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Yuichi Ikeda excelled as a 3-point shooter in December, having the type of month that most specialized shooters can only dream about.

Ikeda made 26 of 46 3-pointers (56.5 percent) to help the Niigata Albirex BB win four straight games to end the year and go 6-2 overall in December. His 3-point shooting played a major role in the Albirex’s recent success. Niigata has climbed into second place in the Eastern Conference standings under first-year coach and former Albirex player Matt Garrison, who won the 3-Point Contest during the league’s first two All-Star Games, in Okinawa and Niigata Prefecture in January and December 2007, respectively.

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