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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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B League Round 46: Toshiba Thunders lose to Aishin Sea Horses - Mar 19, 2017


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JR Sakuragi
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Toshiba Thunders (37-8) in Kanagawa on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by Aishin Sea Horses (35-10) 92-65. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Aishin Sea Horses had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 35-10 record which they share with defeated Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top place with eight 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 Okinawa. Fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (20-24) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Sanen Neophoenix (25-19) 70-67 on Saturday evening. American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) notched 42 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Lamont Hamilton supported him with 7 points and 7 rebounds. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds by Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) did not help to save the game for Sanen Neophoenix. Ryukyu GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Kyoto Hannar. Sanen Neophoenix lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 19 games lost. Ryukyu GK will again play against league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sanen Neophoenix will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Sendai between Sendai 89ers and Toyama Grouses. Sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (12-32) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (10-34). Sendai 89ers managed to escape with a 3-point win 75-72 in the fight for the fifth place. Wendell White fired 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naoki Uto produced 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sendai 89ers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the sixth position with 34 games lost. They share it with Shiga L-Stars. Sendai 89ers will again meet at home Toyama Grouses (#6) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tokyo: Toyota Alvark (#2) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#3). Hitachi Sunrockers were smashed at home by 32 points 63-95 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Worth to mention a great performance of Diante Garrett who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 assists. 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. Toyota Alvark have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 34-10 record having four points less than leader Tochigi Brex which they share with defeated Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side dropped to the second place with 22 games lost. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face again at home their local rival from Tokyo Toyota Alvark.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Diamond Dolphins (22-22) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (12-32) on Saturday night. Host Diamond Dolphins were defeated by Akita Happinets in a tough game in Nagoya 64-70. Leo Lyons scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 12-32 record, which they share with Sendai 89ers. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second place with 22 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Diamond Dolphins will play again at home against Akita Happinets and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 46: Chiba Jets won against Kyoto Hannar. on the opponent's court 89-83. Hokkaido L. unfortunately lost to Niigata Albirex in a home game 84-96. SeaHorses managed to beat Toshiba BT on the road 87-78. Shiga L-Stars was crushed by Tochigi Brex on its own court 57-103. Yokohama BC beat Osaka Evessa in a road game 90-73.

Ryukyu GK - Sanen 70-67

Important game to mention about took place in Okinawa. Fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (20-24) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Sanen Neophoenix (25-19) 70-67 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sanen Neophoenix won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sanen Neophoenix 46-34 including 20 on the offensive glass. American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) notched 42 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) supported him with 7 points and 7 rebounds. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa used entire bench in such tough game. Even a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds by Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) did not help to save the game for Sanen Neophoenix. The former international center Atsuya Ota (206-84) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Ryukyu GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Kyoto Hannar. Sanen Neophoenix lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 19 games lost. Ryukyu GK will again play against league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sanen Neophoenix will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sanen: O.Ashaolu 29+15reb+1ast, A.Ota 14+7reb+1ast, T.Suzuki 6+3reb+1ast, T.Namizato 5+1ast, S.Okada 4+3reb, J.Kano 4+5reb
Ryukyu GK: R.Terry 42+7reb, N.Tashiro 9+2reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 7+7reb+3ast, R.Kishimoto 5+2reb+3ast, S.Kinjo 5+4reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 2+7reb+2ast
gschID: 475163


Toshiba BT - SeaHorses 65-92

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Toshiba Thunders (37-8) in Kanagawa on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by Aishin Sea Horses (35-10) 92-65. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Aishin Sea Horses had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) 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. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 35-10 record which they share with defeated Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 17+6reb+4ast, N.Tsuji 12+1reb+1ast, T.Kurihara 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Nagayoshi 7+2reb, R.Shinoyama 6+1reb+4ast, T.Hasegawa 5+3reb+2ast
SeaHorses: J.Sakuragi 20+6reb+3ast, M.Hiejima 15+4reb+5ast, K.Kanamaru 13+2reb+1ast, G.Edwards 12+10reb+4ast, M.Morikawa 11+2reb, T.Hasegawa 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475154


Nagoya DD - Akita NH 64-70

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Diamond Dolphins (22-22) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (12-32) on Saturday night. Host Diamond Dolphins were defeated by Akita Happinets in a tough game in Nagoya 64-70. Akita Happinets outrebounded Diamond Dolphins 47-32 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Seiya Ando (184-92) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds and guard Seiya Funyu (190-93) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 12-32 record, which they share with Sendai 89ers. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second place with 22 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Diamond Dolphins will play again at home against Akita Happinets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Tillman 27+8reb, S.Funyu 13+7reb, D.Weaver 8+4reb+1ast, T.Nakahigashi 6+6reb, T.Sasayama 5+1reb+3ast, A.Shuto 3+1reb+1ast
Akita NH: L.Lyons 23+8reb+1ast, S.Ando 13+5reb+2ast, D.Taniguchi 8+4reb, S.Morrison 8+10reb, K.Takahashi 5+3reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 5+2reb
gschID: 475159


Kyoto Hannar. - Chiba Jets 83-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with one of their biggest challengers Kyoto Hannar.'s (20-24) home loss to third ranked Chiba Jets (31-13) 83-89 on Saturday. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and guard Hayato Kawashima (186-90) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Chiba Jets have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 31-13 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Kyoto Hannar. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 24 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against Chiba Jets (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Dove 28+11reb+1ast, H.Kawashima 16+2reb+4ast, Y.Okada 10+1reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 9+2reb, M.Charlo 8+1reb+3ast, K.Kotzur 6+7reb+2ast
Chiba Jets: M.Parker 26+12reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 18+2reb+5ast, R.Ono 16+2reb+3ast, H.Armstrong 10+6reb, K.Ishii 8+5reb+4ast, S.Hara 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 475161


