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Central
 1. Nagoya DD 0-0 
 2. Niigata Albirex 0-0 
 3. San-en 0-0 
 4. SeaHorses 0-0 
 5. Toyama Grouses 0-0 
 6. Yokohama BC 0-0 
East
 1. Chiba Jets 0-0 
 2. Hitachi SR 0-0 
 3. Hokkaido L. 0-0 
 4. Tochigi Brex 0-0 
 5. Toshiba BT 0-0 
 6. Toyota Alvark 0-0 
West
 1. Kyoto Hannar. 0-0 
 2. Nishinomiya S. 0-0 
 3. Osaka Evessa 0-0 
 4. Ryukyu GK 0-0 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 0-0 
 6. Shimane SM 0-0 
Last:7/24/2017
B League D2 Standings
Central
 1. Cyberdyne IR 0-0 
 2. Gunma 0-0 
 3. Kanazawa Sam. 0-0 
 4. Shinshu BW 0-0 
 5. Tokyo Z 0-0 
 6. Toyotsu FE 0-0 
East
 1. Akita NH 0-0 
 2. Aomori Watts 0-0 
 3. Fukushima 0-0 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 0-0 
 5. Sendai 89ers 0-0 
 6. Yamagata 0-0 
West
 1. Bambitious Nara 0-0 
 2. Ehime OV 0-0 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 0-0 
 4. Hiroshima D. 0-0 
 5. Kagawa FA 0-0 
 6. Kumamoto V. 0-0 
Last:7/24/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Aisin AW 0-0 
 2. Kagoshima 0-0 
 3. Otsuka A. 0-0 
 4. Saitama Bron. 0-0 
 5. Tokyo Big Blue 0-0 
 6. Tokyo Cinq R. 0-0 
 7. Tokyo Excel. 0-0 
 8. Tokyo HT 0-0 
 9. Toyoda Gosei 0-0 
Last:7/24/2017
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 D2 Round 46: Toyotsu FE defeat Yamagata in the closest game of the week - Mar 13, 2017


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The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds.

Third-ranked Yamagata (23-21) gave a tough game to first ranked Toyotsu FE (33-11) in Nagoya on Sunday. Toyotsu FE managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected easier game. Yamagata trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 26-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-74 at the end of the game. Toyotsu FE made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Kohei Fukuzawa (177-93) chipped in 25 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toyotsu FE have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 33-11 record. Yamagata lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Ehime OV. Toyotsu FE are looking forward to face league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Yamagata will play at home against Aomori Watts and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Tokyo. Third ranked Tokyo Z (18-27) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Cyberdyne IR (18-26) 64-61 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cyberdyne IR. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Shota Watanabe supported him with 13 points. Tokyo Z's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Cyberdyne IR. Tokyo Z maintains third position with 18-27 record having fourteen points less than leader Gunma. Cyberdyne IR at the other side keeps the fifth place with 26 games lost. Tokyo Z will play against Bambitious Nara (#5) at home in the next round. Cyberdyne IR will play against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kumamoto. Third ranked host Kumamoto V. (34-10) defeated their biggest opponent Fukushima (25-19) 92-74. Ryota Nakanishi fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. Nigel Spikes produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. Fukushima's coach Tomohiro Moriyama rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kumamoto V. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 34-10 record having just one point less than leader Gunma. Fukushima lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 19 games lost. Kumamoto V. will meet league's second-placed Dragonflies in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fukushima will play against the league's leader Gunma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Gunma. First ranked host Gunma (29-15) defeated their biggest opponent Nishinomiya S. (30-14) 92-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Masashi Obuchi who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 assists. Gunma maintains first position with 29-15 record. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Gunma's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Fukushima at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nishinomiya S. will play against the league's leader Toyotsu FE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League D2 top team - Shimane Magic (37-6) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Shinshu BW (12-33) 77-58. Wayne Marshall had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Shimane Magic have an impressive 19-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-6 record. Shinshu BW lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 33 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Kagawa FA (#5) in Takamatsu in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 46: Aomori Watts won against Kagoshima on the opponent's court 72-62. Bambitious Nara managed to outperform Ehime OV in a home game 109-99. Iwate Big Bulls was rolled over Hiroshima D. on the road 98-66. Kagawa FA were crushed by Tokyo Excel. on its own court 76-114.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 10 rebounds by Kyle Barone of Aomori Watts.

