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Jets Defeat Broncos - Jan 16, 2013
According to a report monitored by the Japan Times, the Chiba Jets enter the All-Star break on a roll, picking up their fourth straight victory by thumping the Saitama Broncos 98-66 on Sunday afternoon at Funabashi Arena.
The Jets didn't rely on outside shooting an aspect of the game that many bj-league teams struggled with on the day to overwhelm the Broncos; in fact, they were only 1-for-11 from beyond the arc (that shot found the bottom of the net courtesy of Marquin Chandler).
Instead, Chiba found its comfort zone in the lane. That was where the majority of its points came from. And in his post-game interview sessions with reporters, Saitama coach Tracy Williams said he only recalled the Jets attempting three shots outside of the lane in the opening half.
It worked. The Jets, who built a six-point lead after one quarter, had 26 second-quarter points and, in doing so, increased the margin to 47-32 at the break.
Saitama had a dreadful start to the third quarter too many turnovers, too many missed shots, too many missed assignments on defense and Chiba exploited the Broncos' weaknesses, using a 18-0 run to open the half and take a 65-32 lead on a Kensuke Tanaka layup. That was the biggest margin for the hosts, who never let up the rest of the way, as exemplified by Tanaka, who had a pair of blocks, including one on a 3-point attempt in the fourth quarter, to go along with nine points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 28 intense minutes of court time.
Big man Joe Werner, a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse product, scored a game-high 24 points, including an 8-for-10 effort at the charity stripe, and pulled down 11 rebounds for Chiba (12-12). After the game, Jets coach Shinji Tomiyama said he considers Werner the team's MVP for the first half of the season, citing his energy on both offense and defense, and his productivity (19.6 points and 10.8 rebounds).
Commenting on the victory, Tomiyama said, "It was an important game before the All-Star Game. Good overall effort today on offense and defense. The guys played hard today."
Saitama, which has a league-worst 3-21 record, was 15-for-56 from the field over the first three quarters, and in the third, when Chiba pulled away for good, the Broncos were 3-for-19 from the field. They wound up with 53 missed shots out of 73 on the afternoon, including 15-for-54 from inside the 3-point arc.
Forward Chandler, who'll represent Chiba in the Jan. 20 All-Star Game at Ariake Colosseum, had a strong all-around game, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, and Marquise Gray scored 17 points. D'Andre Bell and Hiroki Sato finished with 12 points apiece for the Jets.
Newcomer Wayne Oliver led Saitama with 18 points on 7-for-21 shooting and teammate Yuki Kitamuki scored 14 on a 4-for-18 effort, while Nyika Williams had 13 points.
"Basically, we came out and we rebounded the ball well . . . but we just shot the ball terrible," Williams said after the game.
The Broncos did have more offensive rebounds (23-18 edge) than Chiba, but were outperformed in every key area.
"You can't shoot the ball 26 percent and win," Williams continued. ". . . That right there in itself is the tale of the tape right there. We picked a terrible time to not shoot the ball well, and as well as the fact of not really guarding (them) in front of the basket.
"Werner, he's tough, as well as Chandler, who I think is the best player in the bj-league. He does everything. . . ."
In defeat, the Saitama bench boss chose to focus on the positives.
"But the good thing I just told my team about was Chiba showed us how you've got to play," the coach said. "If I had to pick one play that describes what I just said, I would say it's 1:23 left in the game and they're up by 31 and their player (Tanaka) goes to the corner against Kitamuki and blocks his shot and closes out of it. See, that's how you've got to play to be a winner anywhere. You've got to play hard no matter if you're up by 30 or you're losing by 30.
"So I told my team for this not to be a wasted trip, we've got to take that example that Chiba showed us and learn from it. . ."
Five Arrows 57, Golden Kings 54
In Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, Takamatsu edged the defending champions on a day when Ryukyu's outside shooting delivered a big doughnut 0-for-17 from 3-point range.
Floor leader Dexter Lyons scored a team-high 16 points for the Five Arrows (10-16) and Brandon Penn added 13.
Narito Namizato and Anthony McHenry led the Golden Kings (20-4) with 13 points apiece and Jeff Newton had 11 points and 15 boards.
Ryukyu only put four points on the board in the second quarter, and shot 21-for-69 for the entire game. All those missed shots led to nonstop rebounding chances. The Golden Kings collected 26 offensive boards and 70 rebounds on the day, but failed to consistently capitalize on those extra opportunities to put the ball in the basket.
