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B League Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 49-11 
 2. San-en 33-27 
 3. Hitachi SR 32-28 
 4. Niigata Albirex 27-33 
 5. Toyama Grouses 18-42 
 6. Yokohama BC 16-44 
East
 1. Tochigi Brex 46-14 
 2. Toyota Alvark 44-16 
 3. Chiba Jets 44-16 
 4. Hokkaido L. 23-37 
 5. Akita NH 18-42 
 6. Sendai 89ers 14-46 
West
 1. SeaHorses 46-14 
 2. Ryukyu GK 29-31 
 3. Osaka Evessa 28-32 
 4. Nagoya DD 27-33 
 5. Kyoto Hannar. 25-35 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 21-39 
Last:5/23/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Nishinomiya S. 43-17 
 2. Toyotsu FE 42-18 
 3. Tokyo Z 27-33 
 4. Bambitious Nara 24-36 
 5. Tokyo Excel. 22-38 
 6. Shinshu BW 14-46 
East
 1. Gunma 40-20 
 2. Cyberdyne IR 32-28 
 3. Fukushima 30-30 
 4. Aomori Watts 29-31 
 5. Yamagata 26-34 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 15-45 
West
 1. Shimane SM 51-9 
 2. Hiroshima D. 46-14 
 3. Kumamoto V. 44-16 
 4. Ehime OV 29-31 
 5. Kagawa FA 19-41 
 6. Kagoshima 7-53 
Last:5/8/2017
B League D3 Stage Two Standings
 1. Fukuoka Rizing 9-1 
 2. Kanazawa Sam. 8-2 
 3. Tokyo HT 5-5 
 4. Tokyo Cinq R. 4-6 
 5. Saitama Bron. 3-7 
 6. Otsuka A. 1-9 
Stage One Standings
Last:5/7/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT26.6 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.9 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.5 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .18.9 
 5. Childress, San-en18.9 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.18.3 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 8. White, Sendai17.7 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.1 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.0 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.5 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.7 
 6. Childress, San-en9.5 
 7. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 8. Mangano, Sendai8.8 
 9. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 10. Parker, Chiba Jets8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Garrett, Toyota A.4.0 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.0 
 6. Suzuki, San-en3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.7 
 8. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.5 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 10. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.6 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.1.5 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.5 
 9. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 3. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Childress, San-en1.2 
 9. Pittman, Toyama G.1.1 

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B League Round 44: Toshiba Thunders edge Kyoto Hannar. by three points - Mar 12, 2017


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Nick Fazekas
Fourth-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (20-23) made lots of trouble for first ranked Toshiba Thunders (37-6) in Kanagawa on Friday. Toshiba Thunders managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. Kyoto Hannar. trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 28-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-83 at the end of the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Kyoto Hannar. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-6 record. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 23 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 Hamamatsu. Fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (15-27) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix (25-17) 73-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sanen Neophoenix. American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) saved the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jahmar Thorpe contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for Sanen Neophoenix. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-27 record. Sanen Neophoenix at the other side keeps the second place with 17 games lost. Hokkaido L. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sanen Neophoenix will play again at home against Hokkaido L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third-ranked Osaka Evessa (21-22) made lots of trouble for second ranked Toyota Alvark (33-10) in Tokyo on Friday. Toyota Alvark managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Jeff Ayres who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Josh Harrellson responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 33-10 record having four points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the third place with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very interesting game took place in Yokohama. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Yokohama BC (14-28) to fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (18-24) 70-69 in the fight for the fifth place. The winners were led by Reyshawn Terry who scored that evening 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa used entire bench in such tough game. Ryukyu GK maintains fifth position with 18-24 record which they share with defeated Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 28 games lost. Ryukyu GK will have a break next round. Yokohama BC will play again at home against Ryukyu GK (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kanagawa. First ranked Toshiba Thunders faced 4th ranked Kyoto Hannar.. Host Toshiba Thunders (37-6) defeated guests from Kyoto (20-23) 101-90. The best player for the winners was Nick Fazekas who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 17 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-6 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 44 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Sendai 89ers were defeated by SeaHorses in Kariya 70-55. Toyama Grouses were beaten by Nagoya DD at home 84-92. Osaka Evessa lost to Toyota Alvark on the opponent's court 58-75. Chiba Jets managed to outperform Shiga L-Stars in a home game 83-74. Niigata Albirex were rolled over Tochigi Brex on the road 89-70. Akita NH was defeated by Hitachi SR on its own court 48-63.
The best stats of 44th round was 17 points and 8 rebounds by Gavin Edwards of SeaHorses.

