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B Standings
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 56: Toshiba Thunders defeat San-en NeoPhoenix in the closest game of the week - Apr 12, 2019


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The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Fifth-ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (22-34) gave a tough game to second ranked Toshiba Thunders (38-19) in Hamamatsu on Wednesday. The visitors from Kanagawa managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and international power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who added 25 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Shinnosuke Ohishi (174-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Toshiba Thunders maintains second position with 38-19 record having nine points less than leader Ryukyu GK. San-en NeoPhoenix at the other side keeps the fifth place with 34 games lost. Toshiba Thunders are looking forward to face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San-en NeoPhoenix will play against Aishin Sea Horses (#3) in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (17-39) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Kyoto Hannar. (29-27) 90-88 on Wednesday evening. The winners were led by American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 6 assists and Koyo Takahashi supported him with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 30 points, 8 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals by Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Kyoto Hannar.. Shiga L-Stars have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-39 record. Kyoto Hannar. lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 27 games lost. They share the position with SeaHorses. Shiga L-Stars will play against league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins in Nagoya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kyoto Hannar. will play at home against Fukuoka Rizing and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Toyota Alvark (#3) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#4). Toyota Alvark (41-14) won against visiting Hitachi Sunrockers (27-29) 81-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. The best player for the winners was Milko Bjelica who scored 20 points. Robert Sacre produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Defending champion maintains third position with 41-14 record having eight points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fourth place with 29 games lost. Toyota Alvark will meet league's leader Chiba Jets on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Toyama. 3rd ranked host Toyama Grouses (29-28) lost to first ranked Niigata Albirex (41-15) 79-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. Americans were the main players on the court. Davante Gardner orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Niigata Albirex have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 41-15 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 28 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Okinawa. First ranked host Ryukyu GK (37-19) defeated second-ranked Diamond Dolphins (30-26) 75-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Diamond Dolphins. Worth to mention a great performance of Narito Namizato who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Ryukyu GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-19 record. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second place with 26 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face Osaka Evessa (#4) on the road in the next round. Diamond Dolphins will play against Shiga L-Stars and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 56: Osaka Evessa won against Fukuoka Rizing on the opponent's court 80-71. Yokohama BC unfortunately lost to SeaHorses in a home game 80-88. Tochigi Brex managed to beat Hokkaido L. on the road 95-83. Chiba Jets crushed Akita NH on its own court 91-62.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 13 points and 16 rebounds by Isaac Butts of SeaHorses.



Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 61-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Toyama. 3rd ranked host Toyama Grouses (29-28) lost to first ranked Niigata Albirex (41-15) 79-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. Americans were the main players on the court. Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks for the winners. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Niigata Albirex have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 41-15 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 28 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 25+14reb+3ast, Y.Ueta 17+3reb, L.Hamilton 16+10reb+5ast, K.Igarashi 13+1reb+5ast, S.Kashiwagi 2+1reb+1ast, K.Morii 2+3ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 22+11reb+3ast, L.Lyons 13+5reb+3ast, Y.Otsuka 10+2reb, T.Kensuke 5, K.Daichi 3+1reb+2ast, T.Abe 3+2reb
gschID: 708102


Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa 71-80

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (11-45) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Osaka Evessa (21-35) 80-71 on Wednesday. Osaka Evessa looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and American-Nigerian power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) who added 7 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. American Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: ASU) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and British forward Benjamin Lawson (216-95, college: WKU) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Osaka Evessa maintains fourth position with 21-35 record. Fukuoka Rizing lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 45 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face league's leader Ryukyu GK in Okinawa in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Fukuoka Rizing will play on the road against Kyoto Hannar. (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 20+8reb+2ast, S.Konno 13+2reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 11+2ast, N.Kumagae 11+3reb+1ast, N.Satoshi 10+1reb+10ast, T.Mbakwe 7+14reb+2ast
Fukuoka Rizing: E.Jacobsen 19+10reb+2ast, S.Ishitani 13+1reb+3ast, B.Lawson 12+15reb+2ast, S.Tsuyama 11+4ast, S.Kanou 5+3reb+1ast, M.Joho 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 708097


