Brave Thunders keep roll going against Brex

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Staff Writer

The Toshiba Brave Thunders continue their supremacy in the NBL Eastern Conference.

The League’s leading scorer, center Nick Fazekas, had a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Kawasaki-based club in extended its 10-game winning streak with a 86-64 over the the Link Tochigi Brex at Sky Arena Zama on Sunday.

The Brave Thunders shot well from early on and held on to seal the victory, thanks in large part to a dominating the first half. They shot 59.5 percent from the field while the Brex managed just 35.7 percent in the half. Fazekas racked up 17 points in during that span.

Toshiba was in cruise control during the latter stages, using its bench players for many of game’s final minutes. Takahiro Kurihara led its bench corps with 17 points.

“We shot well both yesterday and today,” Toshiba head coach Takuya Kita said after the game. “But give credit to our defense, too. We didn’t let (Yuta) Tabuse play how he wanted to, which was good.”

For the Brex, who played only one import player, Ryan Rossiter, because Tommy Brenton was forced to sit due to a leg injury, Naoya Kumagae led the team with 13 points coming off the bench. Former NBA player and Brex star Tabuse followed with 11.

Toshiba has an 18-2 record and trails only the Western Conferences’s Aisin SeaHorses (19-1) for the best record in the league.

The NBL will begin interleague play from the next weekend.

“We’ll be facing the newcomers that we’ve obviously not played against yet,” Kita said of the interleague schedule. “But we’re only going to focus on one game at a time.”