Kagoshima - Aomori Watts 62-72

Rather expected game in Renova where 6th ranked Kagoshima (5-39) was defeated by fourth ranked Aomori Watts (19-25) 72-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Aomori Watts. Kagoshima was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kagoshima 43-32 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kenta Tateyama (188-90) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American-Panamanian forward Tymell Murphy (196-90, college: FIU) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aomori Watts maintains fourth position with 19-25 record. Kagoshima lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 39 games lost. Aomori Watts will face higher ranked Yamagata (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kagoshima will play against Orange Vikings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: T.Murphy 14+6reb, C.Maduabum 13+7reb, B.Gill 6+3reb, H.Fujita 5+5reb, A.Yamada 5+2ast, K.Sameshima 4+1reb+4ast
Aomori Watts: K.Barone 19+10reb+1ast, K.Tateyama 18+8reb+3ast, D.Shimoyama 13+5reb, A.Wiggins 9+3reb, K.Kimura 5, B.Sebirumbi 4+6reb
gschID: 538179


Kumamoto V. - Fukushima 92-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kumamoto. Third ranked host Kumamoto V. (34-10) defeated their biggest opponent Fukushima (25-19) 92-74. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 59-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kumamoto V. made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Kumamoto V. had a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Ryota Nakanishi (199-88) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Shinya Murakami (172-91) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fukushima's coach Tomohiro Moriyama rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kumamoto V. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 34-10 record having just one point less than leader Gunma. Fukushima lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 19 games lost. Kumamoto V. will meet league's second-placed Dragonflies in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fukushima will play against the league's leader Gunma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: S.Murakami 17+4reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 16+1reb+1ast, N.Spikes 12+15reb+2ast, S.Kanno 11+3reb+1ast, T.Shannon 6+2reb, Y.Hori 6+2reb
Kumamoto V.: R.Nakanishi 28+12reb+1ast, T.Furuno 21+4reb+1ast, R.Warren 14+9reb+7ast, J.James 10+5reb, S.Kobayashi 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Kanbara 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 538178


Bambitious Nara - Ehime OV 109-99

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Bambitious Nara (16-28) defeated at home 4th ranked Orange Vikings (23-21) 109-99 on Sunday. Orange Vikings were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Bambitious Nara made 32-of-42 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Orange Vikings outrebounded Bambitious Nara 43-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Orange Vikings were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) scored 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and guard Yoshihumi Nakajima (176-90) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bambitious Nara maintains fifth position with 16-28 record. Loser Orange Vikings dropped to the third place with 21 games lost. Bambitious Nara will face higher ranked Tokyo Z (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Orange Vikings will play against Kagoshima in Renova and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: C.Williams 22+13reb+3ast, Y.Nakajima 19+5reb+1ast, T.Yoshihiko 15+4reb+4ast, T.Tatsuhiko 15+3reb+5ast, J.Crawford 13+7reb, L.Blackledge 9+2reb+1ast
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 23+3reb+1ast, A.Ogide 20+4reb, R.Boykin 16+9reb+1ast, A.Hirao 11+2reb+4ast, J.Honda 10+2reb+2ast, R.Kato 9+2reb
gschID: 538177


Tokyo Z - Cyberdyne IR 64-61

Important game to mention about took place in Tokyo. Third ranked Tokyo Z (18-27) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Cyberdyne IR (18-26) 64-61 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cyberdyne IR. Cyberdyne IR was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Tokyo Z, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Cyberdyne IR outrebounded Tokyo Z 44-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Shota Watanabe (180-93) supported him with 13 points. Tokyo Z's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Cyberdyne IR. American forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Four Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. Tokyo Z maintains third position with 18-27 record having fourteen points less than leader Gunma. Cyberdyne IR at the other side keeps the fifth place with 26 games lost. Tokyo Z will play against Bambitious Nara (#5) at home in the next round. Cyberdyne IR will play against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: D.Larkai 18+10reb, R.Rickert 11+9reb, S.Randall 10+11reb+4ast, J.Maniwa 10+5reb+3ast, M.Yosuke 5+4reb+1ast, S.Isshiki 3+3reb+3ast
Tokyo Z: D.Jones 18+10reb+2ast, S.Watanabe 13+4reb+1ast, M.Takumi 11+2ast, S.Takayama 6+2reb+1ast, S.Akiba 6+1reb, J.Liu 4+3reb
gschID: 538176


Gunma - Nishinomiya S. 92-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gunma. First ranked host Gunma (29-15) defeated their biggest opponent Nishinomiya S. (30-14) 92-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Gunma. Nishinomiya S. was better in third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Gunma outrebounded Nishinomiya S. 44-32 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Nishinomiya S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 assists. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Gunma players scored in double figures. American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Nishinomiya S.Gunma maintains first position with 29-15 record. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Gunma's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Fukushima at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nishinomiya S. will play against the league's leader Toyotsu FE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: L.Owens 27+11reb, D.Burns 14+5reb+4ast, Y.Ishitsuka 10+4reb+1ast, T.Yanagawa 9+1reb+1ast, N.Tani 8+1reb+1ast, J.Taniguchi 6+6reb
Gunma: M.Obuchi 17+4reb+8ast, D.Umetsu 13+8reb+2ast, M.Cousin 12+5reb, A.Kuso 11+11reb+3ast, T.Kennedy 11+6reb, H.Kondo 10+5reb+3ast
gschID: 538175


