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B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 45-10 
 2. Sanen 30-25 
 3. Hitachi SR 29-26 
 4. Niigata Albirex 24-31 
 5. Toyama Grouses 16-39 
 6. Yokohama BC 16-39 
East
 1. Tochigi Brex 44-11 
 2. Toyota Alvark 40-15 
 3. Chiba Jets 39-16 
 4. Hokkaido L. 21-34 
 5. Akita NH 17-38 
 6. Sendai 89ers 13-42 
West
 1. SeaHorses 44-11 
 2. Osaka Evessa 27-28 
 3. Ryukyu GK 26-29 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 24-31 
 5. Nagoya DD 24-31 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 16-39 
Full Standings
Last:4/23/2017
B Standings
Central
 1. Nishinomiya S. 40-16 
 2. Toyotsu FE 39-17 
 3. Tokyo Z 26-31 
 4. Tokyo Excel. 21-34 
 5. Bambitious Nara 21-35 
 6. Shinshu BW 14-42 
East
 1. Gunma 36-20 
 2. Fukushima 30-26 
 3. Cyberdyne IR 28-28 
 4. Yamagata 26-30 
 5. Aomori Watts 25-31 
 6. Iwate Big Bulls 15-41 
West
 1. Shimane SM 46-10 
 2. Hiroshima D. 43-13 
 3. Kumamoto V. 42-14 
 4. Ehime OV 27-29 
 5. Kagawa FA 18-38 
 6. Kagoshima 7-49 
Full Standings
Last:4/23/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Kanazawa Sam. 35-3 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 33-5 
 3. Tokyo HT 24-14 
 4. Otsuka A. 21-17 
 5. Tokyo Cinq R. 15-23 
 6. Aisin AW 13-19 
 7. Saitama Bron. 13-25 
 8. Toyoda Gosei 5-27 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 3-29 
Full Standings
Last:4/23/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.5 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.7 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.2 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.0 
 5. White, Sendai18.9 
 6. Childress, Sanen18.8 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.18.1 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.5 
 9. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.4 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.7 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.5 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.8.9 
 8. Nephawe, Sendai8.8 
 9. White, Sendai8.8 
 10. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.4 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.1 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 9. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
 10. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 4. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 7. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.5 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.4 
 7. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.3 
 8. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 9. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 

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Sendai 89ers Apr.29 Toyota Alvar 85%
Akita NH 55% Apr.29 Hokkaido L.
Tochigi Brex 57% Apr.29 Chiba Jets
Hitachi SR 62% Apr.29 Toyama Grous
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Toshiba BT 83% Apr.28 Yokohama BC
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Shinshu BW Apr.29 Tokyo Z 62%
Iwate Big Bu Apr.29 Gunma 81%
Toyotsu FE Apr.29 Nishinomiya 54%
Kumamoto V. 59% Apr.29 Hiroshima D
Aomori Watts 69% Apr.29 Yamagata
Kagawa FA Apr.29 Shimane SM 80%
Ehime OV 76% Apr.29 Kagoshima
Tokyo Excel 58% Apr.29 Bambitious N
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B League D2 Round 49: #1 Toyotsu FE is defeated by Tokyo Z - Mar 26, 2017


