 13-25 
 8. Toyoda Gosei 5-27 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 3-29 
Full Standings
Last:4/23/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.5 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.7 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.2 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.0 
 5. White, Sendai18.9 
 6. Childress, Sanen18.8 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.18.1 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.5 
 9. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.4 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.7 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.5 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.8.9 
 8. Nephawe, Sendai8.8 
 9. White, Sendai8.8 
 10. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.4 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.1 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 9. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
 10. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 4. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 7. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 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. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.5 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.4 
 7. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.3 
 8. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 9. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 

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Round 58 (Regular Season)

Sendai 89ers Apr.29 Toyota Alvar 85%
Akita NH 55% Apr.29 Hokkaido L.
Tochigi Brex 57% Apr.29 Chiba Jets
Hitachi SR 62% Apr.29 Toyama Grous
Toshiba BT 83% Apr.29 Yokohama BC
Niigata Albi 51% Apr.29 Sanen
Shiga L-Star 50% Apr.29 Nagoya DD
Ryukyu GK 59% Apr.29 Kyoto Hannar
Toshiba BT 83% Apr.28 Yokohama BC
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Round 59 (Regular Season)

Shinshu BW Apr.29 Tokyo Z 62%
Iwate Big Bu Apr.29 Gunma 81%
Toyotsu FE Apr.29 Nishinomiya 54%
Kumamoto V. 59% Apr.29 Hiroshima D
Aomori Watts 69% Apr.29 Yamagata
Kagawa FA Apr.29 Shimane SM 80%
Ehime OV 76% Apr.29 Kagoshima
Tokyo Excel 58% Apr.29 Bambitious N
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Round 22 (Regular Season)

Tokyo Cinq R 51% Apr.30 Otsuka A.
Saitama Bron 60% Apr.30 Tokyo HT
Fukuoka Rizi 55% Apr.30 Kanazawa Sam
Tokyo Cinq R 51% Apr.29 Otsuka A.
Saitama Bron 60% Apr.29 Tokyo HT
Fukuoka Rizi 55% Apr.29 Kanazawa Sam
B League D2 Round 43: #1 Toyotsu FE are defeated by Fukushima - Mar 5, 2017


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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Toyotsu FE (30-11) on the court of second ranked Fukushima on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Fukushima 104-101. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Fukushima made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Fukushima looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. point guard Shinya Murakami (172-91) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fukushima maintains second place with 25-16 record having five points less than leader Gunma. Toyotsu FE at the other side still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Fukushima are again looking forward to face league's leader Toyotsu FE in Nagoya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Aomori. Fourth ranked Aomori Watts (17-24) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Dragonflies (32-9) 74-71 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Alan Wiggins accounted for 12 points and 13 rebounds. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Dragonflies in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Aomori Watts maintains fourth place with 17-24 record. Dragonflies at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. Aomori Watts will again play against league's second-placed Dragonflies in Hiroshima in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dragonflies will have a break next round.
Third-ranked Tokyo Z (17-26) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Orange Vikings (22-20) in Matsuyama on Friday. Orange Vikings managed to secure only two-point victory 61-59. However their fans expected easier game. Craig Williams fired 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Orange Vikings' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Deon Jones produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. Orange Vikings have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 22-20 record. Tokyo Z lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tokyo Z (17-26) against fourth ranked Orange Vikings (22-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Tokyo Z unexpectedly was defeated by in Matsuyama 55-65. Worth to mention a great performance of Craig Williams who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Orange Vikings. They maintain fourth place with 22-20 record. Tokyo Z lost their third game in a row. They keep the third position with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kumamoto V. (31-10) against sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-31) on Saturday night. Visiting Kumamoto V. was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in Iwate 84-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. It was a great evening for Donald Lawson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth place with 10-31 record. Loser Kumamoto V. keeps the third position with ten games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face again higher ranked Kumamoto V. (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 43: Gunma destroyed Shinshu BW on the opponent's court 80-61. Yamagata managed to outperform Kagawa FA in a home game 77-69. Shimane SM managed to beat Tokyo Excel. on the road 87-76. Cyberdyne IR defeated Bambitious Nara on its own court 88-72. Shimane SM beat Tokyo Excel. in a road game 91-77. Nishinomiya S. destroyed Kagoshima at home 92-71. Kagoshima unfortunately lost to Nishinomiya S. on the opponent's court 69-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points by Thomas Kennedy of Gunma.

