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B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 39-8 
 2. Sanen 26-21 
 3. Hitachi SR 23-24 
 4. Niigata Albirex 20-27 
 5. Yokohama BC 15-32 
 6. Toyama Grouses 13-34 
East
 1. Tochigi Brex 38-9 
 2. Toyota Alvark 36-11 
 3. Chiba Jets 33-14 
 4. Hokkaido L. 17-30 
 5. Akita NH 14-33 
 6. Sendai 89ers 12-35 
West
 1. SeaHorses 37-10 
 2. Nagoya DD 23-24 
 3. Osaka Evessa 22-25 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 22-25 
 5. Ryukyu GK 22-25 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 11-36 
Full Standings
Last:3/26/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Nishinomiya S. 34-14 
 2. Toyotsu FE 34-14 
 3. Tokyo Z 20-29 
 4. Tokyo Excel. 19-28 
 5. Bambitious Nara 18-30 
 6. Shinshu BW 12-37 
East
 1. Gunma 31-17 
 2. Fukushima 26-22 
 3. Yamagata 24-24 
 4. Cyberdyne IR 22-26 
 5. Aomori Watts 21-27 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 12-36 
West
 1. Shimane SM 40-7 
 2. Hiroshima D. 38-10 
 3. Kumamoto V. 37-11 
 4. Ehime OV 24-24 
 5. Kagawa FA 14-34 
 6. Kagoshima 6-42 
Full Standings
Last:3/26/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Kanazawa Sam. 29-3 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 28-4 
 3. Tokyo HT 21-11 
 4. Otsuka A. 20-12 
 5. Tokyo Cinq R. 13-19 
 6. Aisin AW 13-19 
 7. Saitama Bron. 12-20 
 8. Toyoda Gosei 5-27 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 3-29 
Full Standings
Last:3/20/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.7 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .22.0 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.9 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.5 
 5. White, Sendai19.4 
 6. Stone, Chiba Jets18.2 
 7. Burrell, Nagoya DD18.1 
 8. Childress, Sanen18.1 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.17.6 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.4 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.3 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.8 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.8 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.5 
 6. Childress, Sanen9.4 
 7. Sacre, Hitachi SR9.2 
 8. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 9. White, Sendai9.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Toyota A.9.0 
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. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.8 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.6 
 8. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.5 
 10. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 3. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.8 
 4. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.7 
 5. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.6 
 6. Vendrame, Hitac.1.6 
 7. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 8. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Brown, Hitachi SR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.2.0 
 2. Chapman, Niigata .1.9 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 4. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.8 
 5. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.8 
 6. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 9. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 
 10. Pittman, Toyama G.1.1 

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Akita NH Apr.1 Chiba Jets 67%
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Tokyo Excel 61% Apr.1 Toyotsu FE
Nishinomiya 66% Apr.1 Tokyo Z
Iwate Big Bu Apr.1 Aomori Watts 56%
Yamagata Apr.1 Gunma 63%
Cyberdyne I 64% Apr.1 Fukushima
Shinshu BW 50% Apr.1 Bambitious N
Shimane SM 56% Apr.1 Hiroshima D
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B League D2 Round 47: Leader Toyotsu FE loses to Nishinomiya S. - Mar 19, 2017


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Larry Owens
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 5 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Toyotsu FE (33-12) recorded its twelfth loss in Hyogo on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Nishinomiya S. (31-14) 90-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. It was a great shooting night for Nishinomiya S. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nishinomiya S. maintains second place with 31-14 record having just two points less than leader Gunma. Toyotsu FE at the other side still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Nishinomiya S. 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 Hiroshima. Third ranked Kumamoto V. (35-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Dragonflies (36-10) 59-56 on Friday evening. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Takumi Furuno contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for Dragonflies. Kumamoto V. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 35-11 record having just three point less than leader Gunma. Dragonflies at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Hiroshima between Dragonflies and Kumamoto V.. Second ranked Dragonflies (36-10) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Kumamoto V. (35-11). Dragonflies managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. It was a great evening for Connor Lammert who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Dragonflies' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Takumi Furuno responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Dragonflies maintains second place with 36-10 record having just four point less than leader Gunma. Loser Kumamoto V. keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very interesting game took place in Tokyo. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Tokyo Z (19-28) to fourth ranked Bambitious Nara (17-29) 73-72 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Terrance Woodbury who led the winners and scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bambitious Nara maintains fourth place with 17-29 record. Tokyo Z at the other side keeps the third position with 28 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 Renova. Sixth ranked Kagoshima (6-40) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Orange Vikings (24-22) 93-91 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Bikramjit Gill who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Kagoshima maintains sixth place with 6-40 record. Loser Orange Vikings keep the fourth position with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 47 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Kagawa FA was defeated by Shimane SM in a road game 80-64. Kagoshima was beaten by Ehime OV at home 67-75. Bambitious Nara was destroyed by Tokyo Z on the opponent's court 102-65. Iwate Big Bulls unfortunately lost to Cyberdyne IR in a home game 67-83. Aomori Watts recorded a loss to Yamagata on the road 63-67. Gunma were defeated by Fukushima on its own court 78-83.
The best stats of 47th round was 14 points and 7 rebounds by Nigel Spikes of Fukushima.

