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 6 Yokohama BC 14-46 
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 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 
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 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 
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 6 Tokyo HT 11-49 
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 2 Shimane SM 43-17 
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 4 Bambitious Nara 22-38 
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 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 
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 Alex STEPHESON
  Yokohama.
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.6
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 7. Fischer, Shiga L.11.6 
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  Kyoto H.
  (203-PF-90)
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  (201-F-88)
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 9. Baba, Toyota Alvark1.5 
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 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 
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B League Round 54: San-en NeoPhoenix edges Yokohama BC by two points - Apr 6, 2019


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William
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The Regular Season in B League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-41) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (22-33) in Hamamatsu on Friday. San-en NeoPhoenix managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. San-en NeoPhoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when San-en NeoPhoenix made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center William McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: NC State) chipped in 15 points and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Alex Stepheson (208-87, college: USC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Yokohama BC's coach Thomas Wisman tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. San-en NeoPhoenix maintains fifth position with 22-33 record. Yokohama BC lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 41 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toshiba Thunders (37-19) against fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (29-27) on Saturday night. Host Toshiba Thunders were defeated by Toyama Grouses in Kanagawa 88-74. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds. Leo Lyons contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Toyama Grouses' coach Don Beck allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Toshiba Thunders. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the second position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toshiba Thunders (37-19) against fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (29-27) on Saturday night. Host Toshiba Thunders were defeated by Toyama Grouses in Kanagawa 88-74. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. The game was also dominated by American players. Joshua Smith had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Toyama Grouses' coach Don Beck used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Shane Edwards with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the second position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nagoya. Third ranked Diamond Dolphins faced 4th ranked Osaka Evessa. Host Diamond Dolphins (29-25) smashed guests from Osaka (20-34) 73-49. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Justin Burrell notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort. Diamond Dolphins' coach Shingo Kajiyama felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Diamond Dolphins have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the fourth position with 34 games lost. Diamond Dolphins' next round opponent will be again Osaka Evessa (#4) at home.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. First ranked Ryukyu GK faced second-best Kyoto Hannar.. Host Ryukyu GK (35-19) defeated guests from Kyoto (29-25) 82-76. The best player for the winners was Narito Namizato who scored 16 points and 5 assists. Ryukyu GK maintains first position with 35-19 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the second place with 25 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face again league's second-placed Kyoto Hannar. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.

Rest of the games of round 54 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chiba Jets crushed Hokkaido L. in a road game 97-67. Akita NH was beaten by Hitachi SR at home 68-75. Toyama Grouses lost to Kawasaki BT on the opponent's court 79-86. Tochigi Brex managed to outperform Toyota Alvark in a home game 87-83. Fukuoka Rizing recorded a loss to Shiga L-Stars on the road 91-80. San-en crushed Yokohama BC on its own court 94-74. SeaHorses was beaten by Niigata Albirex in a road game 95-84.
The best stats of 54th round was 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists by Shinnosuke Ohishi of San-en.



Hokkaido L. - Chiba Jets 67-97

There was no surprise in Saporro where 6th ranked Hokkaido L. (10-44) was crushed by first ranked Chiba Jets (46-8) 97-67 on Saturday. Chiba Jets outrebounded Hokkaido L. 34-19 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) added 19 points respectively. 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 maintains first position with 46-8 record. Hokkaido L. lost sixteenth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 44 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Hokkaido L. will play again at home against the league's leader Chiba Jets (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Parker 22+8reb+2ast, J.Duncan 17+8reb+1ast, G.Edwards 16+5reb+5ast, S.Taguchi 10+1reb+1ast, A.Chambers 10+7reb+6ast, Y.Togashi 8+9ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Doblas 22+7reb+3ast, M.Trasolini 19+4reb+1ast, S.Yamamoto 10+2reb+8ast, D.Noguchi 4+2reb+1ast, R.Ryohei 4+1reb+2ast, T.Nakano 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 708081


Akita NH - Hitachi SR 68-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers' (26-28) road victory over 5th ranked Akita Happinets (15-39) 75-68 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American Ryan Kelly (211-91, college: Duke) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Takashi Ito (174-90) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Bahamas power forward Kadeem Coleby (206-89, college: Wichita St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fourth position with 26-28 record. Akita Happinets lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth place with 39 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play again at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: L.Vendrame 18+5reb+3ast, R.Kelly 17+10reb+4ast, T.Ito 16+6reb+5ast, R.Sacre 11+9reb+2ast, Y.Sugiura 6+1reb+1ast, S.Faye 4+1reb
Akita NH: J.Keenan 31+11reb+5ast, K.Coleby 13+7reb, R.Shirahama 7+3ast, T.Nakayama 6+5reb+5ast, R.Yasuoka 5+1reb+1ast, M.Narita 2+4reb+5ast
gschID: 708078


