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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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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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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
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Ehime OV 76% Apr.29 Kagoshima
Tokyo Excel 58% Apr.29 Bambitious N
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B League D2 Round 53: Leader Shimane Magic loses to Kumamoto V. - Apr 9, 2017


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The Regular Season in B League D2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 9 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

Top ranked Shimane Magic (42-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of third ranked Kumamoto V. on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Kumamoto V. 66-64. The best player for the winners was point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) who scored 16 points. American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumamoto V. maintains third place with 39-13 record having just two point less than leader Shimane SM. Shimane Magic at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fifth-ranked Tokyo Excel. (20-31) made lots of trouble for first ranked Nishinomiya S. (37-15). The visitors from Hyogo managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Draelon Burns contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for Tokyo Excel.Tokyo Excel.'s coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nishinomiya S. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 37-15 record. Tokyo Excel. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 31 games lost. They share it with Bambitious Nara. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Fukushima between Fukushima and Yamagata. Second ranked Fukushima (27-24) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Yamagata (25-26). Fukushima managed to escape with a 1-point win 77-76 in the game for the second place. Cedric Bozeman stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Yuichi Ishikawa responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fukushima maintains second place with 27-24 record having eleven points less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Yamagata keeps the third position with 26 games lost. Fukushima will again meet at home Yamagata (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Yamagata will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nagoya. Second ranked Toyotsu FE faced 4th placed Bambitious Nara. Host Toyotsu FE (36-15) defeated guests from Nara (20-31) 96-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bambitious Nara. Solomon Alabi nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyotsu FE maintains second place with 36-15 record behind leader Shimane SM. Bambitious Nara at the other side keeps the fourth position with 31 games lost. Toyotsu FE's next round opponent will be again Bambitious Nara (#4) at home.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kumamoto. First ranked Shimane Magic faced 3rd placed Kumamoto V.. Guests from Shimane (42-9) defeated host Kumamoto V. (39-13) 71-61. The best player for the winners was Ryan Reid who scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shimane Magic maintains first place with 42-9 record. Loser Kumamoto V. keeps the third position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 53 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Nishinomiya S. crushed Tokyo Excel. in Hyogo 110-82. Hiroshima D. smashed Kagoshima at home 112-81. Shinshu BW lost to Tokyo Z on the opponent's court 71-77. Aomori Watts managed to outperform Cyberdyne IR in a home game 85-80. Iwate Big Bulls was rolled over Gunma on the road 85-65. Kagawa FA were defeated by Ehime OV on its own court 67-80.
The best stats of 53th round was 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists by Lawrence Blackledge of Ehime OV.

Tokyo Excel. - Nishinomiya S. 82-110

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Tokyo Excel. (20-31) was crushed at home by first ranked Nishinomiya S. (37-15) 110-82 on Friday. Nishinomiya S. dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Excel.'s 44. They outrebounded Tokyo Excel. 43-32 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Nishinomiya S. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Tokyo Excel.'s players. The best player for the winners was American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nishinomiya S. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 37-15 record. Tokyo Excel. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: T.Nishiyama 18+4ast, R.Stephan 14+8reb+1ast, L.Evans 12+8reb, H.Tobita 11+4reb+1ast, S.Izumi 7+3reb+2ast, J.Herold 6+3reb+1ast
Nishinomiya S.: D.Burns 21+6reb+6ast, N.Tani 16+3reb+1ast, L.Owens 14+5reb+2ast, N.Douhara 13+5reb+2ast, Y.Ishitsuka 10+3reb+2ast, A.Tsuchiya 9+4reb
gschID: 543379


Hiroshima D. - Kagoshima 112-81

No shocking result in a game in Hiroshima where second ranked Dragonflies (40-11) smashed 6th ranked Kagoshima (7-44) 112-81 on Saturday. Dragonflies dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 52. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Senegalese center Aziz NDiaye (213-88, college: Washington, agency: Babcock Sports) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Dragonflies players scored in double figures. Forward Ryuichiro Nakazono (190-78) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and Canadian forward Bikramjit Gill (201-92, college: Ball St.) added 17 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dragonflies maintains second place with 40-11 record having just two point less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Kagoshima keeps the sixth position with 44 games lost. Dragonflies will face again Kagoshima (#6) in Renova in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: R.Nakazono 22+10reb+1ast, B.Gill 17+2reb, A.Yamada 10+1ast, H.Fujita 9+4reb+1ast, H.Yamashita 6+2reb, D.Ankei 6+5reb
Hiroshima D.: D.Dillon 21+11reb+5ast, A.N'Diaye 16+7reb, H.Kitagawa 15+1ast, S.Tanaka 15+2reb+1ast, C.Lammert 15+6reb+1ast, S.Ikaruga 12+5reb+6ast
gschID: 543380


