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B Standings
Central
 1 Niigata Albirex 29-11 
 2 Kawasaki BT 24-16 
 3 SeaHorses 22-18 
 4 Toyama Grouses 21-19 
 5 San-en 17-23 
 6 Yokohama BC 11-29 
East
 1 Chiba Jets 33-7 
 2 Tochigi Brex 32-8 
 3 Toyota Alvark 28-12 
 4 Hitachi SR 18-22 
 5 Akita NH 13-27 
 6 Hokkaido L. 10-30 
West
 1 Ryukyu GK 25-15 
 2 Nagoya DD 22-18 
 3 Kyoto Hannar. 22-18 
 4 Osaka Evessa 15-25 
 5 Fukuoka Rizing 10-30 
 6 Shiga L-Stars 8-32 
Full Standings
Last:2/11/2019
B2 Standings
Central
 1 Shinshu BW 32-8 
 2 Toyotsu FE 25-15 
 3 Nishinomiya S. 19-21 
 4 Kanazawa Sam. 17-23 
 5 Tokyo Z 14-26 
 6 Tokyo HT 7-34 
East
 1 Gunma 29-11 
 2 Sendai 89ers 26-14 
 3 Cyberdyne IR 24-16 
 4 Fukushima 18-22 
 5 Yamagata 16-24 
 6 Aomori Watts 12-28 
West
 1 Shimane SM 29-11 
 2 Kumamoto V. 28-12 
 3 Hiroshima D. 27-14 
 4 Ehime OV 17-23 
 5 Bambitious Nara 11-28 
 6 Kagawa FA 9-30 
Full Standings
Last:2/16/2019
B League D3 Standings
 1 Tokyo Excel. 24-3 
 2 Toyoda Gosei 20-7 
 3 Koshigaya A. 20-7 
 4 Aisin AW 17-10 
 5 Tokyo Cinq R. 15-13 
 6 Saitama Bron. 13-15 
 7 Gifu Swoops 11-16 
 8 Kagoshima 11-16 
 9 Iwate Big Bulls 5-22 
 10 Tokyo Big Blue 0-27 
Full Standings
Last:2/16/2019
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata .
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Gardner, Niigata .26.6 
 2. Simon, Kyoto H.24.1 
 3. Cummings, Nagoya D.23.5 
 4. Lyons, Toyama G.23.1 
 5. Keenan, Akita NH22.9 
 6. Fazekas, Kawasaki.22.3 
 7. Lawal, Shiga L.20.9 
 8. Mavunga, Kyoto H.20.7 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .20.6 
 10. Ohishi, San-en20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kennedy MEEKS
  SeaHorses
  (208-F-95)
  Avg: 13
 1. Meeks, SeaHorses13.0 
 2. Lawal, Shiga L.12.3 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.12.0 
 4. Stepheson, Yokohama.11.9 
 5. Fischer, Shiga L.11.6 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi .11.5 
 7. Butts, SeaHorses11.3 
 8. Fazekas, Kawasaki.11.1 
 9. Burrell, Nagoya DD10.8 
 10. Smith, Toyama G.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 Julian MAVUNGA
  Kyoto H.
  (203-PF-90)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Mavunga, Kyoto H.8.7 
 2. Namizato, Ryukyu G.7.2 
 3. Matsushima, Hokkaido.6.3 
 4. Nakayama, Akita NH5.7 
 5. Igarashi, Niigata .5.3 
 6. Suzuki, San-en5.3 
 7. Togashi, Chiba Jets5.2 
 8. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.2 
 9. Uto, Toyama G.5.0 
 10. Ito, Kyoto Hannar.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya NAKAYAMA
  Akita NH
  (182-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Nakayama, Akita NH2.2 
 2. Blakely, Shiga L.2.2 
 3. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex2.2 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.9 
 5. Ohishi, San-en1.6 
 6. Fujii, Kawasaki BT1.6 
 7. Yamashita, Fukuoka .1.6 
 8. Simon, Kyoto H.1.5 
 9. Kelly, Hitachi SR1.5 
 10. Kawamura, Yokohama.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Prince IBEH
  Yokohama BC
  (208-C-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ibeh, Yokohama BC2.8 
 2. Coleby, Akita NH2.4 
 3. Simon, Kyoto H.2.2 
 4. Lawson, Fukuoka .1.8 
 5. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 6. Hamilton, Niigata .1.6 
 7. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.5 
 8. Lawal, Shiga L.1.4 
 9. Meeks, SeaHorses1.3 
 10. Kirk, Toyota Alvark1.2 
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Akita NH 55% Mar.2 Osaka Evessa
Toyota Alvar 64% Mar.2 Toyama Grous
Kawasaki BT 73% Mar.2 Hitachi SR
Chiba Jets 80% Mar.2 Fukuoka Rizi
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San-en Mar.2 Tochigi Brex 77%
Niigata Albi 68% Mar.2 Nagoya DD
Ryukyu GK 86% Mar.2 Hokkaido L.
SeaHorses 63% Mar.2 Yokohama BC
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Fukushima Feb.17 Tokyo Z 52%
Cyberdyne I 52% Feb.17 Sendai 89ers
Bambitious N 64% Feb.17 Yamagata
Shimane SM 63% Feb.17 Shinshu BW
Kagawa FA Feb.17 Toyotsu FE 73%
Ehime OV 55% Feb.17 Nishinomiya
Kumamoto V. 58% Feb.17 Kanazawa Sam
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B League Round 15: Chiba Jets upset Ryukyu GK - Nov 12, 2018


