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 6 Tokyo HT 11-49 
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 2 Sendai 89ers 40-20 
 3 Cyberdyne IR 35-25 
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 2 Shimane SM 43-17 
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  Yokohama.
  (208-F/C-87)
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 Marqus BLAKELY
  Fukuoka .
  (201-F-88)
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 Prince IBEH
  Yokohama BC
  (208-C-94)
  Avg: 2.8
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B2 League Round 14: Kumamoto V. loses to Fukushima - Nov 10, 2018


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Evan Ravenel
Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most important game in the last round took place in Fukushima between second ranked Kumamoto V. (10-4) and sixth ranked Fukushima (5-9) on Saturday night. Kumamoto V. was defeated by Fukushima on the road 86-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. Fukushima looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fukushima made 7 blocks. American power forward Evan Ravenel (204-89, college: Ohio St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. point guard Shinya Murakami (172-91) contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Fukushima's coach Tomohiro Moriyama used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Kumamoto V.Fukushima moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Aomori Watts. Kumamoto V. at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Toyotsu FE and Cyberdyne IR. Fukushima is again looking forward to face league's second-placed Kumamoto V. at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kumamoto V. will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Shimane Magic (9-5) which played road game in Ishikawa against one of their biggest challengers Kanazawa Sam. (4-10). Third ranked Shimane Magic managed to get a 11-point victory 84-73. Hungarian Rosco Allen (208-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Gregory Echenique chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Shimane Magic have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-5 record having four points less than leader Shinshu BW. Kanazawa Sam. at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Cyberdyne IR (10-4) which hosted in Tsukuba second-ranked Toyotsu FE (10-4). Second ranked Cyberdyne IR had an easy win 80-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. American players dominated the game. Connor Lammert notched 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 22 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists by Garrett Stutz did not help to save the game for Toyotsu FE. Toyotsu FE's coach Ryuji Watanabe rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cyberdyne IR have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Shinshu BW, which they share with Toyotsu FE and Kumamoto V. Cyberdyne IR will again meet at home league's second-placed Toyotsu FE in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Gunma (8-7) which hosted in Gunma one of their biggest challengers Orange Vikings (4-11). Third ranked Gunma managed to get a 14-point victory 81-67. The best player for the winners was Thomas Kennedy who scored 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gunma maintains third position with 8-7 record having four points less than leader Shinshu BW. Orange Vikings lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Dragonflies (13-1) which hosted in Hiroshima 3rd ranked Tokyo Z (8-6). First ranked Dragonflies managed to get a 4-point victory 83-79. Jamari Traylor orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Dragonflies have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Dragonflies maintains first position with 13-1 record. Tokyo Z lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost. Dragonflies will face again Tokyo Z (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Aomori Watts beat Tokyo HT on the road 75-69. Kagawa FA lost to Shinshu BW on its own court 71-75. Bambitious Nara unfortunately lost to Sendai 89ers in a road game 65-72. Sendai 89ers rolled over Bambitious Nara at home 86-60. Ehime OV was defeated by Gunma on the opponent's court 86-74. Yamagata smashed Nishinomiya S. in a home game 99-78.



Fukushima - Kumamoto V. 100-86

The most important game in the last round took place in Fukushima between second ranked Kumamoto V. (10-4) and sixth ranked Fukushima (5-9) on Saturday night. Kumamoto V. was defeated by Fukushima on the road 86-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. Fukushima looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fukushima made 7 blocks. American power forward Evan Ravenel (204-89, college: Ohio St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Point guard Shinya Murakami (172-91) contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Fukushima's coach Tomohiro Moriyama used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Kumamoto V.Four Fukushima and five Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. Fukushima moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Aomori Watts. Kumamoto V. at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Toyotsu FE and Cyberdyne IR. Fukushima is again looking forward to face league's second-placed Kumamoto V. at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kumamoto V. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: S.Murakami 23+5reb+7ast, E.Ravenel 19+12reb+8ast, S.Muto 14+5reb, C.Brady 13+8reb+2ast, Y.Yosuke 9+2ast, S.Shinnosuke 9+2reb+2ast
Kumamoto V.: C.Tapscott 19+9reb+5ast, J.Duinker 17+14reb+4ast, M.Fukuda 14+9reb+1ast, R.Nakanishi 12+6reb+1ast, Y.Toshino 11+1ast, T.Furuno 10+6reb+9ast
gschID: 647994


