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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
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 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
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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 49: Hitachi Sunrockers beat Kyoto Hannar. by two after a very close game - Mar 26, 2019


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Robert Sacre
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most exciting game of round 49 in the B League took place in Kyoto. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (27-22) to fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (23-26) 105-103 on Sunday evening. Hitachi Sunrockers dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Kyoto Hannar.'s 58 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Hitachi Sunrockers looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. International point guard Leo Vendrame (183-93) contributed with 25 points and 6 assists for the winners. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Geoffrey Katsuhisa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with a triple-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 12 assists for Kyoto Hannar.Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fourth place with 23-26 record. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the second position with 22 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers are looking forward to face league's leader Chiba Jets at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kyoto Hannar. will play against the league's leader Ryukyu GK in Okinawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (36-13) which hosted in Tokyo their close opponent Diamond Dolphins (25-24). Third ranked Toyota Alvark had an easy win 100-74. American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and Milko Bjelica chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Toyota Alvark's coach Luka Pavicevic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Toyota Alvark have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 36-13 record having six points less than leader Ryukyu GK which they share with defeated Diamond Dolphins. Diamond Dolphins at the other side keep the third position with 24 games lost. Toyota Alvark will play against Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round. Diamond Dolphins will play at home against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Niigata Albirex (35-14) which played road game in Osaka against 4th placed Osaka Evessa (18-31). First ranked Niigata Albirex managed to get a 8-point victory 92-84. American players dominated the game. Davante Gardner nailed 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Josh Harrellson came up with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 35-14 record. Osaka Evessa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 31 games lost. Niigata Albirex will meet at home league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against Diamond Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League top team - Chiba Jets (42-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Akita Happinets (15-34) 101-68. Gavin Edwards fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. 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 nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 42-7 record. Akita Happinets lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with 34 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) in Tokyo. Akita Happinets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Tochigi Brex and hope to win that game.
B League top team - Ryukyu GK (31-18) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (12-37) 78-73. It was a very good performance for Ryuichi Kishimoto who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Ryukyu GK maintains first place with 31-18 record. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fifth position with 37 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face league's second-placed Kyoto Hannar. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shiga L-Stars will play against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 49 were not that significant. Toyama Grouses smashed Fukuoka Rizing on the road 101-74. Yokohama BC lost to Tochigi Brex on its own court 79-90. SeaHorses unfortunately lost to San-en in Hamamatsu 66-80. Kawasaki BT managed to beat Hokkaido L. at home 92-77.
The most impressive performance of 49th round was 29 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists by Ryan Rossiter of Tochigi Brex.



Toyota Alvark - Nagoya DD 100-74

An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (36-13) which hosted in Tokyo their close opponent Diamond Dolphins (25-24). Third ranked Toyota Alvark had an easy win 100-74. Toyota Alvark made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Diamond Dolphins' players. American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and Montenegrin-Serbian power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Toyota Alvark's coach Luka Pavicevic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Shuto Ando (189-94) scored 27 points. Toyota Alvark have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 36-13 record having six points less than leader Ryukyu GK which they share with defeated Diamond Dolphins. Diamond Dolphins at the other side keep the third position with 24 games lost. Toyota Alvark will play against Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round. Diamond Dolphins will play at home against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: A.Kirk 33+4reb, M.Bjelica 21+6reb+1ast, D.Tanaka 13+4reb+7ast, Z.Baranski 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Baba 8+5reb+6ast, S.Kikuchi 6+3reb+2ast
Nagoya DD: S.Ando 27+2reb+3ast, H.Armstrong 23+12reb+2ast, C.Brackins 9+8reb+2ast, T.Sasayama 5+1reb+4ast, T.Nakahigashi 4+4reb+1ast, T.Harimoto 4+3reb
gschID: 708032