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The Regular Season in B League D2 is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 3 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Toyotsu FE (33-14) in Nagoya on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Tokyo Z (20-28) 81-72. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Toyotsu FE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Will Creekmore (205-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Shimon Takayama (180-90) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Toyotsu FE's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tokyo Z maintains third place with 20-28 record having twelve points less than leader Shimane SM. Toyotsu FE lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nishinomiya S.. Tokyo Z will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyotsu FE will play again at home against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth-ranked Shinshu BW (12-36) gave a tough game to second ranked Nishinomiya S. (33-14) in Nagano. The visitors from Hyogo managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Naoki Tani accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Yasuhiko Yasuhiko (181-90) came up with 17 points for Shinshu BW in the defeat. Nishinomiya S. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Toyotsu FE. Shinshu BW lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 36 games lost. Nishinomiya S. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shinshu BW will play again at home against the league's leader Nishinomiya S. (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Nara between Tokyo Excel. and Bambitious Nara. Fourth ranked Tokyo Excel. (19-27) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Bambitious Nara (17-30). Tokyo Excel. managed to escape with a 2-point win 106-104 in the game for the fourth place. Ryan Stephan fired 25 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Terrance Woodbury produced 26 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tokyo Excel. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 19-27 record. Bambitious Nara at the other side keeps the fifth position with 30 games lost. Tokyo Excel. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bambitious Nara will play again against Tokyo Excel. (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Yamagata (24-23) against fifth ranked Cyberdyne IR (21-26) on Saturday night. Visiting Yamagata was defeated by Cyberdyne IR in a tough game in Tsukuba 72-80. Worth to mention a great performance of Scootie Randall who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cyberdyne IR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aomori Watts. Yamagata at the other side keeps the third position with 23 games lost. Cyberdyne IR's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Yamagata (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fukushima (26-21) against sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (11-36) on Saturday night. Host Fukushima was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in a tough game in Fukushima 75-83. Nicchaeus Doaks stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. Iwate Big Bulls' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth place with 11-36 record. Loser Fukushima keeps the second position with 21 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Fukushima will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 49: Kagoshima was destroyed by Kumamoto V. on the opponent's court 87-64. Aomori Watts managed to outperform Gunma in a home game 83-77. Shimane SM managed to beat Ehime OV on the road 77-59. Kagawa FA was defeated by Hiroshima D. on its own court 77-87. Kagoshima was smashed by Kumamoto V. in a road game 91-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals by Chehales Tapscott of Kagawa FA.

Cyberdyne IR - Yamagata 80-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Yamagata (24-23) against fifth ranked Cyberdyne IR (21-26) on Saturday night. Visiting Yamagata was defeated by Cyberdyne IR in a tough game in Tsukuba 72-80. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Josei Maniwa (193-86) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. American swingman Seth Tarver (196-88, college: Oregon St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) added 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Yamagata. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cyberdyne IR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aomori Watts. Yamagata at the other side keeps the third position with 23 games lost. Cyberdyne IR's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Yamagata (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 24+8reb+5ast, J.Maniwa 19+4reb+5ast, D.Larkai 12+4reb+1ast, R.Rickert 11+11reb+2ast, S.Kouno 8+1ast, S.Isshiki 6+1reb
Yamagata: S.Tarver 20+10reb+3ast, Y.Ishikawa 15+12reb+4ast, Y.Takahashi 8+1reb+3ast, M.Izawa 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 7+6reb, S.Murakami 5+1ast
gschID: 538199


Kumamoto V. - Kagoshima 87-64

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Kagoshima (6-42) was crushed on the road by third ranked Kumamoto V. (37-11) 87-64 on Saturday. Kumamoto V. outrebounded Kagoshima 47-32 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and power forward Ryota Nakanishi (199-88) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). At the losing side Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Kazuto Sameshima (171-92) scored 6 points and 5 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. Kumamoto V. maintains third place with 37-11 record having just five point less than leader Shimane SM. Kagoshima lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 42 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: R.Nakanishi 25+5reb, R.Warren 15+15reb+1ast, J.James 11+13reb, K.Kakiuchi 9+4reb+1ast, P.Butorac 7+1reb, N.Takamura 6+2reb
Kagoshima: C.Maduabum 15+15reb+1ast, D.Ankei 8+2reb, R.Nakazono 7, T.Murphy 7+3reb+2ast, B.Gill 7+4reb+1ast, K.Sameshima 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 538200