Shinshu BW - Gunma 61-80

Very expected game in Nagano where 6th ranked Shinshu BW (12-30) was crushed by first ranked Gunma (27-14) 80-61 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-61. It was a great evening for American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. His fellow American import center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) helped adding 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Yosuke Yosuke (184-85) scored 12 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gunma maintains first place with 27-14 record. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the sixth position with 30 games lost. Gunma will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against the league's leader Gunma (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 28+4reb+1ast, A.Kuso 12+6reb, M.Cousin 10+6reb+5ast, H.Kondo 9+8reb+2ast, N.Takumi 6+2reb, S.Kurihara 6+4reb+2ast
Shinshu BW: C.Posthumus 17+11reb+1ast, Y.Yosuke 12+3ast, S.Uesugi 7+5reb, D.Suzuki 6+3reb+5ast, T.Hiroaki 6+2reb+1ast, X.Ford 5+2reb
gschID: 537270


Yamagata - Kagawa FA 77-69

Rather predictable result when third ranked Yamagata (23-18) defeated at home 5th ranked Kagawa FA (11-30) 77-69 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 39-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Yamagata dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kagawa FA's 32. It was a great evening for point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 10 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Shunto Murakami (183-96) helped adding 14 points and 4 assists. Yamagata's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Jamaican power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, college: Auburn, agency: Haylett Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Yamagata. They maintain third place with 23-18 record having seven points less than leader Gunma. Kagawa FA lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 30 games lost. Yamagata will face again Kagawa FA (#5) in Takamatsu in the next round.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: S.Murakami 14+3reb+4ast, M.Sanders-Frison 11+8reb+1ast, Y.Ishikawa 10+9reb+3ast, M.Izawa 10+3reb+2ast, M.Masanari 8+1reb, S.Tarver 8+3reb+4ast
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 18+8reb+2ast, T.Bandoh 15+2ast, R.Tokunaga 10+5reb+3ast, A.Forbes 10+13reb+1ast, S.Kon 6+4reb+2ast, T.Maemura 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 537268


Aomori Watts - Hiroshima D. 74-71

Important game to mention about took place in Aomori. Fourth ranked Aomori Watts (17-24) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Dragonflies (32-9) 74-71 on Saturday evening. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 31-19 Dragonflies' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-71 at the end of the game. Dragonflies were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) accounted for 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Dragonflies in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Aomori Watts maintains fourth place with 17-24 record. Dragonflies at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. Aomori Watts will again play against league's second-placed Dragonflies in Hiroshima in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dragonflies will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: K.Barone 22+7reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 12+13reb+1ast, D.Shimoyama 9+3reb, B.Sebirumbi 8+7reb+3ast, Y.Nagayama 7+2reb+1ast, K.Aita 7+1reb+1ast
Hiroshima D.: D.Yamada 19+6reb+4ast, C.Lammert 15+12reb, D.Dillon 15+6reb+6ast, S.Asayama 8+4reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 4+11reb, H.Kitagawa 3+1reb
gschID: 537267


Tokyo Excel. - Shimane SM 76-87

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Tokyo Excel. (15-26) was defeated at home by first ranked Shimane Magic (35-6) 87-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-76. Shimane Magic forced 19 Tokyo Excel. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) helped adding 21 points. At the losing side American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import center Luke Evans (203-91, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Tokyo Excel.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for Shimane Magic. They maintain first place with 35-6 record. Tokyo Excel. lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: E.Yamamoto 21+4reb+1ast, J.Davis 19+7reb+2ast, J.Abe 12+3ast, K.Takabatake 9+1reb, T.Goya 8+3reb+3ast, R.Reid 7+4reb+4ast
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 17+10reb+3ast, T.Nishiyama 12+3ast, Y.Saito 11+1reb, H.Tobita 10+2reb+3ast, L.Evans 9+8reb+4ast, S.Izumi 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 537266


