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B League D3 Round 5 (Second Stage): Iwate Big Bulls lose to Tokyo Cinq R. - Apr 21, 2019


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There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in B League D3. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The game between second ranked Iwate Big Bulls (4-4) and fourth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (5-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Tokyo Cinq R. in a tough game in Tokyo 71-80. Tokyo Cinq R. outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. American forward Chris Olivier (203-92, college: Oklahoma St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Atomu Yamada (179-98) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Iwate Big Bulls. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to third place. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. are looking forward to face Gifu Swoops (#6) on the road in the next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's leader Tokyo Excel. and are hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Iwate Big Bulls (4-4) which played road game in Tokyo against 4th placed Tokyo Cinq R. (5-5). Second ranked Iwate Big Bulls managed to get a 6-point victory 79-73. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Titus Robinson chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Yuma Yoshida allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Chris Olivier (203-92, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Despite that victory Iwate Big Bulls went down to fourth position due to points difference. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will play against league's leader Tokyo Excel. at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Gifu Swoops and hopes to get back on the winning track.
B League D3 top team - Tokyo Excel. (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Saitama Broncos (3-5) 101-63. American players dominated the game. Ryan Stephan nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Joshua Crawford came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for Saitama Broncos in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Tokyo Excel. have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Gifu Swoops. Tokyo Excel. will meet Iwate Big Bulls (#4) on the road in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play against Kagoshima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League D3 top team - Tokyo Excel. (8-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Saitama Broncos (3-5) 100-85. The best player for the winners was Ryan Stephan who scored 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Tokyo Excel.'s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Tokyo Excel.. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Saitama Broncos at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. Tokyo Excel.'s next round opponent will be Iwate Big Bulls (#4) on the road. Saitama Broncos will play against Kagoshima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Renova supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Koshigaya A. (6-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Kagoshima (1-7). Koshigaya A. smashed Kagoshima 100-79 on Saturday. Kyle Richardson orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Koshigaya A. moved-up to second place. Kagoshima lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Koshigaya A. will have a break next round. Kagoshima will play on the road against Saitama Broncos (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 5 Koshigaya A. beat Kagoshima on the road 89-80.



Tokyo Excel. - Saitama Bron. 101-63

B League D3 top team - Tokyo Excel. (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Saitama Broncos (3-5) 101-63. Tokyo Excel. dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 44 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Tokyo Excel. forced 19 Saitama Broncos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Saitama Broncos' players. American players dominated the game. Center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and forward Jordan Faison (201-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona) accounted for 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Tokyo Excel. players scored in double figures. Center Joshua Crawford (211-88, college: Indiana St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and center Antone Warren (208-93, college: Antelope Valley CC) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Saitama Broncos in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Excel. have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Gifu Swoops. Tokyo Excel. will meet Iwate Big Bulls (#4) on the road in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play against Kagoshima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Crawford 24+11reb+2ast, A.Warren 14+9reb+1ast, Y.Jo 7+3reb, Y.Ikeda 5+2reb+6ast, K.Sakka 4+3reb, M.Ueda 4+1reb+2ast
Tokyo Excel.: J.Faison 27+10reb+7ast, R.Stephan 22+16reb+6ast, T.Sano 11+1reb, A.Tanno 10+1reb+7ast, D.Taguchi 9+1ast, R.Hasegawa 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 648407


Tokyo Cinq R. - Iwate Big Bulls 80-71

The game between second ranked Iwate Big Bulls (4-4) and fourth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (5-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Tokyo Cinq R. in a tough game in Tokyo 71-80. Tokyo Cinq R. outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. American forward Chris Olivier (203-92, college: Oklahoma St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Atomu Yamada (179-98) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Tokyo Cinq R. players scored in double figures. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import Titus Robinson (201-90, college: Buffalo) added 18 points in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to third place. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. are looking forward to face Gifu Swoops (#6) on the road in the next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's leader Tokyo Excel. and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Cousin 19+9reb+3ast, T.Robinson 18+4reb+2ast, K.Nagata 11+6reb+5ast, Y.Masuda 9+1ast, S.Chiba 5+2reb, T.Fujie 4+2reb+3ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: C.Olivier 22+7reb+2ast, A.Yamada 14+4reb+6ast, B.Seck 12+7reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 12+4reb+3ast, Y.Sakai 11+5reb+1ast, J.Wolfinger 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 648408