Toyotsu FE - Tokyo Z 72-81

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Toyotsu FE (33-14) in Nagoya on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Tokyo Z (20-28) 81-72. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Toyotsu FE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Will Creekmore (205-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Shimon Takayama (180-90) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Tokyo Z players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Kohei Fukuzawa (177-93) scored 18 points. Toyotsu FE's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tokyo Z maintains third place with 20-28 record having twelve points less than leader Shimane SM. Toyotsu FE lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nishinomiya S.. Tokyo Z will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyotsu FE will play again at home against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: S.Takayama 17+6reb+3ast, W.Creekmore 17+13reb+4ast, D.Jones 10+6reb+1ast, K.Irabu 10+4reb, S.Akiba 8+1reb, K.Nakagawa 7+4ast
Toyotsu FE: S.Alabi 21+15reb, K.Fukuzawa 18+2reb+2ast, R.Carney 13+6reb+1ast, S.Kozu 7+5reb, K.Sugimoto 7+7reb+4ast, S.Muto 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 538201


Fukushima - Iwate Big Bulls 75-83

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fukushima (26-21) against sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (11-36) on Saturday night. Host Fukushima was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in a tough game in Fukushima 75-83. Iwate Big Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Fukushima's 28. They outrebounded Fukushima 47-26 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 21 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) chipped in 25 points and 11 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Shota Kanno (187-92) scored 21 points. Four Fukushima players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth place with 11-36 record. Loser Fukushima keeps the second position with 21 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Fukushima will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Lawson 25+11reb+2ast, N.Doaks 21+21reb, K.Nagata 17+6reb+6ast, M.Sawaguchi 9+3reb+6ast, Y.Suzuki 4, S.Onodera 2+2ast
Fukushima: S.Kanno 21+4reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 16+6reb+5ast, K.Tomori 12+4reb+3ast, A.Nogami 11+2ast, Y.Masuda 7+2reb+1ast, S.Murakami 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 538202


Aomori Watts - Gunma 83-77

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Aomori Watts (21-26) defeated at home leader Gunma (30-17) 83-77 on Saturday. Aomori Watts made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Gunma was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Kenta Tateyama (188-90) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Four Aomori Watts players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 28 points and point guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aomori Watts maintains fourth place with 21-26 record, which they share with Cyberdyne IR. Loser Gunma still keeps top position with 17 games lost. Aomori Watts will face again league's leader Gunma at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: K.Tateyama 17+4reb+3ast, K.Barone 16+7reb+1ast, K.Aita 14+4reb+4ast, D.Shimoyama 13+4reb+2ast, B.Sebirumbi 8+8reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 6+3reb+3ast
Gunma: T.Kennedy 28+2reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 15+9reb+3ast, A.Kuso 14+6reb+4ast, N.Kodai 5, N.Takumi 5+3reb+2ast, T.Fujiwara 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 538203


Shinshu BW - Nishinomiya S. 78-80

Sixth-ranked Shinshu BW (12-36) gave a tough game to second ranked Nishinomiya S. (33-14) in Nagano. The visitors from Hyogo managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Nishinomiya S. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 28. They outrebounded Shinshu BW 43-30 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Nishinomiya S. brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Shinshu BW was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Yasuhiko Yasuhiko (181-90) came up with 17 points and Yosuke Yosuke (184-85) added 17 points respectively for Shinshu BW in the defeat. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Nishinomiya S. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Toyotsu FE. Shinshu BW lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 36 games lost. Nishinomiya S. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shinshu BW will play again at home against the league's leader Nishinomiya S. (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: J.Vandenberg 17+8reb, N.Tani 16+5reb+2ast, D.Burns 15+6reb+2ast, T.Yanagawa 8+5reb+2ast, Y.Ishitsuka 6+3reb, L.Owens 6+6reb+3ast
Shinshu BW: Y.Yosuke 17+2reb+2ast, Y.Yasuhiko 17+4reb+3ast, T.Hiroaki 13+2reb+2ast, K.Mitsui 13+7reb+1ast, X.Ford 7+5reb, S.Uesugi 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 538204


