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B League Round 2: Osaka Evessa is defeated by Hokkaido L. - Oct 9, 2018


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There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in B League. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Osaka Evessa (1-1) in Saporro on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Hokkaido L. (1-1) 70-53. Hokkaido L. outrebounded Osaka Evessa 42-25 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hokkaido L. made 8 blocks. Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) chipped in 13 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Hokkaido L.'s coach Jose Neto used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Hokkaido L. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play at home against Fukuoka Rizing and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Diamond Dolphins (2-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Aishin Sea Horses (0-2) 96-93 on Sunday evening. American Markeith Cummings (198-88, college: Kennesaw St.) notched 24 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Taito Nakahigashi supported him with 12 points and 4 assists. Even 32 points by American forward James Southerland (203-90, college: Syracuse) did not help to save the game for Aishin Sea Horses. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Diamond Dolphins will play against Ryukyu GK in Okinawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Toyota Alvark (#2) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#4). Toyota Alvark (2-0) won against visiting Hitachi Sunrockers (0-2) 87-79. The best player for the winners was Jawad Williams who scored 19 points. Ryan Kelly produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of Niigata Albirex (1-1) against Shiga L-Stars (1-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 71-75. DOr Fischer orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Kazuhiro Shoji tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Niigata Albirex will play at home against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of San-en NeoPhoenix (1-1) against Kyoto Hannar. (1-1) on Sunday night. Host San-en NeoPhoenix was defeated by Kyoto Hannar. in a tough game in Hamamatsu 88-93. Julian Mavunga had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Kyoto Hannar. will face Yokohama BC (#6) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: winless Yokohama BC lost to undefeated Toyama Grouses on the opponent's court 77-101. Winless Akita NH lost to undefeated Ryukyu GK in a home game 66-71. Tochigi Brex managed to beat Fukuoka Rizing on the road 82-73.



Toyama Grouses - Yokohama BC 101-77

Rather expected game when Yokohama BC (0-2) was crushed on the road by Toyama Grouses (2-0) 101-77 on Sunday. Toyama Grouses made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) chipped in 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Costa Rican-Belizean forward Charles Garcia (208-88, college: Seattle) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) scored 20 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Thomas Wisman gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Toyama Grouses will face Tochigi Brex on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Yokohama BC will play against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: C.Garcia 21+7reb+4ast, T.Kawamura 20+3reb+6ast, R.Tawatari 11+4reb+3ast, J.McCrea 10+5reb, E.Morris 6+13reb+2ast, K.Takeda 3+1ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 25+18reb+2ast, L.Lyons 22+9reb+4ast, Y.Otsuka 19+3reb+3ast, S.Funyu 12+1reb+4ast, T.Mito 8+4ast, N.Uto 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 648439


Akita NH - Ryukyu GK 66-71

There was a small surprise when Ryukyu GK (2-0) defeated on the road Akita Happinets (0-2) 71-66 on Sunday. Akita Happinets were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Narito Namizato (172-89) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Point guard Shota Onodera (183-94) responded with 17 points and American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Ryukyu GK will face Diamond Dolphins in Nagoya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akita Happinets will play on the road against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Onodera 17+4reb+3ast, J.Keenan 15+7reb+1ast, D.Shimoyama 8+1reb, M.Narita 8+1reb+2ast, K.Coleby 6+7reb, T.Nakayama 6+3reb+11ast
Ryukyu GK: N.Namizato 17+5reb+8ast, J.Scott 13+10reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 10+2reb, R.Kishimoto 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Suda 7+4reb+1ast, N.Tashiro 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 648441


Hokkaido L. - Osaka Evessa 70-53

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Osaka Evessa (1-1) in Saporro on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Hokkaido L. (1-1) 70-53. Hokkaido L. outrebounded Osaka Evessa 42-25 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hokkaido L. made 8 blocks. Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) chipped in 13 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Hokkaido L.'s coach Jose Neto used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Pape Faye (200-87) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Hokkaido L. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play at home against Fukuoka Rizing and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 15+8reb+1ast, P.Faye 11+5reb+1ast, S.Hatakeyama 9+1reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 7+2reb+5ast, S.Fujitaka 5+3reb+2ast, R.Goda 3+2ast
Hokkaido L.: M.Trasolini 25+10reb+3ast, D.Doblas 13+16reb+2ast, K.Sekino 10+2reb, D.Noguchi 7+3reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 5+1reb, Y.Matsushima 4+4reb+7ast
gschID: 648440