Tokyo HT - Aomori Watts 69-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Aomori Watts' (5-9) road victory over 6th ranked Tokyo HT (3-11) 75-69 on Saturday. American forward Cullen Russo (206-94, college: Fresno St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Lithuanian power forward Julius Jucikas (205-89, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Aomori Watts players scored in double figures. American power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and forward Takafumi Asano (192-85) added 1 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Tokyo HT. Aomori Watts maintains fifth position with 5-9 record, which they share with Fukushima. Tokyo HT lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. Aomori Watts will have a break next round. Tokyo HT will play again at home against Aomori Watts (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: C.Russo 22+9reb+5ast, J.Jucikas 16+8reb+1ast, T.Kan 15+7reb, K.Monma 10+2reb+2ast, T.Sano 8+1ast, K.Aita 3+2reb+3ast
Tokyo HT: A.Jones 30+12reb+2ast, M.Kamezaki 8+3reb+2ast, O.Yusaku 8+1reb+2ast, J.Kensei 7+4reb+2ast, H.Ogane 7+2reb+2ast, M.Wesley 5+1reb
gschID: 647993


Kagawa FA - Shinshu BW 71-75

Very expected game when 5th ranked Kagawa FA (3-10) lost to first ranked Shinshu BW (12-2) in Takamatsu 71-75 on Saturday. Shinshu BW made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated also this game. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) replied with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Inception Sports) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Kagawa FA. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Shinshu BW maintains first position with 12-2 record. Loser Kagawa FA keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Shinshu BW will have a break next round. Kagawa FA will play again at home against the league's leader Shinshu BW (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: W.Marshall 22+5reb+2ast, A.McHenry 17+9reb+1ast, Y.Osaki 11+5reb+2ast, H.Hiroaki 8+2reb+3ast, M.Kabaya 6+1reb+1ast, K.Ishikawa 4+4reb+7ast
Kagawa FA: T.Woodbury 27+8reb+5ast, R.Warren 9+7reb+9ast, M.Abe 8+1ast, A.Osawa 6+4reb+4ast, R.Horikawa 6+2reb, K.Kimura 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 647996


Sendai 89ers - Bambitious Nara 72-65

Very predictable result when first ranked Sendai 89ers (12-3) won against at home 6th ranked Bambitious Nara (2-12) 72-65 on Friday. They outrebounded Bambitious Nara 39-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. Sendai 89ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: Inception Sports) replied with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals and forward Jumpei Honda (190-88) added 22 points in the effort for Bambitious Nara. Bambitious Nara's coach Haruyuki Ishibashi tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sendai 89ers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-3 record. Bambitious Nara lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: J.Tillman 19+8reb+1ast, D.Miller 18+10reb+4ast, T.Shirato 15+3reb+2ast, J.Abe 14+1reb+1ast, K.Sawabe 4+3reb+2ast, S.Takeshi 2+5reb+5ast
Bambitious Nara: J.Honda 22+2reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 10+2reb, G.Hamilton 10+11reb+11ast, J.Parmer 9+5reb+3ast, Y.Maemura 9+2reb+3ast, Y.Yokoe 3+2ast
gschID: 647987


Kanazawa Sam. - Shimane SM 73-84

An interesting game for Shimane Magic (9-5) which played road game in Ishikawa against one of their biggest challengers Kanazawa Sam. (4-10). Third ranked Shimane Magic managed to get a 11-point victory 84-73. Shimane Magic players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Hungarian Rosco Allen (208-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Venezuelan center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Shimane Magic have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-5 record having four points less than leader Shinshu BW. Kanazawa Sam. at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: R.Allen 22+5reb+9ast, T.Soma 17+4reb+5ast, H.Kitagawa 15+1reb+3ast, G.Echenique 14+12reb+2ast, Y.Wada 8+3reb+1ast, R.Abe 6+2reb
Kanazawa Sam.: R.Reid 22+6reb+3ast, D.Bowles 20+7reb+4ast, R.Yanagawa 12+1reb+7ast, Y.Ide 6+5reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 6+1reb+3ast, Y.Inoue 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 696085


Cyberdyne IR - Toyotsu FE 80-63

An interesting game for Cyberdyne IR (10-4) which hosted in Tsukuba second-ranked Toyotsu FE (10-4). Second ranked Cyberdyne IR had an easy win 80-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. Cyberdyne IR made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) notched 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) supported him with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Even a double-double of 22 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists by center Garrett Stutz (214-90, college: Wichita St.) did not help to save the game for Toyotsu FE. Forward Josh Hawkinson (208-95, college: Washington St.) added 16 points and 18 rebounds for the guests. Toyotsu FE's coach Ryuji Watanabe rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cyberdyne IR have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Shinshu BW, which they share with Toyotsu FE and Kumamoto V. Cyberdyne IR will again meet at home league's second-placed Toyotsu FE in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: C.Lammert 27+8reb+1ast, S.Randall 13+10reb+11ast, A.Hirao 11+1reb+1ast, J.Maniwa 9+6reb+3ast, K.Fukuzawa 8+1reb+2ast, D.Sidate 6+6reb
Toyotsu FE: G.Stutz 22+17reb+6ast, J.Hawkinson 16+18reb+3ast, T.Kodama 14+1reb+4ast, E.Yamamoto 5+1reb+3ast, Y.Miyazaki 4, K.Sugimoto 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 647995