SeaHorses - Sendai 89ers 70-55

There was no surprise in Kariya where 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (11-31) were defeated by first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (32-10) 70-55 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Sendai 89ers was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sendai 89ers to just 3 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) who scored 6 points and 21 rebounds. The other American import power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) produced 9 points and 13 rebounds and South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 32-10 record. Sendai 89ers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 31 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face again Sendai 89ers (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: M.Kataoka 12+6reb+1ast, T.Nephawe 10+8reb+1ast, G.Mangano 9+13reb+1ast, W.White 8+8reb, R.Yanagawa 4, T.Shimura 4+3reb
SeaHorses: T.Hasegawa 19+2reb+3ast, G.Edwards 17+8reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 9+8reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 6+1reb+2ast, I.Butts 6+21reb, M.Hiejima 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 475146


Sanen - Hokkaido L. 72-73

Important game to mention about took place in Hamamatsu. Fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (15-27) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix (25-17) 73-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sanen Neophoenix. Sanen Neophoenix was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of Hokkaido L., which allowed them to win the game. American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) saved the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sanen Neophoenix. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-27 record. Sanen Neophoenix at the other side keeps the second place with 17 games lost. Hokkaido L. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sanen Neophoenix will play again at home against Hokkaido L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sanen: J.Childress 25+11reb+3ast, O.Ashaolu 15+7reb+2ast, J.Kano 9+1reb, S.Okada 7+4reb+2ast, S.Tawatari 5, M.Masahiro 3
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 16+9reb+1ast, J.Thorpe 16+8reb, T.Orimo 8+1reb+3ast, J.Bachynski 7+3reb, A.Tajima 6+3reb+1ast, Y.Matsushima 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 475145


Toyama Grouses - Nagoya DD 84-92

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Diamond Dolphins (22-20) defeated on the road 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (9-33) 92-84 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-84. Diamond Dolphins made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Toyama Grouses turnovers. Toyama Grouses were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. International power forward Tenketsu Harimoto (198-92) chipped in 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American Drew Viney (204-88, college: Loyola Mary) produced 20 points and forward Naoki Uto (188-91) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Diamond Dolphins and five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Diamond Dolphins maintains second position with 22-20 record having sixteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the sixth place with 33 games lost. Diamond Dolphins will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against the league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: D.Viney 20+4reb+3ast, N.Uto 15+5reb+5ast, D.Pittman 14+10reb, Y.Okada 12+4reb, S.Willard 10+4reb+1ast, M.Joho 7+2reb+5ast
Nagoya DD: J.Tillman 22+9reb+1ast, T.Harimoto 17+3reb, D.Weaver 12+4reb, S.Funyu 12+5reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 11+2reb+1ast, T.Sasayama 6+1reb+8ast
gschID: 475144


Yokohama BC - Ryukyu GK 69-70

A very interesting game took place in Yokohama. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Yokohama BC (14-28) to fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (18-24) 70-69 in the fight for the fifth place. Yokohama BC was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 22-14 charge of Ryukyu GK, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Yokohama BC 36-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Naoki Tashiro (188-93) supported him with 17 points. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by international center Pape Faye (200-87) did not help to save the game for Yokohama BC. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) added 17 points for the hosts. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Ryukyu GK maintains fifth position with 18-24 record which they share with defeated Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 28 games lost. Ryukyu GK will have a break next round. Yokohama BC will play again at home against Ryukyu GK (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Parmer 17+4reb+2ast, T.Kawamura 15+3reb+4ast, P.Faye 13+10reb+1ast, K.Yamada 12+2reb+3ast, A.Minatoya 6+1reb, K.Takeda 4+1reb+2ast
Ryukyu GK: R.Terry 17+7reb, N.Tashiro 17+4reb+2ast, S.Kitagawa 14+3reb, R.Kishimoto 8+7ast, L.Hamilton 5+5reb+1ast, A.McHenry 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 475143


Toshiba BT - Kyoto Hannar. 101-90

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kanagawa. First ranked Toshiba Thunders faced 4th ranked Kyoto Hannar.. Host Toshiba Thunders (37-6) defeated guests from Kyoto (20-23) 101-90. The game was mostly controlled by Toshiba Thunders. Kyoto Hannar. was better in fourth quarter 30-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toshiba Thunders made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game, while Kyoto Hannar. only scored eleven points from the stripe. Kyoto Hannar. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 17 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). International point guard Yuma Fujii (178-91) chipped in 18 points. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada, agency: Aspire Sports) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-6 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Charlo 19+3reb+1ast, M.Dove 17+6reb+1ast, H.Kawashima 13+2reb+3ast, Y.Okada 13+2ast, S.Murakami 10+2reb+3ast, K.Kotzur 9+4reb+3ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 31+17reb+3ast, Y.Fujii 18+2reb+3ast, R.Shinoyama 9+3ast, N.Tsuji 9+1reb, Y.Nagayoshi 8+3reb+2ast, K.Nomoto 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 475142