Ehime OV - Tokyo Z 65-55

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tokyo Z (17-26) against fourth ranked Orange Vikings (22-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Tokyo Z unexpectedly was defeated by in Matsuyama 55-65. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Orange Vikings made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Forward Taishi Kasahara (188-89) contributed with 14 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Shinji Akiba (185-93) added 15 points in the effort for Tokyo Z. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Orange Vikings. They maintain fourth place with 22-20 record. Tokyo Z lost their third game in a row. They keep the third position with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: C.Williams 22+10reb, T.Kasahara 14+3reb+1ast, T.Yoshihiko 8+4reb+1ast, J.Crawford 7+8reb, L.Blackledge 5+6reb+3ast, T.Tatsuhiko 5+2reb
Tokyo Z: S.Akiba 15+2reb+1ast, D.Jones 14+6reb, S.Watanabe 9+2reb+2ast, S.Takayama 7+5reb, J.Liu 5+6reb+1ast, M.Takumi 3+6reb+5ast
gschID: 537265


Cyberdyne IR - Bambitious Nara 88-72

Everything could happen in Tsukuba at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Cyberdyne IR and 4th placed Bambitious Nara had identical 15-25 record. This time Cyberdyne IR used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Nara 88-72 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Cyberdyne IR. Bambitious Nara was better in second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Bambitious Nara 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Cyberdyne IR looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) responded with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) scored 14 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR maintains fifth place with 16-25 record. Bambitious Nara lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 26 games lost. Cyberdyne IR will face again higher ranked Bambitious Nara (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: R.Rickert 25+14reb+2ast, D.Larkai 20+5reb+1ast, S.Randall 16+4reb+4ast, J.Maniwa 14+4reb+1ast, S.Kouno 7+2reb+3ast, S.Isshiki 6+1reb+3ast
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 25+6reb+6ast, S.Komatsu 14+2reb+2ast, A.Hirao 9+1ast, R.Kato 7+2reb+2ast, J.Honda 6+2reb+1ast, A.Ogide 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 537264


Iwate Big Bulls - Kumamoto V. 84-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kumamoto V. (31-10) against sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-31) on Saturday night. Visiting Kumamoto V. was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in Iwate 84-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. Kumamoto V. was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Iwate Big Bulls made 32-of-37 free shots (86.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Kumamoto V. outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 40-26 including 17 on the offensive glass. Kumamoto V. was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Point guard Koji Nagata (180-81) helped adding 12 points. At the losing side American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Ryota Nakanishi (199-88) scored 12 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth place with 10-31 record. Loser Kumamoto V. keeps the third position with ten games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face again higher ranked Kumamoto V. (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Lawson 27+11reb+1ast, K.Nagata 12+4reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 12+4reb+1ast, O.Yoko 8, N.Doaks 8+2reb+1ast, S.Onodera 7+2reb+1ast
Kumamoto V.: R.Warren 19+9reb, R.Nakanishi 12+4reb+2ast, S.Kobayashi 11+4reb, P.Butorac 7+5reb+3ast, J.James 6+10reb, M.Fukuda 5+1reb
gschID: 537263


Fukushima - Toyotsu FE 104-101

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Toyotsu FE (30-11) on the court of second ranked Fukushima on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Fukushima 104-101. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Fukushima made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Fukushima looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Point guard Shinya Murakami (172-91) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Four Fukushima and five Toyotsu FE players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fukushima maintains second place with 25-16 record having five points less than leader Gunma. Toyotsu FE at the other side still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Fukushima are again looking forward to face league's leader Toyotsu FE in Nagoya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: S.Kanno 25+1reb+5ast, S.Murakami 22+6reb+3ast, C.Bozeman 20+1reb+4ast, N.Spikes 16+12reb+3ast, K.Tomori 9+5reb+6ast, T.Shannon 6+7reb+1ast
Toyotsu FE: S.Alabi 28+15reb+1ast, R.Carney 28+8reb+2ast, K.Sugimoto 14+8reb+5ast, S.Kozu 11+9reb+1ast, M.Narita 10+3reb+3ast, K.Fukuzawa 6
gschID: 537269


