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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 59: Niigata Albirex defeats Yokohama BC in the closest game of the week - Apr 21, 2019


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There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in B League. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-45) gave a tough game to first ranked Niigata Albirex (44-15) on Saturday. Niigata Albirex managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected much easier game. Strangely Yokohama BC outrebounded Niigata Albirex 46-29 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) helped adding 10 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Alex Stepheson (208-87, college: USC) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 21 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Niigata Albirex have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 44-15 record. Yokohama BC lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 45 games lost. Niigata Albirex are again looking forward to face Yokohama BC (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Yokohama BC will have a break next round.
Third-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (31-29) gave a tough game to second ranked Toshiba Thunders (40-21) in Kariya. The visitors from Kanagawa managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Nick Fazekas accounted for 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for Aishin Sea Horses in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains second place with 40-21 record having nine points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 29 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aishin Sea Horses will play again at home against the league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Osaka. 4th placed host Osaka Evessa (22-37) lost to third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (31-28) 69-57. The best player for the winners was Julian Mavunga who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Trevor Mbakwe produced 8 points and 16 rebounds for the hosts. Osaka Evessa's coach Kensuke Hosaka rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kyoto Hannar. maintains third place with 31-28 record having twenty points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the fourth position with 37 games lost. They share it with San-en. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again against Kyoto Hannar. (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kariya. 3rd placed host Aishin Sea Horses (31-29) lost to second ranked Toshiba Thunders (40-21) 83-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. Nick Fazekas orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders maintains second place with 40-21 record having nine points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 29 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round. Aishin Sea Horses will play again at home against the league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tokyo. 4th placed host Hitachi Sunrockers (27-32) were smashed by first ranked Chiba Jets (51-8) 94-69. It was a great evening for Tre McKinney-Jones who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 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 seventh consecutive win for Chiba Jets. They maintain first place with 51-8 record. Hitachi Sunrockers lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 32 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play again at home against the league's leader Chiba Jets (#1) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 59: Shiga L-Stars lost to Ryukyu GK on the opponent's court 63-69. Fukuoka Rizing unfortunately lost to Nagoya DD in a home game 73-77. Akita NH recorded a loss to Tochigi Brex on the road 73-78. Tochigi Brex defeated Akita NH on its own court 80-72. San-en was beaten by Toyama Grouses in a road game 89-72. Toyota Alvark won against Hokkaido L. at home 96-84.



Osaka Evessa - Kyoto Hannar. 57-69

The game between Top Four teams took place in Osaka. 4th placed host Osaka Evessa (22-37) lost to third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (31-28) 69-57. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Strangely Osaka Evessa outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 51-35 including a 21-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Shaquille Morris (203-94, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. American-Nigerian power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 8 points and 16 rebounds and American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) added 7 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Osaka Evessa's coach Kensuke Hosaka rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kyoto Hannar. maintains third place with 31-28 record having twenty points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the fourth position with 37 games lost. They share it with San-en. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again against Kyoto Hannar. (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Mavunga 29+13reb+4ast, S.Morris 12+8reb, T.Ito 11+1reb+5ast, Y.Nagayoshi 9+6reb, M.Kataoka 8+4reb, S.Utsumi 0+1ast
Osaka Evessa: H.Kinoshita 10+4reb+2ast, N.Kumagae 8+3reb, T.Mbakwe 8+16reb+1ast, J.Harrellson 7+11reb+4ast, P.Faye 7+9reb, N.Satoshi 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 708125


SeaHorses - Kawasaki BT 66-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kariya. 3rd placed host Aishin Sea Horses (31-29) lost to second ranked Toshiba Thunders (40-21) 83-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. Toshiba Thunders players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. International power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Aishin Sea Horses. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders maintains second place with 40-21 record having nine points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 29 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round. Aishin Sea Horses will play again at home against the league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kawasaki BT: N.Fazekas 23+9reb+3ast, V.Macklin 14+9reb+4ast, T.Hasegawa 11+1reb+6ast, S.Edwards 9+4reb, R.Shinoyama 8+4reb+2ast, Y.Fujii 7+3reb+5ast
SeaHorses: O.Yuta 18+3reb, J.Sakuragi 17+10reb+5ast, I.Butts 13+17reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 9+1reb+1ast, K.Kumagai 6+3reb+2ast, T.Kato 2
gschID: 708127