Toyota Alvark - Osaka Evessa 75-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with one of their biggest challengers Osaka Evessa's (21-22) road loss to second ranked Toyota Alvark (33-10) 58-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Osaka Evessa was better in third quarter 25-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Trent Plaisted (211-86, college: BYU) who scored 9 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 33-10 record having four points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the third place with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 16+12reb+2ast, J.Harrellson 10+13reb, S.Negoro 10+2reb+3ast, T.Soma 6+1reb+1ast, R.Roby 6+2reb+1ast, S.Konno 4+3reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: D.Tanaka 16+2reb+3ast, T.Ito 12+2reb+1ast, K.Matsui 10+1reb, T.Plaisted 9+11reb+3ast, J.Ayres 9+10reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 8+1reb
gschID: 475141


Chiba Jets - Shiga L-Stars 83-74

Rather predictable result when third ranked Chiba Jets (29-13) beat at home 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (10-32) 83-74 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Tomonobu Hasegawa (184-90) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Shiga L-Stars' coach Tohyama Kohto rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chiba Jets have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 29-13 record having nine points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the sixth place with 32 games lost. Chiba Jets will face again Shiga L-Stars (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: J.Mavunga 27+7reb+5ast, T.Hasegawa 15+4reb, C.Brackins 14+4reb, S.Faye 8+10reb+1ast, Y.Karino 5, Y.Sugawara 3+4reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 28+8reb+4ast, K.Ishii 17+6reb, M.Parker 11+11reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 9+3reb+2ast, H.Armstrong 7+3reb, R.Ono 5+7reb+4ast
gschID: 475140


Tochigi Brex - Niigata Albirex 89-70

Not a big story in a game when 4th ranked Niigata Albirex (19-23) was outplayed on the road by first ranked Tochigi Brex (33-9) 89-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tochigi Brex. Niigata Albirex was better in fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tochigi Brex dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Niigata Albirex's 38. They outrebounded Niigata Albirex 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tochigi Brex made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. The other American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman let to play all 12 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Tochigi Brex maintains first position with 33-9 record. Niigata Albirex lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 23 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face again Niigata Albirex (#4) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 31+13reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 13+1reb+3ast, K.Sato 8+3reb, T.You 7+1reb, S.Van Treese 6+6reb+1ast, S.Hatakeyama 3+1reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 17+17reb+4ast, Y.Endo 11+1reb+3ast, J.Gibbs 10+9reb+3ast, N.Kumagae 9+2reb, T.Furukawa 9+1reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 475139


Akita NH - Hitachi SR 48-63

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (21-21) won against on the road 5th ranked Akita Happinets (11-31) 63-48 on Saturday. The game without a history. Hitachi Sunrockers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Aki Chambers (190-90, college: Cal Merced) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Evan Ravenel (203-89, college: Ohio St.) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 21-21 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Akita Happinets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 31 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play again at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: L.Lyons 12+8reb+2ast, S.Ando 10+4reb+1ast, R.Shirahama 8+2reb+1ast, E.Ravenel 6+8reb+2ast, S.Taguchi 5+1reb, D.Taniguchi 4+2reb+2ast
Hitachi SR: I.Brown 17+6reb, Y.Mitsuhara 12+4reb+2ast, A.Chambers 12+7reb, K.Hirose 7+8reb+2ast, R.Sacre 6+5reb+1ast, R.Guinn 5+5reb
gschID: 475138


Toshiba BT - Kyoto Hannar. 83-80

Fourth-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (20-23) made lots of trouble for first ranked Toshiba Thunders (37-6) in Kanagawa on Friday. Toshiba Thunders managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. Kyoto Hannar. trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 28-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-83 at the end of the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Kyoto Hannar. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-6 record. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: S.Utsumi 19+1reb+1ast, M.Charlo 14+6reb+1ast, M.Dove 12+11reb+1ast, K.Kotzur 12+8reb+3ast, S.Murakami 9+1reb+2ast, T.Sato 7+5reb+1ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 23+15reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 11+2reb+4ast, M.Diouf 10+8reb+2ast, Y.Fujii 7+1reb, N.Tsuji 7+2ast, K.Nomoto 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 475137


Toyota Alvark - Osaka Evessa 71-70

Third-ranked Osaka Evessa (21-22) made lots of trouble for second ranked Toyota Alvark (33-10) in Tokyo on Friday. Toyota Alvark managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 1 point. Toyota Alvark made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Toyota Alvark made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (191-84) who added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 33-10 record having four points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the third place with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 16+7reb, R.Roby 13+2reb+2ast, J.Harrellson 10+13reb+1ast, S.Negoro 8+8reb, H.Kinoshita 7+4ast, S.Konno 6+3reb
Toyota Alvark: J.Ayres 24+6reb, D.Tanaka 18+2reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 10+9reb+4ast, T.Plaisted 8+6reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 4+7reb+1ast, Z.Baranski 3+2reb+2ast
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