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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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B League Round 18: Fukuoka Rizing defeats leader Niigata Albirex - Nov 26, 2018


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Masashi Joho
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Niigata Albirex (13-6) on the court of fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Fukuoka Rizing 71-68. Fukuoka Rizing outrebounded Niigata Albirex 47-36 including 38 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Masashi Joho (183-82) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. British forward Benjamin Lawson (216-95, college: W.Kentucky) contributed with 12 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Fukuoka Rizing's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists for Niigata Albirex. Newly promoted Fukuoka Rizing maintains fifth position with 4-15 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. They share the position with Nagoya DD. Fukuoka Rizing is again looking forward to face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Toyama. Second ranked Diamond Dolphins (13-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Toyama Grouses (11-8) 99-97 in the game for the first place. American players dominated the game. Markeith Cummings (198-88, college: Kennesaw St.) scored 42 points (!!!) and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Justin Burrell chipped in 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Diamond Dolphins' coach Shingo Kajiyama allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 8 steals. Diamond Dolphins keep a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Kawasaki BT and Kyoto Hannar.. Diamond Dolphins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against the league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Tokyo between Kyoto Hannar. and Toyota Alvark. Third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (11-8) got a very close victory on the road over one of their biggest challengers Toyota Alvark (12-7). Kyoto Hannar. managed to escape with a 2-point win 87-85 in the fight for the second place. David Simon notched a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds by Alex Kirk did not help to save the game for Toyota Alvark. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to second place, which they share with Kawasaki BT and Toyama Grouses. Defending champion Toyota Alvark keeps the third position with seven games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyota Alvark will play again against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Akita. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Aishin Sea Horses (9-10) to fifth ranked Akita Happinets (7-12) 64-62 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Justin Keenan who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Akita Happinets have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 7-12 record, which they share with San-en. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Aishin Sea Horses (#4) in Kariya and it may be quite challenging game.
An interesting game for Tochigi Brex (17-2) which played road game in Kanagawa against second-best Toshiba Thunders (11-8). First ranked Tochigi Brex managed to get a 7-point victory 86-79. It was a good game for Jeffrey Gibbs who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tochigi Brex have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the second place with eight games lost. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round. Toshiba Thunders will play again at home against the league's leader Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Ryukyu GK smashed Yokohama BC on the road 89-53. Shiga L-Stars was destroyed by Hitachi SR on its own court 58-87. Chiba Jets outscored San-en in a road game 87-66. Osaka Evessa managed to beat Hokkaido L. at home 81-70.



Yokohama BC - Ryukyu GK 53-89

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Ryukyu GK (14-5) crushed on the road 6th ranked Yokohama BC (4-15) 89-53 on Friday. Ryukyu GK shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for international guard Narito Namizato (172-89) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 6 assists. American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Ryukyu GK players scored in double figures. American forward Javon McCrea (201-92, college: Buffalo) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and international point guard Ryo Tawatari (180-93, college: Dominican, CA) added 8 points in the effort for Yokohama BC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ryukyu GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-5 record. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost. Ryukyu GK will have a break next round. Yokohama BC will play again at home against the league's leader Ryukyu GK (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: J.Scott 13+8reb+1ast, N.Namizato 13+4reb+6ast, R.Kishimoto 13+2reb+4ast, J.Ayres 13+3reb+1ast, H.Kantake 10+2reb, T.Furukawa 10+1ast
Yokohama BC: J.McCrea 26+10reb+2ast, R.Tawatari 8+2reb+3ast, T.Nakamura 6+1reb, P.Ibeh 4+6reb+1ast, M.Hosoya 3+1reb+1ast, T.Kawamura 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 648584


Shiga L-Stars - Hitachi SR 58-87

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars (4-15) were smashed at home by fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-11) 87-58 on Friday. Hitachi Sunrockers had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hitachi Sunrockers made 7 blocks. Shiga L-Stars were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American Ryan Kelly (211-91, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and American-Israeli center DOr Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) added 12 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 8-11 record, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Shiga L-Stars lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 21+9reb+2ast, R.Kelly 19+13reb+4ast, L.Vendrame 8+3reb+5ast, Y.Sugiura 7+2reb+3ast, S.Faye 6+4reb+1ast, Y.Mitsuhara 6+3reb
Shiga L-Stars: G.Lawal 20+12reb+1ast, D.Fischer 12+14reb+7ast, Y.Karino 10+2ast, K.Takahashi 6+1reb+3ast, N.Yutaro 4+2reb, K.Ninomiya 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 648582


Akita NH - SeaHorses 64-62

A very interesting game took place in Akita. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Aishin Sea Horses (9-10) to fifth ranked Akita Happinets (7-12) 64-62 on Friday evening. Akita Happinets outrebounded Aishin Sea Horses 48-36 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Bahamas power forward Kadeem Coleby (206-89, college: Wichita St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Coleby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward James Southerland (203-90, college: Syracuse) added 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Akita Happinets have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 7-12 record, which they share with San-en. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Aishin Sea Horses (#4) in Kariya and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: J.Keenan 21+14reb+3ast, K.Coleby 17+13reb+3ast, R.Shirahama 8+3reb+3ast, R.Yasuoka 6+2reb, S.Onodera 4+4reb+4ast, D.Taniguchi 3+3reb+2ast
SeaHorses: G.Jerrett 20+10reb+3ast, J.Southerland 10+8reb+4ast, K.Matsui 9+2reb, S.Ikuhara 8+2reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 8+7reb+4ast, T.Nishikawa 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 648580