Ryukyu GK - Shiga L-Stars 69-63

Very expected game in Okinawa where 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars (18-41) were defeated by first ranked Ryukyu GK (39-20) 69-63 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: ASU) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: WVU) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 20 rebounds and swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Shiga L-Stars' coach Shawn Dennis let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ryukyu GK maintains first place with 39-20 record. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fifth position with 41 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face again Shiga L-Stars (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: J.Ayres 15+9reb+3ast, K.Jones 14+9reb+3ast, R.Hashimoto 11+2reb+3ast, I.Brown 9+7reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 7+1reb, N.Namizato 5+1reb+5ast
Shiga L-Stars: H.Walker 23+8reb+1ast, A.Durham 19+20reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 8+2reb+3ast, T.Ito 7+2reb, S.Takuma 3+3reb, Y.Karino 3+2reb
gschID: 708126


Hitachi SR - Chiba Jets 69-94

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tokyo. 4th placed host Hitachi Sunrockers (27-32) were smashed by first ranked Chiba Jets (51-8) 94-69. Chiba Jets shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Tre McKinney-Jones (198-90, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and international forward Yusei Sugiura (196-95) scored 20 points. 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 seventh consecutive win for Chiba Jets. They maintain first place with 51-8 record. Hitachi Sunrockers lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 32 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play again at home against the league's leader Chiba Jets (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: T.McKinney-Jones 23+6reb+1ast, G.Edwards 19+8reb+2ast, S.Taguchi 12+2reb+4ast, K.Ishii 10+1ast, M.Parker 10+11reb+1ast, Y.Togashi 9+2reb+7ast
Hitachi SR: Y.Sugiura 20+4reb+1ast, R.Sacre 15+13reb+2ast, M.Sanders-Frison 11+10reb+1ast, L.Vendrame 11+1reb+4ast, Y.Mitsuhara 4+2reb, S.Faye 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 708128


Fukuoka Rizing - Nagoya DD 73-77

Rather predictable result when second ranked Diamond Dolphins (32-27) defeated on the road 6th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (12-47) 77-73 on Saturday. It was a great evening for American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds. His fellow American import Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) helped adding 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. British forward Benjamin Lawson (216-95, college: WKU) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and American Eric Jacobsen (208-94, college: ASU) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing's coach Ryuji Kawai let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Diamond Dolphins maintains second place with 32-27 record having nineteen points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Newly promoted Fukuoka Rizing keeps the sixth position with 47 games lost. Diamond Dolphins will have a break next round. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against the league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Burrell 23+19reb+1ast, C.Brackins 11+7reb+5ast, S.Ando 11+2reb+3ast, T.Harimoto 11+3reb, J.Mitsuda 8+2reb+1ast, T.Nakahigashi 7+5reb+3ast
Fukuoka Rizing: B.Lawson 19+17reb+2ast, E.Jacobsen 16+10reb+6ast, D.Kobayashi 15+4reb+5ast, S.Tsuyama 10+4reb+3ast, S.Kanou 3+2reb, Y.Yamashita 3
gschID: 708123


SeaHorses - Kawasaki BT 74-75

Third-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (31-29) gave a tough game to second ranked Toshiba Thunders (40-21) in Kariya. The visitors from Kanagawa managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. Toshiba Thunders players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. International power forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) accounted for 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and the former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) added 23 points respectively for Aishin Sea Horses in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains second place with 40-21 record having nine points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 29 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aishin Sea Horses will play again at home against the league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kawasaki BT: V.Macklin 18+8reb+3ast, N.Fazekas 17+6reb+5ast, Y.Fujii 15+4reb+3ast, R.Shinoyama 14+3reb+5ast, T.Hasegawa 6+4reb+3ast, H.Shotaro 5
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 23+3reb+1ast, I.Butts 13+14reb+3ast, O.Yuta 10, K.Kumagai 8+8reb+5ast, J.Sakuragi 7+3reb+8ast, K.Meeks 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 724450


Tochigi Brex - Akita NH 78-73

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Akita Happinets (17-43) were defeated on the road by second ranked Tochigi Brex (49-10) 78-73 on Saturday. Tochigi Brex made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) helped adding 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!) and point guard Takuya Nakayama (182-94) scored 6 points and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Tochigi Brex. They maintain second place with 49-10 record having just two points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Newly promoted Akita Happinets keep the fifth position with 43 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face again Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: J.Gibbs 18+6reb+2ast, R.Rossiter 15+6reb+4ast, Y.Tabuse 11+1ast, Y.Endo 10+3reb+2ast, S.Ikaruga 8+2reb+4ast, H.Watanabe 7
Akita NH: J.Keenan 38+11reb+1ast, K.Coleby 8+1reb+2ast, K.Nomoto 8+2reb+1ast, T.Nakayama 6+4reb+5ast, R.Yasuoka 5+2reb+2ast, R.Shirahama 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 708129