Hannaryz 78, HeatDevils 49
In Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, former NBA center Marcus Cousin and Gyno Pomare both notched double-doubles as the Hannaryz handed Oita its 13th straight defeat.
Cousin finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, Pomare added 17 points and nine boards and David Palmer scored 18 points for Kyoto (14-12). Yu Okada chipped in with 12 points for the hosts.
Oita (9-17) shot 18-for-63 from the field.
Andre Coimbra had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Taishiro Shimizu scored 13 points for the HeatDevils.
Grouses 85, Big Bulls 68
In Mizusawa, Iwate Prefecture, Jeremy Jacob's 25 points spearheaded a balanced attack to lead Toyama to a bounce-back win over the Big Bulls.
Masashi Joho scored 12 points and Takeshi Mito and Tatsunori Fujie each had 11 for the Grouses (16-10). Big man Ira Brown added 10 points, 11 boards and four assists.
For Iwate (19-7), Carlos Dixon was the leading scorer with 22 points, Reggie Okosa had 19 and Lawrence Blackledge finished with eight points and 13 rebounds.
The Big Bulls were 4-for-19 on 3s.
B-Corsairs 79, Crane Thunders 61
In Yokohama, Draelon Burns scored 22 points and Thomas Kennedy poured in 18 as the hosts salvaged a series split.
Pape Faye Mour contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds and Masayuki Kabaya had an 11-point afternoon for the B-Corsairs (18-8), who play a Tuesday-Wednesday series against the Akita Northern Happinets in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefeture, and Yokohama, respectively.
Lewis Witcher paced Gunma (5-21) with 16 points and Shingo Okada scored 15 for the expansion squad. Jermaine Dixon had eight points and four steals, and was 1-for-10 on 3-point shots.
Phoenix 93, Rizing 87
In Hamamatsu, Wendell White's 23-point, 10-rebound, four-assists effort guided the hosts to their second triumph in as many days over Fukuoka.
Kevin Galloway finished with 15 points, eight boards and eight assists for the Phoenix (19-9), while Jeffrey Parmer scored 14 points and Shoji Nakanishi and Yoshitomo Shiina supplied nine apiece.
Josh Peppers led the Rizing (16-10) with 25 points and Reggie Warren had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jun Nakanishi scored 16 points for Fukuoka and Julius Ashby and Akitomo Takeno added 11 apiece.
The Rizing had 17 turnovers and shot 65.4 percent (17-for-26) at the foul line.
Susanoo Magic 99, Shining Suns 69
In Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Shimane rebounded from an overtime loss in the series opener, thrashing the hosts in the teams' final contest before next Sunday's All-Star Game.
Center big man Jeral Davis scored a team-high 24 points, raked in 14 rebounds and swatted five shots for the Susanoo Magic (17-9). Frontcourt mate B.J. Puckett added 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Brandon Freeman scored 18 points, Tatsuhiro Yokoo had a 14-point outing and Edward Yamamoto poured in 13 points with four assists.
Shimane star Michael Parker, the four-time reigning league scoring champion, was sidelined with an injury sustained in Saturday's game. His teammates picked up the scoring slack in his absence.
Ricky Woods led Miyazaki (4-22) with 21 points. The Magic made him work for his points, sending him to the foul line for 12 shots (11 makes). Larriques Cunningham scored 14 points for the Suns, who shot 23-for-74 from the field.
Lakestars 75, Evessa 57
In Osaka, Dionisio Gomez was the tone-setter for Shiga in the series finale, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Lakestars earned a series split.
Wayne Arnold finished with 14 points and Ray Nixon had 12 points and five assists for Shiga (15-11). Veteran guard Jumpei Nakama scored 11 points in the rout.
In short, perimeter shooting cost the Evessa (5-19) the game. They were 2-for-21 on 3-point attempts.
Mike Bell and Rick Rickert paced Osaka with 19 points apiece, and Rickert hauled in 15 rebounds.
| Ryukyu's Ravenel overpowers Kanazawa- Jan.7, 2016 (by Emeka)|
According to Japan times, Starting big man Evan Ravenel dominated at both ends of the court on Sunday, guiding the Ryukyu Golden Kings to an 87-83 win over the Kanazawa Samuraiz.The Golden Kings (19-7 overall, 8-4 at home) earned a series split in Okinawa City.Ravenel had a game-high 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting, including his second 3-point make of the season. The Ohio State alum also grabbed 17 rebounds (13 defensive), taking away second chance after second chance from the Samuraiz.A... [read more]
According to Japan times, Starting big man Evan Ravenel dominated at both ends of the court on Sunday, guiding the Ryukyu Golden Kings to an 87-83 win over the Kanazawa Samuraiz.
