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Central
 1 Niigata Albirex 45-15 
 2 Kawasaki BT 40-21 
 3 Toyama Grouses 33-28 
 4 SeaHorses 31-29 
 5 San-en 22-38 
 6 Yokohama BC 14-46 
East
 1 Chiba Jets 52-8 
 2 Tochigi Brex 49-10 
 3 Toyota Alvark 43-16 
 4 Hitachi SR 27-33 
 5 Akita NH 17-43 
 6 Hokkaido L. 10-50 
West
 1 Ryukyu GK 40-20 
 2 Nagoya DD 33-27 
 3 Kyoto Hannar. 31-29 
 4 Osaka Evessa 23-37 
 5 Shiga L-Stars 18-42 
 6 Fukuoka Rizing 12-48 
Last:4/22/2019
B2 Standings
Central
 1 Shinshu BW 48-12 
 2 Toyotsu FE 41-19 
 3 Nishinomiya S. 34-26 
 4 Tokyo Z 22-38 
 5 Kanazawa Sam. 21-39 
 6 Tokyo HT 11-49 
East
 1 Gunma 43-17 
 2 Sendai 89ers 40-20 
 3 Cyberdyne IR 35-25 
 4 Fukushima 27-33 
 5 Yamagata 22-38 
 6 Aomori Watts 15-45 
West
 1 Kumamoto V. 45-15 
 2 Shimane SM 43-17 
 3 Hiroshima D. 32-28 
 4 Bambitious Nara 22-38 
 5 Ehime OV 20-40 
 6 Kagawa FA 19-41 
Last:4/22/2019
B League D3 Standings
 1 Tokyo Excel. 11-1 
 2 Koshigaya A. 8-4 
 3 Tokyo Cinq R. 7-5 
 4 Iwate Big Bulls 6-6 
 5 Gifu Swoops 4-8 
 6 Kagoshima 3-9 
 7 Saitama Bron. 3-9 
Stage One Standings
Last:5/5/2019
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata .
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Gardner, Niigata .27.5 
 2. Simon, Kyoto H.24.3 
 3. Cummings, Nagoya D.23.2 
 4. Keenan, Akita NH22.8 
 5. Durham, Shiga L.22.3 
 6. Fazekas, Kawasaki.22.0 
 7. Lyons, Toyama G.21.9 
 8. Mavunga, Kyoto H.21.6 
 9. Walker, Shiga L.21.5 
 10. Lawal, Shiga L.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Yokohama.
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Stepheson, Yokohama.13.6 
 2. Durham, Shiga L.13.2 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.12.3 
 4. Lawal, Shiga L.12.2 
 5. Butts, SeaHorses12.1 
 6. Armstrong, Nagoya D.11.7 
 7. Fischer, Shiga L.11.6 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .11.1 
 9. Meeks, SeaHorses11.0 
 10. Gardner, Niigata .10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Julian MAVUNGA
  Kyoto H.
  (203-PF-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Mavunga, Kyoto H.8.5 
 2. Blakely, Fukuoka .6.3 
 3. Namizato, Ryukyu G.6.3 
 4. Matsushima, Hokkaido.6.3 
 5. Togashi, Chiba Jets5.7 
 6. Nakayama, Akita NH5.4 
 7. Meeks, SeaHorses5.2 
 8. Sakuragi, SeaHorses5.1 
 9. Igarashi, Niigata .5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  Fukuoka .
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Blakely, Fukuoka .2.5 
 2. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex2.2 
 3. Nakayama, Akita NH2.2 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets2.0 
 5. McCrea, Yokohama.1.9 
 6. Walker, Shiga L.1.8 
 7. Ohishi, San-en1.5 
 8. Trasolini, Hokkaido.1.5 
 9. Baba, Toyota Alvark1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Prince IBEH
  Yokohama BC
  (208-C-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ibeh, Yokohama BC2.8 
 2. Mullens, Hokkaido L.2.3 
 3. Coleby, Akita NH2.3 
 4. Simon, Kyoto H.2.1 
 5. Armstrong, Nagoya D.1.7 
 6. Lawson, Fukuoka .1.7 
 7. Hamilton, Niigata .1.5 
 8. Lawal, Shiga L.1.5 
 9. Parker, Chiba Jets1.3 
 10. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.3 
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B League Round 19: Toyota Alvark edges Kyoto Hannar. by three points - Nov 25, 2018