Tochigi Brex - Akita NH 80-72

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Tochigi Brex (49-10) beat at home 5th ranked Akita Happinets (17-43) 80-72 on Friday. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Seiji Ikaruga (185-94) helped adding 19 points. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Takuya Nakayama (182-94) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Tochigi Brex. They maintain second place with 49-10 record having just two points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Newly promoted Akita Happinets keep the fifth position with 43 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face again Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 24+8reb+8ast, S.Ikaruga 19+3reb+2ast, M.Hiejima 14+3ast, K.Takeuchi 11+7reb, S.Kitagawa 5+1reb, A.Naymick 3+4reb
Akita NH: J.Keenan 15+8reb+2ast, D.Taniguchi 11+2ast, D.Coleby 11+6reb+2ast, R.Shirahama 11+3reb, T.Nakayama 9+7reb+3ast, R.Yasuoka 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 724449


Toyama Grouses - San-en 89-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked San-en NeoPhoenix's (22-37) road loss to fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (32-28) 72-89 on Saturday. Toyama Grouses dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to San-en NeoPhoenix's 44. They outrebounded San-en NeoPhoenix 44-23 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Toyama Grouses looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import center Joshua Smith (208-92, college: Georgetown) helped adding 20 points and 13 rebounds. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Point guard Tatsuya Suzuki (169-91) responded with 10 points and 7 assists and American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: NC State) scored 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. San-en NeoPhoenix lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with 37 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face again San-en NeoPhoenix (#5) in Hamamatsu in the next round.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: L.Lyons 25+13reb+3ast, J.Smith 20+13reb+3ast, T.Abe 10+2reb+9ast, N.Uto 10+6reb+2ast, K.Daichi 6+4reb+1ast, D.Yamada 6+2ast
San-en: S.Tawatari 15+1reb+3ast, C.Simmons 14+3reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 10+4reb+7ast, S.Okada 8+3reb+3ast, W.McDonald 7+8reb+1ast, H.Kawashima 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 708130


Niigata Albirex - Yokohama BC 89-88

Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-45) gave a tough game to first ranked Niigata Albirex (44-15) on Saturday. Niigata Albirex managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected much easier game. Strangely Yokohama BC outrebounded Niigata Albirex 46-29 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) helped adding 10 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Alex Stepheson (208-87, college: USC) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 21 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Ryo Tawatari (180-93, college: Dominican, CA) scored 17 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Niigata Albirex have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 44-15 record. Yokohama BC lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 45 games lost. Niigata Albirex are again looking forward to face Yokohama BC (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Yokohama BC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 34+10reb+4ast, J.Uzawa 14, K.Igarashi 11+5ast, L.Hamilton 10+5reb+2ast, Y.Ueta 6+1reb, K.Morii 5+1reb+3ast
Yokohama BC: A.Stepheson 24+21reb+1ast, R.Tawatari 17+2reb+7ast, T.Kawamura 16+4ast, B.Costner 14+8reb+4ast, K.Takeda 9+1reb+2ast, K.Takashima 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 708124


Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 96-84

No shocking result in a game in Tokyo where third ranked Toyota Alvark (42-16) won against 6th ranked Hokkaido L. (10-49) 96-84 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Toyota Alvark especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for American center Alex Kirk (211-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (191-84) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. British-American center Byron Mullens (213-89, college: Ohio St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) scored 21 points. Hokkaido L.'s coach Tomohide Utsumi let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains third place with 42-16 record having ten points less than leader Ryukyu GK. Hokkaido L. lost their twenty first game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 49 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face again Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: M.Bjelica 18+2reb, A.Kirk 16+4reb+4ast, Z.Baranski 16+1reb+2ast, S.Kikuchi 14+6reb+3ast, Y.Baba 12+3reb+5ast, G.Kojima 10+1reb+4ast
Hokkaido L.: B.Mullens 39+14reb+3ast, M.Trasolini 21+3reb+2ast, S.Yamamoto 8+1reb+7ast, D.Noguchi 6+1reb, A.Tajima 4+2reb+2ast, T.Nakano 4+1reb+1ast
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