Kumamoto V. - Shimane SM 66-64

Top ranked Shimane Magic (42-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of third ranked Kumamoto V. on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Kumamoto V. 66-64. The best player for the winners was point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) who scored 16 points. American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and Yokoo Tatsuhiro (186-85) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumamoto V. maintains third place with 39-13 record having just two point less than leader Shimane SM. Shimane Magic at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: R.Reid 16+9reb+3ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 15+1ast, K.Takabatake 12+2reb+1ast, W.Marshall 5+4reb+3ast, J.Kurino-Dews 5+4reb, E.Yamamoto 5+6reb+2ast
Kumamoto V.: T.Furuno 16+4reb+3ast, J.James 12+7reb, P.Butorac 10, R.Warren 9+7reb+2ast, Y.Kanbara 9+1reb+2ast, R.Nakanishi 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 543381


Tokyo Excel. - Nishinomiya S. 77-80

Fifth-ranked Tokyo Excel. (20-31) made lots of trouble for first ranked Nishinomiya S. (37-15). The visitors from Hyogo managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Nishinomiya S. made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) added 15 points and 6 assists in the effort for Tokyo Excel.Tokyo Excel.'s coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nishinomiya S. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 37-15 record. Tokyo Excel. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 31 games lost. They share it with Bambitious Nara. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 27+12reb+3ast, T.Nishiyama 15+2reb+6ast, J.Herold 11+8reb, L.Evans 7+4reb, S.Izumi 6+3reb, H.Tobita 6+2reb+1ast
Nishinomiya S.: L.Owens 19+12reb+2ast, D.Burns 17+6reb+2ast, N.Tani 14+1reb, J.Vandenberg 12+9reb+4ast, Y.Ishitsuka 6+3reb, N.Douhara 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 543382


Toyotsu FE - Bambitious Nara 96-86

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nagoya. Second ranked Toyotsu FE faced 4th placed Bambitious Nara. Host Toyotsu FE (36-15) defeated guests from Nara (20-31) 96-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bambitious Nara. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds and forward Junpei Honda (190-88) added 11 points respectively for Bambitious Nara in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyotsu FE maintains second place with 36-15 record behind leader Shimane SM. Bambitious Nara at the other side keeps the fourth position with 31 games lost. Toyotsu FE's next round opponent will be again Bambitious Nara (#4) at home.
Top scorers:
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 23+9reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 11+1reb, J.Honda 11+3reb+2ast, A.Ogide 10+3reb+1ast, R.Kato 9+3reb+1ast, A.Hirao 6+4reb+2ast
Toyotsu FE: S.Alabi 27+12reb+1ast, R.Carney 19+6reb+2ast, S.Kozu 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Otsuka 10+1reb, K.Fukuzawa 9+3reb+3ast, K.Sugimoto 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 543383


Tokyo Z - Shinshu BW 77-71

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Shinshu BW (12-40) was defeated on the road by third ranked Tokyo Z (22-30) 77-71 on Saturday. Shinshu BW was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). His fellow American import guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Tokyo Z players scored in double figures. Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Dutch power forward Jeroen van-der-List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Shinshu BW's coach Ryutaro Onodera let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tokyo Z maintains third place with 22-30 record having fifteen points less than leader Shimane SM. Shinshu BW lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 40 games lost. Tokyo Z will face again Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: J.van der List 18+8reb+2ast, C.Posthumus 18+12reb+2ast, X.Ford 10+6reb, D.Suzuki 9+6reb+2ast, K.Mitsui 8+2reb, T.Hiroaki 3+2reb
Tokyo Z: W.Creekmore 25+14reb+4ast, D.Jones 13+5reb+1ast, S.Takayama 12+6reb, M.Takumi 11+1reb+4ast, K.Nakagawa 7+1reb, K.Irabu 5+1reb
gschID: 543384