Fukuoka Rizing - Tochigi Brex 73-82

Not a big story in a game when Fukuoka Rizing (0-2) was defeated at home by Tochigi Brex (2-0) 82-73 on Sunday. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) scored 29 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: Arizona St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tochigi Brex will face Toyama Grouses at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: D.Pittman 20+7reb+1ast, E.Jacobsen 13+13reb+2ast, M.Joho 11+4reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 7+5reb+5ast, K.Hatano 6, S.Ishitani 5+4ast
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 29+9reb+3ast, Y.Endo 10+1reb+2ast, R.Yamazaki 9, J.Gibbs 8+9reb+4ast, H.Watanabe 7+2reb+6ast, Y.Tabuse 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 648444


Shiga L-Stars - Niigata Albirex 75-71

Very important is a road loss of Niigata Albirex (1-1) against Shiga L-Stars (1-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 71-75. Shiga L-Stars players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American-Israeli center DOr Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex's coach Kazuhiro Shoji tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Niigata Albirex will play at home against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: L.Hamilton 23+9reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 22+5reb+5ast, D.Gardner 19+4reb, R.Watanabe 4+9reb+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 3+2ast, Y.Ikeda 0+1reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: Y.Karino 26+3ast, G.Lawal 16+13reb+3ast, D.Fischer 15+16reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 7+3reb+3ast, J.Kano 5+2reb, T.Ito 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 648443


Toyota Alvark - Hitachi SR 87-79

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Toyota Alvark (#2) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#4). Toyota Alvark (2-0) won against visiting Hitachi Sunrockers (0-2) 87-79. The best player for the winners was American forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) who scored 19 points. The other American import center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. American Ryan Kelly (211-91, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: R.Kelly 25+10reb+4ast, R.Sacre 19+4reb+2ast, L.Vendrame 12+2reb+4ast, T.Hasegawa 8+1reb, M.Yamauchi 6+1reb+3ast, Y.Mitsuhara 4+2reb
Toyota Alvark: J.Williams 19+3reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 14+7reb, S.Ando 13+2reb+7ast, A.Kirk 12+8reb+3ast, Y.Baba 10+6reb+3ast, T.Shonaka 9
gschID: 648445


San-en - Kyoto Hannar. 88-93

Very important is a home loss of San-en NeoPhoenix (1-1) against Kyoto Hannar. (1-1) on Sunday night. Host San-en NeoPhoenix was defeated by Kyoto Hannar. in a tough game in Hamamatsu 88-93. San-en NeoPhoenix was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American center David Simon (208-82, college: PFW) chipped in 25 points during the contest. American forward William McDonald (206-79, college: Grambling St.) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. will face Yokohama BC (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
San-en: W.McDonald 20+9reb+3ast, H.Kawashima 16+3ast, S.Tawatari 12+3ast, T.Hasegawa 12+5reb, R.Dozier 11+9reb+2ast, S.Terazono 10+3reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Simon 25+3reb+2ast, T.Ito 23+5ast, J.Mavunga 19+12reb+5ast, S.Watanuki 12+1ast, K.Hareyama 10+4reb+2ast, Y.Okada 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 648442


Nagoya DD - SeaHorses 96-93

Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Diamond Dolphins (2-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Aishin Sea Horses (0-2) 96-93 on Sunday evening. Strangely Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Diamond Dolphins 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Diamond Dolphins players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Aishin Sea Horses were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American Markeith Cummings (198-88, college: Kennesaw St.) notched 24 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Taito Nakahigashi (190-92) supported him with 12 points and 4 assists. Four Diamond Dolphins players scored in double figures. Even 32 points by American forward James Southerland (203-90, college: Syracuse) did not help to save the game for Aishin Sea Horses. The former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) added 24 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Diamond Dolphins will play against Ryukyu GK in Okinawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: J.Southerland 32+3reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 24+3reb+2ast, K.Matsui 8+1ast, J.Sakuragi 8+12reb+6ast, T.Kato 7+1reb, S.Murakami 4+6reb+6ast
Nagoya DD: M.Cummings 24+4reb+4ast, S.Ando 13+3reb+2ast, T.Harimoto 13+2reb+4ast, T.Nakahigashi 12+4reb+4ast, K.Kohei 11+1reb, M.Kikuchi 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 648446


  




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