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B League Standings
 1. SeaHorses 48-12 
 2. Nagoya DD 31-29 
 3. Niigata Albirex 28-32 
 4. San-en 25-35 
 5. Toyama Grouses 24-36 
 6. Yokohama BC 18-42 
 1. Chiba Jets 46-14 
 2. Toyota Alvark 44-16 
 3. Toshiba BT 41-19 
 4. Tochigi Brex 34-26 
 5. Hitachi SR 28-32 
 6. Hokkaido L. 26-34 
 1. Ryukyu GK 42-18 
 2. Kyoto Hannar. 34-26 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 24-36 
 4. Osaka Evessa 24-36 
 5. Nishinomiya S. 12-48 
 6. Shimane SM 11-49 
Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata .
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Gardner, Niigata .28.7 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT25.3 
 3. Trasolini, Hokkaido.19.0 
 4. Scott, Shimane SM18.3 
 5. Edwards, Chiba J.18.0 
 6. Gibson, Osaka E.17.0 
 7. Uto, Toyama G.16.9 
 8. Smith, Kyoto H.16.8 
 9. Sacre, Hitachi SR16.6 
 10. Kirk, Toyota Alvark16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
  Shimane SM
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Scott, Shimane SM10.9 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT10.9 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses10.5 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi .10.2 
 5. Fischer, Shiga L.9.9 
 6. Gardner, Niigata .9.9 
 7. Smith, Kyoto H.9.4 
 8. Lammert, Nishinom.8.9 
 9. Harrellson, Hitac.8.8 
 10. Kirk, Toyota Alvark8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Uto, Toyama G.7.6 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.7.4 
 3. Igarashi, Niigata .5.6 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets5.3 
 5. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.2 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.5.1 
 7. Tajima, Hokkaido.4.7 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .4.6 
 9. Tsuji, Toshiba BT4.4 
 10. Tatsuya, Kyoto H.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Chiba Jets
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Parker, Chiba Jets1.9 
 2. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.6 
 3. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.5 
 4. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.5 
 5. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.4 
 6. Parmer, Yokohama.1.4 
 7. Namizato, Shiga L.1.4 
 8. Vendrame, Hitac.1.4 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.3 
 10. Fazekas, Toshiba BT1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Hasheem THABEET
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thabeet, Yokohama.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Shiga L.2.2 
 3. Lammert, Nishinom.1.5 
 4. Benson, Osaka E.1.4 
 5. Martin, Ryukyu GK1.3 
 6. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Kirk, Toyota Alvark1.3 
 8. Edwards, Chiba J.1.1 
 9. Lane, Shimane SM1.1 
 10. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.1 
Player of the week

     Davante Gardner
      Niigata Albirex
    Season 2017-2018
    List of Players
    List of Imports

    Alvark capture B. League title (Photo: B League)

    Toyota Alvark Tokyo 2017-18
    Luka Pavicevic Luka Pavicevic Pavicevic
    Alex Kirk
    Daiki Tanaka
    Yudai Baba
    Joji Takeuchi
    Seiya Ando
    # Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
    53  Kirk Alex 211 (6'11'') C 91 USA
    24  Tanaka Daiki 191 (6'3'') F 91 Japan
    6  Baba Yudai 193 (6'4'') SF 95 Japan
    15  Takeuchi Joji 207 (6'10'') F/C 85 Japan
    3  Ando Seiya 184 (6'1'') G 92 Japan
    31  Williams Jawad 204 (6'9'') F 83 USA
    21  Lane Brendan 206 (6'9'') C 90 USA
    7  Shonaka Takeki 180 (5'11'') PG 84 Japan
    13  Kikuchi Shohei 191 (6'3'') F/G 84 Japan
    10  Baranski Zack 193 (6'4'') G/F 92 Japan
    1  Kojima Genki 180 (5'11'') G 94 Japan
    2  Saito Takumi 172 (5'8'') PG 95 Japan
    Head Coach: Luka Pavicevic All-Japanese B League Awards 2018 - May 30, 2018 All-Japanese B League 1st Team 2018
    Yuki Togashi
    Kosuke Kanamaru
    Daiki Tanaka
    Makoto Hiejima
    Nick Fazekas