Bambitious Nara - Tokyo Excel. 104-106

A very close game took place in Nara between Tokyo Excel. and Bambitious Nara. Fourth ranked Tokyo Excel. (19-27) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Bambitious Nara (17-30). Tokyo Excel. managed to escape with a 2-point win 106-104 in the game for the fourth place. Tokyo Excel. made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Atsunobu Hirao (178-89) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Five Tokyo Excel. and four Bambitious Nara players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tokyo Excel. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 19-27 record. Bambitious Nara at the other side keeps the fifth position with 30 games lost. Tokyo Excel. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bambitious Nara will play again against Tokyo Excel. (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 25+8reb+3ast, H.Tobita 18+2reb+2ast, T.Nishiyama 16+6reb+1ast, S.Izumi 11+1reb+3ast, L.Evans 11+6reb+1ast, J.Herold 10+11reb+1ast
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 26+7reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 19+5reb+1ast, A.Hirao 17+3reb+7ast, R.Boykin 15+8reb+3ast, J.Honda 12+3reb, D.Terashita 9+9reb+1ast
gschID: 538205


Ehime OV - Shimane SM 59-77

Not a big story in a game in Matsuyama where 4th placed Orange Vikings (24-23) were defeated by first ranked Shimane Magic (39-7) 77-59 on Saturday. American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners and his fellow American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) responded with 8 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shimane Magic maintains first place with 39-7 record. Loser Orange Vikings dropped to the third position with 23 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Orange Vikings will play again at home against the league's leader Shimane Magic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 19+13reb+2ast, W.Marshall 18+7reb, K.Takabatake 11+1ast, E.Yamamoto 11+7reb+1ast, H.Okamoto 6+2reb+1ast, T.Goya 5+4reb+7ast
Ehime OV: T.Yoshihiko 13+4reb, L.Blackledge 12+7reb, Y.Nakajima 11+5reb+1ast, C.Williams 8+11reb+2ast, J.Crawford 4+3reb, T.Kasahara 4+3reb
gschID: 538206


Kagawa FA - Hiroshima D. 77-87

Everything went according to plan in Takamatsu where second ranked Dragonflies (37-10) beat 5th ranked Kagawa FA (14-33) 87-77 on Saturday. They outrebounded Kagawa FA 41-27 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kagawa FA was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) responded with 29 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and guard Taku Bandoh (185-92) scored 16 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dragonflies maintains second place with 37-10 record having just four point less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Kagawa FA keeps the fifth position with 33 games lost. Dragonflies will have a break next round. Kagawa FA will play again at home against the league's second-placed Dragonflies (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: D.Dillon 26+6reb+2ast, C.Lammert 13+7reb+2ast, S.Tanaka 11+2reb, A.Sakata 8+3reb, A.N'Diaye 7+10reb, S.Nakama 5+2reb+2ast
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 29+9reb+4ast, T.Bandoh 16+3reb, R.Tokunaga 11+3reb+1ast, S.Mizoguchi 7+1reb, T.Shuichi 6+1reb, A.Forbes 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 538207


Kumamoto V. - Kagoshima 91-67

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Kagoshima (6-42) was outplayed on the road by third ranked Kumamoto V. (37-11) 91-67 on Friday. Kumamoto V. dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Hiroshi Fujita (190-92) scored 7 points, 8 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. Kumamoto V. maintains third place with 37-11 record having just five point less than leader Shimane SM. Kagoshima lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 42 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: R.Warren 17+10reb+2ast, J.James 16+11reb+1ast, R.Nakanishi 12+1reb, K.Kakiuchi 9+3reb+2ast, T.Furuno 9+6reb+13ast, T.Takahama 8+1reb+2ast
Kagoshima: R.Nakazono 15+3reb, C.Maduabum 15+8reb+3ast, T.Murphy 13+5reb, K.Sameshima 9+3reb+5ast, H.Fujita 7+8reb+4ast, K.Matsuzaki 5+1reb
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