Nagoya DD - Osaka Evessa 73-49

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nagoya. Third ranked Diamond Dolphins faced 4th ranked Osaka Evessa. Host Diamond Dolphins (29-25) smashed guests from Osaka (20-34) 73-49. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Diamond Dolphins dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Osaka Evessa's 26. Diamond Dolphins players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and the other American import center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Diamond Dolphins' coach Shingo Kajiyama felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds by American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) did not help to save the game for Osaka Evessa. American-Nigerian power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) added 12 points and 8 rebounds. Diamond Dolphins have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the fourth position with 34 games lost. Diamond Dolphins' next round opponent will be again Osaka Evessa (#4) at home.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: H.Armstrong 12+10reb+1ast, S.Ando 12+3reb+2ast, J.Burrell 11+9reb+10ast, T.Nakahigashi 8+2reb+4ast, T.Sasayama 8+3reb+1ast, T.Harimoto 8+2reb+2ast
Osaka Evessa: T.Mbakwe 12+8reb+2ast, J.Harrellson 11+14reb+2ast, S.Fujitaka 10+1reb+1ast, N.Satoshi 7+4ast, S.Konno 3+2ast, S.Negoro 3+3reb
gschID: 708080


Kawasaki BT - Toyama Grouses 74-88

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toshiba Thunders (37-19) against fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (29-27) on Saturday night. Host Toshiba Thunders were defeated by Toyama Grouses in Kanagawa 88-74. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. Toyama Grouses made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Toyama Grouses' coach Don Beck allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Four Toyama Grouses and five Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the second position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 31+15reb+3ast, L.Lyons 16+8reb+6ast, Y.Otsuka 10+1reb, S.Funyu 10+2reb+1ast, N.Uto 8+6reb+3ast, T.Mito 8+2ast
Kawasaki BT: S.Edwards 18+7reb, N.Tsuji 17+2ast, N.Fazekas 13+6reb+2ast, Y.Fujii 11+3reb+2ast, V.Macklin 10+11reb+3ast, H.Taniguchi 3
gschID: 708077


Kawasaki BT - Toyama Grouses 74-88

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toshiba Thunders (37-19) against fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (29-27) on Saturday night. Host Toshiba Thunders were defeated by Toyama Grouses in Kanagawa 88-74. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. Toyama Grouses made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Toyama Grouses' coach Don Beck used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Toyama Grouses and five Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the second position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 31+16reb+3ast, L.Lyons 16+8reb+6ast, Y.Otsuka 10+1reb, S.Funyu 10+2reb+2ast, N.Uto 8+6reb+3ast, T.Mito 8+2ast
Kawasaki BT: S.Edwards 18+7reb, N.Tsuji 17+2ast, N.Fazekas 13+6reb+2ast, Y.Fujii 11+3reb+2ast, V.Macklin 10+11reb+3ast, H.Taniguchi 3
gschID: 722283


Ryukyu GK - Kyoto Hannar. 82-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. First ranked Ryukyu GK faced second-best Kyoto Hannar.. Host Ryukyu GK (35-19) defeated guests from Kyoto (29-25) 82-76. The best player for the winners was international guard Narito Namizato (172-89) who scored 16 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) chipped in 19 points. Four Ryukyu GK players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists and American center David Simon (208-82, college: PFW) added 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively. Ryukyu GK maintains first position with 35-19 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the second place with 25 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face again league's second-placed Kyoto Hannar. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: R.Kishimoto 19+1reb+2ast, N.Namizato 16+2reb+5ast, T.Furukawa 15+5reb+2ast, K.Jones 11+4reb+1ast, I.Brown 9+8reb, J.Ayres 7+7reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Simon 28+6reb+1ast, J.Mavunga 24+10reb+9ast, T.Ito 17+1reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 4+1reb, K.Hareyama 3+5reb+1ast, Y.Tongu 0
gschID: 708084


San-en - Yokohama BC 83-81

Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-41) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (22-33) in Hamamatsu on Friday. San-en NeoPhoenix managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. San-en NeoPhoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when San-en NeoPhoenix made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center William McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: NC State) chipped in 15 points and 5 blocks. Four San-en NeoPhoenix players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Alex Stepheson (208-87, college: USC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Ryo Tawatari (180-93, college: Dominican, CA) added 18 points and 7 assists respectively. Yokohama BC's coach Thomas Wisman tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. San-en NeoPhoenix maintains fifth position with 22-33 record. Yokohama BC lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 41 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
San-en: W.McDonald 26+9reb+1ast, C.Simmons 15+4reb+3ast, S.Tawatari 11+3reb+1ast, H.Kawashima 10+3reb+8ast, A.Ota 9+3reb, S.Okada 6+4reb+3ast
Yokohama BC: A.Stepheson 27+10reb+1ast, R.Tawatari 18+7ast, B.Costner 12+1reb+1ast, T.Kawamura 8+5reb+6ast, E.Morris 6+7reb, N.Hashimoto 5+2reb
gschID: 708082