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Alex Kirk
Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most exciting game of round 19 in the B League took place in Tokyo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Kyoto Hannar. (11-8) to third ranked Toyota Alvark (12-7) 85-82 on Saturday evening. Toyota Alvark dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Kyoto Hannar.'s 36. They outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 38-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Toyota Alvark looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international Daiki Tanaka (191-91) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 41 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists for lost side. Defending champion maintains third place with 12-7 record behind leader Tochigi Brex. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Kawasaki BT and Toyama Grouses. Toyota Alvark are looking forward to face league's leader Niigata Albirex on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (4-15) 81-78 in the game for the fourth place. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Kelly contributed with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Geoffrey Katsuhisa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for Shiga L-Stars. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-11 record, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Shiga L-Stars lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Osaka Evessa (#4) at home in the next round. Shiga L-Stars will play against San-en NeoPhoenix and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kanagawa. First ranked Tochigi Brex faced their biggest opponent Toshiba Thunders. Guests from Tochigi (17-2) defeated host Toshiba Thunders (11-8) 79-75. It was a great evening for Ryan Rossiter who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Tochigi Brex's coach Ryuzo Anzai used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Vernon Macklin responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Tochigi Brex have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-2 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Kyoto Hannar.. Tochigi Brex will meet at home league's leader Ryukyu GK in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Toyama. Third ranked Toyama Grouses faced their biggest opponent Diamond Dolphins. Host Toyama Grouses (11-8) defeated guests from Nagoya (13-6) 98-89. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. It was an exceptional evening for Leo Lyons who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Diamond Dolphins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place, which they share with Kawasaki BT and Kyoto Hannar. Diamond Dolphins at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro. Diamond Dolphins will play at home against the league's second-placed Chiba Jets (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Ryukyu GK delivered the fourteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Yokohama BC (4-15) 75-58. Josh Scott fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ryukyu GK have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face league's leader Tochigi Brex on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.

Other games of round 19 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Niigata Albirex defeated Fukuoka Rizing in a road game 73-69. San-en was smashed by Chiba Jets at home 74-95. SeaHorses was destroyed by Akita NH on the opponent's court 81-61. Osaka Evessa managed to outperform Hokkaido L. in a home game 90-76.
The best stats of 19th round was 28 points and 9 rebounds by Marc Trasolini of Hokkaido L..



Yokohama BC - Ryukyu GK 58-75

Leader Ryukyu GK delivered the fourteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Yokohama BC (4-15) 75-58. Ryukyu GK forced 20 Yokohama BC turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Yokohama BC's players. American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International guard Narito Namizato (172-89) chipped in 6 points and 14 assists. American forward Javon McCrea (201-92, college: Buffalo) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and international point guard Ryo Tawatari (180-93, college: Dominican, CA) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ryukyu GK have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face league's leader Tochigi Brex on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: J.Scott 20+8reb+1ast, J.Ayres 13+6reb+1ast, I.Brown 10+6reb+6ast, N.Tashiro 9+1reb+2ast, R.Kishimoto 9+1reb+3ast, T.Furukawa 8+2reb+1ast
Yokohama BC: J.McCrea 21+14reb+1ast, R.Tawatari 13+3reb+4ast, M.Hosoya 13+3reb+1ast, P.Ibeh 5+8reb, T.Kawamura 4+2reb+1ast, K.Takeda 2
gschID: 648591


