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B Standings
Central
 1. Toshiba BT 46-10 
 2. Sanen 30-25 
 3. Hitachi SR 29-26 
 4. Niigata Albirex 24-31 
 5. Toyama Grouses 16-39 
 6. Yokohama BC 16-40 
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:4/28/2017
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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SeaHorses 79% May.1 Osaka Evessa
Sendai 89ers Apr.30 Toyota Alvar 85%
Akita NH 55% Apr.30 Hokkaido L.
Tochigi Brex 57% Apr.30 Chiba Jets
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SeaHorses 79% Apr.30 Osaka Evessa
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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 51: Tokyo Z defeats leader Nishinomiya S. - Apr 2, 2017


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The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Nishinomiya S. (34-15) in Hyogo on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Tokyo Z (21-29) 70-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. They outrebounded Nishinomiya S. 45-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Nishinomiya S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Shota Watanabe (180-93) contributed with 21 points for the winners. point guard Noriaki Douhara (178-89) answered with 18 points for Nishinomiya S.Nishinomiya S.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tokyo Z moved-up to third place. Nishinomiya S. at the other side dropped to the second position with 15 games lost. Tokyo Z will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nishinomiya S. will play again at home against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (12-37) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Aomori Watts (22-27). The visitors from Aomori managed to secure only two-point victory 91-89. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. It was a great evening for American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Keisuke Aita helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was guard Ohara Yoko (186-89) with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aomori Watts maintains fifth place with 22-27 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Aomori Watts will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Aomori Watts (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Fukushima (26-23) against fourth ranked Cyberdyne IR (23-26) on Saturday night. Visiting Fukushima was defeated by Cyberdyne IR in a tough game in Tsukuba 73-82. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for Scootie Randall who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Cyberdyne IR's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Terrance Shannon came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for Fukushima in the defeat. Cyberdyne IR have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 23-26 record. Fukushima lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with 23 games lost. Cyberdyne IR will again meet at home league's second-placed Fukushima in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fukushima will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Toyotsu FE (35-15) which played road game in Tokyo against 3rd placed Tokyo Excel. (20-29). Second ranked Toyotsu FE had an easy win 95-74. The best player for the winners was Solomon Alabi who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Tokyo Excel.'s coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Toyotsu FE keeps a position of league leader. Tokyo Excel. at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 29 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Gunma (32-17) which played road game in Yamagata against 3rd placed Yamagata (24-25). First ranked Gunma managed to get a 9-point victory 67-58. It was a good game for Hirotaka Kondo who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gunma maintains first place with 32-17 record. Yamagata lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the third position with 25 games lost. Gunma will have a break next round. Yamagata will play again at home against the league's leader Gunma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 51: Bambitious Nara beat Shinshu BW on the road 86-70. Ehime OV lost to Kumamoto V. on its own court 66-77. Kagawa FA managed to outperform Kagoshima in Takamatsu 94-78. Shimane SM rolled over Hiroshima D. at home 72-50. Toyotsu FE was defeated by Tokyo Excel. on the opponent's court 87-79.
The most impressive performance of 51th round was 31 points and 9 rebounds by Chehales Tapscott of Kagawa FA.

Tokyo Excel. - Toyotsu FE 74-95

An interesting game for Toyotsu FE (35-15) which played road game in Tokyo against 3rd placed Tokyo Excel. (20-29). Second ranked Toyotsu FE had an easy win 95-74. Toyotsu FE had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) chipped in 26 points and 9 rebounds. Four Toyotsu FE players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import Justin Herold (203-91, college: Sonoma St.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Tokyo Excel.'s coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Toyotsu FE keeps a position of league leader. Tokyo Excel. at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 29 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyotsu FE: R.Carney 26+9reb, S.Kozu 19+2reb+3ast, S.Alabi 18+14reb+3ast, K.Fukuzawa 13+3reb+3ast, Y.Otsuka 7+4reb+4ast, M.Narita 7+2ast
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 18+10reb, J.Herold 10+10reb, S.Izumi 8+1ast, S.Miyata 8+2reb+2ast, Y.Saito 8+2reb+2ast, H.Tobita 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 538217