Tokyo Z - Bambitious Nara 72-73

A very interesting game took place in Tokyo. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Tokyo Z (19-28) to fourth ranked Bambitious Nara (17-29) 73-72 on Friday evening. Bambitious Nara made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Forward Daiki Terashita (190-80) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Shota Watanabe (180-93) added 9 points and 11 assists respectively for Tokyo Z in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bambitious Nara maintains fourth place with 17-29 record. Tokyo Z at the other side keeps the third position with 28 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: W.Creekmore 21+6reb, D.Jones 12+8reb+1ast, S.Takayama 12+4reb+1ast, S.Watanabe 9+4reb+11ast, M.Takumi 8+1reb+1ast, S.Akiba 5+2reb
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 19+4reb+2ast, D.Terashita 14+3reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 11+5reb, R.Kato 8+3reb+1ast, H.Mato 5+1reb+2ast, A.Ogide 4+4reb
gschID: 538180


Hiroshima D. - Kumamoto V. 56-59

Important game to mention about took place in Hiroshima. Third ranked Kumamoto V. (35-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Dragonflies (36-10) 59-56 on Friday evening. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Four Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and guard Seiji Ikaruga (185-94) added 16 points in the effort for Dragonflies. Kumamoto V. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 35-11 record having just three point less than leader Gunma. Dragonflies at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: S.Ikaruga 16+3reb, C.Lammert 13+13reb+1ast, D.Dillon 8+6reb+3ast, A.N'Diaye 8+7reb, S.Asayama 5+3reb, S.Tanaka 4+5reb+1ast
Kumamoto V.: R.Warren 15+14reb, T.Furuno 14+6reb+5ast, R.Nakanishi 14+4reb, J.James 11+8reb, Y.Kanbara 2+6reb+1ast, S.Kobayashi 2+4reb
gschID: 538181


Kagoshima - Ehime OV 93-91

Important game to mention about took place in Renova. Sixth ranked Kagoshima (6-40) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Orange Vikings (24-22) 93-91 on Friday evening. Kagoshima forced 21 Orange Vikings turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Orange Vikings were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Bikramjit Gill (201-92, college: Ball St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Toshino Yoshihiko (186-92) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Interperformances) added 20 points and 4 blocks respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Kagoshima maintains sixth place with 6-40 record. Loser Orange Vikings keep the fourth position with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: T.Yoshihiko 20+8reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 20+4reb+3ast, T.Tatsuhiko 14+3reb+2ast, C.Williams 12+13reb+2ast, J.Crawford 11+10reb+1ast, T.Kasahara 8+3reb+3ast
Kagoshima: T.Murphy 18+1reb+3ast, C.Maduabum 16+9reb+1ast, K.Matsuzaki 14+7reb+2ast, B.Gill 13+13reb+3ast, D.Ankei 12+5reb+1ast, H.Fujita 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 538182


Shimane SM - Kagawa FA 80-64

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Kagawa FA (13-32) was defeated on the road by first ranked Shimane Magic (38-6) 80-64 on Saturday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Rintaro Tokunaga (177-86) added 8 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shimane Magic have an impressive series of twenty victories in a row. They maintain first place with 38-6 record. Loser Kagawa FA keeps the fifth position with 32 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Kagawa FA (#5) in Takamatsu in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 25+13reb+2ast, N.Williams 8+3reb, R.Tokunaga 8+2reb+1ast, T.Maemura 6+2reb+1ast, S.Mizoguchi 5+2reb+1ast, H.Horita 4+3reb+1ast
Shimane SM: W.Marshall 19+5reb+3ast, R.Reid 12+12reb, Y.Tatsuhiro 9+2ast, E.Yamamoto 9+6ast, T.Goya 8+3reb+1ast, J.Abe 6+5ast
gschID: 538183


Hiroshima D. - Kumamoto V. 76-74

A very close game took place in Hiroshima between Dragonflies and Kumamoto V.. Second ranked Dragonflies (36-10) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Kumamoto V. (35-11). Dragonflies managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. It was a great evening for American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) helped adding 12 points. Dragonflies' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. Dragonflies maintains second place with 36-10 record having just four point less than leader Gunma. Loser Kumamoto V. keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: T.Furuno 23+10reb+2ast, S.Kobayashi 15+3reb+1ast, J.James 15+8reb, R.Warren 11+6reb, M.Fukuda 3+1reb, Y.Kanbara 3+9reb+1ast
Hiroshima D.: C.Lammert 24+13reb, S.Asayama 12+2reb+3ast, D.Yamada 7+5reb+2ast, H.Kitagawa 7+3reb, S.Ikaruga 6+2reb+2ast, D.Dillon 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 538184


