The new season of the Japan B.League got underway on October 2nd.
Back-to-back champions Alvark Tokyo won their first match of the season 85-79 against Kawasaki Brave Thunders but were beaten two days later by the same side, 55-52.
Alex Kirk, who plays for Alvark Tokyo, played a significant role, scoring 24 points, making 11 rebounds and also two blocks.
In the return match, Alex Kirk again top-scored for Tokyo with 12 points and also made 13 rebounds. No other player scored double figures for Tokyo, in what was a low-scoring match.
Here are some of the stats from the 55-52 win for Kawasaki, provided by FIBA Live Stats.
Stats from Alvark Tokyo vs Kawasaki Brave Thunders
Six teams have a 100% record after the first two games with Chiba Jets Funabashi topping the table due to having a superior points difference.
They defeated San-en NeoPhoenix 83-65 and 103-54. Josh Duncan top-scored with 23 points in the first match as Spanish player Sebastian Saiz made 12 rebounds.
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In the second game, Saiz scored 29 points and 19 rebounds as his team became the first this season to make a three-figure score in the Japan B League.
Shimane Susanoo Magic also made it two wins out of two beating Shiga Lakestars 73-51 and 75-63.
Toyama Grouses were another team to win their first two matches of the season. They scored 97 points in both games against Kyoto Hannaryz.
In the first win, which finished 97-89, Zimbabwean Julian Mavunga scored almost half of his team’s points, scoring 46.
Here is his shot chart, he scored seven three-pointers out of 12 attempts.