The Golden Kings (19-7 overall, 8-4 at home) earned a series split in Okinawa City.
Ravenel had a game-high 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting, including his second 3-point make of the season. The Ohio State alum also grabbed 17 rebounds (13 defensive), taking away second chance after second chance from the Samuraiz.
Anthony McHenry, a Georgia Tech product, contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Golden Kings, who led 26-15 after the first quarter and 45-34 at halftime.
Guard Ryuichi Kishimoto, who was held to six points and 0-for-7 from the field with one assist in Saturday's 86-84 loss, played a pivotal role in Ryukyu's strong performance in the rematch. He had 14 points, nine assists and three steals on Sunday. Shuhei Kitagawa put 12 points on the board.
For Kanazawa (13-15), Marshall Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds and Gyno Pomare stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, 11 boards and six assists. Tsubasa Yonamine added 14 points and Andrew Fitzgerald had 11.
Brave Warriors 92, Wat's 70
In Nagano, Shinshu bounced back from a four-point loss in the series opener by routing Aomori.
Xavier Gibson scored a game-high 25 points and added 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Brave Warriors (9-17). Yasuhiko Wada sank 5 of 6 3-pointers in a season-best 19-point effort. Mike Bell added 19 points, 19 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
Shinshu out-rebounded the Wat's 54-46, and coach Koju Munakata's club shot 50 percent (10-for-20) from 3-point range and knocked down 20 of 23 free throws.
Warriors guard Yosuke Saito dished out six assists.
Jesse Perry led Aomori (11-15) with 18 points and hauled in nine rebounds. Yuki Kitamuki scored 15 points and Makoto Sawaguchi had nine. Nile Murry and Alif Bland finished with eight points apiece.
The Wat's collected 14 steals, but poor 3-point shooting (6-for-31) diminished the impact of those takeaways. (Conversely, the Warriors had five steals.)
Evessa 86, Albirex BB 67
In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, Osaka finished strong, outscoring the hosts 20-8 in the fourth quarter to earn a series sweep.
The Evessa (17-9) have now won seven of their last eight games.
Five Osaka players reached double figures in scoring in the series finale: Lawrence Blackledge (28 points on 11-for-15 shooting with five steals and three blocks), Michael Singletary (16 points, including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc), Olu Ashaolu (14 points, 10 boards), Shun Watanuki (13 points) and Narito Namizato (10 points, five assists).
Takuya Soma, who had a season-high 29 points, including 9-for-16 on 3s on Saturday, only attempted four shots a day later and missed them all, and finished with zero points. He did, however, share the team lead in assists (five) with Namizato.
Niigata (16-10) trailed 49-37 at halftime.
Kimitake Sato paced the Albirex with 17 points, Ryan Reid added 16 points, eight boards and eight assists and Faye Pape Mour chipped in with 15 points, 16 rebounds and six assists. Ryota Kato scored nine points.
| Hannaryz looking good to contend for title- Dec.4, 2015 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan times, Kyoto Hannaryz, last season's 44-8 record, the best in bj-league history - was no fluke.After all, they have mostly played at an elite level since the arrival of coach Honoo Hamaguchi in 2011. But, in May, the Hannaryz failed to reach the Final Four for a fourth consecutive season.Hamaguchi's club is still chasing its first title and remains as dangerous as ever.After a 2-2 start in October, the Hannaryz are firing on all cylinders on offense and providing fi... [read more]
According to the Japan times, Kyoto Hannaryz, last season's 44-8 record, the best in bj-league history - was no fluke.
After all, they have mostly played at an elite level since the arrival of coach Honoo Hamaguchi in 2011. But, in May, the Hannaryz failed to reach the Final Four for a fourth consecutive season.
Hamaguchi's club is still chasing its first title and remains as dangerous as ever.
After a 2-2 start in October, the Hannaryz are firing on all cylinders on offense and providing fits for foes on defense. They edged the Ryukyu Golden Kings by two-point margins on both Saturday and Sunday. In doing so, they improved to 11-3, and they sit second in the 12-team Western Conference behind the reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix (13-3), who have won nine straight.
