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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 
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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 
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 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 
Full Standings
Last:4/22/2019
B League D3 Standings
 1 Tokyo Excel. 8-0 
 2 Koshigaya A. 6-4 
 3 Tokyo Cinq R. 5-5 
 4 Iwate Big Bulls 4-4 
 5 Saitama Bron. 3-5 
 6 Gifu Swoops 3-5 
 7 Kagoshima 1-7 
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Last:4/21/2019
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davante GARDNER
  Niigata
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. D.Gardner Niigata27.6 
 2. D.Simon Kyoto H24.3 
 3. M.Cummings Nagoya D23.2 
 4. J.Keenan Akita NH22.8 
 5. N.Fazekas Kawasaki22.2 
 6. L.Lyons Toyama G21.7 
 7. J.Mavunga Kyoto H21.6 
 8. G.Lawal Shiga L21.0 
 9. R.Kelly Hitachi SR20.1 
 10. J.Smith Toyama G19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Yokohama
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. A.Stepheson Yokohama13.6 
 2. A.Durham Shiga L13.2 
 3. J.Harrellson Osaka E12.3 
 4. G.Lawal Shiga L12.2 
 5. I.Butts SeaHorses12.1 
 6. H.Armstrong Nagoya D11.8 
 7. D.Fischer Shiga L11.6 
 8. R.Rossiter Tochigi11.3 
 9. K.Meeks SeaHorses11.0 
 10. D.Gardner Niigata11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julian MAVUNGA
  Kyoto H
  (203-PF-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. J.Mavunga Kyoto H8.5 
 2. N.Namizato Ryukyu G6.4 
 3. Y.Matsushima Hokkaido6.3 
 4. Y.Togashi Chiba J5.5 
 5. T.Nakayama Akita N5.4 
 6. K.Igarashi Niigata5.2 
 7. K.Meeks SeaHorses5.2 
 8. J.Sakuragi SeaHo5.1 
 9. A.Tajima Hokkaido4.9 
 10. R.Rossiter Tochigi4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya NAKAYAMA
  Akita N
  (182-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. T.Nakayama Akita N2.2 
 2. J.Gibbs Tochigi2.1 
 3. M.Parker Chiba J2.1 
 4. M.Trasolini Hokkaido1.5 
 5. Y.Baba Toyota A1.5 
 6. S.Ohishi San-en1.5 
 7. K.Jones Ryukyu GK1.5 
 8. S.Kashiwagi Niigata1.4 
 9. K.Ishii Chiba Jets1.4 
 10. H.Kawashima San-en1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Prince IBEH
  Yokohama BC
  (208-C-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. P.Ibeh Yokohama BC2.8 
 2. K.Coleby Akita NH2.3 
 3. B.Mullens Hokkaido2.3 
 4. D.Simon Kyoto H2.1 
 5. H.Armstrong Nagoya D2.0 
 6. A.Naymick Tochigi1.9 
 7. B.Lawson Fukuoka1.7 
 8. G.Lawal Shiga L1.5 
 9. L.Hamilton Niigata1.5 
 10. M.Parker Chiba J1.4 
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B League Round 57: Leader Ryukyu GK loses to Osaka Evessa - Apr 13, 2019


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The Regular Season in B League is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 3 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Top ranked Ryukyu GK (37-20) recorded its twentieth loss on the court of fourth ranked Osaka Evessa on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Osaka Evessa 66-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ryukyu GK. Strangely Ryukyu GK outrebounded Osaka Evessa 44-30 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: FSU) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: WVU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Osaka Evessa maintains fourth place with 22-35 record, which they share with San-en. Ryukyu GK at the other side still keeps top position with 20 games lost. Osaka Evessa is again looking forward to face league's leader Ryukyu GK in Okinawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ryukyu GK will have a break next round.
Third-ranked Toyota Alvark (41-15) made lots of trouble for first ranked Chiba Jets (49-8). Chiba Jets managed to secure only two-point victory 59-57. However their fans expected easier game. It was a good game for American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Josh Duncan contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International Yudai Baba (193-95) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Toyota Alvark. Chiba Jets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 49-8 record. Defending champion Toyota Alvark keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Chiba Jets will again play against Toyota Alvark (#3) in Tokyo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Kanagawa between Niigata Albirex and Toshiba Thunders. First ranked Niigata Albirex (42-15) got a very close victory on the road over second-best Toshiba Thunders (38-20). Niigata Albirex managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 in the game for the first place. Davante Gardner stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Nick Fazekas with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They maintain first place with 42-15 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the second position with 20 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play again against the league's leader Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-44) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (31-28). The visitors from Toyama managed to secure only two-point victory 99-97. However their fans expected easier game. The game was dominated by American players. Joshua Smith nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Yokohama BC's coach Thomas Wisman tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Yokohama BC lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 44 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-44) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (31-28) on Saturday. The visitors from Toyama managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected easier game. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Leo Lyons who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Yokohama BC lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 44 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 57 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Shiga L-Stars crushed Nagoya DD in a road game 92-60. Hitachi SR was beaten by Tochigi Brex at home 61-72. Fukuoka Rizing won against Kyoto Hannar. on the opponent's court 80-74. Akita NH managed to outperform Hokkaido L. in a home game 79-66. San-en recorded a loss to SeaHorses on the road 91-83.
The best stats of 57th round was 25 points and 19 rebounds by Alex Stepheson of Yokohama BC.



