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 6 Tokyo HT 11-49 
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 3 Cyberdyne IR 35-25 
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 2 Shimane SM 43-17 
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  (201-F-88)
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 Prince IBEH
  Yokohama BC
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B2 League Round 59: Nishinomiya S. defeats Kanazawa Sam. in the closest game of the week - Apr 21, 2019


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Naoki Tani
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in B2 League. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Fifth-ranked Kanazawa Sam. (21-39) gave a tough game to third ranked Nishinomiya S. (34-26) in Hyogo on Friday. Nishinomiya S. managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. Nishinomiya S. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Sotaro Uehara (170-94) helped adding 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Nishinomiya S. have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 34-26 record having eight points less than leader Shinshu BW. Kanazawa Sam. at the other side keeps the fifth position with 39 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Matsuyama. Fourth ranked Bambitious Nara (22-38) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Orange Vikings (20-40) 71-68 in the game for the fourth place. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: Inception Sports) who led the winners and scored 4 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists. Jeffrey Parmer accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds. Bambitious Nara's coach Haruyuki Ishibashi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Taishi Kasahara (188-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for Orange Vikings in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Bambitious Nara. They maintain fourth place with 22-38 record. Orange Vikings lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 40 games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Cyberdyne IR (35-24) against fourth ranked Fukushima (26-33) on Saturday night. Host Cyberdyne IR was crushed by Fukushima in Tsukuba 92-72. The best player for the winners was Evan Ravenel who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Kohei Fukuzawa produced 17 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fukushima maintains fourth place with 26-33 record. Loser Cyberdyne IR keeps the third position with 24 games lost. Fukushima will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cyberdyne IR will play again against Fukushima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hiroshima. 3rd placed host Dragonflies (32-28) lost to first ranked Kumamoto V. (45-15) 86-70. Chehales Tapscott orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Kumamoto V.. They maintain first place with 45-15 record. Dragonflies lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the third position with 28 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tokyo. 4th placed host Tokyo Z (21-38) lost to second ranked Toyotsu FE (41-18) 92-79. It was a great evening for Garrett Stutz who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Toyotsu FE's coach Ryuji Watanabe used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Toyotsu FE maintains second place with 41-18 record having just two points less than leader Shinshu BW. Loser Tokyo Z keeps the fourth position with 38 games lost. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round. Tokyo Z's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Tokyo Z.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 59: Bambitious Nara won against Ehime OV on the opponent's court 81-75. Sendai 89ers outscored Aomori Watts in a home game 77-56. Kanazawa Sam. recorded a loss to Nishinomiya S. on the road 61-54. Shinshu BW crushed Tokyo HT on its own court 88-61. Kumamoto V. beat Hiroshima D. in a road game 93-81. Yamagata lost to Gunma at home 75-85. Shimane SM outscored Kagawa FA on the opponent's court 81-56.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds by Jamari Traylor of Hiroshima D..



Hiroshima D. - Kumamoto V. 70-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hiroshima. 3rd placed host Dragonflies (32-28) lost to first ranked Kumamoto V. (45-15) 86-70. Kumamoto V. outrebounded Dragonflies 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) contributed with 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. American forward Carl Landry (206-83, college: Purdue) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) added 15 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Dragonflies. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Kumamoto V.. They maintain first place with 45-15 record. Dragonflies lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the third position with 28 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: C.Landry 20+11reb+1ast, J.Traylor 15+12reb+4ast, S.Asayama 10+3reb+1ast, S.Murakami 7+3ast, H.Okamoto 5+2reb+5ast, L.Sakai 4+1reb
Kumamoto V.: C.Tapscott 18+11reb+1ast, T.Furuno 16+3reb+8ast, J.Vandenberg 12+1reb+2ast, T.Nephawe 11+12reb+1ast, Y.Toshino 8+2reb+2ast, M.Fukuda 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 722680


Nishinomiya S. - Kanazawa Sam. 84-81

Fifth-ranked Kanazawa Sam. (21-39) gave a tough game to third ranked Nishinomiya S. (34-26) in Hyogo on Friday. Nishinomiya S. managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. Nishinomiya S. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Sotaro Uehara (170-94) helped adding 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: FSU) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Nishinomiya S. have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 34-26 record having eight points less than leader Shinshu BW. Kanazawa Sam. at the other side keeps the fifth position with 39 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: D.Bowles 33+12reb+2ast, R.Reid 15+9reb+4ast, T.Kida 12+2reb+1ast, Y.Inoue 8+1reb, Y.Ide 6+1reb+5ast, R.Yanagawa 5+8ast
Nishinomiya S.: N.Tani 27+5reb, N.Dohara 20+3reb+3ast, U.Sotaro 14+8reb+7ast, D.Burns 11+6reb+8ast, H.Yasuaki 6+3reb, J.Taniguchi 2
gschID: 722679