With 14 games in the books, Kyoto has made it clear that longtime bench boss Hamaguchi's everlasting message - spread the wealth on offense - is being followed. This has been a staple of his teams, first the Sendai 89ers (2005-11) and Kyoto, and a recipe for success.
Eleven Hannaryz players have seen court time this season; all 11 players have 10 or more assists, with Koki Yabuuchi leading the way with 41. Former NBA forward Larry Owens, a newcomer to the league this season, is No. 2 with 35.
After their 87-85 Sunday triumph over the Golden Kings, Hamaguchi stressed the importance of 'teamwork' as the key factor in the victory.
In addition, Owens, an Oral Roberts University alum, is a tone-setter for the club, averaging a team-best 16.1 points. Returning standouts David Palmer and Kevin Kotzur are next with 14.0 and 11.3 points, respectively, followed by Takuya Komoda (8.9), Yabuuchi (8.6) and Sunao Murakami (6.4).
In addition to his scoring contributions, Palmer exudes confidence in his teammates - and, in turn, makes each of them more effective - thanks to his brilliant shooting form. A perimeter marksman, who first made his mark on the Osaka Evessa's first title-winning squad (2005-06) and latter starred for the Golden Kings, the Southern Utah product is off to a terrific start in the bj-league's 11th and final campaign. His shooting numbers: 61 percent from inside the arc, 48.9 on 3-pointers and 87.0 from the free-throw line.
As longtime Ryukyu assistant coach Keith Richardson told The Japan Times in a 2012 interview about Palmer, 'I have said this a thousand times, 'The best shooter not in the NBA!' '
Kyoto is a veteran team with proven veteran leadership in the starting lineup and on the bench, and the potential to contend for a title. It will be interesting to see how the Hannaryz perform over the remaining five months of the regular season.
League accolade: Owens received the Lawson/Ponta Weekly MVP accolade after helping the Hannaryz collect the aforementioned victories over West rival Ryukyu in Okinawa City over the weekend.
On Saturday, Owens had 23 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. He followed up that performance with a 20-point, eight-rebound, four-assist effort a day later.
By the numbers: The Cinq Reves (1-15) have been outscored by 446 points and the Broncos (1-14) by 225. . . . The East-leading 89ers (12-4) have a league-best eight road victories. The Phoenix lead the circuit with eight home triumphs. . . .
The passing game: The top passer among frontcourt players is former California Golden Bear Jamal Boykin of Sendai. The veteran big man is No. 4 among all players in assists (4.8 per game). The top three are guards: Nara's Tatsuya Suzuki (5.9), Osaka's Narito Namizato (5.8) and Fukushima's Masaya Karimata (5.0).
Many forwards have more turnovers than assists. Indeed, many big men aren't known for their passing or dribbling skills, but Boykin excels as a playmaker. He has 77 assists and 33 turnovers.
His older brother, Ruben Boykin, starred for Akita during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He is now playing in Germany for BC Goettingen.
| West' defense pays off- Dec.4, 2015 (by Emeka)|
According to the Times of Japan, tenacity and rock-solid fundamentals fuel top defenses. What else makes them click?An intense desire to limit foes' scoring chances and high-percentage shots and keeping their point totals down, too.With about one-third of the season in the books, several teams have emerged as the league's elite defensive squads, using points allowed as the key measuring stick.The four stingiest defenses are Western Conference teams: Kyoto Hannaryz (66.6 points per game al... [read more]
According to the Times of Japan, tenacity and rock-solid fundamentals fuel top defenses. What else makes them click?
An intense desire to limit foes' scoring chances and high-percentage shots and keeping their point totals down, too.
With about one-third of the season in the books, several teams have emerged as the league's elite defensive squads, using points allowed as the key measuring stick.
The four stingiest defenses are Western Conference teams: Kyoto Hannaryz (66.6 points per game allowed), Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix (66.9), Shimane Susanoo Magic (69.7) and Osaka Evessa (70.7). Rounding out the top seven are a trio of Eastern Conference clubs: the Toyama Grouses (71.0), Niigata Albirex BB (71.6) and Iwate Big Bulls (71.8).
These seven teams all have winning records.
Of course, teams can pile up wins by putting points on the board in a hurry.
Exhibit A: The East-leading Sendai 89ers (135) are seventh among 12 conference teams in points allowed (78.1). But they are No. 1 in points scored (86.2).
