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B League D4 Round 12: Aisin AW hands first loss to Toyoda Gosei - Dec 2, 2018


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Kevin Kotzur
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Toyoda Gosei (3-1) in Aichi on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Aisin AW (1-3) 74-63. It was a good game for American forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Niyokwizera Yves contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-Irish Brian Voelkel (196-92, college: Vermont) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 21 rebounds and 7 assists for Toyoda Gosei. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aisin AW maintains ninth position with 1-3 record. Toyoda Gosei at the other side keeps the seventh place with one game lost. Aisin AW will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyoda Gosei's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face again at home their local rival from Aichi Aisin AW.
Important game to mention about took place in Iwate. Fifth ranked Kagoshima (5-11) saved a 3-point derby victory on the road edging 8th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (3-13) 74-71 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Antone Warren (208-93, college: Antelope Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and Shelton Boykin who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Tatsunori Fujie (184-87) with 26 points and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Kagoshima have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 5-11 record. Iwate Big Bulls lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Kagoshima will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Kagoshima (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Koshigaya A. (#1) and Tokyo Cinq R. (#3). Koshigaya A. (15-1) won against visiting Tokyo Cinq R. (9-7) 87-72. The winners were led by Kyle Richardson who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by Deangelo Kirkland did not help to save the game for Tokyo Cinq R.. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Koshigaya A. have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record, which they share with Tokyo Excel. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tokyo: Koshigaya A. (#1) and Tokyo Cinq R. (#3). Koshigaya A. (15-1) won against visiting Tokyo Cinq R. (9-7) 95-82. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Josh Peppers who scored 22 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Koshigaya A.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Koshigaya A. have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record, which they share with Tokyo Excel. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Tokyo Big Blue is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Saitama Broncos (7-9) 93-82 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Darnell Martin who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Saitama Broncos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-9 record. Loser Tokyo Big Blue still closes the standings with four games lost. Saitama Broncos will face again bottom-ranked Tokyo Big Blue (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite.

In the last game of round 12 Gifu Swoops was smashed by Tokyo Excel. on the road 89-66.



Toyoda Gosei - Aisin AW 63-74

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Toyoda Gosei (3-1) in Aichi on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Aisin AW (1-3) 74-63. It was a good game for American forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Niyokwizera Yves contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-Irish Brian Voelkel (196-92, college: Vermont) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 21 rebounds and 7 assists and American Patrick Simon (203-92, college: Seattle Pacific) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Toyoda Gosei. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aisin AW maintains ninth position with 1-3 record. Toyoda Gosei at the other side keeps the seventh place with one game lost. Aisin AW will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyoda Gosei's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face again at home their local rival from Aichi Aisin AW.
Top scorers:
Aisin AW: K.Kotzur 20+12reb+3ast, Y.Ishihara 11+3reb+3ast, Y.Niyokwizera 11+10reb+1ast, H.Miyawaki 9, K.Kumazawa 5+3reb, T.Watanabe 5+2reb+2ast
Toyoda Gosei: P.Simon 20+8reb+1ast, B.Voelkel 11+21reb+7ast, K.Fujita 10+1reb+1ast, E.Sumihiro 6+1ast, D.Kokubu 4, H.Hiroki 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 648225


Iwate Big Bulls - Kagoshima 71-74

Important game to mention about took place in Iwate. Fifth ranked Kagoshima (5-11) saved a 3-point derby victory on the road edging 8th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (3-13) 74-71 on Saturday evening. Iwate Big Bulls were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Antone Warren (208-93, college: Antelope Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Shelton Boykin (198-92, college: Angelo St.) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Tatsunori Fujie (184-87) with 26 points and 5 assists and Koji Nagata (180-81) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Kagoshima have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 5-11 record. Iwate Big Bulls lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Kagoshima will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Kagoshima (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: Y.Nagayama 20+2reb, S.Boykin 17+8reb+2ast, A.Warren 12+18reb+4ast, A.Yamada 8+3reb+3ast, K.Kiichi 7+4reb+1ast, H.Tamada 4
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Fujie 26+2reb+5ast, B.Kosei 10+3reb+1ast, K.Nagata 8+10reb+3ast, Y.Kusano 8+2ast, S.Chiba 7+6reb+2ast, G.Bain 7+8reb
gschID: 648226