Ehime OV - Bambitious Nara 75-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Orange Vikings' (20-40) home loss to fourth ranked Bambitious Nara (22-38) 75-81 on Friday. Bambitious Nara looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: FAU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: Inception Sports) helped adding 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Lakeem Jackson (195-90, college: S.Carolina, agency: SDJ Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Bambitious Nara. They maintain fourth place with 22-38 record. Orange Vikings lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 40 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: A.Fitzgerald 27+13reb+4ast, L.Jackson 19+14reb+6ast, M.Okamoto 12+1reb+1ast, T.Kasahara 6+2reb+1ast, K.Takabatake 4+1reb+1ast, Y.Ohara 4+1reb
Bambitious Nara: J.Parmer 32+11reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 13+14reb+10ast, Y.Yokoe 12+2reb+3ast, J.Honda 6+3reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 6+2reb+3ast, M.Higuchi 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 722681


Sendai 89ers - Aomori Watts 77-56

Rather predictable result when second ranked Sendai 89ers (39-20) smashed at home 6th ranked Aomori Watts (15-44) 77-56 on Saturday. Sendai 89ers dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Aomori Watts' 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Tyler Harris (208-93, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) helped adding 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Lithuanian power forward Julius Jucikas (205-89, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and South Sudanese forward Mogga Lado (201-95, college: Campbell) scored 6 points and 9 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. Sendai 89ers maintains second place with 39-20 record having four points less than leader Shinshu BW. Loser Aomori Watts keep the sixth position with 44 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face again Aomori Watts (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: J.Jucikas 25+9reb+2ast, J.Nozato 8, T.Sano 8+3reb+3ast, M.Lado 6+9reb+2ast, U.Hiroki 4+7reb+3ast, T.Yusuke 3+2ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Harris 22+13reb+6ast, T.Masato 14+4reb+3ast, D.Miller 13+12reb+2ast, K.Sawabe 10+4reb+5ast, S.Izumi 6+1ast, T.Shirato 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 722682


Nishinomiya S. - Kanazawa Sam. 61-54

Not a big story in a game in Hyogo where 5th ranked Kanazawa Sam. (21-39) was defeated by third ranked Nishinomiya S. (34-26) 61-54 on Saturday. It was a great evening for point guard Sotaro Uehara (170-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. Nishinomiya S.'s coach Miodrag Rajkovic used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: FSU) scored 6 points and 12 rebounds. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Nishinomiya S.. They maintain third place with 34-26 record having eight points less than leader Shinshu BW. Loser Kanazawa Sam. keeps the fifth position with 39 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: D.Bowles 21+13reb, R.Yanagawa 9+2reb+3ast, Y.Inoue 7+2reb+1ast, R.Reid 6+12reb+2ast, Y.Ide 5+4reb+4ast, R.Takeda 4+2reb+2ast
Nishinomiya S.: N.Tani 17+5reb+3ast, U.Sotaro 15+11reb+7ast, J.Taniguchi 8+3reb+1ast, N.Dohara 6+6reb+1ast, K.Naito 5+5reb, D.Burns 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 722684


Ehime OV - Bambitious Nara 68-71

Important game to mention about took place in Matsuyama. Fourth ranked Bambitious Nara (22-38) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Orange Vikings (20-40) 71-68 in the game for the fourth place. Bambitious Nara players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: Inception Sports) who led the winners and scored 4 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: FAU) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Bambitious Nara's coach Haruyuki Ishibashi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Taishi Kasahara (188-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and American power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) added 23 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Orange Vikings in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Bambitious Nara. They maintain fourth place with 22-38 record. Orange Vikings lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 40 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: A.Fitzgerald 23+7reb+3ast, C.Johnson 17+10reb+3ast, T.Kasahara 16+15reb+3ast, M.Tate 8+2reb+1ast, K.Takabatake 4, M.Okamoto 0+2reb
Bambitious Nara: J.Parmer 22+8reb+1ast, M.Higuchi 19+4reb+2ast, J.Honda 18+5reb+1ast, Y.Yokoe 4+3reb+3ast, Y.Ishitsuka 4, G.Hamilton 4+18reb+11ast
gschID: 722685


Shinshu BW - Tokyo HT 88-61

Everything went according to plan in Nagano where first ranked Shinshu BW (47-12) outscored 6th ranked Tokyo HT (11-48) 88-61 on Saturday. Shinshu BW dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo HT's 30. They outrebounded Tokyo HT 52-32 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American swingman Richard Roby (198-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) helped adding 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Takafumi Asano (192-85) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Hiroya Ogane (180-89) scored 14 points and 5 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. Shinshu BW maintains first place with 47-12 record. Tokyo HT lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 48 games lost. Shinshu BW will face again Tokyo HT (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Tokyo HT: H.Ogane 14+5reb, T.Asano 14+6reb+2ast, Y.Okada 12+4reb+2ast, T.Natsu 7+4reb+3ast, S.Eddy 5+8reb, K.Nakamura 3+1reb+2ast
Shinshu BW: R.Roby 29+13reb+1ast, W.Marshall 20+10reb+1ast, Y.Osaki 10+4reb+3ast, H.Hiroaki 8+2reb+1ast, K.Mitsui 6+5reb+2ast, T.Takato 5+1ast
gschID: 722683