    Finals MVP: Alex Kirk (211-C-91) of Toyota Alvark
    Player of the Year: Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses
    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: Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses
    Import Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT
    6th Man of the Year: Yuma Fujii (178-PG-91) of Toshiba BT
    Newcomer of the Year: Yudai Baba (193-SF-95) of Toyota Alvark
    Defensive Player of the Year: Ryoma Hashimoto (178-G-88) of SeaHorses
    Coach of the Year: Luka Pavicevic of Toyota Alvark

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

    2nd Team
    G: Takaya Sasayama (178-G-93) of Nagoya DD
    G: Kei Igarashi (180-G-80) of Niigata Albirex
    F: Naoki Uto (188-F-91) of Toyama Grouses
    PF: Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex
    C: JR Sakuragi (206-C-76) of SeaHorses

    Honorable Mention
    Josh Scott (208-F-93) of Shimane SM
    Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of Chiba Jets
    Joshua Smith (208-C-92) of Kyoto Hannar.
    Alex Kirk (211-C-91) of Toyota Alvark
    Justin Burrell (207-F-88) of Nagoya DD
    Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex
    Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR
    Marc Trasolini (206-F/C-90) of Hokkaido L.
    D'Or Fischer (211-C-81) of Shiga L-Stars
    Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Shiga L-Stars

    All-Domestic Players Team
    PG: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets
    F/G: Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of SeaHorses
    F: Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark
    G/F: Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses
    F: Naoki Uto (188-F-91) of Toyama Grouses

