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Conversely, the Chiba Jets Funabashi had no sustained answers for the Alvark’s methodical offense, and Tokyo controlled large stretches of their showdown. It all added up to a comprehensive 85-60 victory in the B. League Final at Yokohama Arena before an announced crowd of 12,005.

After exchanging hugs and high-fives with players and team staff, first-year Alvark bench boss Luka Pavicevic summarized the team’s goal moving forward, speaking about games and seasons: “This team will fight for every one of them that exists.”

Former University of New Mexico center Alex Kirk paced Tokyo (50-16 overall) with a game-high 23 points on 11-for-15 shooting. B. League Champion MVP Daiki Tanaka poured in 15 points and dished out five assists, Yudai Baba had 14 points and three steals and ex-NBA forward Jawad Williams added 10 points.

“First of all, I would like to congratulate my team,” Pavicevic told reporters. “They came in and they had their heads and bodies ready to fight in the championship game in Japan. It’s a long season. And it’s not an easy thing to do, and it’s my congratulations and appreciation (for their effort).”

Looking back at the game, Pavicevic said, “OK, so, the game plan against Chiba is to not let them run and that means not give them an easy game going, because they are very talented and fast-moving players. Second is to not let them rebound . . . second-chance offense helps them win many games.”

In Game 2 of the Mikawa series in the playoff semifinals, Pavicevic cited a close-out, one-on-one defensive situation against SeaHorses star Makoto Hiejima last Sunday, in which Tanaka hurt his hamstring, slipping on a wet spot on the floor in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture. Tanaka didn’t practice this week and was questionable for the final.

Case in point: Rookie Baba wowed the crowd with a flashy reverse layup from the baseline to give the Alvark a 68-51 lead. Chiba called a timeout with 6:48 left in the game. The timeout didn’t quell Tokyo’s momentum. Kirk stuffed a putback attempt to make it 70-53.

The East Division champion Jets (52-16) took the first lead on a Parker layup on their first possession of the game. The Alvark, making their second trip down the court on offense, knotted it at 2-2 on Tanaka’s drive to the hoop. Then Togashi made it 4-2 on a nifty inside move.

The big men had the center stage in the early going. For instance, as the quarter neared its finish Kirk caught a lob from Genki Kojima and scored on a forceful dunk, and on the next sequence Edwards knocked down a straightaway 3, tying it at 13-13.

Lyons ended the run with a layup, but Williams had the final highlight of the half, dribbling from midcourt and pulling up a few steps later for a long 3-pointer. Alvark teammates congratulated a fired-up Williams immediately, and they strolled off the court with a 43-33 lead. That emotion carried over to the second half for the champs.

Dealing with strong on-ball defense from Tokyo, Chiba shot 38.2 percent, including 2 of 10 on 3s, from the floor in the first half, while the Alvark made 56.3 percent of their shots. Kirk had 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting by halftime and Lyons had 11 off the bench for the Jets.

The third quarter began with Tanaka burying a fadeaway jumper, and the Alvark extending their lead to 47-33 on a Kirk layup. The Jets responded, pulling within 47-39 when Ono drained a 3 from the top of the arc with about 6:30 remaining in the third. Then, after a Tokyo timeout, Zack Baranski made a left-baseline 3 for a 50-39 Tokyo lead.

By the numbers: Tokyo outscored Chiba 44-32 in the paint and 13-4 on fast-break points. The Alvark converted Jets turnovers into 19 points. … Chiba had 16 second-chance points, while Tokyo had five. The Jets outrebounded the champs 39-33, including 17-5 on the offensive boards.