Cyberdyne IR - Fukushima 72-92

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Cyberdyne IR (35-24) against fourth ranked Fukushima (26-33) on Saturday night. Host Cyberdyne IR was crushed by Fukushima in Tsukuba 92-72. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Fukushima looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Evan Ravenel (204-89, college: Ohio St.) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import center Chris Brady (208-95, college: Monmouth) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Kohei Fukuzawa (177-93) produced 17 points and guard Atsunobu Hirao (178-89) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fukushima maintains fourth place with 26-33 record. Loser Cyberdyne IR keeps the third position with 24 games lost. Fukushima will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cyberdyne IR will play again against Fukushima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: K.Fukuzawa 17+3reb+2ast, A.Hirao 12+4reb+4ast, D.Sidate 11+8reb, J.Maniwa 8+1reb+1ast, R.Kubota 8+3reb+4ast, Y.Takahashi 5+6reb+4ast
Fukushima: E.Ravenel 27+12reb+2ast, S.Murakami 19+2reb+6ast, C.Brady 10+15reb+3ast, S.Shinnosuke 9+3reb, D.Suzuki 8+2reb+3ast, S.Muto 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 722686


Tokyo Z - Toyotsu FE 79-92

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tokyo. 4th placed host Tokyo Z (21-38) lost to second ranked Toyotsu FE (41-18) 92-79. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Toyotsu FE outrebounded Tokyo Z 42-24 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. It was a great evening for American center Garrett Stutz (214-90, college: Wichita St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Josh Hawkinson (208-95, college: WSU) helped adding 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Toyotsu FE's coach Ryuji Watanabe used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Keisuke Murakoshi (195-94) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Toyotsu FE maintains second place with 41-18 record having just two points less than leader Shinshu BW. Loser Tokyo Z keeps the fourth position with 38 games lost. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round. Tokyo Z's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Tokyo Z.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: J.Thorpe 22+6reb+2ast, K.Murakoshi 17+5reb+3ast, T.Kashiwagura 15+4reb+4ast, H.Kotaro 9+1reb+5ast, S.Takayama 8+2reb+4ast, S.Kawai 6+3reb+3ast
Toyotsu FE: J.Hawkinson 25+5reb+5ast, G.Stutz 23+12reb+2ast, C.Sow 11+15reb+4ast, T.Kodama 9+2reb+7ast, E.Yamamoto 7+1ast, K.Sugimoto 5+2ast
gschID: 722687


Hiroshima D. - Kumamoto V. 81-93

There was no surprise in Hiroshima where 3rd placed Dragonflies (32-28) were defeated by first ranked Kumamoto V. (45-15) 93-81 on Saturday. Kumamoto V. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) helped adding 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. American power forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) responded with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and the former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) scored 16 points. Dragonflies' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Kumamoto V.. They maintain first place with 45-15 record. Dragonflies lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the third position with 28 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: J.Traylor 35+14reb+2ast, S.Asayama 16+1ast, H.Okamoto 12+4ast, S.Tanaka 7+2reb+5ast, C.Landry 6+5reb, D.Sakamoto 3+6reb
Kumamoto V.: J.Duinker 26+11reb+2ast, C.Tapscott 23+8reb+6ast, Y.Toshino 19+1reb+1ast, T.Furuno 10+8reb+11ast, M.Fukuda 5+1reb, J.Vandenberg 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 724448


Yamagata - Gunma 75-85

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Gunma (43-16) won against on the road 5th ranked Yamagata (21-38) 85-75 on Saturday. It was a great evening for guard Fumiya Sato (170-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds. American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) scored 18 points and 5 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gunma maintains first place with 43-16 record, which they share with Shimane SM. Loser Yamagata dropped to the fourth position with 38 games lost. Gunma will have a break next round. Yamagata will play again at home against the league's leader Gunma (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: W.Creekmore 22+11reb+4ast, C.Maduabum 18+4reb+3ast, S.Kouno 11+3reb+2ast, Y.Nakajima 8+3reb+4ast, R.Iwata 8+5ast, A.Hikaru 5+3reb+1ast
Gunma: S.Fumiya 27+3reb+2ast, T.Kennedy 21+6reb+2ast, M.Komaki 9+1reb+4ast, K.Kikuyama 7+1reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 6+3reb+4ast, A.Kuso 5+8reb
gschID: 722688


Kagawa FA - Shimane SM 56-81

Very expected game in Takamatsu where 6th ranked Kagawa FA (18-41) was crushed by second ranked Shimane Magic (43-16) 81-56 on Saturday. Shimane Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for Hungarian-American Rosco Allen (208-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Venezuelan center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. American center Eric Thompson (204-93, college: Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) scored 17 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shimane Magic. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gunma. Kagawa FA lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth place with 41 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Kagawa FA will play again at home against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: T.Woodbury 17+7reb+3ast, E.Thompson 11+15reb+3ast, K.Fujioka 6+2reb+1ast, A.Osawa 6+2reb+1ast, K.Kimura 5+2reb+2ast, S.Takada 5+2reb+1ast
Shimane SM: R.Allen 29+14reb+7ast, G.Echenique 13+9reb+2ast, H.Kitagawa 11+3reb+7ast, A.Sakata 8+1ast, T.Iju 6, K.Sato 5+1reb
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