Looking at all 24 teams' steals and blocked shots instrumental in disrupting and limiting opponents' scoring chances, Niigata is No. 1 with a combined 231 (186 blocks and 45 steals).
The runnerup in the steals department?
The Takamatsu Five Arrows (511) have made the fewest steals (96). Every other team has triple-digit totals.
Yokohama (108) is first in blocks (79). The rest of the league ranges from the Aomori Wat's total of 25 to the Shinshu Brave Warriors' 64.
League accolades: Hamamatsu macho forward Reggie Warren, a University of West Florida alum, was named the November MVP, the league announced on Wednesday.
Nov. 1 games were accounted for in the October MVP award.
In eight November games, Warren, 34, averaged 17.4 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
He is the league's No. 2 rebounder (13.5 per game). He is one of the best all-around frontcourt players in league history.
The Western Conference-leading Phoenix (153) have won 11 straight games. The reigning champions have a bye this weekend, then face the host and 89ers in a showdown of league powers on Dec. 12-13.
In related news, Tatsuhiko Toshino earned the Lawson/Ponta Weekly MVP accolade. The Oita Ehime HeatDevils forward had a career-best 41-point outburst on Saturday, knocking down 10 of 17 3s against the Bambitious Nara. He also had seven rebounds and six assists. He supplied 16 points and eight assists on Sunday as the HeatDevils completed a series sweep.
Toshino, 27, is averaging 15.6 points per game. His previous season high was a 24-point effort on Oct. 25.
Like the Sixers: Dating back to last season, the Tokyo Cinq Reves have lost 53 of their past 55 games, an epic stretch of awful basketball that reminds one of the Philadelphia 76ers' current woes.
On Nov. 23, 2014, the Cinq Reves started an 18-game losing streak, then they won a game.
What happened next?
An 18-game slide to end the season. (They went 5-47 overall.)
This season, Tokyo is 1-17 through Sunday.
The Cinq Reves' lone win?
A 91-62 thrashing of the Saitama Broncos (1-15) on Oct. 25.
Upcoming games: The Hiroshima-Sendai series was set to get underway on Thursday night in Hiroshima, while Tokyo is scheduled to play host to Shiga, starting on Friday.
This weekend, the league shifts to non-conference foes for the first time. The rest of the weekend action tips off on Saturday. It features Fukushima vs. Kyoto, Niigata vs. Kanazawa, Toyama vs. Fukuoka, Shinshu vs. Osaka, Gunma vs. Nara, Yokohama vs. Oita, Shimane vs. Saitama, Takamatsu vs. Aomori and Ryukyu vs. Akita. The final matchup features the teams that squared off in May 2014 for the title, which the Golden Kings won.
| Albirex defeat Broncos Nov.3, 2015 |
| Broncos bow to Albirex Nov.3, 2015 |
| Hamamatsu target another league title. Oct.2, 2015 |
| Holm returns to Sendai Aug.29, 2015 |
| Warren joins Hamamatsu Aug.29, 2015 |
| Hamamatsu sign Warren Aug.29, 2015 |
| JPBL to face many challenges from inaugural season Jul.23, 2015 |
| Suzuki takes charge at Kanazawa Jun.20, 2015 |
| Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four May.12, 2015 |
| Shiga's Toyama relies on mentor to improve Lakestars Apr.10, 2015 |
| Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama Mar.31, 2015 |
| Akita overcome struggling Tokyo Dec.19, 2014 |
| Shiga outplays Gunma in first bj-league contest for ex-NBA coach Parker, center Ely Oct.11, 2014 |
| Alvark hold off Kings spirited comeback Sep.6, 2014 |
| Gunma hires longtime NBA assistant Parker as new coach Aug.2, 2014 |
| Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season Jun.26, 2014 |
| Golden Kings dismantle Happinets in bj-league final As Kishimoto is named MVP May.26, 2014 |
| Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers Apr.21, 2014 |
| Nakama set to retire Apr.21, 2014 |
| Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive Apr.21, 2014 |
| Joho powers Grouses past Evessa Mar.18, 2014 |
| East power Akita decides to make roster move: source Feb.7, 2014 |
| Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz Jan.9, 2014 |
| Shimane struggling after departure of coach, top star Jan.9, 2014 |
| Akita making run for title Dec.8, 2013 |
| D-League teams draft five bj-league alumni Nov.6, 2013 |
| Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama Nov.6, 2013 |
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