Fukuoka Rizing - Niigata Albirex 69-73

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (4-15) was defeated at home by first ranked Niigata Albirex (13-6) 73-69 on Saturday. Strangely Fukuoka Rizing outrebounded Niigata Albirex 42-25 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists. American Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: Arizona St.) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and British forward Benjamin Lawson (216-95, college: W.Kentucky) added 14 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 13-6 record, which they share with Nagoya DD. Newly promoted Fukuoka Rizing keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face Toyota Alvark (#3) in Tokyo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fukuoka Rizing will play on the road against Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 25+12reb+6ast, S.Kashiwagi 16+4reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 11+4reb+10ast, Y.Ikeda 9+2reb, J.Uzawa 6+1reb+2ast, L.Hamilton 3+2reb
Fukuoka Rizing: E.Jacobsen 26+7reb+1ast, B.Lawson 14+12reb+1ast, M.Joho 13+2reb+3ast, T.You 11+4reb+2ast, S.Tsuyama 5, S.Kanou 0+1reb
gschID: 648593


San-en - Chiba Jets 74-95

No shocking result in a game in Hamamatsu where second ranked Chiba Jets (15-4) smashed 5th ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (7-12) 95-74 on Saturday. Chiba Jets dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to San-en NeoPhoenix's 48. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) fired 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Shinnosuke Ohishi (174-87) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and American forward William McDonald (206-79, college: Grambling St.) added 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chiba Jets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just two point less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser San-en NeoPhoenix keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Chiba Jets will face league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins in Nagoya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San-en NeoPhoenix will play on the road against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: G.Edwards 30+5reb+2ast, J.Duncan 24+8reb+2ast, M.Parker 13+6reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 9+1reb+3ast, K.Ishii 8+2reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 6+4ast
San-en: S.Ohishi 23+13reb+2ast, W.McDonald 15+3reb+1ast, S.Tawatari 12+1reb+2ast, S.Okada 8+4ast, A.Ota 7+3reb, H.Kawashima 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 648589


Kawasaki BT - Tochigi Brex 75-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kanagawa. First ranked Tochigi Brex faced their biggest opponent Toshiba Thunders. Guests from Tochigi (17-2) defeated host Toshiba Thunders (11-8) 79-75. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) helped adding 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Tochigi Brex's coach Ryuzo Anzai used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and international power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-2 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Kyoto Hannar.. Tochigi Brex will meet at home league's leader Ryukyu GK in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: Y.Endo 22+1reb+5ast, R.Rossiter 21+11reb+2ast, J.Gibbs 15+9reb+7ast, H.Watanabe 8+3ast, K.Takeuchi 5+10reb+1ast, K.Hashimoto 5+2reb
Kawasaki BT: V.Macklin 22+9reb, N.Fazekas 16+8reb+4ast, Y.Fujii 15+1reb+9ast, T.Hasegawa 10+1reb+4ast, S.Edwards 10+4reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 2+3ast
gschID: 648595


Shiga L-Stars - Hitachi SR 78-81

Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (4-15) 81-78 in the game for the fourth place. Hitachi Sunrockers players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds. American Ryan Kelly (211-91, college: Duke) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Geoffrey Katsuhisa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and American-Israeli center DOr Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) added 13 points and 20 rebounds in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-11 record, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Shiga L-Stars lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Osaka Evessa (#4) at home in the next round. Shiga L-Stars will play against San-en NeoPhoenix and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 29+9reb+1ast, R.Kelly 20+14reb+2ast, Y.Sugiura 9, L.Vendrame 7+2reb+7ast, K.Hirose 7+3reb+1ast, M.Yamauchi 5+3reb+8ast
Shiga L-Stars: G.Lawal 21+11reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 15+3reb+4ast, D.Fischer 13+20reb, K.Ninomiya 13+1reb+6ast, Y.Karino 6+3ast, J.Kano 5+4reb
gschID: 648592


Akita NH - SeaHorses 81-61

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Aishin Sea Horses (9-10) were rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Akita Happinets (7-12) 81-61 on Saturday. Akita Happinets made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Akita Happinets outrebounded Aishin Sea Horses 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) fired 29 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Guard Ryuto Yasuoka (188-95) chipped in 23 points. American forward Kennedy Meeks (208-95, college: N.Carolina) produced 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward James Southerland (203-90, college: Syracuse) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Akita Happinets have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Akita Happinets maintains fifth place with 7-12 record, which they share with San-en. Loser Aishin Sea Horses keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Akita Happinets will face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: J.Keenan 29+8reb+2ast, R.Yasuoka 23+2reb+2ast, R.Shirahama 10+5reb+2ast, S.Onodera 6+5reb+5ast, K.Coleby 4+6reb+1ast, D.Taniguchi 3
SeaHorses: J.Southerland 15+2reb+3ast, K.Meeks 13+8reb+5ast, S.Ikuhara 10+1reb+3ast, O.Yuta 9+4reb+1ast, T.Nishikawa 9+1ast, S.Murakami 3+1ast
gschID: 648590