Tokyo Excel. - Shimane SM 77-91

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Tokyo Excel. (15-26) was defeated at home by first ranked Shimane Magic (35-6) 91-77 on Friday. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Excel.'s 30 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) helped adding 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) responded with 19 points and American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five Shimane Magic and four Tokyo Excel. players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for Shimane Magic. They maintain first place with 35-6 record. Tokyo Excel. lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Abe 17+4ast, J.Davis 15+13reb+1ast, W.Marshall 14+6reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 13+5reb+2ast, R.Reid 12+7reb+5ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 7+4reb
Tokyo Excel.: T.Nishiyama 19+4reb+3ast, R.Stephan 17+7reb+1ast, L.Evans 12+3reb+1ast, H.Tobita 12+4reb+2ast, J.Herold 6+8reb, T.Ishida 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 537262


Nishinomiya S. - Kagoshima 92-71

No shocking result in a game in Hyogo where second ranked Nishinomiya S. (29-13) outleveled 6th ranked Kagoshima (5-37) 92-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Nishinomiya S.. Kagoshima was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nishinomiya S. dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 30. It was a great evening for American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Five Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and Canadian forward Bikramjit Gill (201-92, college: Ball St.) scored 12 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Nishinomiya S.. They maintain second place with 29-13 record behind leader Gunma. Kagoshima lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: T.Yanagawa 14+2reb+5ast, L.Owens 14+10reb+5ast, J.Vandenberg 14+9reb+1ast, D.Burns 12+1reb+2ast, Y.Ishitsuka 10+6reb, N.Tani 10+2reb
Kagoshima: C.Maduabum 21+11reb+1ast, B.Gill 12+8reb, R.Nakazono 8+4reb, H.Fujita 7+4reb, K.Sameshima 6+4reb+6ast, T.Murphy 4+3reb
gschID: 537261


Ehime OV - Tokyo Z 61-59

Third-ranked Tokyo Z (17-26) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Orange Vikings (22-20) in Matsuyama on Friday. Orange Vikings managed to secure only two-point victory 61-59. However their fans expected easier game. Tokyo Z cut a 18-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Orange Vikings made 10 blocks. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) fired 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-88) chipped in 16 points. Orange Vikings' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and center Jin Liu (202-90) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Orange Vikings have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 22-20 record. Tokyo Z lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: T.Tatsuhiko 16+4reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 15+2reb+4ast, C.Williams 9+12reb+3ast, T.Kasahara 6+4reb+1ast, M.Okamoto 5+3reb, T.Yoshihiko 4+1reb
Tokyo Z: D.Jones 20+15reb, J.Liu 12+7reb+1ast, S.Takayama 10+5reb, K.Irabu 7+1reb, M.Takumi 4+3reb+5ast, K.Nakagawa 3+3reb
gschID: 537260


Nishinomiya S. - Kagoshima 77-69

Very expected game in Hyogo where 6th ranked Kagoshima (5-37) was defeated by second ranked Nishinomiya S. (29-13) 77-69 on Thursday. Nishinomiya S. dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 34. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nishinomiya S. made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 4 assists. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) helped adding 8 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks. At the losing side Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and forward Ryuichiro Nakazono (190-78) scored 18 points. Kagoshima's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Nishinomiya S.. They maintain second place with 29-13 record behind leader Gunma. Kagoshima lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: N.Tani 26+4reb+4ast, D.Burns 11+3reb+3ast, T.Yanagawa 9+4reb+3ast, J.Vandenberg 8+12reb, Y.Ishitsuka 8+4reb, L.Owens 7+10reb+1ast
Kagoshima: R.Nakazono 18+4reb+2ast, C.Maduabum 13+13reb, R.Hayashi 10+3reb+2ast, B.Gill 9+8reb, T.Murphy 8+5reb, H.Tamada 4+3reb
gschID: 537259


  




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