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B Standings
Central
 1 Niigata Albirex 15-7 
 2 Kawasaki BT 13-9 
 3 SeaHorses 12-10 
 4 Toyama Grouses 11-11 
 5 San-en 9-13 
 6 Yokohama BC 5-17 
East
 1 Tochigi Brex 18-4 
 2 Chiba Jets 18-4 
 3 Toyota Alvark 14-8 
 4 Hitachi SR 10-12 
 5 Akita NH 10-13 
 6 Hokkaido L. 5-18 
West
 1 Ryukyu GK 16-6 
 2 Nagoya DD 13-9 
 3 Kyoto Hannar. 12-10 
 4 Osaka Evessa 9-13 
 5 Fukuoka Rizing 5-17 
 6 Shiga L-Stars 4-18 
Full Standings
Last:12/15/2018
B2 Standings
Central
 1 Shinshu BW 19-3 
 2 Toyotsu FE 15-7 
 3 Tokyo Z 10-12 
 4 Nishinomiya S. 8-14 
 5 Kanazawa Sam. 5-17 
 6 Tokyo HT 3-19 
East
 1 Sendai 89ers 16-6 
 2 Cyberdyne IR 15-7 
 3 Gunma 14-8 
 4 Yamagata 10-12 
 5 Fukushima 9-13 
 6 Aomori Watts 6-16 
West
 1 Kumamoto V. 17-5 
 2 Hiroshima D. 16-6 
 3 Shimane SM 14-8 
 4 Ehime OV 8-14 
 5 Bambitious Nara 6-15 
 6 Kagawa FA 6-15 
Full Standings
Last:12/15/2018
B League D3 Standings
 1 Tokyo Excel. 19-1 
 2 Koshigaya A. 18-2 
 3 Saitama Bron. 10-10 
 4 Tokyo Cinq R. 9-11 
 5 Kagoshima 7-13 
 6 Toyoda Gosei 5-3 
 7 Gifu Swoops 5-15 
 8 Iwate Big Bulls 5-15 
 9 Aisin AW 4-4 
 10 Tokyo Big Blue 0-8 
Full Standings
Last:12/11/2018
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata .
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Gardner, Niigata .26.6 
 2. Cummings, Nagoya D.24.3 
 3. Rossiter, Tochigi .23.9 
 4. Lyons, Toyama G.23.1 
 5. Simon, Kyoto H.22.0 
 6. Keenan, Akita NH21.9 
 7. Kelly, Hitachi SR20.8 
 8. Mavunga, Kyoto H.20.8 
 9. Lawal, Shiga L.20.7 
 10. Pittman, Fukuoka .20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaac BUTTS
  SeaHorses
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Butts, SeaHorses12.8 
 2. Harrellson, Osaka E.12.1 
 3. Rossiter, Tochigi .11.9 
 4. Lawal, Shiga L.11.9 
 5. Gardner, Niigata .11.2 
 6. Fischer, Shiga L.11.2 
 7. Burrell, Nagoya DD11.0 
 8. Smith, Toyama G.10.9 
 9. Fazekas, Kawasaki.10.5 
 10. Doblas, Hokkaido L.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Julian MAVUNGA
  Kyoto H.
  (203-PF-90)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Mavunga, Kyoto H.8.6 
 2. Namizato, Ryukyu G.7.9 
 3. Suzuki, San-en5.9 
 4. Nakayama, Akita NH5.7 
 5. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.6 
 6. Igarashi, Niigata .5.5 
 7. Uto, Toyama G.5.5 
 8. Tajima, Hokkaido.5.2 
 9. Matsushima, Hokkaido.5.0 
 10. Ito, Kyoto Hannar.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya NAKAYAMA
  Akita NH
  (182-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Nakayama, Akita NH2.6 
 2. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex2.2 
 3. McCrea, Yokohama.2.1 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets2.0 
 5. Yamashita, Fukuoka .1.7 
 6. Ishii, Chiba Jets1.6 
 7. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.6 
 8. Kelly, Hitachi SR1.5 
 9. Fujii, Kawasaki BT1.5 
 10. Ito, Kyoto Hannar.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadeem COLEBY
  Akita NH
  (206-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Coleby, Akita NH2.5 
 2. Simon, Kyoto H.2.2 
 3. Hamilton, Niigata .1.7 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.7 
 5. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 6. Lawal, Shiga L.1.6 
 7. Gibson, Osaka E.1.5 
 8. Lawson, Fukuoka .1.5 
 9. Southerland, SeaHo.1.3 
 10. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.2 

