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B League Standings
Central
 1. Nagoya DD 0-0 
 2. Niigata Albirex 0-0 
 3. San-en 0-0 
 4. SeaHorses 0-0 
 5. Toyama Grouses 0-0 
 6. Yokohama BC 0-0 
East
 1. Chiba Jets 0-0 
 2. Hitachi SR 0-0 
 3. Hokkaido L. 0-0 
 4. Tochigi Brex 0-0 
 5. Toshiba BT 0-0 
 6. Toyota Alvark 0-0 
West
 1. Kyoto Hannar. 0-0 
 2. Nishinomiya S. 0-0 
 3. Osaka Evessa 0-0 
 4. Ryukyu GK 0-0 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 0-0 
 6. Shimane SM 0-0 
Last:7/24/2017
B League D2 Standings
Central
 1. Cyberdyne IR 0-0 
 2. Gunma 0-0 
 3. Kanazawa Sam. 0-0 
 4. Shinshu BW 0-0 
 5. Tokyo Z 0-0 
 6. Toyotsu FE 0-0 
East
 1. Akita NH 0-0 
 2. Aomori Watts 0-0 
 3. Fukushima 0-0 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 0-0 
 5. Sendai 89ers 0-0 
 6. Yamagata 0-0 
West
 1. Bambitious Nara 0-0 
 2. Ehime OV 0-0 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 0-0 
 4. Hiroshima D. 0-0 
 5. Kagawa FA 0-0 
 6. Kumamoto V. 0-0 
Last:7/24/2017
B League D3 Standings
 1. Aisin AW 0-0 
 2. Kagoshima 0-0 
 3. Otsuka A. 0-0 
 4. Saitama Bron. 0-0 
 5. Tokyo Big Blue 0-0 
 6. Tokyo Cinq R. 0-0 
 7. Tokyo Excel. 0-0 
 8. Tokyo HT 0-0 
 9. Toyoda Gosei 0-0 
Last:7/24/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT26.6 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.9 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.5 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .18.9 
 5. Childress, San-en18.9 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.18.3 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 8. White, Sendai17.7 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.1 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.0 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.5 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.7 
 6. Childress, San-en9.5 
 7. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 8. Mangano, Sendai8.8 
 9. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 10. Parker, Chiba Jets8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Garrett, Toyota A.4.0 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.0 
 6. Suzuki, San-en3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.7 
 8. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.5 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 10. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.6 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.1.5 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.5 
 9. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 3. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Childress, San-en1.2 
 9. Pittman, Toyama G.1.1 

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Yokohama BC 56% Sep.29 Shiga L-Star
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B League Round 50: Niigata Albirex edges Sanen Neophoenix by three points - Apr 2, 2017


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The Regular Season in B League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 12 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 50 in the B League took place in Hamamatsu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix (26-22) to fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (21-27) 90-87 on Saturday evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) produced 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Sanen Neophoenix's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 21-27 record. Sanen Neophoenix at the other side keeps the second place with 22 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sanen Neophoenix will play again at home against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Sendai. Sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (13-36) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Hokkaido L. (18-31) 55-53 on Friday evening. American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Tshilidzi Nephawe contributed with 6 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for Hokkaido L.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth position with 13-36 record. Hokkaido L. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (11-37) made lots of trouble for third ranked Osaka Evessa (23-25) on Saturday. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected easier game. Xavier Gibson scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Julian Mavunga responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Nagoya DD and Ryukyu GK. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chiba Jets (33-15) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (15-33) on Saturday night. Visiting Chiba Jets were defeated by Akita Happinets in Akita 80-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. Seiya Ando notched 16 points to lead the effort. Akita Happinets' coach Makoto Hasegawa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 15-33 record, which they share with Yokohama BC. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-25) against fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (23-25) on Saturday night. Visiting Diamond Dolphins were defeated by Ryukyu GK in a tough game in Okinawa 76-82. The best player for the winners was Lamont Hamilton who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Diamond Dolphins' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ryukyu GK moved-up to second place, which they share with Nagoya DD and Osaka Evessa. Ryukyu GK will face again Diamond Dolphins (#3) in Nagoya in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

Rest of the games of round 50 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Kyoto Hannar. were defeated by SeaHorses in Kariya 82-69. Sendai 89ers was beaten by Hokkaido L. at home 60-70. Toyota Alvark lost to Tochigi Brex on the opponent's court 66-80. Yokohama BC unfortunately lost to Toshiba BT in a home game 68-85. Hitachi SR managed to beat Toyama Grouses on the road 71-62.
The best stats of 50th round was 24 points and 9 rebounds by JR Sakuragi of SeaHorses.