Ryukyu GK - Nagoya DD 75-68

The game between Top Four teams took place in Okinawa. First ranked host Ryukyu GK (37-19) defeated second-ranked Diamond Dolphins (30-26) 75-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Diamond Dolphins. Ryukyu GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Narito Namizato (172-89) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: WVU) who added 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 21 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Ryukyu GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-19 record. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second place with 26 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face Osaka Evessa (#4) on the road in the next round. Diamond Dolphins will play against Shiga L-Stars and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: J.Ayres 21+8reb+1ast, N.Namizato 18+7reb+9ast, K.Jones 18+11reb+2ast, N.Tashiro 6+3reb, T.Furukawa 5+4reb+1ast, R.Hashimoto 5+5reb+6ast
Nagoya DD: J.Burrell 22+11reb+5ast, H.Armstrong 18+21reb+1ast, S.Ando 11+1reb+3ast, T.Harimoto 7+1reb+1ast, R.Kobayashi 5+3reb+2ast, T.Sasayama 5+1ast
gschID: 708100


Yokohama BC - SeaHorses 80-88

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Aishin Sea Horses (29-27) defeated on the road 6th ranked Yokohama BC (14-42) 88-80 on Wednesday. Aishin Sea Horses looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kennedy Meeks (208-95, college: UNC) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) who added 13 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Alex Stepheson (208-87, college: USC) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds and forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: NC State) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Aishin Sea Horses and four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses moved-up to third place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Yokohama BC lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 42 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face San-en NeoPhoenix (#5) in Hamamatsu in the next round. Yokohama BC will play at home against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 21+2reb+1ast, K.Meeks 20+4reb+9ast, O.Yuta 17+2reb+3ast, J.Sakuragi 14+9reb+3ast, I.Butts 13+16reb+3ast, K.Kumagai 3+1reb+5ast
Yokohama BC: A.Stepheson 19+18reb+2ast, B.Costner 16+8reb+2ast, T.Kawamura 14+6ast, N.Hashimoto 12+3reb+1ast, R.Tawatari 8+2reb+4ast, A.Minatoya 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 708103


Toyota Alvark - Hitachi SR 81-73

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Toyota Alvark (#3) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#4). Toyota Alvark (41-14) won against visiting Hitachi Sunrockers (27-29) 81-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Toyota Alvark looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin-Serbian power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 20 points. American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds and American Ryan Kelly (211-91, college: Duke) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains third position with 41-14 record having eight points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fourth place with 29 games lost. Toyota Alvark will meet league's leader Chiba Jets on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: M.Bjelica 20+3reb+2ast, Z.Baranski 18+5reb, D.Tanaka 18+1reb+2ast, A.Kirk 13+8reb+3ast, J.Takeuchi 7+5reb, G.Kojima 2+3reb+5ast
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 31+10reb+2ast, R.Kelly 15+5reb+5ast, T.Hasegawa 9+2ast, L.Vendrame 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Mitsuhara 5+8reb+2ast, Y.Sugiura 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 708095


San-en - Kawasaki BT 83-85

Fifth-ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (22-34) gave a tough game to second ranked Toshiba Thunders (38-19) in Hamamatsu on Wednesday. The visitors from Kanagawa managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and international power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who added 25 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Shinnosuke Ohishi (174-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: NC State) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four San-en NeoPhoenix players scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders maintains second position with 38-19 record having nine points less than leader Ryukyu GK. San-en NeoPhoenix at the other side keeps the fifth place with 34 games lost. Toshiba Thunders are looking forward to face league's leader Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San-en NeoPhoenix will play against Aishin Sea Horses (#3) in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kawasaki BT: V.Macklin 28+7reb+3ast, N.Fazekas 25+11reb, R.Shinoyama 16+2reb+4ast, Y.Fujii 6+1reb+2ast, S.Edwards 4+2reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 3+2reb
San-en: A.Ota 17+4reb, C.Simmons 16+9reb+3ast, S.Terazono 13+4reb+2ast, S.Ohishi 12+13reb+7ast, H.Kawashima 8+4ast, S.Okada 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 708099


