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B League Standings
 1. Toshiba BT 49-11 
 2. San-en 33-27 
 3. Hitachi SR 32-28 
 4. Niigata Albirex 27-33 
 5. Toyama Grouses 18-42 
 6. Yokohama BC 16-44 
 1. Tochigi Brex 46-14 
 2. Toyota Alvark 44-16 
 3. Chiba Jets 44-16 
 4. Hokkaido L. 23-37 
 5. Akita NH 18-42 
 6. Sendai 89ers 14-46 
 1. SeaHorses 46-14 
 2. Ryukyu GK 29-31 
 3. Osaka Evessa 28-32 
 4. Nagoya DD 27-33 
 5. Kyoto Hannar. 25-35 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 21-39 
Points Per Game
  Toshiba BT
  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
  Tochigi .
  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.
  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
  Hitachi SR
  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
  Osaka E.
  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 

B Black celebrate victory in inaugural B.League All-Star Game (Photo:
Player of the week

     Julian Mavunga
      Shiga L-Stars
    Season 2016-2017
    All Games
    List of Players
    List of Imports

    Brex claim first B. League title (Photo:

    Link Tochigi Brex 2016-17
    Thomas Wisman Thomas Wisman Wisman
    Jeffrey Gibbs
    Ryan Rossiter
    Takatoshi Furukawa
    Yusuke Endo
    Yuta Tabuse
    # Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
    4  Gibbs Jeffrey 188 (6'2'') F 80 USA
    32  Rossiter Ryan 204 (6'9'') F/C 89 USA
    25  Furukawa Takatoshi 190 (6'3'') G/F 87 Japan
    9  Endo Yusuke 185 (6'1'') G 89 Japan
    0  Tabuse Yuta 173 (5'8'') G 80 Japan
    24  Brenton Tommy 196 (6'5'') G 89 USA
    10  Takeuchi Kosuke 206 (6'9'') C/F 85 Japan
    21  Hashimoto Kosuke 202 (6'8'') F 93 Japan
    13  Watanabe Hironori 180 (5'11'') G 88 Japan
    27  Kumagae Naoya 194 (6'5'') F 90 Japan
    11  Suda Yutaro 188 (6'2'') G 92 Japan
    46  Ikuhara Shusuke 180 (5'11'') PG 94 Japan
    3  Maemura Yudai 176 (5'9'') PG 87 Japan
    Head Coach: Thomas Wisman
    Coach Assistant: Shawn Dennis
    Coach Assistant: Ryuzo Anzai All-Japanese B League Awards 2017 - Jun 1, 2017 All-Japanese B League 1st Team 2017
    Yuki Togashi
    Makoto Hiejima
    Kosuke Kanamaru
    Daiki Tanaka
    Nick Fazekas

    Finals MVP: Jeffrey Gibbs (188-F-80) of Tochigi Brex
    Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT
    Guard of the Year: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets
    Forward of the Year: Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark
    Center of the Year: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT
    Domestic Player of the Year: Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark
    Import Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT
    6th Man of the Year: Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets
    Newcomer of the Year: Leo Vendrame (183-PG-93) of Hitachi SR
    Defensive Player of the Year: Yusuke Endo (185-G-89) of Tochigi Brex
    Coach of the Year: Thomas Wisman of Tochigi Brex

    1st Team
    PG: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets
    G/F: Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses
    F/G: Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of SeaHorses
    F: Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark
    F/C: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT

    2nd Team
    PG: Diante Garrett (196-PG-88) of Toyota Alvark
    G: Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Shiga L-Stars
    F/G: Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of San-en
    PF: Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets
    F/C: Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex

    Honorable Mention
    Julian Mavunga (203-PF-90) of Shiga L-Stars
    Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Chiba Jets
    Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR
    Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of SeaHorses
    Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR
    Jeffrey Gibbs (188-F-80) of Tochigi Brex
    Yusuke Endo (185-G-89) of Tochigi Brex
    Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex
    Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85) of Toyota Alvark
    Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Yokohama BC
    Naoki Uto (188-F-91) of Toyama Grouses
    Ryumo Ono (197-F/C-88) of Chiba Jets
    Masashi Joho (183-SF-82) of Toyama Grouses
    Shuhei Kitagawa (185-G/F-85) of Ryukyu GK