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The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Round 15 in B League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Chiba where host Chiba Jets (11-4) beat league's leader Ryukyu GK (11-4) 84-66 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a great shooting night for Chiba Jets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) who scored 23 points. Naturalized American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Chiba Jets keep a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Ryukyu GK. Ryukyu GK will play next round against strong Toyota Alvark trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chiba Jets will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Osaka Evessa at home.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Diamond Dolphins as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Diamond Dolphins smashed 4th placed Akita Happinets in Nagoya 79-54. It was a good game for American Markeith Cummings (198-88, college: Kennesaw St.) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Justin Burrell contributed with 7 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Akita Happinets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Newly promoted Akita Happinets dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hokkaido L.. Akita Happinets will play next round against league's leader Niigata Albirex trying to get back on the winning streak. Diamond Dolphins will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Aishin Sea Horses at Kariya.
An interesting game was played in Kanagawa where Toyota Alvark (#3) beat host Toshiba Thunders (#2) with 17-point difference 87-70 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. It was a great evening for Jawad Williams who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Nick Fazekas with 27 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains third place with 10-5 record having just two points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Kyoto Hannar.. Toyota Alvark will meet league's second-placed Ryukyu GK in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Tokyo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Aishin Sea Horses (7-8) to sixth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (5-10) 81-79 in the fight for the fourth place. It was an exceptional evening for Ryan Kelly who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Geoffrey Katsuhisa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place which they share with defeated Aishin Sea Horses. Aishin Sea Horses lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aishin Sea Horses will play against the league's leader Diamond Dolphins and hope to win that game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (9-6) against fifth ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (6-9) on Sunday night. Host Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by San-en NeoPhoenix in Kyoto 78-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Robert Dozier who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. San-en NeoPhoenix moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Loser Kyoto Hannar. dropped to the second position with six games lost. San-en NeoPhoenix will face Shiga L-Stars (#5) at home in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Toyama Grouses defeated Shiga L-Stars in a road game 85-72. Osaka Evessa beat Yokohama BC at home 78-68. Hokkaido L. lost to Niigata Albirex on the opponent's court 76-82. Tochigi Brex outscored Fukuoka Rizing in a home game 86-66.