Hokkaido L. - Tochigi Brex 83-95

Not a big story in a game in Saporro where 6th ranked Hokkaido L. (10-46) was defeated by second ranked Tochigi Brex (45-10) 95-83 on Wednesday. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tochigi Brex made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Tochigi Brex's coach Ryuzo Anzai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) responded with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 45-10 record having four points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Hokkaido L. lost eighteenth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 46 games lost. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round. Hokkaido L. will play on the road against Akita Happinets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: Y.Endo 17+1reb+4ast, J.Gibbs 15+9reb+5ast, K.Takeuchi 14+7reb+3ast, S.Ikaruga 14+3reb+5ast, H.Watanabe 10+1ast, M.Hiejima 9+3reb+10ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Doblas 24+9reb+4ast, M.Trasolini 23+11reb+2ast, T.Orimo 15+2reb+1ast, R.Ryohei 10+2ast, S.Yamamoto 5+5reb+8ast, R.Sakurai 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 708098


Shiga L-Stars - Kyoto Hannar. 90-88

Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (17-39) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Kyoto Hannar. (29-27) 90-88 on Wednesday evening. Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 50-36 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 6 assists and international forward Koyo Takahashi (192-94) supported him with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 30 points, 8 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals by Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Kyoto Hannar.. American center David Simon (208-82, college: PFW) added 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks for the guests. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-39 record. Kyoto Hannar. lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 27 games lost. They share the position with SeaHorses. Shiga L-Stars will play against league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins in Nagoya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kyoto Hannar. will play at home against Fukuoka Rizing and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: A.Durham 34+14reb+6ast, K.Takahashi 27+8reb, H.Walker 15+8reb+9ast, Y.Karino 5+4reb+3ast, J.Kano 3+4reb, T.Ito 3+6reb+3ast
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Mavunga 30+8reb+13ast, D.Simon 24+13reb+1ast, T.Ito 14+6reb+2ast, K.Hareyama 10+4reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 8+2reb, S.Utsumi 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 708101


Chiba Jets - Akita NH 91-62

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Chiba Jets (48-8) outscored at home 5th ranked Akita Happinets (15-41) 91-62 on Wednesday. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 36-25 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Chiba Jets looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who added 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Point guard Takuya Nakayama (182-94) responded with 12 points and 4 assists and Bahamas power forward Kadeem Coleby (206-89, college: Wichita St.) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. 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 a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 48-8 record. Akita Happinets lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth place with 41 games lost. Chiba Jets will face Toyota Alvark (#3) in Tokyo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Akita Happinets will play at home against Hokkaido L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Duncan 21+4reb+5ast, G.Edwards 15+11reb, M.Parker 13+5reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 10+2reb+1ast, A.Chambers 9+4reb+1ast, R.Ono 7+6reb+5ast
Akita NH: T.Nakayama 12+4reb+4ast, K.Coleby 12+7reb, J.Keenan 10+4reb, D.Taniguchi 8+1ast, K.Nomoto 6+4reb+1ast, R.Yasuoka 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 708096
  





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Tokyo Cinq Reves keep Sasaki for another season - 12 hours ago
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Tokyo Cinq Reves (B League D3) re-signed 32-year old small forward Yuki Sasaki (190-87). He played there last season. In 55 B League D3 games he recorded 3.1ppg and 1.3rpg. The previous (17-18) season Sasaki played at Saitama Broncos where in 48 B League D3 games he averaged 5.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He has played previously for Akita Happinets. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Japan   [read more]


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