Kawasaki BT - Toyama Grouses 86-79

Rather expected game in Kanagawa where one of their biggest challengers Toyama Grouses (29-27) were defeated by second ranked Toshiba Thunders (37-19) 86-79 on Friday. Toshiba Thunders made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was international power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Toyama Grouses' coach Don Beck let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 37-19 record having seven points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Loser Toyama Grouses dropped to the third place with 27 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kawasaki BT: N.Fazekas 25+11reb+4ast, N.Tsuji 15+2reb+4ast, V.Macklin 13+7reb+3ast, R.Shinoyama 10+8ast, T.Hasegawa 10+1reb+2ast, S.Edwards 9+5reb+3ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 20+13reb+4ast, L.Lyons 19+7reb+8ast, Y.Otsuka 14, T.Abe 9, N.Uto 7+4reb+5ast, T.Mito 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 708079


Tochigi Brex - Toyota Alvark 87-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Tochigi Brex's (44-10) home victory over one of their biggest challengers Toyota Alvark (40-14) 87-83 on Friday. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex's coach Ryuzo Anzai used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Montenegrin-Serbian power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Tochigi Brex have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 44-10 record having just two points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Defending champion Toyota Alvark keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: J.Gibbs 23+8reb+6ast, Y.Endo 21+2reb+1ast, R.Rossiter 11+9reb+11ast, S.Ikaruga 11+1reb+1ast, M.Hiejima 8+2ast, Y.Tabuse 4+3ast
Toyota Alvark: A.Kirk 20+10reb+4ast, M.Bjelica 20+5reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 11+1reb, D.Tanaka 8+4ast, S.Kikuchi 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Baranski 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 708086


Shiga L-Stars - Fukuoka Rizing 91-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Fukuoka Rizing's (11-43) road loss to fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (15-39) 80-91 on Saturday. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Durham 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 British forward Benjamin Lawson (216-95, college: WKU) who recorded 21 points and 9 rebounds and American Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: ASU) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth position with 15-39 record, which they share with Akita NH. Fukuoka Rizing lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 43 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face again Fukuoka Rizing (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: H.Walker 27+10reb+6ast, A.Durham 24+11reb+4ast, Y.Karino 16+1reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 15+3reb+4ast, K.Ninomiya 5+1reb, Y.Sugawara 4+2reb
Fukuoka Rizing: B.Lawson 21+9reb+1ast, E.Jacobsen 16+7reb+5ast, S.Ishitani 15+6ast, S.Tsuyama 12+4reb+2ast, S.Kanou 5+2reb+4ast, D.Kobayashi 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 708085


San-en - Yokohama BC 94-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked San-en NeoPhoenix's (22-33) home victory over 6th ranked Yokohama BC (14-41) 94-74 on Saturday. San-en NeoPhoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Shinnosuke Ohishi (174-87) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. American center William McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Alex Stepheson (208-87, college: USC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Ryo Tawatari (180-93, college: Dominican, CA) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. San-en NeoPhoenix maintains fifth position with 22-33 record. Yokohama BC lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 41 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
San-en: W.McDonald 21+6reb+2ast, S.Ohishi 20+12reb+6ast, S.Terazono 12+1reb+4ast, S.Tawatari 11+2reb+3ast, H.Kawashima 7+6reb+2ast, S.Okada 6+2ast
Yokohama BC: R.Tawatari 16+5reb+3ast, A.Stepheson 16+11reb+2ast, B.Costner 14+4reb+1ast, N.Hashimoto 10+2reb+2ast, E.Morris 8+7reb+4ast, T.Kawamura 7+1reb+2ast
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Niigata Albirex - SeaHorses 95-84

There was no surprise when 3rd ranked Aishin Sea Horses (28-26) were defeated on the road by first ranked Niigata Albirex (39-15) 95-84 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who scored 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The other American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) added 32 points respectively. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Niigata Albirex have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 39-15 record. Loser Aishin Sea Horses dropped to the fourth place with 26 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Aishin Sea Horses (#4) in Kariya in the next round.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 37+7reb+2ast, L.Hamilton 22+11reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 10+3reb+4ast, R.Watanabe 8+2reb, K.Morii 6+1ast, Y.Ueta 5
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 32+2reb+3ast, I.Butts 22+15reb+3ast, O.Yuta 11+1reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 10+3reb+6ast, K.Kumagai 4+4reb+4ast, M.Karimata 3+3reb
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