Kyoto Hannar. - San-en 65-78

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (9-6) against fifth ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (6-9) on Sunday night. Host Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by San-en NeoPhoenix in Kyoto 78-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. San-en NeoPhoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Kyoto Hannar.'s players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward William McDonald (206-79, college: Grambling St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center David Simon (208-82, college: PFW) who recorded 28 points and 6 rebounds and center Shaquille Morris (203-94, college: Wichita St.) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. San-en NeoPhoenix moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Loser Kyoto Hannar. dropped to the second position with six games lost. San-en NeoPhoenix will face Shiga L-Stars (#5) at home in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San-en: R.Dozier 22+7reb+5ast, W.McDonald 14+9reb+2ast, A.Ota 9+6reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 9+2reb+6ast, S.Tawatari 7+2reb+3ast, S.Terazono 6+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Simon 28+6reb+3ast, S.Morris 15+8reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 6+1reb+1ast, K.Hareyama 5+6reb, T.Ito 4+1reb+6ast, M.Kataoka 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 648558


Kawasaki BT - Toyota Alvark 70-87

An interesting game was played in Kanagawa where Toyota Alvark (#3) beat host Toshiba Thunders (#2) with 17-point difference 87-70 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. Toyota Alvark looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) helped adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) with 27 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains third place with 10-5 record having just two points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Kyoto Hannar.. Toyota Alvark will meet league's second-placed Ryukyu GK in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: S.Ando 18+2reb+4ast, A.Kirk 14+11reb+2ast, J.Williams 13+8reb+6ast, D.Tanaka 12+4ast, Z.Baranski 10+2reb+4ast, G.Kojima 8+1reb+1ast
Kawasaki BT: N.Fazekas 27+9reb+3ast, V.Macklin 18+8reb+2ast, S.Edwards 9+4reb, N.Tsuji 5+2reb+3ast, R.Shinoyama 4+2ast, Y.Fujii 4+4ast
gschID: 696228


Shiga L-Stars - Toyama Grouses 72-85

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-12) were defeated at home by third ranked Toyama Grouses (9-6) 85-72 on Sunday. Toyama Grouses looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Yusuke Karino (184-90) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place, which they share with Kawasaki BT and Kyoto Hannar. Shiga L-Stars lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face league's leader Tochigi Brex at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shiga L-Stars will play against San-en NeoPhoenix (#5) in Hamamatsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 25+16reb+5ast, L.Lyons 24+8reb+1ast, N.Uto 16+4reb+9ast, Y.Otsuka 13+1reb+2ast, T.Mito 3+3reb+2ast, D.Yamada 2+5reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: G.Lawal 24+12reb+1ast, Y.Karino 12+2reb+6ast, K.Takahashi 9+1reb+2ast, N.Yutaro 8+1reb+2ast, D.Fischer 8+8reb+3ast, J.Kano 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 648554


Osaka Evessa - Yokohama BC 78-68

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Osaka Evessa (6-9) defeated at home 6th ranked Yokohama BC (3-12) 78-68 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) chipped in 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Javon McCrea (201-92, college: Buffalo) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and international point guard Ryo Tawatari (180-93, college: Dominican, CA) added 10 points and 7 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa maintains fourth place with 6-9 record, which they share with San-en. Yokohama BC lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face league's second-placed Chiba Jets on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Yokohama BC will play against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 20+10reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 14+1reb+4ast, P.Faye 12+3reb+2ast, J.Harrellson 8+12reb+1ast, S.Konno 6+1reb+1ast, S.Fujitaka 5+2reb
Yokohama BC: J.McCrea 25+14reb+4ast, T.Kawamura 12+3reb+1ast, R.Tawatari 10+3reb+7ast, E.Morris 7+13reb, A.Egekeze 7+6reb, N.Hashimoto 3+1reb
gschID: 648555


Nagoya DD - Akita NH 79-54

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Diamond Dolphins as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Diamond Dolphins smashed 4th placed Akita Happinets in Nagoya 79-54. Diamond Dolphins forced 24 Akita Happinets turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American Markeith Cummings (198-88, college: Kennesaw St.) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) contributed with 7 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Bahamas power forward Kadeem Coleby (206-89, college: Wichita St.) added 6 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Newly promoted Akita Happinets dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hokkaido L.. Akita Happinets will play next round against league's leader Niigata Albirex trying to get back on the winning streak. Diamond Dolphins will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Aishin Sea Horses at Kariya.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: M.Cummings 29+7reb+5ast, S.Ando 13+2reb+1ast, T.Sasayama 9+4reb+4ast, T.Nakahigashi 9+6reb+2ast, J.Burrell 7+9reb+3ast, T.Harimoto 6+2reb+1ast
Akita NH: J.Keenan 21+6reb+1ast, S.Onodera 7+1reb+3ast, K.Coleby 6+13reb+1ast, T.Nakayama 5+4ast, K.Nomoto 4+1reb, R.Yasuoka 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 648557


