Sea Horses even series with Alvark

by Ed Odeven

The Aisin Sea Horses forced a decisive fifth game in the JBL Finals, defeating the defending champion Toyota Motors 88-69 on Tuesday at Yoyogi National Gymnasium Annex. Aisin outscored Toyota 30-15 in the fourth quarter, evening the series at two games apiece. J.R. Sakuragi led the Sea Horses with 25 points and 13 rebounds, Alpha Bangura scored 24 points and made a game-high four steals and James Maye added 19 points, while high-profile rookie Kosuke Takeuchi had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. For the Alvark, Charles O’Bannon scored a team-best 28 points and pulled down 11 boards, Takuma Watanbe scored 15 and Yusuke Okada and Louis Campbell poured in nine apiece. Game 5 is on Wednesday night at 7 at the same venue.