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The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Xavier Gibson of the Shinshu Brave Warriors is the subject of this week’s profile.

Noteworthy: Gibson scored a season-high 27 points on Sunday against the Iwate Big Bulls, draining 4 of 5 3-pointers as Shinshu, the Eastern Conference’s fourth-place team, improved to 26-14 and completed a series sweep. In 40 games, he is averaging 16.7 points, 10.2 rebounds (10th-best output) and 2.4 blocks (second behind Tokyo’s Anthony Stover and Shimane’s Jeral Davis, who are tied at 2.8) per game. …

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