    All-Imports Team
    G: Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Shiga L-Stars
    F/G: Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of San-en
    PF: Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets
    F/C: Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex
    F/C: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT

    All-Domestic Players Team
    G: Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Shiga L-Stars
    PG: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets
    G/F: Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses
    F/G: Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of SeaHorses
    F: Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark

    Brex claim first B. League title - May 28, 2017

    An exciting new era for pro basketball in Japan produced an appropriate final chapter to close out its inaugural season on Saturday afternoon. The first B. League Championship final delivered a tight duel between the Kawasaki Brave Thunders, last season's NBL champion, and the Tochigi Brex. Over the final several minutes, the second-seeded Brex were the better team, more efficient and more consistent, which led to their 85-79 victory at Yoyogi National Gymnasium before an announced crowd of 10,144. Hustle, hard work and few costly miscues were all hallmarks of Tochigi's run to the title, including in the championship finale, a game that featured no double-digit leads, but had 14 lead changes, nine ties and 94 points in the paint (52 for Kawasaki). Brex players celebrated on the court seconds after the game ended, with captain Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89, college: Siena) embracing strongly. Indeed, it was symbolic of the special bond that defines their team. The glitter and glamour of the trophy presentation capped the TV spectacle. By contrast, the defining trademark of Tochigi's season is a grind-it-out work ethic. The Brex outrebounded the Brave Thunders 44-32. Jeffrey Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) scored a game-high 25 points, 16 coming in the fourth quarter, and pulled down nine rebounds in 25-plus minutes. Rossiter finished with 12 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists in an understated master class. Tabuse added nine points and five assists. 'It's a great team to be a part of,' Gibbs said in a post-game news conference. 'I'm happy to be a part of this team.' Brex forward Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87), who turns 30 in October, was selected as the B. League Championship final MVP. He scored 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting, including 3 of 6 on 3-pointers. 'I couldn't have won (the MVP) on my own,' said Furukawa, who averaged 11. 1 points per game during the regular season. 'My teammates and all the people that were involved in this team helped us win the championship.' Said Tabuse: 'First off, I would like to express my respect for Kawasaki for having displayed battles through the quarterfinals, semifinals and this game. 'We have always played with the entire team, so I just trusted my teammates and tried to play along with our Brex fans.' The first Japanese to play in the NBA then paid tribute to his entire organization. 'We owe all of our teammates, staff, front office, Brexie (cheerleaders) and more than anyone, our fans,' the former Phoenix Sun said. 'Without (our fans), we would not be standing here right now, so we really appreciate them.' Reflecting on the team's championship journey, Tabuse had this to say: 'We have accumulated things and were able to capture the title today. I felt things paid off for us. 'This is a championship that we won with the whole team. Like everybody on this team says, none of us say selfish things. We've tried to play as a team and as the season wore on, we got even better and it came out as a good result through this final today.' For top-seeded Kawasaki, Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) went 5 of 19 from the field but scored 23 points, including 13 of 13 at the foul line, and pulled down 11 rebounds. Ryan Spangler (203-F-91, college: Oklahoma) had 14 points and Ryusei Shinoyama 13. Naoto Tsuji, who was 1-for-7 on 3s, had nine points and a team-high four assists, while Mamadou Diouf (197-G/F-77, college: Delaware) scored eight points. The Brex (51-15 including the playoffs) also captured the 2009-10 JBL title under veteran bench boss Tom Wisman during his first stint at the helm. Wisman expressed after the game the pride that he has in his team, calling his players 'all heart.' He noted the hard road the team took to reach the final - beating the Chiba Jets, who were 44-16 in the regular season, in the quarterfinals, then ousting the SeaHorses Mikawa, who were 46-14, in the semifinals - and 'to beat a team as good as Kawasaki today in the final makes me the proudest coach in Japan.' He labeled his players 'champions' after their gritty performance, which including holding the league's No. 1 offense to 2-for-13 shooting from beyond the arc and 44.6 percent overall. The Brave Thunders, last season's NBL champions, finished with a 53-13 record. Teamwork defines Tochigi success. Case in point: Gibbs missed a 3-pointer with about 7 minutes left in the game. Rossiter corralled the offensive rebound and scored on the putback, but more importantly gave his team its first lead of the fourth quarter, 68-67. 