Nishinomiya S. - Tokyo Z 69-70

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Nishinomiya S. (34-15) in Hyogo on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Tokyo Z (21-29) 70-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. They outrebounded Nishinomiya S. 45-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Nishinomiya S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Shota Watanabe (180-93) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Point guard Noriaki Douhara (178-89) answered with 18 points and Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) added 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Nishinomiya S.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nishinomiya S.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tokyo Z moved-up to third place. Nishinomiya S. at the other side dropped to the second position with 15 games lost. Tokyo Z will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nishinomiya S. will play again at home against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: S.Watanabe 21+4reb+3ast, W.Creekmore 19+15reb, S.Takayama 15+10reb, D.Jones 10+7reb+1ast, K.Nakagawa 3+1reb+4ast, M.Takumi 2+4reb+3ast
Nishinomiya S.: N.Douhara 18+4reb+2ast, J.Vandenberg 15+6reb+1ast, D.Burns 11+7reb+2ast, K.Matsuzaki 10+2ast, N.Tani 5+6reb+2ast, T.Yanagawa 5
gschID: 538218


Iwate Big Bulls - Aomori Watts 89-91

Sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (12-37) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Aomori Watts (22-27). The visitors from Aomori managed to secure only two-point victory 91-89. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. It was a great evening for American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Keisuke Aita (182-95) helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was guard Ohara Yoko (186-89) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Aomori Watts and five Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aomori Watts maintains fifth place with 22-27 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Aomori Watts will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Aomori Watts (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: K.Barone 28+10reb+2ast, K.Aita 22+4reb+2ast, A.Wiggins 15+8reb+3ast, K.Tateyama 13+5reb+3ast, T.Kan 6+2reb+2ast, S.Shimoda 4+2reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: O.Yoko 19+8reb+1ast, N.Doaks 18+8reb+1ast, K.Nagata 16+3reb+3ast, M.Sawaguchi 11+2reb+1ast, D.Lawson 10+6reb, S.Onodera 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 538219


Yamagata - Gunma 58-67

An interesting game for Gunma (32-17) which played road game in Yamagata against 3rd placed Yamagata (24-25). First ranked Gunma managed to get a 9-point victory 67-58. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gunma made 8 blocks. It was a good game for point guard Hirotaka Kondo (187-82) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 4 assists. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) contributed with 8 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and American swingman Seth Tarver (196-88, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Yamagata. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gunma maintains first place with 32-17 record. Yamagata lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the third position with 25 games lost. Gunma will have a break next round. Yamagata will play again at home against the league's leader Gunma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gunma: H.Kondo 20+3reb+4ast, T.Kennedy 11+4reb, M.Cousin 8+16reb+1ast, A.Kuso 8+7reb, N.Takumi 6+9reb, M.Obuchi 5+2reb+6ast
Yamagata: Y.Ishikawa 14+15reb+1ast, Y.Takahashi 12+2reb+1ast, S.Tarver 10+9reb+2ast, M.Masanari 8+3reb+2ast, S.Murakami 5+2reb+2ast, Y.Kojima 4+4reb
gschID: 538220


Cyberdyne IR - Fukushima 82-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Fukushima (26-23) against fourth ranked Cyberdyne IR (23-26) on Saturday night. Visiting Fukushima was defeated by Cyberdyne IR in a tough game in Tsukuba 73-82. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Cyberdyne IR's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Terrance Shannon (203-90, college: VCU) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) added 12 points respectively for Fukushima in the defeat. Cyberdyne IR have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 23-26 record. Fukushima lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with 23 games lost. Cyberdyne IR will again meet at home league's second-placed Fukushima in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fukushima will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 39+15reb+2ast, R.Rickert 13+9reb+1ast, S.Isshiki 9+3reb+1ast, J.Maniwa 5+2ast, S.Kouno 5+1reb+1ast, R.Otomo 4+1ast
Fukushima: T.Shannon 26+10reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Hori 10+6reb, N.Spikes 8+4reb, S.Kanno 8+1reb+4ast, Y.Masuda 4+3reb
gschID: 538221


Shinshu BW - Bambitious Nara 70-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Bambitious Nara's (19-30) road victory over 6th ranked Shinshu BW (12-38) in Nagano 86-70 on Saturday. Bambitious Nara forced 21 Shinshu BW turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Higuchi Mato (177-92) contributed with 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Dutch power forward Jeroen van-der-List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Kazuya Mitsui (190-94) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Shinshu BW. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Bambitious Nara maintains fifth place with 19-30 record. Shinshu BW lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 38 games lost. Bambitious Nara will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Bambitious Nara (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bambitious Nara: H.Mato 19+4reb, A.Ogide 14+3reb, T.Woodbury 9+10reb+5ast, D.Terashita 8+3reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 7+2ast, J.Masumoto 6+2reb
Shinshu BW: J.van der List 13+5reb+2ast, K.Mitsui 11+7reb+1ast, T.Hiroaki 10+3reb+3ast, C.Posthumus 10+8reb, S.Uesugi 8+1reb, Y.Yasuhiko 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 538222


