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    The Shimane Susanoo Magic split the series with the Miyazaki Shining Suns over the weekend.
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    Fumio Nishimura (Hitachi SunRockerz) has been playing well as of late. Nishimura is key factor and a big spark in Hitachi's back-court that can be attributed to the success of the team as of late.

    Nishimura admitted that his stint with the Japanese national team has helped him quite a lot. As for me, I like his bowly haircut.

    Nishimura fires up Hitachi

    Fumio Nishimura helped the Hitachi Sunrockers outshine the Aisin Sea Horses yet again.

    Hitachi knocked off the japan basketball League's front-running team 66-61 on Saturday at Tokyo's Sumida Ward Gym, giving the Sunrockers their fourth win over the Sea Horses in their five meetings this season.

    Nishimura scored a game-high 20 points and dished out five assists as Hitachi improved to 22-15 and inched closer to a playoff spot with a top-four finish in the eight-team league.

    The third-place Sunrockers have held the Sea Horses, who fell to 27-10, to fewer than 70 points in all five head-to-head games.

    "It looks like this year they don't really know how to figure us out," said Hitachi reserve center/forward Chris Maraker, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

    "We've got their number, so we've just got to keep taking advantage of it."

    Hitachi hassled Aisin center J.R. Sakuragi enough to hold him to just 11 points, seven below his average.

    "We got a lot of help from the guards," Maraker said. "He's so crafty down low so you need to make him pass the ball, and we've done a good job doing that [all season]."

    Said Hitachi coach Shuji Ono: "When you play Aisin, J.R. is the focus and that means we have to play good team defense on him. If you let him score easily, then we have to crowd him inside, and that leaves guys open on the perimeter and they kick it out for open shots. That happened on a few occasions today, but not that many.

    "The biggest thing is that we kept up with them on the boards," said Ono, whose team equaled Aisin's 42 rebounds.

    Nishimura got the start at point guard because regular Hidenori Kashiwakura is out with a sore oblique and had 12 points by halftime.

    The Sunrockers closed the first quarter on a 13-0 run--Nishimura scoring nine points during that stretch--to grab a 21-13 lead.

    "I just wanted to go out and play hard. We had to concentrate and play at a high level the entire 40 minutes, and we were able to do that," Nishimura said.

    "I'm pretty tired, though."

    The Sunrockers, who play Aisin again here today at 3 p.m., have the second-place Toyota Alvark and the seventh-place Mitsubishi Melco Diamond Dolphins remaining on their schedule.

    "We can get into the playoffs for sure if we have 24 wins," Ono said. "But it this was a big win for us. We just have to focus on our next game."

    Daisuke Kobayashi chipped in with 12 points and four assists, and Joji Takeuchi added 11 rebounds for Hitachi.

    Sakuragi was only Aisin player to score in double figures and he pulled down 13 rebounds.

    Elsewhere, the Alvark had little trouble with the Diamond Dolphins, winning 98-67.

    Fifth-place Hokkaido Levanga topped Link Tochigi Brex 78-71, and the fourth-place Panasonic Trians downed the last-place Toshiba Brave Thunders 73-71.
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    This could be the biggest scandal in the BJ-League.

    Evessa's Washington arrested in drug case

    Perhaps the best import / player in the BJ-League and also its ambassador has been nabbed. It could warrant a ban from from the league.
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    Levanga Hokkaido Roy Thorsten left for Germany to attend a family matter. Assistant coach Hikaro Sato will be the interim head coach for the weekend series against the Toshiba Brave Thunder.
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    Players from all BJ-League teams will undergo drug tests today. Expect a tighter regulation for drugs or doping in the next season from the league.
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    It is a double header for the JBL later today, March, 16 2012.

    Toyota Alvark vs. Hitachi SunRockerz

    Kosuke Takeuchi and his Toyota squad will collide against the Joji Takeuchi lead Hitachi.