Chiba Jets - Toyota Alvark 59-57

Third-ranked Toyota Alvark (41-15) made lots of trouble for first ranked Chiba Jets (49-8). Chiba Jets managed to secure only two-point victory 59-57. However their fans expected easier game. It was a good game for American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International Yudai Baba (193-95) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Toyota Alvark. Chiba Jets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 49-8 record. Defending champion Toyota Alvark keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Chiba Jets will again play against Toyota Alvark (#3) in Tokyo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: G.Edwards 19+13reb+6ast, J.Duncan 10+6reb+2ast, M.Parker 9+8reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 7+1reb, A.Chambers 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 6+4reb+3ast
Toyota Alvark: Y.Baba 13+5reb+3ast, A.Kirk 11+10reb, Z.Baranski 11+1ast, S.Ando 7+2reb+6ast, M.Bjelica 6+4reb, J.Takeuchi 3+10reb
gschID: 708107


Nagoya DD - Shiga L-Stars 60-92

There was a minor upset in Nagoya where second-best Diamond Dolphins (30-27) were crushed by fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (18-39) 92-60 on Saturday. Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Diamond Dolphins 42-29 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. 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 American center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Shuto Ando (189-94) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Shiga L-Stars. They maintain fifth place with 18-39 record. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the second position with 27 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Diamond Dolphins will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: A.Durham 23+14reb+8ast, H.Walker 21+6reb+4ast, K.Takahashi 19+1reb+4ast, Y.Karino 16+2reb+2ast, K.Ninomiya 4+6reb+1ast, N.Yutaro 3+2reb
Nagoya DD: S.Ando 14+4ast, H.Armstrong 11+7reb+1ast, R.Kobayashi 11+2reb+3ast, J.Burrell 10+5reb+1ast, T.Nakatsuka 4+5reb+1ast, T.Nakahigashi 4+2reb
gschID: 708108


Hitachi SR - Tochigi Brex 61-72

No shocking result in a game in Tokyo where second ranked Tochigi Brex (46-10) defeated 4th placed Hitachi Sunrockers (27-30) 72-61 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and American Ryan Kelly (211-91, college: Duke) added 8 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Tochigi Brex. They maintain second place with 46-10 record having four points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fourth position with 30 games lost. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play again at home against the league's second-placed Tochigi Brex (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 22+9reb+3ast, J.Gibbs 15+13reb+3ast, M.Hiejima 11+4ast, K.Takeuchi 7+7reb, S.Ikaruga 6+2reb+4ast, Y.Endo 5+2reb+1ast
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 29+10reb+1ast, L.Vendrame 9+2reb+5ast, R.Kelly 8+13reb+5ast, T.Hasegawa 6+2reb, Y.Sugiura 5+4reb+1ast, T.Ito 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 723074


Osaka Evessa - Ryukyu GK 66-62

Top ranked Ryukyu GK (37-20) recorded its twentieth loss on the court of fourth ranked Osaka Evessa on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Osaka Evessa 66-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ryukyu GK. Strangely Ryukyu GK outrebounded Osaka Evessa 44-30 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: FSU) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: WVU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) added 15 points respectively. Osaka Evessa maintains fourth place with 22-35 record, which they share with San-en. Ryukyu GK at the other side still keeps top position with 20 games lost. Osaka Evessa is again looking forward to face league's leader Ryukyu GK in Okinawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ryukyu GK will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 14+10reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 13+1reb+5ast, P.Faye 11+2reb, J.Harrellson 9+12reb+3ast, N.Satoshi 9+2reb+3ast, R.Goda 8+2ast
Ryukyu GK: R.Kishimoto 15+3reb+2ast, T.Ishizaki 13+1ast, K.Jones 11+14reb, S.Kinjo 9+3reb+2ast, N.Tashiro 6+4reb+3ast, S.Morrison 5+13reb+2ast
gschID: 708110


Yokohama BC - Toyama Grouses 72-75

Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-44) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (31-28) on Saturday. The visitors from Toyama managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected easier game. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Alex Stepheson (208-87, college: USC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: NC State) added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Yokohama BC lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 44 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 23+10reb+1ast, L.Lyons 22+8reb+6ast, T.Abe 10+5reb+3ast, N.Uto 9+9reb+6ast, S.Funyu 5+1reb+2ast, T.Mito 3
Yokohama BC: A.Stepheson 25+19reb+2ast, T.Kawamura 15+2reb+3ast, B.Costner 12+10reb+8ast, T.Nakamura 7+2reb+2ast, A.Minatoya 4, E.Morris 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 723075


