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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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Round 58 (Regular Season)

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
Toshiba BT 83% Apr.29 Yokohama BC
Niigata Albi 51% Apr.29 Sanen
Shiga L-Star 50% Apr.29 Nagoya DD
Ryukyu GK 59% Apr.29 Kyoto Hannar
Toshiba BT 83% Apr.28 Yokohama BC
Next Round Schedule

Round 59 (Regular Season)

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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Round 22 (Regular Season)

Tokyo Cinq R 51% Apr.30 Otsuka A.
Saitama Bron 60% Apr.30 Tokyo HT
Fukuoka Rizi 55% Apr.30 Kanazawa Sam
Tokyo Cinq R 51% Apr.29 Otsuka A.
Saitama Bron 60% Apr.29 Tokyo HT
Fukuoka Rizi 55% Apr.29 Kanazawa Sam
B League Round 54: Toyama Grouses defeat leader Toshiba Thunders - Apr 16, 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 surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Toshiba Thunders (44-9) in Kanagawa on Friday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (15-38) 83-80. Toyama Grouses looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. The other American import center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains sixth position with 15-38 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Tochigi Brex (42-10) which hosted in Tochigi 4th ranked Hokkaido L. (20-32). First ranked Tochigi Brex managed to get a 10-point victory 78-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hokkaido L.. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 24 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jeffrey Gibbs chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tochigi Brex maintains first position with 42-10 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 32 games lost. Tochigi Brex will again play against Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round. Hokkaido L. will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Chiba Jets (36-16) which played road game in Tokyo against second-best Toyota Alvark (38-14). Third ranked Chiba Jets managed to get a 6-point victory 87-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. American players dominated the game. Tyler Stone notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Diante Garrett did not help to save the game for Toyota Alvark. Chiba Jets maintains third position with 36-16 record having nine points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyota Alvark will play again against Chiba Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (27-25) which played road game in Niigata against one of their biggest challengers Niigata Albirex (23-29). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers had an easy win 80-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The best player for the winners was Aki Chambers who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 27-25 record having eighteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the fourth place with 29 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round. Niigata Albirex will play again at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (42-10) which played road game in Okinawa against second-best Ryukyu GK (25-27). First ranked Aishin Sea Horses managed to get a 14-point victory 96-82. It was a good game for JR Sakuragi who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 42-10 record. Loser Ryukyu GK keeps the second place with 27 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round. Ryukyu GK will play again at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 54: Osaka Evessa smashed Nagoya DD on the road 92-73. Toshiba BT won against Toyama Grouses on its own court 78-63. Akita NH managed to outperform Sendai 89ers in a road game 66-48. Sanen managed to beat Yokohama BC at home 77-64. Shiga L-Stars defeated Kyoto Hannar. on the opponent's court 74-68.
The most impressive performance of 54th round was 23 points and 10 rebounds by Jeff Ayres of Toyota Alvark.

Nagoya DD - Osaka Evessa 73-92

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Osaka Evessa (25-27) crushed 5th ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-29) in Nagoya 92-73 on Saturday. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Diamond Dolphins' 34. They outrebounded Diamond Dolphins 43-20 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Osaka Evessa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 19 rebounds. Power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 20 points and forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Diamond Dolphins. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Ryukyu GK. Diamond Dolphins lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 29 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Diamond Dolphins will play again at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Tillman 20+2reb+3ast, J.Burrell 12+7reb, T.Sasayama 11+1reb+5ast, A.Shuto 8+2reb, T.Harimoto 5, S.Funyu 5+3reb
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 24+19reb+1ast, X.Gibson 18+7reb+2ast, S.Negoro 14+5reb+2ast, T.Hashimoto 11+4reb+2ast, T.Soma 9+1ast, H.Kinoshita 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 475230


Tochigi Brex - Hokkaido L. 78-68

An interesting game for Tochigi Brex (42-10) which hosted in Tochigi 4th ranked Hokkaido L. (20-32). First ranked Tochigi Brex managed to get a 10-point victory 78-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hokkaido L.. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 24 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tochigi Brex maintains first position with 42-10 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 32 games lost. Tochigi Brex will again play against Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round. Hokkaido L. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Thorpe 14+6reb+1ast, D.Miller 12+4reb+1ast, J.Bachynski 12+9reb, D.Noguchi 9+2ast, T.Nishikawa 7+1reb+2ast, A.Tajima 6+5reb+5ast
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 26+24reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 14+5reb, T.Furukawa 10+1reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 5+1reb+2ast, N.Kumagae 5+1ast, Y.Tabuse 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 475226


Toshiba BT - Toyama Grouses 78-63

Very expected game when 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (15-38) lost to first ranked Toshiba Thunders (44-9) in Kanagawa 63-78 on Saturday. Toshiba Thunders made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Toshiba Thunders outrebounded Toyama Grouses 39-21 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for international point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 assists. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) replied with 22 points and American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Toshiba Thunders maintains first position with 44-9 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the sixth place with 38 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: T.Mito 22+2reb+3ast, D.Pittman 15+6reb, N.Uto 10+2reb+6ast, Y.Okada 7+2reb+3ast, S.Willard 6+8reb+2ast, R.Yamazaki 3+3ast
Toshiba BT: R.Shinoyama 22+3reb+5ast, N.Fazekas 17+8reb+1ast, Y.Fujii 13+3reb+7ast, T.Hasegawa 9+1reb+2ast, K.Nomoto 8+7reb+1ast, M.Diouf 4+10reb+3ast
gschID: 475227


