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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    "The Hasegawa Cup (Part 2)" Part 2

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Masami Fujii (PG), Kazuko Kakimoto (SG), Mimi Balguerie (SF), Tsubaki Takenaka (PF), Miho Hikasa (C)
    Keishin-Team Katayama: Mizuko Fujisaki (PG), Asuka Yokoi (SG), Himeko Katayama (SF), Kana Hanaoka (PF), Hana Mikimoto (C)

    “Well, you’re new in the team?” asked Asuka.

    “Yep. Thanks to Mimi and my friends, I’m a now a member of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball club” said Kazuko.

    “Oh, okay. We’re finally become teammates when the two groups were together” said Asuka.

    “Thanks, Asuka. I hope that we will be able to work together as a team. By the way, I’m going to become a sixth grader when I’m returning to Keishin on the first day of school” said Kazuko.

    “Hmm. Sounds like you’re the sixth woman of the team, according to Mimi. Very well. I’m also a sixth woman, which means that the battle is on, Kazuko” said Asuka.

    “Okay! I won’t be letting things easy on you!” said Kazuko, who smiles on Asuka.

    “Well, okay” said Asuka, who was a bit embarrassed after Kazuko smiling. “I’m not like a girl who always smile on everyone.”

    The whistle blows as the second quarter was started.

    “Asuka, catch!” said Mizuko as she throws the ball to Asuka. Asuka would begin running to the zone to battle against Kazuko.

    “So, you’re holding the ball” said Kazuko.

    “Yeah” said Asuka. However, Kazuko keeps smiling on Asuka, which makes her feel a bit of nervous. “I don’t know what you’re exciting about. Just don’t freak me out!”

    “Okay, I will!” said Kazuko. Then, Asuka would let Kazuko go while seeing Masami and Mimi, who were guarding her.

    “Well, you’re thinking that you’re trying to stop me. I don’t bump on situations, but it won’t last for long” said Asuka as she throws the ball and Hana catches it.

    Hana would try to shoot the ball with the jumper and the shot was missed as the ball goes bouncing out of the ring.

    “I’ll…” said Miho.

    “…get it!” said Tsubaki.

    Tsubaki gets the ball while Miho was asking her about the plan.

    “Tsubaki, what’s the plan I’m going to do?” asked Miho.

    “Mimi will give the ball to you and you have to shoot. I hope this strategy works. So, all you have to do is to wait the signal and when the ball is here, just shoot! Okay?” said Tsubaki.

    “Okay!” said Miho.

    Tsubaki would pass the ball to Masami. Masami would drive past Mizuko and then shoots the ball with the jumper. The shot was missed and Himeko gets the rebound.

    “I have to remember what Mimi and Tsubaki said” said Miho.

    Kana would shoot the ball after she drives past Tsubaki, but the shot was missed. It’s already 4:55 in the second quarter and no team has made the first shot since the last quarter.

    When she heard that the ball bounced off from the rim, she gets the rebound.

    “Nice rebound!” said Mimi.

    “Yeah! Catch!” said Miho as she passes the ball to Mimi. Mimi would battle against Himeko and proved well against her as she drives past her. Mimi would shoot the ball with the floater and the shot was good. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 20, Team Katayama 16]

    “Nice assist, Miho!” said Masami.

    “You really did a great job in assisting me. Frontcourt players must focus on getting assists. Despite that you aren’t capable of passing too high, you have to shoot three-pointers as many as you can” said Mimi.

    “Okay!” said Miho.

    Asuka was so fast that he can drive past Kazuko and Mimi and then shoots the ball with the jumper. The shot was good, and Team Katayama cuts the lead to two points. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 20, Team Katayama 18]

    Masami passes the ball to Tsubaki and Tsubaki runs past to use the acceleration drive, in order to shoot the ball with the jumper in the paint.

    “Look out, Tsubaki!” said Miho and Kazuko. When Tsubaki looked below, Kana appears, trying to block the shot.

    “Hmph! It doesn’t matter you want to block my shot. Here, catch!” said Tsubaki as she throws the ball and Kazuko catches it.