SeaHorses - Kyoto Hannar. 82-69

There was no surprise in Kariya where 5th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (22-26) was defeated by first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (38-10) 82-69 on Saturday. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 47-23 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada, agency: Aspire Sports) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 38-10 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fifth place with 26 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face again Kyoto Hannar. (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: J.Sakuragi 24+9reb+3ast, G.Edwards 17+9reb, K.Kanamaru 13+1reb+2ast, I.Butts 12+17reb, M.Morikawa 10+2reb, M.Hiejima 6+3reb+5ast
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Charlo 15+6reb+2ast, M.Dove 12+5reb+2ast, K.Kotzur 10+6reb, K.Yamabuchi 6+2ast, H.Kawashima 6+1reb+4ast, T.Sato 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543377


Sendai 89ers - Hokkaido L. 60-70

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (18-31) defeated on the road 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (13-36) 70-60 on Saturday. Hokkaido L. made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Sendai 89ers only scored eight points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) chipped in 11 points. Hokkaido L.'s coach Kota Mizuno used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Hokkaido L. maintains fourth position with 18-31 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the sixth place with 36 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 25+13reb+1ast, J.Thorpe 11+3reb+1ast, A.Tajima 9+2reb+2ast, S.Sekino 6, T.Orimo 5+2reb+2ast, T.Nishikawa 5+1reb
Sendai 89ers: F.Satoh 14+1reb, T.Nephawe 12+16reb+1ast, G.Mangano 9+7reb, M.Kataoka 8+5reb, M.Kikuchi 6+6reb+1ast, R.Yanagawa 4+1ast
gschID: 475191


Tochigi Brex - Toyota Alvark 80-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Toyota Alvark's (36-12) road loss to first ranked Tochigi Brex (39-9) 66-80 on Saturday. Tochigi Brex made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Tochigi Brex outrebounded Toyota Alvark 44-33 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. The former international swingman Takatoshi Furukawa (190-87) chipped in 15 points. Furukawa is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) produced 15 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Tochigi Brex have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 39-9 record. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face again league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 21+16reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 15+3reb+2ast, H.Watanabe 12+1reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 8+9reb, K.Takeuchi 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Tabuse 6+2reb+6ast
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 15+4reb+5ast, Z.Baranski 11+3reb, J.Ayres 8+7reb, T.Plaisted 8+3reb, K.Matsui 8+3reb+1ast, K.Ninomiya 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 475193


Akita NH - Chiba Jets 80-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chiba Jets (33-15) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (15-33) on Saturday night. Visiting Chiba Jets were defeated by Akita Happinets in Akita 80-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. Guard Seiya Ando (184-92) notched 16 points to lead the effort and American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) supported him with 14 points. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach Makoto Hasegawa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) did not help to save the game for Chiba Jets. International power forward Ryumo Ono (197-88) added 9 points and 9 assists for the guests. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 15-33 record, which they share with Yokohama BC. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Ando 16+2reb+2ast, L.Lyons 14+3reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 11+2reb+4ast, S.Morrison 10+6reb, D.Taniguchi 9+2reb+2ast, E.Ravenel 8+5reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: M.Parker 18+6reb, Y.Togashi 14+4ast, T.Stone 12+8reb, R.Ono 9+3reb+9ast, H.Armstrong 8+4reb+1ast, K.Ishii 7+4reb
gschID: 475192


Yokohama BC - Toshiba BT 68-85

Rather predictable result when first ranked Toshiba Thunders (40-8) beat on the road 5th ranked Yokohama BC (15-33) 85-68 on Saturday. They outrebounded Yokohama BC 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Toshiba Thunders looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Yokohama BC's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Takumi Hasegawa (190-89) chipped in 14 points. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) produced 18 points and 6 assists and American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 40-8 record. Yokohama BC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 33 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round. Yokohama BC will play again at home against the league's leader Toshiba Thunders (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 32+17reb+3ast, T.Hasegawa 14+1reb+2ast, Y.Nagayoshi 8+3reb, M.Diouf 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Fujii 6+4reb+5ast, R.Shinoyama 6+2reb+7ast
Yokohama BC: T.Kawamura 18+4reb+6ast, J.Parmer 15+8reb+2ast, J.Washburn 13+3reb, P.Faye 8+8reb, M.Hosoya 6+1reb+3ast, K.Takeda 5+2ast
gschID: 475194


