Aishin Sea Horses Win JBL Regular Season

The Regular Season in JBL just ended. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (31-11) in Kariya on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Toyota Alvark (29-13) 88-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Aishin Sea Horses managed to win fourth quarter 32-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 29-13 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses still keep top position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Important game to mention about took place in Osaka. Fifth ranked Hokkaido L. (22-20) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Panasonic Trians (24-18) 77-76 on Sunday evening. German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) nailed 21 points for the winning side and Takehiko Orimo accounted for 18 points. Hokkaido L.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Shinnosuke Negoro (195-87) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Panasonic Trians in the defeat. Hokkaido L. maintains fifth place with 22-20 record. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third position with 18 games lost. They share it with Hitachi SR. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. The game between Top Four teams took place in Kariya. First ranked host Aishin Sea Horses (31-11) defeated second-best Toyota Alvark (29-13) 74-67. The best player for the winners was J.R. Sakuragi who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jeff Gibbs who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 31-11 record. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders managed to get a eighth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Tochigi Brex 74-65. It was a good game for Scott Merritt who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders maintains eighth place with 8-34 record. Tochigi Brex at the other side keeps the sixth position with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Hokkaido L. lost to Panasonic T. on the opponent's court 76-86. Hitachi SR managed to outperform Mitsubishi DD in a home game 76-66. Mitsubishi DD recorded a loss to Hitachi SR on the road 67-63. Tochigi Brex defeated Toshiba BT on its own court 76-65. Panasonic T. - Hokkaido L. 86-76 Rather expected game in Osaka where 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (22-20) was defeated by third ranked Panasonic Trians (24-18) 86-76. The game was mostly controlled by Panasonic Trians. Hokkaido L. was better in fourth quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Hironori Watanabe (180-88) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) added 16 points in the effort for Hokkaido L.Panasonic Trians maintains third place with 24-18 record having seven points less than leader Aishin SH, which they share with Hitachi SR. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the fifth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Top scorers: Panasonic T.: H.Watanabe 19+5reb+3ast, C.O'Bannon 18+5reb, K.Kanamaru 13, K.Hirose 12+2reb, A.Custis 10+5reb+3ast, H.Kinoshita 5+2reb+1ast Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 21+10reb, T.Orimo 16+3reb+2ast, J.Kurino-Dews 13+6reb+1ast, T.Abe 9+3reb+4ast, T.Klette 8+5reb, D.Noguchi 5+1reb+2ast Panasonic T. - Hokkaido L. 76-77 Important game to mention about took place in Osaka. Fifth ranked Hokkaido L. (22-20) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Panasonic Trians (24-18) 77-76 on Sunday evening. Panasonic Trians were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 15-13 charge of Hokkaido L., which allowed them to win the game. German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) nailed 21 points for the winning side and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) accounted for 18 points. Hokkaido L.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Shinnosuke Negoro (195-87) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Panasonic Trians in the defeat. Hokkaido L. maintains fifth place with 22-20 record. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third position with 18 games lost. They share it with Hitachi SR. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Top scorers: Hokkaido L.: T.Klette 21+4reb+2ast, T.Orimo 18+3reb+2ast, J.Lewis 15+4reb+1ast, J.Kurino-Dews 8+8reb, D.Noguchi 7+4reb, R.Sakurai 6+4reb+2ast Panasonic T.: S.Negoro 17+8reb+2ast, K.Hirose 12+6reb+2ast, C.O'Bannon 12+2reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 8+6reb+3ast, A.Custis 7+5reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 6+1reb+6ast Hitachi SR - Mitsubishi DD 76-66 Rather predictable result in Osaka where fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (24-18) defeated 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-30) 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Hitachi Sunrockers. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in second period 15-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) answered with 17 points and the other American import center Byron Allen (201-81, college: Northwestern St., agency: SDJ Sports) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to third place, which they share with Panasonic T. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 30 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Top scorers: Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 21+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 17+5reb+2ast, C.Maraker 10+8reb, J.Takeuchi 9+10reb+2ast, T.Sato 6+2reb+7ast, J.Kano 5+1reb Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 17+2reb, Z.Abe 10+1reb+3ast, Y.Yo 7+1reb, T.Sato 6+2reb, B.Allen 6+9reb+3ast, W.Brown-Matsushima 6+5reb+1ast Hitachi SR - Mitsubishi DD 67-63 Not a big story in a game in Osaka where 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-30) were defeated by fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (24-18) 67-63. Mitsubishi Dolphins were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Hitachi Sunrockers, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for international guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) answered with 21 points and 5 assists and American center Byron Allen (201-81, college: Northwestern St., agency: SDJ Sports) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to third place, which they share with Panasonic T. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 30 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Top scorers: Hitachi SR: F.Nishimura 19+3reb, D.Kobayashi 13+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 13+4reb, C.Maraker 10+8reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 5+8reb+5ast, T.Sakai 4+1reb+1ast Mitsubishi DD: K.Igarashi 21+2reb+5ast, B.Allen 15+8reb, R.Hale 13+6reb, J.Uzawa 5+6reb+1ast, Y.Ueta 5+2reb, W.Brown-Matsushima 4+5reb Aishin SH - Toyota Alvark 74-67 The game between Top Four teams took place in Kariya. First ranked host Aishin Sea Horses (31-11) defeated second-best Toyota Alvark (29-13) 74-67. Toyota Alvark trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 22-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-74 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds. Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 31-11 record. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Top scorers: Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 30+14reb, T.Furukawa 8+2reb+1ast, K.Young 8+15reb+1ast, S.Asayama 8+2reb, A.Richardson 7+4reb+2ast, H.Ryoma 5+1reb Toyota Alvark: Y.Okada 17+2reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 13+14reb+3ast, T.Ito 8+2reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 8+12reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 6+1reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 6+4reb+3ast Aishin SH - Toyota Alvark 74-88 The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (31-11) in Kariya on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Toyota Alvark (29-13) 88-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Aishin Sea Horses managed to win fourth quarter 32-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Hiromasa Omiya (198-82) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 29-13 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses still keep top position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Top scorers: Toyota Alvark: K.Takeuchi 21+11reb, J.Gibbs 19+9reb+2ast, K.Matsui 19+3reb+3ast, K.Tanaka 11+4reb+1ast, Y.Okada 7+1reb, K.Ninomiya 3+1reb Aishin SH: A.Richardson 16+12reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 14+2reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 9+2reb, K.Takashima 8+2reb, H.Omiya 8+9reb, S.Asayama 7+1ast Tochigi Brex - Toshiba BT 65-74 Bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders managed to get a eighth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Tochigi Brex 74-65. Tochigi Brex was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 40-28 second half run of Toshiba Thunders. It was a good game for American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added 8 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Tochigi Brex. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders maintains eighth place with 8-34 record. Tochigi Brex at the other side keeps the sixth position with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Top scorers: Toshiba BT: C.Moss 19+3reb, S.Merritt 18+5reb+2ast, S.Kikuchi 14+5reb+5ast, R.Shinoyama 7+5reb+3ast, H.Ono 5+1reb, T.Kurihara 4+2reb+2ast Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 19+8reb+7ast, K.Takeda 11+5reb+2ast, S.Ito 9+2reb+2ast, I.McFarlin 8+13reb+3ast, D.Yamada 6+2ast, M.Kataoka 6+1ast Tochigi Brex - Toshiba BT 76-65 Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (18-24) beat at home bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (8-34) 76-65. It looked good early as Toshiba Thunders took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tochigi Brex had a 21-6 second period charge getting the lead and Toshiba Thunders were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-76. Tochigi Brex dominated on the defensive end, holding Toshiba Thunders to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) contributed with 18 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) added 18 points in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth place with 18-24 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side stay dead last with 34 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Top scorers: Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 22+5reb+3ast, D.Yamada 18+3reb+1ast, I.McFarlin 11+6reb+1ast, T.Amino 8+3reb, K.Takeda 6+4reb+2ast, S.Hinkley 6+5reb Toshiba BT: S.Kikuchi 18+2reb+2ast, C.Moss 12+8reb+3ast, S.Merritt 9+6reb+2ast, Y.Yamashita 9+4reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 7+5reb+2ast, Y.Kuwahara 5+2reb+1ast Via (AsiaBasket)

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