Kagoshima - Ehime OV 67-75

No shocking result in a game in Renova where fourth ranked Orange Vikings (24-22) defeated 6th ranked Kagoshima (6-40) 75-67 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American center Joshua Crawford (211-88, college: Indiana St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-88) chipped in 28 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Tymell Murphy (196-90, college: FIU) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Four Kagoshima players scored in double figures. Kagoshima's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Orange Vikings maintains fourth place with 24-22 record. Loser Kagoshima keeps the sixth position with 40 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: T.Murphy 15+4reb+1ast, C.Maduabum 14+8reb, B.Gill 11+6reb, H.Fujita 11+7reb, R.Nakazono 7+1reb, D.Ankei 4+3reb
Ehime OV: T.Tatsuhiko 28+5reb+2ast, J.Crawford 21+17reb+1ast, Y.Sekido 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Nakajima 9+4reb+3ast, T.Yoshihiko 6+7reb+2ast, T.Kasahara 2+8reb+3ast
gschID: 538185


Tokyo Z - Bambitious Nara 102-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Bambitious Nara's (17-29) road loss to third ranked Tokyo Z (19-28) 65-102 on Saturday. Tokyo Z dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Bambitious Nara's 36 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 26 points and 7 rebounds. Five Tokyo Z players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tokyo Z maintains third place with 19-28 record having twelve points less than leader Gunma. Loser Bambitious Nara keeps the fourth position with 29 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bambitious Nara: A.Ogide 19+8reb, T.Woodbury 16+5reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 14+4reb, D.Terashita 8+3reb, R.Boykin 6+4reb+1ast, R.Kato 2+1reb
Tokyo Z: D.Jones 28+8reb, W.Creekmore 26+7reb+2ast, S.Takayama 11+6reb+1ast, M.Takumi 11+3reb+4ast, K.Nakagawa 11+4ast, J.Liu 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 538186


Nishinomiya S. - Toyotsu FE 90-61

Top ranked Toyotsu FE (33-12) recorded its twelfth loss in Hyogo on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Nishinomiya S. (31-14) 90-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. It was a great shooting night for Nishinomiya S. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) added 10 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nishinomiya S. maintains second place with 31-14 record having just two points less than leader Gunma. Toyotsu FE at the other side still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Nishinomiya S. 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:
Toyotsu FE: S.Alabi 16+12reb+1ast, R.Carney 10+3reb, K.Fukuzawa 9+2reb, S.Kozu 6+5reb, K.Sugimoto 6+3reb+2ast, M.Narita 5+2reb+2ast
Nishinomiya S.: D.Burns 18+4reb+4ast, L.Owens 17+11reb+3ast, K.Matsuzaki 14+4reb+1ast, T.Yanagawa 11+1reb+2ast, J.Taniguchi 11+5reb+1ast, N.Tani 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 538187


Iwate Big Bulls - Cyberdyne IR 67-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Cyberdyne IR's (19-26) road victory over 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-35) 83-67 on Saturday. Cyberdyne IR dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 34. The best player for the winners was swingman Josei Maniwa (193-86) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) added 19 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aomori Watts. Iwate Big Bulls lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 35 games lost. Cyberdyne IR will have a break next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Cyberdyne IR (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Lawson 19+14reb, N.Doaks 17+16reb+1ast, O.Yoko 12, S.Onodera 8+2ast, S.Chiba 3+1reb, M.Sawaguchi 3+1reb+1ast
Cyberdyne IR: R.Rickert 21+8reb, J.Maniwa 18+7reb+5ast, S.Randall 15+5reb+3ast, S.Kouno 9+3reb+1ast, D.Larkai 7+4reb+1ast, M.Yosuke 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 538188


Yamagata - Aomori Watts 67-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Aomori Watts' (19-26) road loss to third ranked Yamagata (24-21) 63-67 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) who scored 6 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Mitsutaka Izawa (194-93) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) added 8 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Yamagata maintains third place with 24-21 record having nine points less than leader Gunma. Loser Aomori Watts keep the fourth position with 26 games lost. Yamagata will face again Aomori Watts (#4) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: K.Tateyama 13+3reb+1ast, K.Barone 12+9reb+3ast, K.Aita 12+5reb+3ast, A.Wiggins 8+14reb, D.Shimoyama 6+1reb, Y.Nagayama 5+2reb+1ast
Yamagata: M.Izawa 15+6reb, M.Masanari 10+4reb, J.Nakanishi 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Takahashi 7+1reb, Y.Ishikawa 6+14reb+3ast, S.Tarver 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 538189


Gunma - Fukushima 78-83

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when second ranked Fukushima (26-19) won against on the road leader Gunma (29-16) 83-78 on Saturday. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The best player for the winners was point guard Shinya Murakami (172-91) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gunma's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukushima maintains second place with 26-19 record having seven points less than leader Gunma. Loser Gunma still keeps top position with 16 games lost. Fukushima will have a break next round. Gunma will play again at home against the league's second-placed Fukushima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gunma: M.Obuchi 16+5reb+1ast, M.Cousin 15+12reb, T.Kennedy 14+6reb, N.Takumi 11+3reb+1ast, A.Kuso 11+2reb, H.Kondo 9+2reb+3ast
Fukushima: S.Murakami 18+6reb+3ast, C.Bozeman 14+1reb+2ast, N.Spikes 14+7reb+1ast, S.Kanno 12+4reb+2ast, Y.Hori 10+2reb, K.Tomori 9+1reb+4ast
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