San-en - Chiba Jets 66-87

Rather predictable result when second ranked Chiba Jets (15-4) rolled over 5th ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (7-12) in Hamamatsu 87-66 on Friday. Chiba Jets forced 20 San-en NeoPhoenix turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward William McDonald (206-79, college: Grambling St.) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for San-en NeoPhoenix. 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 five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-4 record having just two point less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser San-en NeoPhoenix keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. San-en NeoPhoenix will play again at home against the league's second-placed Chiba Jets (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Duncan 27+7reb+3ast, M.Parker 14+10reb+4ast, Y.Togashi 13+2reb+5ast, K.Ishii 9+4reb+2ast, A.Chambers 6+3ast, G.Edwards 6+2reb+4ast
San-en: R.Dozier 17+12reb+3ast, W.McDonald 14+6reb+3ast, S.Tawatari 11, T.Suzuki 8+6reb+7ast, S.Terazono 5+1reb, T.Hasegawa 3+1ast
gschID: 648581


Fukuoka Rizing - Niigata Albirex 71-68

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Niigata Albirex (13-6) on the court of fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Fukuoka Rizing 71-68. Fukuoka Rizing outrebounded Niigata Albirex 47-36 including 38 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Masashi Joho (183-82) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. British forward Benjamin Lawson (216-95, college: W.Kentucky) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Fukuoka Rizing's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Newly promoted Fukuoka Rizing maintains fifth position with 4-15 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. They share the position with Nagoya DD. Fukuoka Rizing is again looking forward to face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Joho 25+8reb+3ast, B.Lawson 12+17reb, Y.Yamashita 12+5reb+7ast, E.Jacobsen 9+4reb+4ast, S.Tsuyama 8+4reb+2ast, T.You 3+3reb+2ast
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 26+21reb+5ast, L.Hamilton 17+7reb+4ast, K.Igarashi 11+2reb+6ast, S.Kashiwagi 8+1reb+3ast, K.Morii 3+1reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 3+2reb
gschID: 648586


Kawasaki BT - Tochigi Brex 79-86

An interesting game for Tochigi Brex (17-2) which played road game in Kanagawa against second-best Toshiba Thunders (11-8). First ranked Tochigi Brex managed to get a 7-point victory 86-79. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tochigi Brex have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the second place with eight games lost. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round. Toshiba Thunders will play again at home against the league's leader Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: H.Watanabe 21+2reb+5ast, J.Gibbs 19+8reb+5ast, R.Rossiter 17+11reb+3ast, S.Ikaruga 10+3reb+3ast, Y.Endo 7+3reb+2ast, R.Yamazaki 5
Kawasaki BT: N.Fazekas 18+12reb+1ast, V.Macklin 18+9reb+3ast, S.Edwards 14+8reb+3ast, T.Hasegawa 11+2reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 10+1reb, R.Shinoyama 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 648587


Osaka Evessa - Hokkaido L. 81-70

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Hokkaido L. (4-15) lost on the road to fourth ranked Osaka Evessa (8-11) 81-70 on Friday. Osaka Evessa shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Asahi Tajima (173-88) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Hokkaido L.Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa maintains fourth position with 8-11 record, which they share with Hitachi SR. Hokkaido L. lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face again Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 20+8reb+4ast, N.Kumagae 19+2reb+1ast, J.Harrellson 12+11reb+4ast, S.Konno 10+2reb+1ast, R.Goda 6+1reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 5+5ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Doblas 19+11reb+2ast, A.Tajima 14+5reb+5ast, S.Mizoguchi 9+2reb+1ast, M.Trasolini 9+7reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 5+2reb, R.Ryohei 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 648585


Toyota Alvark - Kyoto Hannar. 85-87

A very close game took place in Tokyo between Kyoto Hannar. and Toyota Alvark. Third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (11-8) got a very close victory on the road over one of their biggest challengers Toyota Alvark (12-7). Kyoto Hannar. managed to escape with a 2-point win 87-85 in the fight for the second place. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kyoto Hannar. made 7 blocks. American center David Simon (208-82, college: PFW) notched a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the effort and Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) supported him with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists. Even a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds by American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Toyota Alvark. Guard Seiya Ando (184-92) added 24 points. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to second place, which they share with Kawasaki BT and Toyama Grouses. Defending champion Toyota Alvark keeps the third position with seven games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyota Alvark will play again against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Simon 38+11reb+1ast, J.Mavunga 27+8reb+14ast, K.Hareyama 9+3reb, M.Kataoka 7+5reb, Y.Okada 3+2reb+3ast, T.Ito 2+1reb+3ast
Toyota Alvark: S.Ando 24+3reb+1ast, A.Kirk 19+13reb+2ast, Y.Baba 11+2reb+2ast, D.Tanaka 10+4reb+7ast, J.Takeuchi 7+6reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 5+2reb
gschID: 648583


Toyama Grouses - Nagoya DD 97-99

Important game to mention about took place in Toyama. Second ranked Diamond Dolphins (13-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Toyama Grouses (11-8) 99-97 in the game for the first place. Diamond Dolphins players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American players dominated the game. Markeith Cummings (198-88, college: Kennesaw St.) scored 42 points (!!!) and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) chipped in 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Diamond Dolphins' coach Shingo Kajiyama allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 8 steals and forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Diamond Dolphins keep a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Kawasaki BT and Kyoto Hannar.. Diamond Dolphins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against the league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: M.Cummings 42+4reb+5ast, J.Burrell 26+10reb+4ast, S.Ando 14+6reb+2ast, T.Sasayama 7+2reb+2ast, R.Kobayashi 5+2reb+7ast, J.Mitsuda 3
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 23+17reb+6ast, L.Lyons 23+6reb+2ast, N.Uto 20+3reb+7ast, T.Mito 11+3reb+2ast, S.Funyu 11+3reb+2ast, K.Daichi 5
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