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Sneed receives October MVP award on offense; Parker, Tsukino share defensive accolades

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

The Iwate Big Bulls have been the Eastern Conference’s top team this season, winning all eight of their games in October.

Ceter Dillion Sneed, a major offseason acquisition, is the team’s leading scorer at 18.6 points per game and is shooting at a 62.5 percent clip from the field.

The East Tennesse State product is The Japan Times’ Offensive Player of the month for October.

His October output included a 33-point outburst on 12-for-15 shooting last Saturday against the Gunma Crane Thunders.

Last season, Sneed helped the Ryukyu Golden Kings win their second championship.

Other October offensive standouts included:

*John “Helicopter” Humprey of the Saitama Broncos. He’s averaging a league-high 25.3 ppg.

*Jonathan Jones of the Tokyo Cinq Reves. He’s No. 2 in scoring at 22.0.

*Kevin Galloway of the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix. He’s No. 8 in scoring (19.8) and the league’s top passer (7.1 assists).

*Anthony McHenry of Ryukyu. He’s fifth in scoring (20.5) and shooting 80.6 percent from the free-throw line.

*Yosuke Saito of the Shinshu Brave Warriors. He’s shooting 57.1 percent (12-for-21) on 3s.

*Pape Faye Mour of the Yokohama B-Corsairs. He’s 21-for-28 from the field to date, shooting 75 percent in four October games.

Defensive accolade: Shimane’s Michael Parker and Iwate’s Masato Tsukino, a talented newcomer to the Tohoku squad, are the co-leaders in steals, both averaging 2.8 per contest.

They are The Japan Times’ Defensive Players of the Month.

Other noteworthy defenders are:

*Iwate’s Lawrence Blackledge. The forward’s averaging a league-best 4.0 blocks per game.

*Oita HeatDevils forward Wendell White. The former MVP is the top rebounder at 13.2 per contest, including 69 defensive boards.

*Ryukyu’s Jeff Newton. The five-time champion is the defensive anchor of the 6-0, Western Conference-leading squad.