Hokkaido L. - Niigata Albirex 84-96

There was a small surprise in Saporro where fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (20-24) defeated one of their biggest challengers Hokkaido L. (16-28) 96-84 on Saturday. Niigata Albirex dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hokkaido L.'s 38 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) chipped in 27 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex's coach Kazuhiro Shoji used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side international forward Takanobu Nishikawa (195-92) responded with 19 points and American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 20-24 record, which they share with Ryukyu GK and Kyoto Hannar. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fourth place with 28 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Hokkaido L. will play again at home against Niigata Albirex (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Nishikawa 19+3reb+3ast, D.Miller 14+10reb, A.Tajima 13+1reb+3ast, D.Noguchi 9+3ast, R.Sakurai 8+7ast, T.Orimo 8+1reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 32+14reb+1ast, D.Gardner 27+6reb, K.Sato 13+2reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 10+2reb+4ast, S.Hatakeyama 6+1reb+7ast, T.You 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 475155


Toshiba BT - SeaHorses 78-87

There was a minor upset in Kanagawa where top-ranked Toshiba Thunders (37-8) were defeated by first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (35-10) 87-78 on Saturday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Aishin Sea Horses looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) responded with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) scored 25 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 35-10 record which they share with defeated Toshiba Thunders. Loser Toshiba Thunders still keep top place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 27+9reb+4ast, N.Tsuji 25+1reb+3ast, Y.Nagayoshi 6+2reb, T.Hasegawa 6+2ast, M.Diouf 6+6reb+4ast, Y.Kamata 4+1reb
SeaHorses: G.Edwards 21+5reb+7ast, K.Kanamaru 15+2reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 11+1ast, J.Sakuragi 10+7reb+12ast, I.Butts 8+6reb, M.Karimata 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 475158


Sendai 89ers - Toyama Grouses 75-72

A very close game took place in Sendai between Sendai 89ers and Toyama Grouses. Sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (12-32) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (10-34). Sendai 89ers managed to escape with a 3-point win 75-72 in the fight for the fifth place. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) fired 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Manato Kikuchi (191-89) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Naoki Uto (188-91) produced 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sendai 89ers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the sixth position with 34 games lost. They share it with Shiga L-Stars. Sendai 89ers will again meet at home Toyama Grouses (#6) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: T.Mito 12+5reb+1ast, N.Uto 11+6reb+6ast, M.Joho 10+2reb, T.Obara 10+6reb, D.Viney 8+2reb+1ast, D.Pittman 7+7reb
Sendai 89ers: W.White 26+9reb+3ast, F.Satoh 11, M.Kikuchi 9+9reb+2ast, T.Nephawe 8+6reb+1ast, R.Yanagawa 7+1reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 475156


Hitachi SR - Toyota Alvark 63-95

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tokyo: Toyota Alvark (#2) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#3). Hitachi Sunrockers were smashed at home by 32 points 63-95 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Toyota Alvark players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 assists. Swingman Zack Baranski (193-92) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. 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. Toyota Alvark have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 34-10 record having four points less than leader Tochigi Brex which they share with defeated Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side dropped to the second place with 22 games lost. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face again at home their local rival from Tokyo Toyota Alvark.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: I.Brown 13+7reb+3ast, R.Sacre 12+12reb, A.Chambers 10+1reb, T.Ito 7+1reb+1ast, L.Vendrame 5+1reb+3ast, K.Hirose 5+3reb
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 25+2reb+5ast, K.Matsui 16+5reb+2ast, Z.Baranski 13+7reb+4ast, T.Plaisted 12+6reb+1ast, J.Ayres 12+4reb+2ast, D.Tanaka 10+1reb+3ast
gschID: 475157


Shiga L-Stars - Tochigi Brex 57-103

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Tochigi Brex (35-9) outscored on the road 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (10-34) 103-57 on Saturday. Tochigi Brex dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Shiga L-Stars' 38. Tochigi Brex forced 21 Shiga L-Stars turnovers and outrebounded them 40-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) chipped in 10 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. At the losing side Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Tochigi Brex have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 35-9 record. Shiga L-Stars lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 34 games lost. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against the league's leader Tochigi Brex (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: Y.Karino 15, T.Hasegawa 10+1reb+1ast, C.Brackins 9+6reb+2ast, S.Faye 7+5reb, N.Namizato 6+1reb+2ast, J.Mavunga 6+7reb+6ast
Tochigi Brex: K.Takeuchi 19+11reb, J.Gibbs 17+5reb+2ast, N.Kumagae 12, R.Rossiter 10+11reb+7ast, T.Furukawa 8+2reb+1ast, K.Hashimoto 8+1reb
gschID: 475160


Osaka Evessa - Yokohama BC 73-90

There was a minor upset when 3rd ranked Osaka Evessa (21-23) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Yokohama BC (15-29) 90-73 on Saturday. Yokohama BC made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Osaka Evessa was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international center Pape Faye (200-87) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Richard Roby (198-85) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC maintains fifth position with 15-29 record. Osaka Evessa lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 23 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: R.Roby 14+5reb+2ast, J.Harrellson 13+9reb+1ast, T.Soma 12+1reb+1ast, X.Gibson 8+2reb+1ast, S.Konno 8+1reb, R.Goda 5+3reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: M.Hosoya 18+3reb+3ast, J.Parmer 15+10reb+3ast, T.Kawamura 15+2reb+3ast, P.Faye 13+12reb+1ast, A.Minatoya 11+2reb+2ast, K.Takeda 7+2reb+1ast
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