    Toshiba Brave Thunder vs. Levanga Hokkaido

    Two very winnable games for Hokkaido.
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    BJ-League Weekend Games | March 17 - 18, 2012

    Akita Northern Happinets vs. Shinshu Brave Warriors

    Sendai 89ers vs. Shiga L-Stars

    Niigata Albirex vs. Saitama Broncos

    Toyama Grouses vs. Yokohama B-Corsairs

    Chiba Jets vs. Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix

    Kyoto Hannaryz vs. Iwate Big Bulls

    Osaka Evessa vs. Shimane Susanoo Magic

    Takamatsu Five Arrows vs. Rizing Fukuoka

    Okinawa-Rykyu Golden Kings vs. Miyazaki Shining Suns


    Osaka will be without Lynn Washington. Shimane will need to capitalize on that one as they are barely hanging in the playoff race in the west.
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    Shimane Susanoo Magic losing to Osaka Evessa 83-76. Their series ends tomorrow, Sunday.
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    Toyota Alvark beating the Hitachi SunRockerz 86-69 last night. Hitachi will try to split the series later tonight.

    Meanwhile, Link Tochigi Brex faltered against the surging Panasonic Trians 88-70. It is a very disappointing season for Tochigi. While the surprises are Panasonic and Levanga Hokkaido.
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    Link Tochigi Brex bouncing back and routing the Panasonic Trians 96-75.
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    Team Moniker and Logo of the Tokyo Expansion Club that will make their debut in the 2012-2013 BJ-League Season.


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    Levanga Hokkaido will deal against the upstart, Panasonic Trians lead by Kosuke Kanamaru, Kenta Hirose and Fumihiko Aono in the weekend series Mar. 24- 25, 2012.
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    BJ-League Weekend Games | March 24 - March 25, 2012

    Iwate Big Bulls (12-30) vs. Toyama Grouses (21-19)

    Akita Northern Happinets (25-17) vs. Saitama Broncos (11-29)

    Sendai 89ers (20-20) vs. Shinshu Brave Warriors (15-25)

    Yokohama B-Corsairs (22-20) vs. Chiba Jets (14-26)

    Shimane Susanoo Magic (21-21) vs. Kyoto Hannaryz (26-14)

    Takamatsu Five Arrows (2-38) vs. Shiga Lakestars (24-16)

    Rizing Fukuoka (26-14) vs. Oita HeatDevils (16-24)

    Okinawa-Ryukyu Golden Kings (33-9) vs. Osaka Evessa (28-12)

    Shimane is barely hanging on to the sixth place in the West. They face a very deadly Kyoto Hannaryz team lead by Lance Allred. Shimane needs their A game from everyone to pull off a rare sweep.
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    The perennial bottom feeder, Toshiba Brave Thunder defeated Link Tochigi Brex 76-65. While Aishin SeaHorses exacted revenge against the Toyota Alvark, 74-67.

    Also, Hitachi SunRockers dispatched Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins 76-66.
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    JBL: Levanga Hokkaido losing to the Panasonic Trians 86-76.

    BJ-League: Shimane Susanoo Magic drawing first blood against Kyoto Hannaryz as the Magic mystified with a 75-63 outing.
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    Toyota Alvark bouncing back against the Aishin SeaHorses 88-74.

    That was a most enjoyable series. Truly, Aishin, Hitachi and Toyota are the teams one would choose for the JBL Championship.
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    Shimane Susanoo Magic winning and swept the weekend series with the Kyoto Hannaryz.
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    I haven't been watching Hitachi's games, but a replay against the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins I saw an aggressive Joji Takeuchi in defense. He challenges shots even from the outside, though many would prefer him in the shaded lane to defend the post from challengers.

    I have seen defensive lapses that leaves Takeuchi in the perimeter on which is a defensive mismatch. In Joji-kun's early career, he would be always caught flat footed right out in the perimeter where he had the tendency to freeze and watch a guard or a forward shoot an uncontested jumpshot.

    This season, Joji has been aggressive both inside and outside. I think he finally understands his value to his team aside from his shooting and rebounding. He can be a factor in the defense as well. With his height, he can alter or even manage a block.

    This too has a small strategic effect on the usual defensive blanks that opposing teams likes to pull against Hitachi. Have a forward or a guard exploit that mismatch with Takeuchi for an easy shot up front (though they should be driving instead). Back then, Joji had the tendency to stare or fall for a fake. This season, when he's challenging jumpshots with gusto and timing, that shot is rendered as a low percentage in regards to Joji's height.








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