Chiba Jets - Akita NH 101-68

B League top team - Chiba Jets (42-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Akita Happinets (15-34) 101-68. Chiba Jets shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Akita Happinets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Five Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ryuto Yasuoka (188-95) added 10 points and 6 assists 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 nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 42-7 record. Akita Happinets lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with 34 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) in Tokyo. Akita Happinets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Tochigi Brex and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: G.Edwards 24+8reb+3ast, Y.Togashi 23+1reb+5ast, S.Taguchi 12+3reb+3ast, A.Chambers 10+3reb+1ast, J.Duncan 10+6reb+4ast, S.Hara 9+2reb
Akita NH: J.Keenan 19+7reb+1ast, R.Yasuoka 10+4reb+6ast, K.Coleby 7+3reb+3ast, T.Nakayama 6+3reb+1ast, D.Taniguchi 6+1reb+1ast, S.Onodera 5+2ast
gschID: 708034


Kyoto Hannar. - Hitachi SR 103-105

The most exciting game of round 49 in the B League took place in Kyoto. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (27-22) to fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (23-26) 105-103 on Sunday evening. Hitachi Sunrockers dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Kyoto Hannar.'s 58 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Hitachi Sunrockers looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. International point guard Leo Vendrame (183-93) contributed with 25 points and 6 assists for the winners. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Geoffrey Katsuhisa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with a triple-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 12 assists and American center David Simon (208-82, college: PFW) added 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fourth place with 23-26 record. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the second position with 22 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers are looking forward to face league's leader Chiba Jets at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kyoto Hannar. will play against the league's leader Ryukyu GK in Okinawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 46+14reb+1ast, L.Vendrame 25+2reb+6ast, R.Kelly 15+9reb+6ast, K.Hirose 8+7reb+4ast, M.Yamauchi 4+3reb+8ast, Y.Sugiura 3+1reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Mavunga 45+13reb+12ast, D.Simon 23+9reb+5ast, Y.Okada 14+2reb, K.Hareyama 9+2reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 5+2reb+4ast, S.Watanuki 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 708036


Shiga L-Stars - Ryukyu GK 73-78

B League top team - Ryukyu GK (31-18) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (12-37) 78-73. Ryukyu GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. International forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Ryukyu GK maintains first place with 31-18 record. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fifth position with 37 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face league's second-placed Kyoto Hannar. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shiga L-Stars will play against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: R.Kishimoto 24+2reb+2ast, I.Brown 11+10reb+4ast, N.Namizato 8+2reb+6ast, K.Jones 8+4reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 7+1reb, S.Morrison 7+6reb+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: A.Durham 32+18reb+4ast, G.Lawal 18+8reb+1ast, Y.Sugawara 10, Y.Karino 8+2ast, T.Ito 3+3ast, K.Takahashi 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 708039


Fukuoka Rizing - Toyama Grouses 74-101

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Toyama Grouses (26-23) crushed on the road 6th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (11-38) 101-74 on Sunday. Toyama Grouses made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Toyama Grouses outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 39-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Masashi Joho (183-82) answered with 18 points and 4 assists and American forward Marqus Blakely (201-88, college: Vermont) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Toyama Grouses. They maintain third place with 26-23 record having sixteen points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Fukuoka Rizing lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 38 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face San-en NeoPhoenix (#5) in Hamamatsu in the next round. Fukuoka Rizing will play at home against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 21+10reb+3ast, L.Lyons 16+9reb+5ast, Y.Otsuka 16+1reb, K.Daichi 13+2reb, T.Mito 11+1reb, T.Abe 9+3reb+7ast
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Joho 18+2reb+4ast, M.Blakely 12+5reb+4ast, S.Tsuyama 10+3ast, T.You 9+2reb+1ast, E.Jacobsen 8+5reb, K.Hatano 6+3reb
gschID: 708035