Hiroshima D. - Iwate Big Bulls 98-66

Not a big story in a game in Hiroshima where 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-34) were rolled over by second ranked Dragonflies (35-9) 98-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Dragonflies. Iwate Big Bulls was better in third quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Iwate Big Bulls to just 6 points in first quarter. Dragonflies dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 40. Iwate Big Bulls were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Senegalese center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, college: Washington) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Dragonflies players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) responded with 8 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Koji Nagata (180-81) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dragonflies have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 35-9 record having just two point less than leader Gunma. Iwate Big Bulls lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 34 games lost. Dragonflies will face Kumamoto V. (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Cyberdyne IR and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: K.Nagata 12+2reb+1ast, R.Shibuta 12+1ast, S.Chiba 9+3reb, D.Lawson 8+12reb+1ast, Y.Suzuki 6, M.Sawaguchi 6+3ast
Hiroshima D.: A.N'Diaye 16+8reb+1ast, D.Dillon 16+6reb+2ast, A.Sakata 12+5reb+1ast, D.Yamada 11+2reb+1ast, C.Lammert 10+12reb+2ast, H.Kitagawa 10+1ast
gschID: 538174


Shimane SM - Shinshu BW 77-58

B League D2 top team - Shimane Magic (37-6) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Shinshu BW (12-33) 77-58. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-58. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 30. American center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Dai Suzuki (183-90) responded with 12 points and 5 assists and American forward Xavier Ford (201-93, college: Buffalo) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Shimane Magic have an impressive 19-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-6 record. Shinshu BW lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 33 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Kagawa FA (#5) in Takamatsu in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: D.Suzuki 12+2reb+5ast, X.Ford 11+7reb+1ast, Y.Yosuke 10+2reb+5ast, T.Hiroaki 9+1reb+2ast, S.Uesugi 6+5reb+2ast, C.Posthumus 6+11reb
Shimane SM: W.Marshall 17+15reb+1ast, J.Davis 16+5reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 14+2reb+4ast, T.Goya 10+2reb+3ast, K.Takabatake 9+5reb+2ast, J.Abe 5+4ast
gschID: 538173


Toyotsu FE - Yamagata 74-71

Third-ranked Yamagata (23-21) gave a tough game to first ranked Toyotsu FE (33-11) in Nagoya on Sunday. Toyotsu FE managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected easier game. Yamagata trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 26-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-74 at the end of the game. Toyotsu FE made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Kohei Fukuzawa (177-93) chipped in 25 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds and American center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Toyotsu FE and five Yamagata players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toyotsu FE have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 33-11 record. Yamagata lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Ehime OV. Toyotsu FE are looking forward to face league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Yamagata will play at home against Aomori Watts and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: S.Murakami 13+2ast, M.Sanders-Frison 13+9reb, Y.Ishikawa 11+17reb+1ast, M.Masanari 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Takahashi 10+3reb, J.Nakanishi 7+3reb+2ast
Toyotsu FE: K.Fukuzawa 25+1reb, S.Alabi 14+19reb+4ast, S.Kozu 13+2reb+1ast, R.Carney 11+2reb, K.Sugimoto 4+3reb+5ast, S.Kawai 3+2reb
gschID: 538172


Kagawa FA - Tokyo Excel. 76-114

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Tokyo Excel.'s (16-27) road victory over 5th ranked Kagawa FA (13-31) 114-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Tokyo Excel. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Kagawa FA's 42. They outrebounded Kagawa FA 45-28 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tokyo Excel. shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) chipped in 24 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Jamaican power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, college: Auburn, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Excel. maintains fourth position with 16-27 record. Loser Kagawa FA keeps the fifth place with 31 games lost. Tokyo Excel. will have a break next round. Kagawa FA will play on the road against the league's leader Shimane Magic (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 16+9reb+4ast, A.Forbes 14+8reb+2ast, T.Maemura 13+1reb, A.Osawa 10, S.Kon 7+1ast, T.Bandoh 5+1reb+2ast
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 31+14reb+1ast, T.Nishiyama 24+1reb+7ast, H.Tobita 14+7reb+4ast, L.Evans 13+10reb+1ast, J.Herold 10+4reb, S.Izumi 9+5reb
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