Aomori Watts - Cyberdyne IR 85-80

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Aomori Watts (23-28) beat at home 4th placed Cyberdyne IR (24-27) 85-80 on Saturday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Five Aomori Watts players scored in double figures. Aomori Watts' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Aomori Watts maintains fifth place with 23-28 record. Loser Cyberdyne IR keeps the fourth position with 27 games lost. Aomori Watts will face again higher ranked Cyberdyne IR (#4) in Tsukuba in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 27+13reb+3ast, J.Maniwa 14+5reb+2ast, R.Rickert 11+12reb, S.Isshiki 8+2reb, D.Larkai 8+5reb, S.Kouno 6+3reb
Aomori Watts: A.Wiggins 23+13reb+2ast, K.Barone 20+12reb+1ast, K.Tateyama 14+3reb+3ast, K.Aita 12+1reb, Y.Nagayama 10+4reb+1ast, K.Kimura 4+1reb
gschID: 543385


Gunma - Iwate Big Bulls 85-65

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (13-38) were outplayed on the road by first ranked Gunma (33-18) 85-65 on Saturday. Gunma outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 44-29 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gunma made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) who scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 15 points. American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and guard Ohara Yoko (186-89) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gunma maintains first place with 33-18 record. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the sixth position with 38 games lost. Gunma will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: O.Yoko 16+2reb+1ast, N.Doaks 16+16reb+3ast, S.Onodera 9, K.Nagata 8+2reb+4ast, D.Lawson 6+7reb+2ast, S.Sawaji 4
Gunma: A.Kuso 16+8reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 15+4reb+2ast, N.Kodai 11+1reb, M.Obuchi 10+8reb+3ast, S.Kurihara 8+5reb, D.Umetsu 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543386


Fukushima - Yamagata 77-76

A very close game took place in Fukushima between Fukushima and Yamagata. Second ranked Fukushima (27-24) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Yamagata (25-26). Fukushima managed to escape with a 1-point win 77-76 in the game for the second place. American guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) chipped in 5 points and 16 rebounds. Point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Mitsutaka Izawa (194-93) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Yamagata players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fukushima maintains second place with 27-24 record having eleven points less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Yamagata keeps the third position with 26 games lost. Fukushima will again meet at home Yamagata (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Yamagata will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: M.Izawa 21+5reb, S.Murakami 12+3reb, Y.Takahashi 11+2reb+3ast, Y.Ishikawa 11+15reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 8, S.Tarver 6+13reb+1ast
Fukushima: C.Bozeman 21+7reb+3ast, S.Kanno 19+1reb, K.Tomori 12+3reb+2ast, T.Shannon 9+1ast, S.Murakami 7+3reb, N.Spikes 5+16reb+3ast
gschID: 543387


Kagawa FA - Ehime OV 67-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Orange Vikings' (26-25) road victory over 5th ranked Kagawa FA (15-36) 80-67 on Saturday. They outrebounded Kagawa FA 47-36 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Orange Vikings players scored in double figures. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Takada Shuichi (194-83) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Orange Vikings maintains fourth place with 26-25 record. Loser Kagawa FA keeps the fifth position with 36 games lost. Orange Vikings will have a break next round. Kagawa FA will play again at home against Orange Vikings (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 21+11reb+7ast, T.Shuichi 13+5reb, S.Kon 10+1reb, N.Williams 6+4reb, T.Bandoh 6+4reb+2ast, R.Tokunaga 5+3reb+1ast
Ehime OV: T.Tatsuhiko 19+4reb+2ast, C.Williams 18+9reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 13+15reb+4ast, T.Kasahara 10+5reb+5ast, J.Crawford 8+4reb, Y.Sekido 6+3reb
gschID: 543388


Kumamoto V. - Shimane SM 61-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kumamoto. First ranked Shimane Magic faced 3rd placed Kumamoto V.. Guests from Shimane (42-9) defeated host Kumamoto V. (39-13) 71-61. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) who scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Keisuke Takabatake (183-90) chipped in 8 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) produced 7 points and 14 rebounds and guard Yuji Kanbara (183-89) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shimane Magic maintains first place with 42-9 record. Loser Kumamoto V. keeps the third position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: Y.Kanbara 16+3reb, R.Nakanishi 8+7reb+1ast, R.Warren 8+2reb+1ast, J.James 7+14reb, K.Kakiuchi 6, T.Furuno 6+4reb+3ast
Shimane SM: R.Reid 12+7reb+1ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 11, E.Yamamoto 11+1reb+2ast, J.Davis 9+7reb+1ast, J.Abe 9+3reb+2ast, K.Takabatake 8+6reb+3ast
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