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On the evening of March 6, 2009, the Tokyo Apache basketball team played an exciting game against the Shiga LakeStars at Komazawa Gymnasium in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.
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GumQ performs during pregame activities.
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Introduction of Tokyo Apache players with GumQ gauntlet. Cohey Aoki, now sporting some hair.
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John "Helicopter" Humphrey
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National anthem of Japan
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Tip-off. This was the first time I saw the LakeStars at an away game. First time to see them wearing their white uniforms too.
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Takashi Fujiwara of the Shiga LakeStars being covered by Masashi Joho of Tokyo Apache.
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Boosters for the Shiga LakeStars made quite a bit of noise.
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Dunk shot by Ryan Rourke.
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Shiga takes a large lead right from the beginning of the game, and led the Apache through most of the game.
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Five LakeStars play defense against Joho.
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Brayden Billbe trying to find a receiver for a pass.
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Wara defends against Darin Maki. It was exciting to see two of my favorite teams playing each other.
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Bobby Nash
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Fujiwara and Joho
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Ray Schafer
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Ray Schafer shouting to Ryan.
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LakeStars still lead.
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John Humphrey and Bobby Nash
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In it goes...
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Cohey
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Darin Maki
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John Humphrey tries to steal the ball.
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No. 33 Bobby Nash
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Brayden looking to pass to Wara.
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Brayden
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Shiga LakeStars boosters. I wonder how many of them came to Tokyo all the way from Shiga? (I live in Tokyo.)
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Make it a jump ball
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Jump ball
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GumQ and their fantastic halftime performance.
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Check this out!
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GumQ
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More halftime entertainment.
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A bit of rythmn gymnastics.
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And hula hoop, almost like a circus act. I like her crossed eyes...
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Tokyo Apache's corner
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LakeStars huddle
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Ryan Rourke
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Brayden Billbe
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Tip-off
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Wara and Bobby
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Bobby Nash
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Shiga LakeStars return to court.
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Tip-off
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Ryan going for a free throw
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LakeStars boosters are happy.
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It was a very exciting game. The game ended as a tie 70-70, so it went into overtime and the LakeStars prevailed.
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A few words by Apache head coach Joe Bryant. He said that bj league games are fun, and we should all come out to see the games. I agree.
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LakeStars make high-five with boosters.
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Final score: Tokyo Apache 77, Shiga LakeStars 85. Also see my other Lakestars photos and player info here.
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