By Brent Stubbs
#IT was contrasting results for Bahamian professional basketball players Mark St Fort and Kadeem Coleby yesterday as they continued their journey in the regular season of the Japanese B League.
#St Fort and his eighth-ranked Niigata A pulled off an upset as they turned back the fourth-place Alvark Tokyo 84-76, while Coleby and his fifth-place Akita Northern Happinets went down 72-69 to the front-running Tochigi B.
#St Fort, who turned 32 on November 5, came off the bench and played 11 minutes, contributing 14 points as he connected on 6-for-8 shooting from the field and was 2-for-2 from the free throw line. The 6-foot, 7-inch, 209-pound small forward also pulled down eight rebounds with a steal and a blocked shot.
#With the win, St Fort and Niigata A, coached by Shogo Fukuda, snapped a three-game winning streak as they improved to 5-9. The loss dropped Alvark Tokyo to 8-5. St Fort and Niigata will play a double header this weekend when they face Hokkaido L on Saturday and Sunday.
#After coming off a celebrated birthday with a double dose of victory, Coleby continued his impressive showing in his starting role as he logged a total of 34 minutes in yesterday’s game.
#Coleby, who turned 31 on Sunday, finished with another double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds.
#The 6-9, 250-pound power forward/centre shot 3-for-6 from the field for a 50 percent shooting and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe for 100 percent.
#A total of 14 of his rebounds came on the defensive end and he added two steals with an assist and a block.
#The game ended with only a three-point home defeat of the fifth-ranked Akita NH, who dropped to 8-5, while their rivals improved to 12-1. It also ended a two-game winning streak for Coleby and his Akita NH, coached by Kenzo Maeda.
#Coleby and his Akita NH will now head on the road where they will play a double header on Saturday and Sunday against Chiba.
#On December 2, all eyes will be on the league when Coleby and Akita NH are scheduled to face St Fort and his Niigata Albirex.