Kyoto Hannar. - Fukuoka Rizing 74-80

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Kyoto Hannar. (29-28) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (12-45) 80-74 on Saturday. Fukuoka Rizing looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was British forward Benjamin Lawson (216-95, college: WKU) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. American Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: ASU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American center David Simon (208-82, college: PFW) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Tatsuya Ito (173-94) added 14 points and 8 assists respectively. Five Fukuoka Rizing and four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Fukuoka Rizing maintains sixth place with 12-45 record. Kyoto Hannar. lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the third position with 28 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: B.Lawson 23+16reb+3ast, M.Joho 13+2reb, S.Ishitani 10+1reb+6ast, E.Jacobsen 10+10reb+5ast, D.Kobayashi 10+3reb+2ast, S.Kanou 6+2reb+5ast
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Simon 22+7reb+1ast, T.Ito 14+3reb+8ast, Y.Nagayoshi 11+2reb+1ast, K.Hareyama 10+3reb+3ast, J.Mavunga 7+10reb+4ast, M.Kataoka 3+1reb
gschID: 708109


Kawasaki BT - Niigata Albirex 78-80

A very close game took place in Kanagawa between Niigata Albirex and Toshiba Thunders. First ranked Niigata Albirex (42-15) got a very close victory on the road over second-best Toshiba Thunders (38-20). Niigata Albirex managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 in the game for the first place. Niigata Albirex made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Niigata Albirex. They maintain first place with 42-15 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the second position with 20 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play again against the league's leader Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 29+19reb+6ast, L.Hamilton 19+13reb+4ast, Y.Ueta 10+1reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 9+1ast, K.Imamura 7+3ast, K.Morii 4+3reb+3ast
Kawasaki BT: N.Fazekas 28+11reb+3ast, N.Tsuji 17+1reb+5ast, V.Macklin 14+10reb+5ast, R.Shinoyama 7+1reb+7ast, S.Edwards 5+4reb, Y.Fujii 5+1ast
gschID: 708106


Akita NH - Hokkaido L. 79-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Akita Happinets' (16-41) home victory over 6th ranked Hokkaido L. (10-47) 79-66 on Saturday. Akita Happinets had a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Ryosuke Shirahama (190-91) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Spanish center David Doblas (206-81) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. Hokkaido L.'s coach Tomohide Utsumi let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Akita Happinets maintains fifth place with 16-41 record. Hokkaido L. lost their nineteenth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 47 games lost. Akita Happinets will face again Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: J.Keenan 25+11reb+4ast, R.Shirahama 21+5ast, K.Coleby 14+9reb, K.Nomoto 6+5reb, H.Noboru 6+1reb+3ast, T.Nakayama 4+9reb+5ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Doblas 15+9reb+1ast, M.Trasolini 14+4reb+4ast, T.Orimo 13+1reb, K.Sekino 12+1reb+3ast, A.Uchida 6, S.Yamamoto 4+5reb+11ast
gschID: 708105


SeaHorses - San-en 91-83

Not a big story in a game in Kariya where 5th ranked San-en NeoPhoenix (22-35) was defeated by third ranked Aishin Sea Horses (30-27) 91-83 on Saturday. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded San-en NeoPhoenix 37-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Kennedy Meeks (208-95, college: UNC) who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Aishin Sea Horses' coach Kimikazu Suzuki used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: NC State) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American center William McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Aishin Sea Horses and four San-en NeoPhoenix players scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses moved-up to second place, which they share with Nagoya DD. Loser San-en NeoPhoenix dropped to the fourth position with 35 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face again San-en NeoPhoenix (#5) in Hamamatsu in the next round.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: O.Yuta 24+1reb+1ast, K.Meeks 23+9reb+5ast, I.Butts 13+10reb+4ast, J.Sakuragi 12+4reb+3ast, K.Kumagai 10+8reb+5ast, M.Morikawa 4+3ast
San-en: C.Simmons 20+5reb+1ast, W.McDonald 16+7reb+2ast, H.Kawashima 11+7ast, A.Ota 10+1reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 8+3reb+6ast, S.Terazono 7+1reb
gschID: 708111


Yokohama BC - Toyama Grouses 97-99

Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-44) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (31-28). The visitors from Toyama managed to secure only two-point victory 99-97. However their fans expected easier game. Toyama Grouses shot 28 for 42 from the free-throw line, while Yokohama BC only scored twelve points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for Toyama Grouses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Yokohama BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) accounted for 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Alex Stepheson (208-87, college: USC) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: NC State) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Yokohama BC in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Thomas Wisman tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Yokohama BC lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 44 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 25+13reb+2ast, L.Lyons 23+6reb+6ast, Y.Otsuka 15+1reb+1ast, N.Uto 10+3reb+6ast, T.Abe 8+1reb+3ast, D.Yamada 7+2reb+1ast
Yokohama BC: A.Stepheson 23+19reb+5ast, B.Costner 22+5reb+5ast, T.Kawamura 19+4reb+3ast, T.Nakamura 11+4reb+3ast, A.Minatoya 6+1reb+2ast, R.Tawatari 6+3reb+1ast
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