    Alvark capture B. League title - May 26, 2018

    Championships are won with well-orchestrated teamwork. The Alvark Tokyo did just that and played a polished, patient but aggressive game on Saturday. They showcased flashy plays but mostly stuck with their bread-and-butter offense, moving the ball and taking shots in players' comfort zones. Smart plan. Conversely, the Chiba Jets Funabashi had no sustained answers for the Alvark's methodical offense, and Tokyo controlled large stretches of their showdown. It all added up to a comprehensive 85-60 victory in the B. League Final at Yokohama Arena before an announced crowd of 12,005. The Alvark completed their championship run with nine straight wins, and an East Division club won the title for the second time in as many B. League seasons. (The Tochigi Brex accomplished the feat last May.) After exchanging hugs and high-fives with players and team staff, first-year Alvark bench boss Luka Pavicevic (agency: BeoBasket ) summarized the team's goal moving forward, speaking about games and seasons: 'This team will fight for every one of them that exists.' It was the blueprint of their title-winning campaign, too. Alvark captain Takeki Shonaka was handed the championship trophy after the game ended and joyfully celebrated with his teammates on the court. Former University of New Mexico center Alex Kirk (211-C-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) paced Tokyo (50-16 overall) with a game-high 23 points on 11-for-15 shooting. B. League Champion MVP Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) poured in 15 points and dished out five assists, Yudai Baba (193-SF-95) had 14 points and three steals and ex-NBA forward Jawad Williams added 10 points. 'First of all, I would like to congratulate my team,' Pavicevic told reporters. 'They came in and they had their heads and bodies ready to fight in the championship game in Japan. It's a long season. And it's not an easy thing to do, and it's my congratulations and appreciation (for their effort).' Tanaka called it a 'defensive victory.' He cited the fast break as instrumental in the win, too. Looking back at the game, Pavicevic said, 'OK, so, the game plan against Chiba is to not let them run and that means not give them an easy game going, because they are very talented and fast-moving players. Second is to not let them rebound . . . second-chance offense helps them win many games.' But in the close first quarter, Pavicevic mentioned that three or four turnovers gave the Jets chances to run, and a few rebounds gave the extra scoring opportunities as well. 'In the second quarter, we just tightened the screws on something that doesn't look extraordinary . . . but don't let Chiba score easy on fast breaks and don't let them bring the potency in rebounding,' Pavicevic stated. In Game 2 of the Mikawa series in the playoff semifinals, Pavicevic cited a close-out, one-on-one defensive situation against SeaHorses star Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) last Sunday, in which Tanaka hurt his hamstring, slipping on a wet spot on the floor in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture. Tanaka didn't practice this week and was questionable for the final. 'Daiki has stepped up mentally and physically. He didn't want to let his team down,' Pavicevic said of Tanaka's performance. '. . . He's obviously our offensive option No. 1.' 'He didn't back down from his defensive (assignment),' the coach added. The Alvark held the Jets to 34.6 percent shooting through three quarters, including 3 of 18 on 3-pointers, while making 55.3 percent. Chiba coach Atsushi Ono insisted his team's 17 turnovers were too many in his opening remarks to reporters in the post-game news conference. He commended Tokyo for its impressive pick-and-roll plays, a big part of its title-winning offense. Pavicevic, who hails from Montenegro, effectively made player substitutions time after time and they capitalized on their energy and tenacious defense. Rookie Baba wowed the crowd with a flashy reverse layup from the baseline to give the Alvark a 68-51 lead. Chiba called a timeout with 6:48 left in the game. The timeout didn't quell Tokyo's momentum. Kirk stuffed a putback attempt to make it 70-53. Baba put the game on ice with a crowd-pleasing jam off a steal for an 82-58 Tokyo lead with 1:10 remaining. 'Yudai's role on this team is very important,' Pavicevic said of the 22-year-old small forward. 'He brings energy, he brings courage, he brings initiative and he brings speed and intensity on both ends of the floor. 'Overall, Yudai was of tremendous importance in this game.' 'They won it fair and square,' Jets forward Michael Parker (202-F-81, college: Evergreen St.) said. Jets big man Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) said the biggest factor in the match was the Alvark's impressive offense. 'They're like a machine,' he said. On the other end, Edwards said, the Tokyo defense 'forced us into taking some bad shots.' Edwards led Chiba with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Parker and Leo Lyons finished with 12 points apiece and Ono scored eight. Yuki Togashi contributed seven points and five assists, while Parker had five steals. The East Division champion Jets (52-16) took the first lead on a Parker layup on their first possession of the game. The Alvark, making their second trip down the court on offense, knotted it at 2-2 on Tanaka's drive to the hoop. Then Togashi made it 4-2 on a nifty inside move. Chiba's Aki Chambers (190-G-90, college: Cal Merced) picked up his second foul at the 5:22 mark of the first quarter and went to the bench. Tanaka sank a stop-and-pop 3 from the left wing to put the Alvark ahead 11-8 before Edwards made two free throws to trim the lead to 11-10. The big men had the center stage in the early going. For instance, as the quarter neared its finish Kirk caught a lob from Genki Kojima and scored on a forceful dunk, and on the next sequence Edwards knocked down a straightaway 3, tying it at 13-13. The Alvark scored the last two points of the opening stanza on a pair of Baba free throws. That gave them a 19-18 advantage. In the second quarter, Ono converted a smooth post-up jumper in the lane to put the Jets in front 20-19 with about 9 minutes before halftime. The Alvark used a 9-0 spurt to build some breathing room between them and their East Division rival, pulling ahead 40-31. Baba and Seiya Ando capped the run with a pair of layups, the last of which came after a Jets turnover. The lead changed 11 times in a tight, back-and-forth opening half. Lyons ended the run with a layup, but Williams had the final highlight of the half, dribbling from midcourt and pulling up a few steps later for a long 3-pointer. Alvark teammates congratulated a fired-up Williams immediately, and they strolled off the court with a 43-33 lead. That emotion carried over to the second half for the champs. "In the second half, I think we were very focused on both ends of the floor,' Pavicevic stated. 'After Jawad's 3-pointer, I think the players understood that we needed to stay calm,' was the way he prefaced the team's effort in the latter half. Dealing with strong on-ball defense from Tokyo, Chiba shot 38.2 percent, including 2 of 10 on 3s, from the floor in the first half, while the Alvark made 56.3 percent of their shots. Kirk had 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting by halftime and Lyons had 11 off the bench for the Jets. The third quarter began with Tanaka burying a fadeaway jumper, and the Alvark extending their lead to 47-33 on a Kirk layup. The Jets responded, pulling within 47-39 when Ono drained a 3 from the top of the arc with about 6:30 remaining in the third. Then, after a Tokyo timeout, Zack Baranski (193-G/F-92) made a left-baseline 3 for a 50-39 Tokyo lead. The Jets, who never led in the third, trailed 61-49 entering the fourth. They were held to 11 fourth-quarter points as Tokyo's defense sealed the title. 'They are so competitive and proud athletes,' Paviecevic said of his team. 'It would be a waste if we don't (make a) run for championship even if it's the first year. Commenting on the team's 2017-18 goal, he added this: 'I told my players they are good now, but let's go for it now, and let's work on getting better later. We still need to get better.'
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