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Gunma 78% Dec.15 Bambitious N
Yamagata 84% Dec.15 Tokyo HT
Fukushima 57% Dec.15 Ehime OV
Shinshu BW 81% Dec.15 Tokyo Z
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B2 League Round 18: #1 Dragonflies are defeated by Toyotsu FE - Nov 25, 2018


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There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Dragonflies (15-3) in Nagoya on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Toyotsu FE (13-5) 92-67. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Toyotsu FE shot 61.0 percent from the field. Toyotsu FE had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Toyotsu FE especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 72.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American center Garrett Stutz (214-90, college: Wichita St.) had a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Cherif Sow (201-92) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Eric Thompson (204-93, college: Pacific) with 17 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyotsu FE have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-5 record behind leader Shinshu BW. Newly promoted Dragonflies still keep top place with three games lost. They share the position with Shinshu BW. Toyotsu FE are again looking forward to face league's leader Dragonflies in Hiroshima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dragonflies will have a break next round.
Fifth-ranked Kanazawa Sam. (4-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Kumamoto V. (14-5) in Ishikawa. The visitors from Kumamoto managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected easier game. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 32 points and 19 rebounds to lead the effort and Takumi Furuno supported him with 16 points and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds by American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) did not help to save the game for Kanazawa Sam.. Kumamoto V. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-5 record having just one point less than leader Shinshu BW, which they share with Cyberdyne IR. Kanazawa Sam. lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hyogo. 4th ranked host Nishinomiya S. (6-13) lost to second ranked Cyberdyne IR (14-5) 75-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. The best player for the winners was Scootie Randall who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Cyberdyne IR's coach Kazuto Uehara used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Randy White who recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Cyberdyne IR have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-5 record having just one point less than leader Shinshu BW, which they share with Kumamoto V. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Aomori Watts. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hyogo. 4th ranked host Nishinomiya S. (6-13) lost to second ranked Cyberdyne IR (14-5) 97-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. It was a good game for Scootie Randall who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Cyberdyne IR's coach Kazuto Uehara allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-5 record having just one point less than leader Shinshu BW, which they share with Kumamoto V. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Gunma. Third ranked host Gunma (11-8) defeated one of their biggest challengers Tokyo Z (8-11) 88-75. Abdullahi Kuso had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gunma have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-8 record having just two points less than leader Shinshu BW which they share with defeated Tokyo Z. Tokyo Z lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the third place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Kumamoto V. destroyed Kanazawa Sam. on the opponent's court 89-65. Yamagata unfortunately lost to Kagawa FA in a home game 74-83. Kagawa FA recorded a loss to Yamagata on the road 69-79. Shimane SM crushed Aomori Watts on its own court 88-65. Tokyo Z were beaten by Gunma in a road game 88-83. Sendai 89ers won against Ehime OV at home 90-80. Aomori Watts unfortunately lost to Shimane SM on the opponent's court 85-99.