Ehime OV - Kumamoto V. 66-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Orange Vikings' (24-25) home loss to third ranked Kumamoto V. (38-11) in Matsuyama 66-77 on Saturday. It was a good game for power forward Ryota Nakanishi (199-88) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. Guard Yuji Kanbara (183-89) contributed with 17 points for the winners. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Yoshihumi Nakajima (176-90) added 17 points in the effort for Orange Vikings. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kumamoto V.. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hiroshima D. Orange Vikings lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the third position with 25 games lost. Kumamoto V. will have a break next round. Orange Vikings will play again at home against Kumamoto V. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: R.Nakanishi 23+3reb+1ast, Y.Kanbara 17+2reb+2ast, R.Warren 14+7reb, P.Butorac 8+3reb+1ast, J.James 7+11reb+1ast, T.Furuno 4+2reb+7ast
Ehime OV: Y.Nakajima 17+4reb+1ast, C.Williams 16+7reb+2ast, J.Crawford 11+8reb+1ast, T.Tatsuhiko 8+3reb+2ast, T.Kasahara 5+4reb+3ast, T.Yoshihiko 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 543364


Kagoshima - Kagawa FA 78-94

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Kagawa FA's (15-34) road victory over 6th ranked Kagoshima (6-43) in Renova 94-78 on Saturday. Kagawa FA made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Jamaican power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, college: Auburn, agency: Haylett Sports) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and Canadian forward Bikramjit Gill (201-92, college: Ball St.) added 14 points in the effort for Kagoshima. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Kagawa FA maintains fifth place with 15-34 record. Kagoshima lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 43 games lost. Kagawa FA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Takamatsu Kagawa FA.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 31+9reb+3ast, A.Forbes 16+9reb, R.Tokunaga 12+5reb+4ast, T.Shuichi 8+3reb+1ast, T.Maemura 8+2reb, S.Mizoguchi 8+5reb+3ast
Kagoshima: C.Maduabum 22+10reb+2ast, B.Gill 14+2reb, K.Sameshima 8+2reb+5ast, D.Ankei 8+4reb, R.Nakazono 7+3reb+2ast, T.Murphy 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 543365


Shimane SM - Hiroshima D. 72-50

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-best Dragonflies' (38-11) road loss to first ranked Shimane Magic (41-7) 50-72 on Saturday. Shimane Magic outrebounded Dragonflies 41-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) contributed with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Senegalese center Aziz NDiaye (213-88, college: Washington, agency: Babcock Sports) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Dragonflies. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shimane Magic. They maintain first place with 41-7 record. Loser Dragonflies keep the second position with 11 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again league's second-placed Dragonflies in Hiroshima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: W.Marshall 23+7reb, J.Davis 15+12reb+3ast, E.Yamamoto 10+1reb+2ast, R.Reid 7+5reb, H.Okamoto 7+3reb+3ast, T.Goya 4+4reb+1ast
Hiroshima D.: A.N'Diaye 17+8reb+2ast, C.Lammert 12+5reb, D.Dillon 6+3reb+2ast, H.Kitagawa 6+3reb+1ast, S.Asayama 4, S.Tanaka 3+1reb
gschID: 538223


Tokyo Excel. - Toyotsu FE 87-79

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Tokyo Excel. (20-29) defeated at home second-best Toyotsu FE (35-15) 87-79 on Friday. It was a good game for American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Tokyo Excel.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) added 24 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Toyotsu FE. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Tokyo Excel. went down to fourth position due to points difference. Loser Toyotsu FE still keeps top place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: H.Tobita 16+2reb, T.Nishiyama 13+2reb+7ast, R.Stephan 13+10reb+1ast, J.Herold 12+9reb+1ast, Y.Saito 9+2reb+4ast, L.Evans 8+9reb+3ast
Toyotsu FE: R.Carney 24+9reb+1ast, S.Alabi 20+14reb+2ast, S.Kozu 14+7reb+2ast, Y.Otsuka 11+2reb+5ast, K.Sugimoto 5+6reb+1ast, K.Fukuzawa 4+6reb+1ast
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