Tokyo Excel. - Saitama Bron. 100-85

B League D3 top team - Tokyo Excel. (8-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Saitama Broncos (3-5) 100-85. Tokyo Excel. made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Saitama Broncos turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) who scored 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). His fellow American import forward Jordan Faison (201-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona) chipped in 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Tokyo Excel. players scored in double figures. Tokyo Excel.'s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Joshua Crawford (211-88, college: Indiana St.) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and Masaya Ueda (177-93) added 13 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Tokyo Excel.. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Saitama Broncos at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. Tokyo Excel.'s next round opponent will be Iwate Big Bulls (#4) on the road. Saitama Broncos will play against Kagoshima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Crawford 23+5reb+3ast, A.Warren 14+6reb+2ast, M.Ueda 13+4reb+8ast, H.Yamashita 9+1reb+2ast, K.Sakka 8, S.Sawaji 7+1ast
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 32+7reb+4ast, J.Faison 27+9reb+5ast, A.Tanno 15+2reb+2ast, D.Uematsu 11+1reb+2ast, T.Sano 8+2reb+1ast, K.Nagasawa 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 648409


Kagoshima - Koshigaya A. 79-100

The game in Renova supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Koshigaya A. (6-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Kagoshima (1-7). Koshigaya A. smashed Kagoshima 100-79 on Saturday. Koshigaya A. dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 34. They outrebounded Kagoshima 42-31 including 27 on the defensive glass. Koshigaya A. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). His fellow American import Luke Evans (203-91, college: CBU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Bahamas center Gjio Bain (211-85, college: S.Mississippi) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Shelton Boykin (198-92, college: Angelo St.) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kagoshima. Four Kagoshima players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Koshigaya A. moved-up to second place. Kagoshima lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Koshigaya A. will have a break next round. Kagoshima will play on the road against Saitama Broncos (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: G.Bain 18+9reb+2ast, S.Boykin 16+7reb+3ast, K.Kiichi 14+3reb+1ast, R.Hayashi 11+2ast, F.Ibuki 6+5reb+1ast, K.Tateyama 6+1ast
Koshigaya A.: K.Richardson 37+10reb, L.Evans 17+12reb+4ast, K.Reo 12+4reb, S.Tamura 9+4reb+3ast, R.Narumi 8+4reb+6ast, H.Iida 4+1reb+6ast
gschID: 648410


Tokyo Cinq R. - Iwate Big Bulls 73-79

An interesting game for Iwate Big Bulls (4-4) which played road game in Tokyo against 4th placed Tokyo Cinq R. (5-5). Second ranked Iwate Big Bulls managed to get a 6-point victory 79-73. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import Titus Robinson (201-90, college: Buffalo) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Yuma Yoshida allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Chris Olivier (203-92, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and Kodai Takahashi (180-91) scored 14 points. Despite that victory Iwate Big Bulls went down to fourth position due to points difference. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will play against league's leader Tokyo Excel. at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Gifu Swoops and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: C.Olivier 23+15reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 14+4reb+1ast, A.Yamada 10+8ast, A.Nogami 8+2reb, K.Kanai 6+2reb+2ast, B.Seck 5+10reb+3ast
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Cousin 26+10reb+2ast, T.Robinson 16+9reb+3ast, N.Koudai 12+7reb, K.Nagata 7+3reb+5ast, T.Fujie 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Masuda 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 648411


Kagoshima - Koshigaya A. 80-89

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Koshigaya A. (6-4) beat bottom-ranked Kagoshima (1-7) in Renova 89-80 on Sunday. It was a great shooting night for Koshigaya A. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds. Hotaru Yokotsuka (179-90) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American forward Shelton Boykin (198-92, college: Angelo St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and Kiichi Kawakami (188-95) added 16 points in the effort for Kagoshima. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Koshigaya A. moved-up to second place. Kagoshima lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Koshigaya A. will have a break next round. Kagoshima will play on the road against Saitama Broncos (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: S.Boykin 28+12reb+6ast, K.Kiichi 16+2reb+3ast, R.Hayashi 11+2reb+3ast, G.Bain 11+7reb+2ast, S.Akatsuka 6+1reb, Y.Nagayama 5+2reb
Koshigaya A.: K.Richardson 30+16reb+3ast, H.Yokotsuka 19+2reb+2ast, R.Narumi 14+2reb+4ast, S.Samejima 11+6reb+3ast, L.Evans 9+7reb+1ast, H.Iida 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 648412
  





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