Toyota Alvark - Kyoto Hannar. 85-82

The most exciting game of round 19 in the B League took place in Tokyo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Kyoto Hannar. (11-8) to third ranked Toyota Alvark (12-7) 85-82 on Saturday evening. Toyota Alvark dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Kyoto Hannar.'s 36. They outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 38-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Toyota Alvark looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international Daiki Tanaka (191-91) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 41 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists and American center David Simon (208-82, college: PFW) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Defending champion maintains third place with 12-7 record behind leader Tochigi Brex. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Kawasaki BT and Toyama Grouses. Toyota Alvark are looking forward to face league's leader Niigata Albirex on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: A.Kirk 21+14reb, Y.Baba 18+3reb+1ast, D.Tanaka 16+4reb+9ast, M.Bjelica 9+2reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 9+10reb+1ast, Z.Baranski 8+4reb+3ast
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Mavunga 41+5reb+8ast, D.Simon 17+6reb+2ast, Y.Okada 14+3reb+2ast, K.Hareyama 3+2reb, S.Utsumi 3+1reb, M.Kataoka 2+2reb
gschID: 648594


Osaka Evessa - Hokkaido L. 90-76

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Osaka Evessa (8-11) beat at home 6th ranked Hokkaido L. (4-15) 90-76 on Saturday. Osaka Evessa shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) produced 28 points and 9 rebounds and Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Osaka Evessa maintains fourth place with 8-11 record, which they share with Hitachi SR. Hokkaido L. lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) in Tokyo in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 13+15reb+2ast, X.Gibson 13+6reb+3ast, P.Faye 12+2reb+2ast, S.Hatakeyama 11+2reb+6ast, S.Konno 10, R.Goda 8+2reb+3ast
Hokkaido L.: M.Trasolini 28+9reb+2ast, D.Doblas 16+8reb, K.Sekino 8+2reb+1ast, A.Tajima 7+2reb+7ast, Y.Matsushima 4+4ast, T.Orimo 4+1ast
gschID: 648596


Toyama Grouses - Nagoya DD 98-89

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Toyama. Third ranked Toyama Grouses faced their biggest opponent Diamond Dolphins. Host Toyama Grouses (11-8) defeated guests from Nagoya (13-6) 98-89. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Toyama Grouses made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Diamond Dolphins only scored four points from the stripe. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) accounted for 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Shuto Ando (189-94) added 19 points respectively for Diamond Dolphins in the defeat. Four Toyama Grouses and five Diamond Dolphins players scored in double figures. Diamond Dolphins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place, which they share with Kawasaki BT and Kyoto Hannar. Diamond Dolphins at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro. Diamond Dolphins will play at home against the league's second-placed Chiba Jets (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: L.Lyons 21+14reb+4ast, J.Smith 19+9reb+4ast, N.Uto 19+2reb+4ast, Y.Otsuka 14+2reb, T.Abe 7+2reb, S.Funyu 7+6reb+2ast
Nagoya DD: J.Burrell 24+15reb+4ast, S.Ando 19+3reb+3ast, T.Sasayama 15+1reb+3ast, M.Cummings 11+4reb+3ast, T.Nakahigashi 10+3reb+5ast, T.Harimoto 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 648588


  




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Sendai 89ers (B2 League) agreed terms with 33-year old guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85). It is actually his comeback to Sendai as he has played here before. Kataoka already started the season at Kyoto Hannaryz in the B League. In 55 games he had 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. B2 League will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Kataoka's team was regular season runner-up in Japanese B League West Division in 2018. He has played previously professionally in...   [read more]


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