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Shiga Prefectural Gymnasium in Otsu, venue of the bj-league pro basketball game between the Shiga LakeStars and Fukuoka Rizing on Jan. 11, 2009. 滋賀県立体育館
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Sign at gym entrance.
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Magnee (official mascot looking like a Lake Biwa catfish) and two cheerleaders greet fans entering the gym.
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"Wara curry" for sale, based on team captain FujiWARA Takamichi's family recipe.
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Shiga Lakestars souvenir stand
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Shiga Lakestars jerseys, T-shirts, and sweats for sale.
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Pregame attractions included a cheerleading lesson for kids taught by the cheerleaders. (Shiga LakeStars Kids Cheer School)
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A group played as a pre-game attraction.
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Magnee and cheerleaders
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Cheerleaders in a pregame show.
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Introduction of LakeStars team members.
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Pregame practice. LakeStars on the left, and Fukuoka Rizing on the left.
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Fukuoka Rizing practicing.
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Magnee fires up the crowd.
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T-shirts for sale.
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Introduction of starting lineup.
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Tip off to start the game between the Shiga LakeStars and Fukuoka Rizing.
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Team captain Fujiwara Takamichi.
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Ryan Rourke, forward
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Wara goes for a shot.
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Ray Schafer is the tallest on the team at 213 cm.
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Ishibashi Haruyuki, point guard.
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Ishibashi Haruyuki
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Bobby Nash (No. 33) , from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (my alma mater too).
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Ryan Rourke now sporting some facial hair.
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Brayden Billbe is pestered by a Fukuoka Rizing player.
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A time out for a basketball challenge for these two girls.
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Brayden Billbe
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Ryan going for a free throw.
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Ray is one tall guy with long arms.
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Time-out entertainment by the LakeStars cheerleaders amd mascot Magnee.
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Dunk
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Mike Sakan, local boy from Kusatsu, Shiga.
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Mike Sakan, local boy from Kusatsu, Shiga.
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Sponsors
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Fujiwara Takamichi
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Bobby Nash
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Bobby
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Corner cheers
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Ogawa Shinya, another local boy from Nagahama.
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Half-time show
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GO GO LAKES!!!
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Cheerleader in the stands!
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Cheerleader in the stands!
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Band plays again during half-time show.
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Trying to block a shot.
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Ray Schafer successfully block s a shot.
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Bobby Nash
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Ogawa Shinya goes for a three-pointer.
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The cheerleaders really add some spice to the game. This is something you don't see on TV.
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Shiga LakeStars cheerleaders.
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With Bobby Nash scoring at the last second, the game ends in a tie. This means a tiebreaker period of 10 min. was added.
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Tip-off for the tiebreaker.
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It's very close and exciting.
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People cheering for Fukuoka roar as the ball goes through the hoop.
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Unfortunately, the LakeStars missed one too many shots and lost the game, 93-96. It was an exciting game even though we lost.
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Players shake hands.
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Speech by coach Robert Pierce.
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LakeStars looking somewhat dejected.
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Bobby Nash wins MVP with a prize from TV station Biwako Broadcasting.
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Bobby receives a DVD player.
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The LakeStars shake hands or high five fans.
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Head coach Robert Pierce. The LakeStars remain in 4th place. Also see my other Lakestars photos and player info here.
 
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