'Everybody buys in,' Rossiter, a Siena (New York) College alum, said. 'Everybody does their job.' He added: 'Today's a perfect example. We didn't care about individual stats.' Fazekas made two free throws to put Kawasaki back ahead with 6:33 left, with Rossiter picking up his fourth foul on the play. But the Brex never backed down. Gibbs, an energetic force at age 36, was relentless inside. On one rapid sequence, his layup was blocked. He scooped up the loose ball and took a second shot. He missed. He grabbed the rebound and made a putback to it tie it at 74-74. 'I do everything I can to help the team out,' Gibbs said, specifically stating that it's his 'job down low to help the team there.' Spangler made the first of two foul shots with 4:02 to play, making it a tie game (75-75) again. In a scramble for the ball, Fazekas was called for an unsportsmanlike foul with 3:55 left. He and Gibbs were competing near halfcourt, Gibbs going for the steal. Gibbs made 1 of 2 free throws, but the Brex didn't score on their possession that followed the penalty. Fazekas did, however, at the other end, putting Kawasaki ahead 77-76. For the Brex, consecutive inside baskets by Gibbs turned their tiny deficit into an 80-77 lead. Spangler followed with two foul shots with 2:02 remaining. After both teams missed shots, Furukawa buried a pull-up jumper from near the free-throw line. Kawasaki had a costly turnover on its next possession. Tabuse delivered a perfect pass to Gibbs, who scored a layup and sealed the win. Yusuke Endo (185-G-89) accounted for the game's final point, making the first of two free throws with 27.6 seconds left. Kawasaki missed a pair of long jumpers on its final two shots. 'The game could've gone either way until the very end, but quality of some plays made the difference,' Kawasaki coach Takuya Kita said. 'But our players were able to play in front of this big crowd and played to their best. 'It's all on me for our loss. I feel responsible for letting them feel disappointed. But they did their best to promote the B. League.' Shinoyama relished the experience of pro basketball's grand arrival on the national stage on Saturday. 'First off, I enjoyed the mood in the final, starting with the pre-game entertainment,' Shinoyama said. 'Having played basketball as much as I have, I'd never thought a day like this would come. 'But in the end, play quality on each play made the difference. I have an impression that Tochigi was better in terms of that.' He went on: 'Through today's game, it was like Tabuse sent me a message that I still have a long way to go. Moving forward, I would like to be a point guard like him who has a lot of leadership and can raise the level of his team when it matters most.' Early in the third quarter, Diouf brought the Brave Thunders within 49-48 on a pair of free throws. A Shinoyama jumper put them in front 52-51, with two Fazekas foul shots increasing the lead to 54-51 with 4:48 left in the period. Spangler converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 6.3 seconds left in the third quarter. That gave the Brave Thunders a 63-61 lead. Kawasaki won the opening tip and Shinoyama scored the game's first basket on a layup, but missed a chance for a three-point play by misfiring at the charity stripe. Furukawa canned a 3 from the left wing for Tochigi's first bucket of the contest. Spangler answered with a strong move inside as the Central Division champion Brave Thunders retook the lead (4-3). It was a wide-open quarter, a spirited duel at both ends of the court. Tsuji drove inside for a layup and gave the Brave Thunders an 11-9 lead. Moments later, Tabuse penetrated through the lane, jumped and banked in a layup, putting the Brex in front 13-11. With 3:27 left in the back-and-forth opening stanza, Tabuse went to the free-throw line for two shots. He sank the first attempting, pulling the Brex within 17-16. Coming off a pick set by Rossiter, Naoya Kumagae (194-F-90) made a spot-up jumper as Tochigi took an 18-17 lead. Tsuji then buried a jumper in the lane as the Brave Thunders snatched the lead right back. Tochgi swingman Yutaro Suda's 3-pointer tied it at 21-21 in the closing seconds of the first quarter. About midway through the second quarter, Furukawa's runner in the lane ricocheted off the backboard and sailed through the net. That gave the Brex a 32-27 lead. Furukawa punched his chest with a celebratory fervor after nailing the shot. After an official timeout, Tabuse tossed a high lob that Gibbs pulled down like a wide receiver hauling in a touchdown reception in the end zone and converted into a layup, extending the advantage to 34-27. Trailing 40-33, the Brave Thunders called a timeout with 1:21 to play in the half. Fazekas, who led the league in scoring during the regular season (27.1 ppg), made two free throws with 15.9 seconds to play in the half to cut it to 43-37. Furukawa scored 10 of his 13 first-half points in the second period. Rossiter's strong all-around play produced eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists before halftime.
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    B Black celebrate victory in inaugural B.League All-Star Game - Jan 15, 2017