Yokohama BC - Tochigi Brex 79-90

Very expected game when 6th ranked Yokohama BC (14-35) lost at home to second ranked Tochigi Brex (40-9) 90-79 on Sunday. Tochigi Brex dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Yokohama BC's 36. They outrebounded Yokohama BC 39-28 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tochigi Brex made 7 blocks. Quite impressive performance for American forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field). The former international guard Yusuke Endo (185-89) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: NC State) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) added 22 points in the effort for Yokohama BC. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tochigi Brex maintains second place with 40-9 record having just two points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the sixth position with 35 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round. Yokohama BC will play against Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 29+15reb+8ast, Y.Endo 17+2reb+5ast, A.Naymick 12+7reb+2ast, M.Hiejima 10+3reb+2ast, K.Takeuchi 8+5reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 6+1reb+6ast
Yokohama BC: B.Costner 22+13reb+5ast, T.Kawamura 22+1reb+2ast, J.McCrea 14+5reb, R.Tawatari 9+1reb+6ast, E.Morris 5+4reb+1ast, A.Minatoya 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 708040


San-en - SeaHorses 80-66

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (20-29) won against 4th placed Aishin Sea Horses (24-25) in Hamamatsu 80-66 on Sunday. San-en NeoPhoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: NC State) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Tatsuya Suzuki (169-91) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Kennedy Meeks (208-95, college: N.Carolina) answered with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Aishin Sea Horses. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses' coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for San-en NeoPhoenix. They maintain fifth place with 20-29 record. Aishin Sea Horses lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 25 games lost. San-en NeoPhoenix will face higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San-en: C.Simmons 17+8reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 15+3reb+6ast, S.Terazono 11+1reb+4ast, W.McDonald 10+3reb, H.Kawashima 8+3reb+4ast, A.Ota 6+3reb
SeaHorses: K.Meeks 18+9reb+7ast, I.Butts 16+13reb+2ast, O.Yuta 13+4reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 10+2reb+1ast, M.Morikawa 5+2reb, K.Kumagai 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 708037


Osaka Evessa - Niigata Albirex 84-92

An interesting game for Niigata Albirex (35-14) which played road game in Osaka against 4th placed Osaka Evessa (18-31). First ranked Niigata Albirex managed to get a 8-point victory 92-84. Niigata Albirex made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) nailed 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) accounted for 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) came up with 26 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 35-14 record. Osaka Evessa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 31 games lost. Niigata Albirex will meet at home league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against Diamond Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 37+7reb+3ast, L.Hamilton 17+8reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 13+6reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 12+3reb+8ast, Y.Ikeda 8+1reb, Y.Ueta 5+2reb
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 26+8reb+3ast, X.Gibson 16+7reb+4ast, S.Konno 15+4ast, S.Negoro 7+6reb+2ast, P.Faye 6+2reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 708038


Kawasaki BT - Hokkaido L. 92-77

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Hokkaido L. (10-39) lost to second ranked Toshiba Thunders (32-17) in Kanagawa 77-92 on Sunday. Toshiba Thunders looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Quite impressive performance for international power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. British-American center Byron Mullens (213-89, college: Ohio St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) added 11 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Hokkaido L.Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Toshiba Thunders. They maintain second place with 32-17 record having ten points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Hokkaido L. lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 39 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face league's leader Niigata Albirex on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hokkaido L. will play against Toyota Alvark (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kawasaki BT: N.Fazekas 25+13reb+2ast, V.Macklin 14+5reb+5ast, Y.Fujii 13+3reb+2ast, S.Edwards 11+1reb+3ast, R.Shinoyama 11+1reb+9ast, H.Taniguchi 9
Hokkaido L.: B.Mullens 38+10reb+3ast, D.Doblas 11+12reb+2ast, K.Sekino 9+2ast, T.Nakano 9+2reb+1ast, A.Tajima 5+7ast, D.Noguchi 3+2reb
gschID: 708033
  




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Masaharu
Kataoka
Kataoka is back at Sendai 89ers - 15 days ago
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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