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In 2013 the Japan Basketball Association announced its intention to replace JBL with new National Basketball League (NBL) as the top-flight professional league in Japan.
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 34-8 
 2. Toyota Alvark 32-10 
 3. Toshiba BT 28-14 
 4. Hitachi SR 22-20 
 5. Panasonic T. 21-21 
 6. Tochigi Brex 13-29 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 12-30 
 8. Hokkaido L. 6-36 
Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.0 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.16.9 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.0 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.5 
 6. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.4 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR14.4 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.1 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota A.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.4 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba12.3 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.12.0 
 4. Oyedeji, Tochigi B.10.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.3 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.5 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR7.3 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 9. Takeuchi, Toyota7.1 
 10. Young, Aishin SH6.9 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.4 
 2. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.7 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi3.6 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 6. Tsuji, Toshiba BT2.9 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.1 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 4. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.2 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 8. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 10. Catron, Hokkaido1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.4 
 3. Covile, Aishin SH1.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.3 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba0.9 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.7 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.6 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.6 
Season 2012-2013
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports
Abroad

JR Sakuragi - The Best Player in JBL (Photo: JBL)

Aishin Sea Horses wins the Japanese JBL 2012-2013 title (Photo: JBL)

Aishin Sea Horses 2012-13
Kimikazu Suzuki Kimikazu Suzuki Suzuki
J.R. Sakuragi
Sakuragi
Ryvon Covile
Covile
Kevin Young
Young
Shinsuke Kashiwagi
Kashiwagi
Shogo Asayama
Asayama
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
32  Sakuragi J.R. 206 (6'9'') F/C 76 USA Japan
5  Covile Ryvon 206 (6'9'') C 84 USA
4  Young Kevin 206 (6'9'') C 84 Jamaica
3  Kashiwagi Shinsuke 183 (6'0'') PG 81 Japan
2  Asayama Shogo 192 (6'4'') F 81 Japan
23  Kitagawa Shuhei 185 (6'1'') G/F 85 Japan
24  Furukawa Takatoshi 190 (6'3'') G/F 87 Japan
0  Hashimoto Ryoma 178 (5'10'') G 88 Japan
7  Fukuda Mao 192 (6'4'') F 89 Japan
8  Omiya Hiromasa 198 (6'6'') F/C 82 Japan
14  Shimada Motoshi 196 (6'5'') F 87 Japan
9  Takashima Kazutaka 191 (6'3'') G 84 Japan
Head Coach: Kimikazu Suzuki
Coach Assistant: Hisashi Kagaya

Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese JBL Superleague Awards 2013 - Apr 23, 2013

Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese JBL Superleague 1st Team 2013
Shinsuke Kashiwagi
Kashiwagi
Takuya Kawamura
Kawamura
Jeff Gibbs
Gibbs
Nick Fazekas
Fazekas
J.R. Sakuragi
Sakuragi

Finals MVP: J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin SH
Player of the Year: J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin SH
Guard of the Year: Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex
Forward of the Year: Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT
Center of the Year: J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin SH
Domestic Player of the Year: J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin SH
Import Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT
Defensive Player of the Year: Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Panasonic T.
Coach of the Year: Kimikazu Suzuki of Aishin SH

1st Team
PG: Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-PG-81) of Aishin SH
G: Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex
F: Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota Alvark
F: Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT
C: J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin SH

2nd Team
G/F: Naoto Tsuji (185-G/F-89) of Toshiba BT
G: Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85) of Toyota Alvark
F: Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota Alvark
F/C: Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR
C/F: Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Panasonic T.

Honorable Mention
Tomokazu Abe (180-G-85) of Hokkaido L.
Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of Toyota Alvark
Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80) of Hitachi SR
Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of Panasonic T.
Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD
Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) of Mitsubishi DD
Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Hokkaido L.

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-PG-81) of Aishin SH
G: Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex
G/F: Naoto Tsuji (185-G/F-89) of Toshiba BT
F/C: Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR
C: J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin SH

All-Imports Team
F: Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota Alvark
F: Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota Alvark
F: Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT
F/C: Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80) of Hitachi SR
C/F: Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Panasonic T.


Aishin triumphs at JBL Finals! - Apr 22, 2013

Aishin SH - Toshiba BT 58-54 (3-2)

Aishin triumphs at JBL Finals! . They trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) chipped in 14 points. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) added 8 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 16+17reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 14+4reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 7+3reb+1ast, K.Young 6+7reb, S.Kitagawa 6+1reb, K.Takashima 3+2reb
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 11+10reb+2ast, T.Kurihara 8+2reb+3ast, R.Shinoyama 8+4reb+3ast, Y.Kagami 8+1reb+2ast, C.Moss 6+3reb, Y.Uda 4+2reb+1ast
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East edge West in JBL All-Star Game - Dec 31, 2012

JBL All-Star Game took plat at the Park Arena Komaki, Aichi Prefecture. The East Selection outgunned their West opponents 126:119 for the win. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) delivered 24 pints and 14 boards to pace the winners.
West got to a strong start. They fired 36 points in the opening frame to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. West arrived at halftime up by 7 points 63:56. However East turned things around in the third term. They went on a 34:20 rally to surge ahead. West did not surrender though. East were up by two points late in regulation however Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) sank two free throws to send the game into overtime. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) and Jeff Gibbs teamed up for the East selection in the extra period and led their team to the win. Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80, college: Penn St.) and Takuya Kawamura provided 17 points each for East. Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) and Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) added 20 points apiece for the winners. Jameel Watkins answered with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the West selection. Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) had 19 points in the loss.



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