    B Black team earned victory in the inaugural B.League All-Star Game. They rallied past B White 117:95 at the Yoyogi National Gym. Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) was named the MVP. He finished with 16 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Justin Burrell (207-F-88, college: St.John's) followed with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. B White trailed by as many as 19 points in the third term. They pulled within 8 points in the fourth quarter. But B Black stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the contest and rallied to the victory. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) delivered 17 points in the win. B White responded with 14 points from Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89). Diante Garrett (196-PG-88, college: Iowa St.) topscored with 27 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.
    Shigehiro Taguchi (184-G-90) celebrated victory in the Three-Point Shootout Contest. Ira Brown (193-F-82, college: Gonzaga) captured Slam Dunk Contest title. He overcame Justin Burrell in the Final round.

    Japanese B League All-Star Game 2017 Participants - Dec 28, 2016

    Black All-Star Roster

    Yuta Tabuse

    Takuya Kawamura

    Yuki Togashi

    Naoki Uto

    Makoto Hiejima

    Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80) of Tochigi
    Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Yokohama
    Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba
    Naoki Uto (188-F-91) of Toyama
    Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses
    Ryosuke Shirahama (190-F-91) of Tochigi
    Naoya Kumagae (194-F-90) of Akita
    Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) of Hokkaido
    Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi
    Justin Burrell (207-F-88) of Nagoya
    Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba

    Head Coach: Thomas Wisman of Tochigi

    White All-Star Roster

    Ryuichi Kishimoto

    Shigehiro Taguchi

    Kei Igarashi

    Tatsuya Suzuki

    Kosuke Kanamaru

    Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-G-90) of Ryukyu
    Shigehiro Taguchi (184-G-90) of Akita
    Kei Igarashi (180-G-80) of Niigata
    Tatsuya Suzuki (169-PG-91) of Sanen
    Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of SeaHorses
    Shuhei Kitagawa (185-G/F-85) of Ryukyu
    Tenketsu Harimoto (198-C/F-92) of Nagoya
    Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85) of Toyota
    Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Ryukyu
    Diante Garrett (196-PG-88) of Toyota
    Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84) of Chiba

    Head Coach: Takuma Ito of Toyota

    3-Point Shootout Participants

    Shigehiro Taguchi

    Shuto Tawatari

    Kosuke Kanamaru

    Yusuke Karino

    Yusuke Okada

    Shigehiro Taguchi (184-G-90) of Akita
    Shuto Tawatari (185-G-90) of Sanen
    Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of SeaHorses
    Yusuke Karino (184-G-90) of Shiga
    Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) of Kyoto
    Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) of Osaka
    Shogo Asayama (192-F-81) of Hiroshima

    Slam Dunk Contest Participants

    Tshilidzi Nephawe

    Naoya Kumagae

    Diante Garrett

    Ira Brown

    Justin Burrell

    Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-C-89) of Sendai
    Naoya Kumagae (194-F-90) of Tochigi
    Diante Garrett (196-PG-88) of Toyota
    Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi
    Justin Burrell (207-F-88) of Nagoya
    Ken Sakamoto (193-F/C-89) of Toyotsu

    by Greg
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