Kanazawa Sam. - Kumamoto V. 65-89

Rather expected game in Ishikawa where 5th ranked Kanazawa Sam. (4-15) was crushed by second ranked Kumamoto V. (14-5) 89-65 on Friday. Kumamoto V. dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kanazawa Sam.'s 34. They outrebounded Kanazawa Sam. 46-28 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kumamoto V. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Yoshihiko Toshino (186-92) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kumamoto V. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-5 record having just one point less than leader Shinshu BW, which they share with Cyberdyne IR. Kanazawa Sam. lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: Y.Toshino 25+6reb+1ast, J.Duinker 24+12reb+9ast, S.Morrison 14+8reb+2ast, M.Fukuda 12+6reb+2ast, R.Nakanishi 8+4reb+1ast, T.Namizato 2+1reb+2ast
Kanazawa Sam.: D.Bowles 13+9reb+2ast, Y.Ide 13+1reb+3ast, R.Reid 10+7reb+1ast, R.Honma 8+2ast, Y.Inoue 7+5reb, R.Takeda 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 698729


Nishinomiya S. - Cyberdyne IR 68-75

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hyogo. 4th ranked host Nishinomiya S. (6-13) lost to second ranked Cyberdyne IR (14-5) 75-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. Cyberdyne IR dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Nishinomiya S.'s 28 and made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Nishinomiya S. 38-25 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). The other American import power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Cyberdyne IR's coach Kazuto Uehara used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Randy White (203-67, college: Louisiana Tech) who recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Noriaki Dohara (178-89) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Cyberdyne IR have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-5 record having just one point less than leader Shinshu BW, which they share with Kumamoto V. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Aomori Watts. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 29+17reb+7ast, C.Baptiste 17+12reb+2ast, A.Hirao 11+2reb+5ast, K.Fukuzawa 7+3reb+3ast, J.Maniwa 4+1reb+1ast, Y.Takahashi 3+1reb
Nishinomiya S.: R.White 20+7reb+4ast, N.Tani 19+3reb+1ast, N.Dohara 18+5reb+3ast, D.Burns 6+5reb+9ast, T.Yanagawa 3+2reb+3ast, A.Tsuchiya 2
gschID: 648023


Yamagata - Kagawa FA 74-83

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Kagawa FA (6-12) defeated on the road one of their biggest challengers Yamagata (9-10) 83-74 on Friday. It was a great shooting night for Kagawa FA especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Inception Sports) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Kagawa FA players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Irish swingman Will Hanley (201-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Yoshifumi Nakajima (176-90) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kagawa FA have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ehime OV and Fukushima. Loser Yamagata keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: R.Warren 20+10reb+2ast, T.Woodbury 17+3reb+4ast, T.Kanji 16+2reb+2ast, K.Kimura 12+1reb+3ast, S.Takada 8+3reb+1ast, M.Abe 5+1reb+1ast
Yamagata: W.Hanley 21+12reb+4ast, Y.Nakajima 14+3reb+4ast, H.Furuhashi 11+4reb+2ast, S.Kouno 7+3ast, Y.Takamatsu 6+1reb+2ast, C.Maduabum 6+7reb
gschID: 648021


Yamagata - Kagawa FA 79-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Kagawa FA's (6-12) road loss to fourth ranked Yamagata (9-10) 69-79 on Saturday. Strangely Kagawa FA outrebounded Yamagata 40-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Irish swingman Will Hanley (201-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Seiji Kouno (172-89) chipped in 20 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) during the contest. Four Yamagata players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Kagawa FA's coach Kohei Etoh rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Yamagata have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-10 record which they share with defeated Kagawa FA. Loser Kagawa FA dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: S.Kouno 20+3reb+1ast, W.Hanley 18+15reb+9ast, Y.Nakajima 16+1reb+4ast, C.Maduabum 12+5reb+4ast, H.Furuhashi 7+2reb+3ast, M.Masanari 5
Kagawa FA: R.Warren 22+15reb+4ast, T.Woodbury 17+10reb+6ast, K.Kimura 11+2reb+4ast, R.Horikawa 6+5reb, A.Osawa 4+2reb+1ast, S.Takada 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 648028