Toyota Alvark - Chiba Jets 81-87

An interesting game for Chiba Jets (36-16) which played road game in Tokyo against second-best Toyota Alvark (38-14). Third ranked Chiba Jets managed to get a 6-point victory 87-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. American players dominated the game. Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) supported him with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) did not help to save the game for Toyota Alvark. Forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) added 23 points and 10 rebounds. Chiba Jets maintains third position with 36-16 record having nine points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyota Alvark will play again against Chiba Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: J.Ayres 23+10reb+1ast, D.Garrett 23+7reb+5ast, D.Tanaka 15+3reb+3ast, Z.Baranski 9+5reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 6+7reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 5+2reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 19+14reb+4ast, R.Ono 17+4ast, K.Ishii 17+4reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 12+16reb+2ast, M.Parker 9+8reb, S.Hara 5+1reb
gschID: 544423


Sendai 89ers - Akita NH 48-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Akita Happinets' (16-36) road victory over 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (13-39) 66-48 on Saturday. Akita Happinets dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sendai 89ers' 28. It was a good game for Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Akita Happinets' coach Makoto Hasegawa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) added 5 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 16-36 record. Sendai 89ers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 39 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against Akita Happinets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Nephawe 13+14reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 8+1reb+2ast, F.Satoh 5+1reb, G.Mangano 5+7reb, R.Yanagawa 5, M.Kataoka 4+1reb
Akita NH: S.Morrison 15+8reb+1ast, L.Lyons 11+6reb+2ast, D.Taniguchi 10+2reb, S.Taguchi 7+6reb+2ast, S.Ando 7+3reb+7ast, R.Shirahama 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 475225


Niigata Albirex - Hitachi SR 57-80

An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (27-25) which played road game in Niigata against one of their biggest challengers Niigata Albirex (23-29). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers had an easy win 80-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Aki Chambers (190-90, college: Cal Merced) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward RT Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 27-25 record having eighteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the fourth place with 29 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round. Niigata Albirex will play again at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 18+11reb+2ast, D.Gardner 14+10reb+2ast, K.Sato 11+3reb+1ast, T.You 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Sato 4+1reb, S.Van Treese 3+2reb
Hitachi SR: Y.Otsuka 13+1reb, A.Chambers 13+5reb+3ast, L.Vendrame 12+3reb+3ast, R.Guinn 11+8reb+1ast, I.Brown 10+5reb+1ast, R.Sacre 10+7reb
gschID: 475228


Sanen - Yokohama BC 77-64

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Yokohama BC (15-37) lost to second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (28-24) in Hamamatsu 64-77 on Saturday. It was a good game for American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Shingo Okada (186-83) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Sanen Neophoenix's coach Hiroki Fujita allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) replied with 27 points and American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Yokohama BC. Sanen Neophoenix maintains second position with 28-24 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Yokohama BC lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 37 games lost. Sanen Neophoenix will face again Yokohama BC (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kawamura 27+2reb+3ast, J.Parmer 14+7reb, J.Washburn 9+6reb+2ast, M.Hosoya 7+5reb+1ast, P.Faye 7+9reb+1ast, K.Takeda 0+1reb+2ast
Sanen: R.Dozier 22+6reb+1ast, S.Okada 13+4reb+2ast, J.Childress 10+8reb, T.Suzuki 8+2reb+4ast, A.Ota 6+3reb+1ast, O.Ashaolu 5+2reb
gschID: 475229


Kyoto Hannar. - Shiga L-Stars 68-74

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (14-38) defeated on the road 4th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (23-29) 74-68 on Saturday. It was a good game for American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with 7 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada) added 14 points in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth position with 14-38 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth place with 29 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Charlo 14+4reb, S.Utsumi 9+7reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 8+1reb, S.Murakami 7+1reb+2ast, M.Dove 7+11reb, H.Kawashima 7+2reb+4ast
Shiga L-Stars: C.Brackins 19+10reb+3ast, J.Mavunga 12+8reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 12+5reb, N.Namizato 10+1reb+2ast, S.Faye 9+9reb+1ast, Y.Karino 5
gschID: 475231


Ryukyu GK - SeaHorses 82-96

An interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (42-10) which played road game in Okinawa against second-best Ryukyu GK (25-27). First ranked Aishin Sea Horses managed to get a 14-point victory 96-82. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Ryukyu GK's 50. It was a good game for the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. The former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. International guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Ryukyu GK. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 42-10 record. Loser Ryukyu GK keeps the second place with 27 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round. Ryukyu GK will play again at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: R.Kishimoto 21+6reb+1ast, A.McHenry 17+6reb+2ast, N.Tashiro 9+3reb, L.Hamilton 7+10reb+5ast, R.Terry 6+6reb, M.Yamauchi 5
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 23+1reb, J.Sakuragi 20+3reb+3ast, M.Hiejima 15+2reb+4ast, G.Edwards 12+8reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 11+2reb+2ast, I.Butts 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 475232


Toshiba BT - Toyama Grouses 80-83

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Toshiba Thunders (44-9) in Kanagawa on Friday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (15-38) 83-80. Toyama Grouses looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. The other American import center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and international point guard Yuma Fujii (178-91) added 14 points in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains sixth position with 15-38 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 27+14reb+2ast, Y.Fujii 14+3reb+3ast, T.Hasegawa 10+3ast, M.Diouf 8+3reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 8+4ast, Y.Nagayoshi 5+5reb
Toyama Grouses: Y.Okada 24+2reb+6ast, D.Pittman 23+12reb, S.Willard 17+16reb+10ast, R.Yamazaki 8+1reb, T.Mito 6+1reb+1ast, N.Uto 5+1reb+6ast
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