Hitachi SR - SeaHorses 81-79

A very interesting game took place in Tokyo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Aishin Sea Horses (7-8) to sixth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (5-10) 81-79 in the fight for the fourth place. Hitachi Sunrockers outrebounded Aishin Sea Horses 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American Ryan Kelly (211-91, college: Duke) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) accounted for 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Geoffrey Katsuhisa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) came up with 18 points and 9 assists and American forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Aishin Sea Horses in the defeat. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place which they share with defeated Aishin Sea Horses. Aishin Sea Horses lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aishin Sea Horses will play against the league's leader Diamond Dolphins and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 30+6reb+2ast, R.Kelly 18+21reb+4ast, L.Vendrame 13+2reb+5ast, T.Ito 6+2reb+3ast, Y.Mitsuhara 4+2reb, M.Yamauchi 4+1ast
SeaHorses: G.Jerrett 20+8reb+3ast, J.Sakuragi 18+4reb+9ast, J.Southerland 17+6reb+4ast, T.Nishikawa 11+4reb+1ast, M.Karimata 6+1reb+3ast, K.Matsui 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 648556


Niigata Albirex - Hokkaido L. 82-76

Very expected game when 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (4-11) was defeated on the road by first ranked Niigata Albirex (11-4) 82-76 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Niigata Albirex made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Hokkaido L.'s coach Jose Neto let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Niigata Albirex have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-4 record, which they share with Chiba Jets and Ryukyu GK. Hokkaido L. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face Akita Happinets (#5) on the road in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play against the league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 22+10reb+4ast, L.Hamilton 18+9reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 16+2reb+10ast, K.Morii 11+7reb+3ast, Y.Ikeda 9+2reb, Y.Ueta 6+6reb+3ast
Hokkaido L.: M.Trasolini 19+8reb+3ast, D.Doblas 12+13reb+2ast, K.Sekino 12+3reb+1ast, S.Mizoguchi 9+1ast, Y.Matsushima 6+2reb+5ast, A.Tajima 5+2reb+7ast
gschID: 648561


Chiba Jets - Ryukyu GK 84-66

Round 15 in B League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Chiba where host Chiba Jets (11-4) beat league's leader Ryukyu GK (11-4) 84-66 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a great shooting night for Chiba Jets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) who scored 23 points. Naturalized American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Chiba Jets keep a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Ryukyu GK. Ryukyu GK will play next round against strong Toyota Alvark trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chiba Jets will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Osaka Evessa at home.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Duncan 23+3reb+1ast, Y.Togashi 13+1reb+5ast, A.Chambers 13+3reb, K.Ishii 12+2reb+7ast, M.Parker 11+10reb, G.Edwards 9+5reb+1ast
Ryukyu GK: J.Scott 23+5reb+4ast, J.Ayres 16+5reb+1ast, R.Kishimoto 11, N.Tashiro 8+2reb+2ast, N.Namizato 4+4reb+8ast, T.Furukawa 2+1ast
gschID: 648560


Tochigi Brex - Fukuoka Rizing 86-66

Very predictable result when first ranked Tochigi Brex (13-2) outscored at home 6th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (2-13) 86-66 on Sunday. They outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 37-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Yusuke Endo (185-89) chipped in 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas) who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and British forward Benjamin Lawson (216-95, college: W.Kentucky) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tochigi Brex have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Newly promoted Fukuoka Rizing keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Toyama Grouses (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: Y.Endo 24+1reb, H.Watanabe 14+3reb+5ast, R.Rossiter 12+16reb+5ast, T.Kurihara 9, S.Ikaruga 9+2reb+2ast, J.Gibbs 8+11reb+4ast
Fukuoka Rizing: D.Pittman 26+7reb+2ast, B.Lawson 14+7reb+2ast, M.Joho 12+3reb+3ast, S.Tsuyama 10, Y.Yamashita 2+1reb+1ast, K.Hatano 2+1reb
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