Nishinomiya S. - Cyberdyne IR 81-97

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hyogo. 4th ranked host Nishinomiya S. (6-13) lost to second ranked Cyberdyne IR (14-5) 97-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. Cyberdyne IR shot 65.0 percent from the field. Cyberdyne IR had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Nishinomiya S.'s players. It was a good game for American forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. The other American import forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Cyberdyne IR's coach Kazuto Uehara allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and guard Tadahiro Yanagawa (183-86) added 21 points in the effort for Nishinomiya S.Five Cyberdyne IR and four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. Cyberdyne IR have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-5 record having just one point less than leader Shinshu BW, which they share with Kumamoto V. Nishinomiya S. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: J.Maniwa 24+1reb+3ast, S.Randall 21+10reb+9ast, A.Hirao 13+2reb+10ast, C.Lammert 11+12reb+5ast, K.Tomori 10+1reb, K.Fukuzawa 8+1ast
Nishinomiya S.: T.Yanagawa 21+4reb+3ast, D.Burns 19+7reb+6ast, R.White 15+6reb+5ast, N.Dohara 13+3reb+1ast, N.Tani 7+1reb+2ast, K.Naito 4+2reb
gschID: 648029


Kanazawa Sam. - Kumamoto V. 82-84

Fifth-ranked Kanazawa Sam. (4-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Kumamoto V. (14-5) in Ishikawa. The visitors from Kumamoto managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected easier game. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 32 points and 19 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) supported him with 16 points and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds by American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) did not help to save the game for Kanazawa Sam.. Guard Yuuji Ide (181-88) added 15 points and 5 assists. Kumamoto V. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-5 record having just one point less than leader Shinshu BW, which they share with Cyberdyne IR. Kanazawa Sam. lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: C.Tapscott 32+19reb+2ast, T.Furuno 16+4reb+7ast, Y.Toshino 11+2reb+2ast, R.Nakanishi 9+7reb+2ast, S.Morrison 6+5reb, M.Fukuda 5+2reb+1ast
Kanazawa Sam.: D.Bowles 28+14reb+2ast, Y.Ide 15+3reb+5ast, R.Yanagawa 9+3reb+4ast, R.Honma 8+3reb+3ast, Y.Inoue 8+1reb, R.Reid 7+9reb+4ast
gschID: 698730


Shimane SM - Aomori Watts 88-65

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Shimane Magic (12-7) outscored at home 5th ranked Aomori Watts (6-13) 88-65 on Saturday. Shimane Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Venezuelan center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 21 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Hungarian Rosco Allen (208-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic's coach Yukinori Suzuki felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American forward Cullen Russo (206-94, college: Fresno St.) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Hiroki Usui (193-96) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Shimane Magic maintains third position with 12-7 record having just one point less than leader Shinshu BW. Aomori Watts lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: G.Echenique 20+21reb+8ast, R.Allen 18+3reb, T.Soma 15+2reb+2ast, A.Kosaka 10+3reb, Y.Wada 9+2reb+3ast, K.Sato 8+1reb+1ast
Aomori Watts: U.Hiroki 20+6reb, C.Russo 16+12reb+3ast, T.Sano 10+1reb+5ast, T.Kan 6+5reb+4ast, K.Aita 4+2reb, K.Sameshima 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 648026


Gunma - Tokyo Z 88-75

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gunma. Third ranked host Gunma (11-8) defeated one of their biggest challengers Tokyo Z (8-11) 88-75. Gunma looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Tokyo Z's players. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks and his fellow American import center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gunma have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-8 record having just two points less than leader Shinshu BW which they share with defeated Tokyo Z. Tokyo Z lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the third 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 33+4reb+4ast, A.Kuso 24+13reb+8ast, K.Shinkawa 13+7reb+4ast, M.Komaki 7+3reb+3ast, H.Kondo 3+3reb+4ast, S.Fumiya 3
Tokyo Z: W.Creekmore 18+7reb+2ast, T.Kashiwagura 17+2reb+3ast, N.Spikes 14+16reb+3ast, K.Murakoshi 7+3reb+1ast, T.Masuko 7+3reb+3ast, T.Nishiyama 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 648025