Koshigaya A. - Tokyo Cinq R. 87-72

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Koshigaya A. (#1) and Tokyo Cinq R. (#3). Koshigaya A. (15-1) won against visiting Tokyo Cinq R. (9-7) 87-72. Koshigaya A. dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 30. They outrebounded Tokyo Cinq R. 46-31 including a 38-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Koshigaya A. looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The winners were led by American Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida) supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Deangelo Kirkland (203-89, college: Columbus St., agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Tokyo Cinq R.. Senegalese Bira Seck (204-90, college: Idaho, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Koshigaya A. have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record, which they share with Tokyo Excel. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Koshigaya A.: K.Richardson 21+14reb+5ast, T.Ochiai 16+4reb, R.Narumi 13+4ast, J.Peppers 12+6reb+5ast, L.Evans 8+12reb+1ast, H.Iida 7+2reb+3ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: D.Kirkland 16+9reb, B.Seck 16+5reb+1ast, J.Wolfinger 12+5reb+1ast, D.Tomioka 10+2reb+1ast, K.Kanai 6+1reb+1ast, A.Nogami 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 699843


Tokyo Excel. - Gifu Swoops 89-66

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Tokyo Excel. (15-1) crushed at home 6th ranked Gifu Swoops (4-12) 89-66 on Saturday. Tokyo Excel. looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import forward Jordan Faison (201-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Tokyo Excel. players scored in double figures. Canadian center Michael Allison (206-90, college: Maine) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American Bingo Merriex (206-80, college: TCU) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Gifu Swoops. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Excel. have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Koshigaya A. Gifu Swoops lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Tokyo Excel. will face again Gifu Swoops (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 20+14reb+1ast, A.Tanno 16+6ast, J.Faison 16+10reb+3ast, T.Sano 13+3reb, R.Hasegawa 7+2reb+1ast, K.Ogura 5+2reb
Gifu Swoops: M.Allison 18+8reb+2ast, T.Masahiro 15, R.Ito 9+3reb+3ast, B.Merriex 9+7reb+5ast, S.Shinntaro 6+5reb+4ast, N.Daisuke 4+2reb
gschID: 648224


Saitama Bron. - Tokyo Big Blue 93-82

Bottom-ranked Tokyo Big Blue is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Saitama Broncos (7-9) 93-82 on Saturday evening. Saitama Broncos dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Big Blue's 28. Saitama Broncos looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American Darnell Martin (198-91, college: CS Dominguez H.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import center Joshua Crawford (211-88, college: Indiana St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. American guard Andre Murray (188-87, college: Portland St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Kota Goto (176-94) added 21 points in the effort for Tokyo Big Blue. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Saitama Broncos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-9 record. Loser Tokyo Big Blue still closes the standings with four games lost. Saitama Broncos will face again bottom-ranked Tokyo Big Blue (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Crawford 24+12reb+1ast, D.Martin 22+11reb+6ast, T.Yotaku 10+2reb+1ast, M.Ueda 10+7reb+10ast, H.Yamashita 7+1reb+1ast, S.Sawaji 5+5reb+2ast
Tokyo Big Blue: A.Murray 24+12reb+3ast, K.Goto 21+2reb+3ast, K.Funabashi 8+5reb+2ast, B.Simpson 7+7reb+2ast, K.Tomoki 7+1reb, Y.Jey 6+2ast
gschID: 648227


Koshigaya A. - Tokyo Cinq R. 95-82

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tokyo: Koshigaya A. (#1) and Tokyo Cinq R. (#3). Koshigaya A. (15-1) won against visiting Tokyo Cinq R. (9-7) 95-82. Koshigaya A. dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 40 and made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Tokyo Cinq R. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida) who scored 22 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Koshigaya A.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Joe Wolfinger (216-85, college: Citadel) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and forward Deangelo Kirkland (203-89, college: Columbus St., agency: Interperformances) added 20 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Koshigaya A. have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record, which they share with Tokyo Excel. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Koshigaya A.: J.Peppers 22+4reb+4ast, R.Narumi 14+2ast, K.Richardson 13+7reb, L.Evans 11+7reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 10+3reb+6ast, T.Ochiai 10+3reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: D.Kirkland 20+4reb+2ast, J.Wolfinger 16+10reb+1ast, B.Seck 14+6reb+2ast, D.Tomioka 13+2reb, K.Takahashi 12+6reb+2ast, A.Nogami 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 648223


  




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