Toyama Grouses - Hitachi SR 62-71

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (13-35) were defeated at home by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (24-24) 71-62 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Hitachi Sunrockers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) who scored 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Leo Vendrame (183-93) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Masashi Joho (183-82) produced 17 points and American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 24-24 record having sixteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the sixth place with 35 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo .
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: L.Vendrame 16+5reb+2ast, K.Hirose 13+4reb+3ast, A.Chambers 10+4reb+1ast, I.Brown 9+13reb+5ast, R.Sacre 8+6reb, R.Guinn 8+1reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 17+3reb+1ast, T.Mito 14+2reb, D.Pittman 12+9reb, D.Viney 10+4reb+2ast, N.Uto 5+3reb+3ast, Y.Okada 2+3reb
gschID: 475195


Sanen - Niigata Albirex 87-90

The most exciting game of round 50 in the B League took place in Hamamatsu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix (26-22) to fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (21-27) 90-87 on Saturday evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) produced 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Sanen Neophoenix's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 21-27 record. Sanen Neophoenix at the other side keeps the second place with 22 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sanen Neophoenix will play again at home against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 23+8reb, D.Gardner 21+8reb+3ast, T.You 15+6reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 13+7reb+3ast, K.Sato 9+4reb+5ast, S.Hatakeyama 7+3reb+3ast
Sanen: J.Childress 33+7reb+2ast, R.Dozier 14+10reb, S.Tawatari 9+3reb+1ast, S.Okada 7+8reb+2ast, O.Ashaolu 6+3reb+1ast, A.Ota 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 475196


Shiga L-Stars - Osaka Evessa 78-81

Sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (11-37) made lots of trouble for third ranked Osaka Evessa (23-25) on Saturday. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected easier game. Osaka Evessa made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Osaka Evessa outrebounded Shiga L-Stars 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Osaka Evessa made 7 blocks. American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Narito Namizato (172-89) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Nagoya DD and Ryukyu GK. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 21+9reb, H.Kinoshita 13+1ast, J.Harrellson 11+11reb+3ast, S.Konno 10+4reb+1ast, S.Negoro 8+6reb+2ast, R.Roby 7+1reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Mavunga 24+11reb+5ast, N.Namizato 15+3reb+2ast, Y.Karino 12+3reb+1ast, C.Brackins 11+3reb+2ast, T.Hasegawa 6+1ast, S.Faye 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 475197


Ryukyu GK - Nagoya DD 82-76

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-25) against fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (23-25) on Saturday night. Visiting Diamond Dolphins were defeated by Ryukyu GK in a tough game in Okinawa 76-82. Ryukyu GK outrebounded Diamond Dolphins 44-29 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ryukyu GK especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Takaya Sasayama (178-93) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Diamond Dolphins' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ryukyu GK moved-up to second place, which they share with Nagoya DD and Osaka Evessa. Ryukyu GK will face again Diamond Dolphins (#3) in Nagoya in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: L.Hamilton 24+10reb+5ast, S.Tsuyama 15+1ast, A.McHenry 14+15reb+4ast, S.Kitagawa 10+3reb+1ast, R.Kishimoto 9+5reb+4ast, S.Kinjo 8+2reb+3ast
Nagoya DD: T.Harimoto 18+2reb+1ast, T.Sasayama 17+5reb+4ast, J.Tillman 16+6reb+2ast, T.Nakahigashi 12+4reb+1ast, T.Nakatsuka 5+4reb+1ast, J.Burrell 2+3reb
gschID: 475198


Sendai 89ers - Hokkaido L. 55-53

Important game to mention about took place in Sendai. Sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (13-36) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Hokkaido L. (18-31) 55-53 on Friday evening. American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 6 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hokkaido L.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth position with 13-36 record. Hokkaido L. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: G.Mangano 18+15reb+2ast, F.Satoh 13+2reb+1ast, T.Nephawe 6+11reb, M.Kataoka 5+1reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 5+1reb, T.Shimura 4+1reb+3ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 11+10reb+1ast, A.Tajima 9+1reb+6ast, J.Thorpe 8+8reb+1ast, J.Bachynski 6+5reb, Y.Matsushima 4+2reb, D.Noguchi 4+5reb
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