Gunma - Tokyo Z 88-83

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Tokyo Z (8-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked Gunma (11-8) 88-83 on Friday. Gunma dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Z's 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) chipped in 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Gunma's coach Fujitaka Hiraoka used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) scored 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Four Tokyo Z players scored in double figures. Gunma have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-8 record having just two points less than leader Shinshu BW which they share with defeated Tokyo Z. Tokyo Z lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the third 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 35+13reb+2ast, A.Kuso 19+12reb+6ast, M.Obuchi 14+8reb+9ast, K.Shinkawa 6+4reb+1ast, M.Komaki 6+2reb+1ast, S.Fumiya 5+3reb+1ast
Tokyo Z: T.Masuko 22+5reb+1ast, N.Spikes 21+14reb+2ast, T.Nishiyama 18+4reb+7ast, W.Creekmore 13+5reb+4ast, Y.Kojima 3+1reb+1ast, T.Kashiwagura 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 648022


Sendai 89ers - Ehime OV 90-80

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Sendai 89ers (14-4) won against at home 4th ranked Orange Vikings (6-12) 90-80 on Saturday. Sendai 89ers made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Sendai 89ers outrebounded Orange Vikings 41-27 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 26 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Keisuke Takabatake (183-90) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Orange Vikings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sendai 89ers maintains first position with 14-4 record. Loser Orange Vikings keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face again Orange Vikings (#5) in Matsuyama in the next round.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: J.Tillman 26+11reb+2ast, K.Sawabe 19+5reb+3ast, D.Miller 13+18reb+8ast, T.Shirato 12+3reb+2ast, S.Takeshi 8+2reb+11ast, N.Sugasawa 5+1reb
Ehime OV: A.Fitzgerald 37+17reb+4ast, K.Takabatake 15+4reb+4ast, M.Tate 10+1reb+1ast, Y.Yashiro 5+2ast, Y.Katoh 5+1reb+1ast, Y.Ohara 3+3ast
gschID: 648027


Toyotsu FE - Hiroshima D. 92-67

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Dragonflies (15-3) in Nagoya on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Toyotsu FE (13-5) 92-67. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Toyotsu FE shot 61.0 percent from the field. Toyotsu FE had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Toyotsu FE especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 72.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American center Garrett Stutz (214-90, college: Wichita St.) had a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Cherif Sow (201-92) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Toyotsu FE players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Eric Thompson (204-93, college: Pacific) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) scored 18 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyotsu FE have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-5 record behind leader Shinshu BW. Newly promoted Dragonflies still keep top place with three games lost. They share the position with Shinshu BW. Toyotsu FE are again looking forward to face league's leader Dragonflies in Hiroshima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dragonflies will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toyotsu FE: C.Sow 18+9reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 18+2reb+4ast, G.Stutz 13+16reb+10ast, K.Sugimoto 12+1reb+3ast, Y.Miyazaki 11+1reb+2ast, K.Sakamoto 6+2reb
Hiroshima D.: S.Asayama 18+4ast, E.Thompson 17+9reb, D.Sakamoto 12+6reb+2ast, S.Tanaka 8+2reb+3ast, J.Traylor 6+9reb+2ast, T.Ozawa 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 648030


Shimane SM - Aomori Watts 99-85

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Aomori Watts (6-13) were defeated on the road by third ranked Shimane Magic (12-7) 99-85 on Friday. Shimane Magic outrebounded Aomori Watts 36-23 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Shimane Magic especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Venezuelan center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Takuya Soma (181-91) chipped in 21 points and 8 assists during the contest. Shimane Magic's coach Yukinori Suzuki used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was American forward Cullen Russo (206-94, college: Fresno St.) with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and point guard Toshio Kan (184-94) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shimane Magic maintains third position with 12-7 record having just one point less than leader Shinshu BW. Aomori Watts lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: G.Echenique 24+19reb+5ast, T.Soma 21+3reb+8ast, R.Allen 15+6reb+4ast, T.Iju 13+3reb+3ast, A.Kosaka 8+1reb, H.Kitagawa 8+1reb+3ast
Aomori Watts: C.Russo 33+7reb+2ast, T.Kan 14+4reb+4ast, U.Hiroki 10+6reb+4ast, K.Aita 10+1reb+5ast, T.Sano 8+1reb, K.Monma 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 648024


  




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