Gunma - Ehime OV 81-67

An interesting game for Gunma (8-7) which hosted in Gunma one of their biggest challengers Orange Vikings (4-11). Third ranked Gunma managed to get a 14-point victory 81-67. Gunma made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) who scored 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. American power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Masamune Tate (178-88) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gunma maintains third position with 8-7 record having four points less than leader Shinshu BW. Orange Vikings lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 29+9reb+5ast, M.Komaki 15+6reb+1ast, A.Kuso 15+8reb+5ast, H.Kondo 7+3reb+6ast, K.Shinkawa 5+2reb, K.Kikuyama 5+2reb+1ast
Ehime OV: A.Fitzgerald 30+20reb+5ast, M.Tate 13+4reb+4ast, T.Kasahara 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Ohara 7+1reb+1ast, M.Okamoto 6+2reb+2ast, Y.Yashiro 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 647990


Hiroshima D. - Tokyo Z 83-79

An interesting game for Dragonflies (13-1) which hosted in Hiroshima 3rd ranked Tokyo Z (8-6). First ranked Dragonflies managed to get a 4-point victory 83-79. Dragonflies made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American power forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) replied with 27 points and 5 rebounds and South Sudanese forward Mogga Lado (201-95, college: Campbell) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tokyo Z. Dragonflies have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Dragonflies maintains first position with 13-1 record. Tokyo Z lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost. Dragonflies will face again Tokyo Z (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: J.Traylor 28+11reb+1ast, H.Okamoto 14+3reb+5ast, S.Asayama 13+6reb+5ast, D.Sakamoto 7+6reb+2ast, S.Tanaka 6+3ast, K.Yamada 6+3reb+4ast
Tokyo Z: W.Creekmore 27+5reb+2ast, M.Lado 17+8reb, S.Kawai 8+1reb+1ast, T.Kashiwagura 8+5reb+6ast, S.Takayama 7+2reb, T.Masuko 6+2reb+6ast
gschID: 647991


Sendai 89ers - Bambitious Nara 86-60

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Bambitious Nara (2-12) was outscored on the road by first ranked Sendai 89ers (12-3) 86-60 on Saturday. Sendai 89ers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Bambitious Nara's 38. Sendai 89ers forced 19 Bambitious Nara turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Tyler Harris (208-93, college: Auburn) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds. Keita Sawabe (184-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 8 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) added 21 points and 5 assists in the effort for Bambitious Nara. Bambitious Nara's coach Haruyuki Ishibashi gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sendai 89ers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-3 record. Bambitious Nara lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Harris 32+17reb+2ast, K.Sawabe 21+4reb+10ast, J.Tillman 16+11reb+1ast, S.Takeshi 5+2reb+5ast, J.Abe 4+1ast, T.Shirato 3+1reb+2ast
Bambitious Nara: J.Parmer 21+4reb+5ast, Y.Yokoe 8, G.Hamilton 8+16reb+7ast, J.Honda 7+2reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 5, K.Matsumoto 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 647989


Gunma - Ehime OV 86-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Gunma's (8-7) home victory over one of their biggest challengers Orange Vikings (4-11) 86-74 on Friday. Gunma made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gunma made 8 blocks. Orange Vikings were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. American power forward Cory Johnson (202-88, college: Valparaiso) replied with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Orange Vikings. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Gunma maintains third position with 8-7 record having four points less than leader Shinshu BW. Orange Vikings lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 28+8reb+2ast, A.Kuso 17+10reb+3ast, M.Obuchi 10+5reb+4ast, M.Komaki 9+4reb+5ast, H.Kondo 6+6reb+3ast, K.Shinkawa 5+5reb+1ast
Ehime OV: A.Fitzgerald 15+10reb+2ast, C.Johnson 15+9reb+4ast, M.Tate 13+1reb+4ast, M.Okamoto 9+2reb+2ast, T.Kasahara 8+7reb+4ast, K.Takabatake 6+3ast
gschID: 647988


Yamagata - Nishinomiya S. 99-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Nishinomiya S.'s (3-11) road loss to fourth ranked Yamagata (6-8) 78-99 on Saturday. Yamagata shot 62.1 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Yamagata especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American-Irish swingman Will Hanley (201-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import center Randy White (203-67, college: Louisiana Tech) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Nishinomiya S.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Yamagata maintains fourth position with 6-8 record. Loser Nishinomiya S. keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Yamagata will face again Nishinomiya S. (#5) in Hyogo in the next round.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: C.Maduabum 24+18reb+2ast, Y.Nakajima 20+1reb+8ast, W.Hanley 19+6reb+6ast, H.Furuhashi 12+1reb+3ast, A.Hikaru 8+1ast, M.Izawa 6+2reb
Nishinomiya S.: D.Burns 23+6reb+10ast, R.White 17+5reb, N.Tani 14+4reb+2ast, N.Dohara 13+2ast, K.Matsuzaki 4+1reb+4ast, T.Yanagawa 4+2reb
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