    “Thanks, Tsubaki!” said Kazuko. She would shoot the ball with a perfect angle and the shot was good. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 22, Team Katayama 18]

    “I did it! I feel so happy right now that I finally shoot the ball!” said Kazuko.

    “Well, she is very special to her friends and she doesn’t miss her class everyday” said Hinata.

    “Ah, she is more loyal to Mimi and she might be able to help her team to win the game” said Kagetsu.

    “Yeah” said Hinata.

    Naoko Sugisaki of Team Blue and Yellow arrives to show support for Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm. “Hey, everyone!”

    “Naoko. Why are you here?” said Maho.

    “You see, I heard that your team is facing against Himeko and her teammates. The last time I met with Himeko was when we’re in the Nishina Station, saying that she wanted to visit Jun at the Nishi-Shiromi Station” said Naoko.

    “So, Naoko. Are you going to help us supporting our team to win the game against Team Katayama?” said Rei.

    “Oh, sure! I can’t wait to see Team Balguerie playing against Himeko and her team” said Naoko.

    “Good! She’s here to support us” said Rei, who talked to Mao.

    “Okay! I hope that I will be glad to have more supporters to support us” said Mao.

    Asuka battles against Kazuko where Asuka drives past Kazuko before shoots the ball with the jumper. The ball drives to the basket and Asuka grins after her shot was good. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 22, Team Katayama 20]

    Masami passes the ball to Mimi. Mimi would drive past Himeko before giving the ball to Miho to shoot the ball in the paint. The ball drives to the basket and Team Balguerie-Team Charm scores back. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 24, Team Katayama 20]

    Himeko passes the ball to Mizuko and Mizuko would drives past Masami with her speed but was stopped by Mimi. Mizuko would pass the ball to Kana, who would shoot the ball. The shot was good, and Team Katayama cuts the lead again to two. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 24, Team Katayama 22]

    Kazuko drives past Asuka before passing the ball to Mimi. “I’m going to be stronger, stronger like her” said Kazuko, who sees Mimi shooting the ball with the turnaround jumper. The ball would drive to the basket and Mimi gives Kazuko a high five. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 26, Team Katayama 22]

    Mizuko passes the ball to Kana and Tsubaki and Mimi guarding Kana. Kana is in trouble as she tried to get out from the screen. “Kana, right here!” said Hana.

    “Okay, catch!” said Kana as she throws the ball to Hana. Hana would shoot the ball with an uncontested shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 26, Team Katayama 24]

    Mimi passes the ball to Kazuko, who would drive past Asuka. Kazuko shoots the ball with the jump shot but was blocked by Kana. Kana would pass the ball to Mizuko. Mizuko would drive past Kazuko and the shoots the ball with a jump shot, however, the shot was missed. Mimi gets the ball and passes the ball to Miho.

    “That’s your role. Do it for us!” said Mimi.

    “Okay!” said Miho. Miho would begin to show her true form as she doubles her acceleration. She drives past Hana and Kana, who were both immobilized after seeing this, and shoots the ball with the layup. The shot was good, and Miho feels happy and saying “This is our team. This is our connection.” [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 28, Team Katayama 24]

    With 2:30 remaining, Mimi, Miho and Kazuko work together to rally the game. After Himeko misses the shot, Kazuko gets the rebound. Mimi was confronted by Kana while Kazuko was guarded by Asuka. However, Miho comes out to call Kazuko for the pass. “Kazuko, give the ball to me!” Kazuko would pass the ball to Miho with a quick swift, allowing Miho to shoot the ball with a three-point shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 31, Team Katayama 24]

    Himeko would drive past Mimi and Tsubaki before being confronted by Masami. Masami and Kazuko, who also appears, guard Himeko and Himeko had no choice, but to shoot the ball with a fadeaway shot. The ball drives to the basket and the shot was scored two points because she’s stepping on the three-point line. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 31, Team Katayama 26]

    “I won’t disappoint myself!” said Himeko. Himeko would try to steal the ball from Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm and she did it when she stole the ball from Masami before shooting the ball with a jump shot in the paint. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 31, Team Katayama 28]

    Mimi and Himeko would face each other and Mimi would shoot the ball with the jump shot, but it misses. Himeko would get the rebound, but Kazuko runs on her. Himeko would drive past Kazuko before shooting the ball with a floater. The ball drives to the basket and Team Katayama is now cutting Mimi’s lead by 1. The whistle blows as the timeout was called for Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 31, Team Katayama 30]

    “Timeout, Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm” said Tarō Kitajō.

    Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm manager Mao Kayano talked to the players.

    “This is not good. Himeko is trying to rally back with her own. I believe that I have no choice, but to substitute players. Mimi, Kazuko and Miho, you’ll remain for the rest of the second quarter. Masami and Tsubaki, you’ll be subbed by Aya Tachibana and Erika Satō. We need to make sure that we need to support the three by assisting them to shoot. Is that clear, everyone?” said Mao.

    “Yeah!” said the players of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm.

    “Mimi, since you’re the only starter that you’re playing for the rest of the first half, you’ll rest for the third quarter” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said Mimi.

    “Now, in order to stop Himeko’s skills, you have to make sure that Aya and Erika will be able to help Mimi, Kazuko and Miho by using the assisting pass. It will work if you will work together as a team” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said Aya, Erika, Mimi, Kazuko and Miho.

    “All I want to tell you before you go back to the game is when the Winding Zone will be transitioned to the Winding Aurora, you will be able to defeat Team Katayama. So, give them a beating for us!” said Kagetsu.

    “Okay!” said Aya, Erika, Mimi, Kazuko and Miho.

    The game resumes with Aya and Erika entering the game. Asuka and Kana were shocked to see the current Student Council President entering the game.

    “Is that Erika?” asked Asuka.

    “Yeah, she is wearing her armband. I wonder what skills she had” said Kana.

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Aya Tachibana (PG), Kazuko Kakimoto (SG), Mimi Balguerie (SF), Erika Satō (PF), Miho Hikasa (C)
    Keishin-Team Katayama: Mizuko Fujisaki (PG), Asuka Yokoi (SG), Himeko Katayama (SF), Kana Hanaoka (PF), Hana Mikimoto (C)

    “Here they come!” said Himeko as Kazuko dribbles the ball in front of Asuka. Asuka is ready to stop Kazuko from getting past on her.

    “I’m going to stop you!” said Asuka. Kazuko was not afraid of Asuka and smiling on her. “Huh? Why are you smiling?”

    “Of course, I wanted to show you something we change” said Kazuko.

    “Oh, yeah. What change?” said Asuka.

    “You’ll see” said Kazuko. She would do the crossover move to drive past Asuka, but Asuka was about to steal the ball with her hand trying to tip the ball. Kazuko would jump and raise her hand with the ball, allowing to shoot the ball with the floater. The ball would drive to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 33, Team Katayama 30]

    “Alright!” said Kazuko as she finally taught her new move: Rising Amethyst.

    “Great shot, Kazuko!” said Erika.

    “Yeah. What an awesome new move you have!” said Aya.

    “I finally learn how to stop my opponents using my jumping skills to shoot the ball” said Kazuko.

    “You have that move to increasing your jumping ability and not only you improved very well, but also you improved our teamwork” said Mimi.

    “Yep. I’m not worrying about you anymore, girls. So, let’s maintain the lead until the end of the second quarter” said Kazuko.

    “Yeah!” said Aya, Mimi, Erika and Miho.

    Asuka now dribbles the ball while Team Balguerie would prepare for their opponent’s attack. “That’s very weird. My skills have been great when I’m facing them for the first time, but since it’s a rematch, I’m going to show my skills to score more points.” Asuka would try to drive past Kazuko, but Kazuko was agile and always observing Asuka.

    “Asuka! Try not to lose the ball!” said Mizuko.

    “Yes, Mizuko!” said Asuka as she would move to the right and then shoots the ball with the jumper. The ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 33, Team Katayama 32]

    “So, Asuka is trying her best to improve her shooting and also can break mismatches ahead of time” said Ichiro.

    “Maybe Asuka needs to focus on Kazuko’s speed, so that she can imitate her moves when she holds the ball” said Toshiya.

    “You’re right, Toshiya” said Sōichi. “Her special skill is Surging Albatross. When she observes her opponent’s speed in movements, she must double her speed to match the speed rating of her opponent. It’s impossible to do this until you have the speeding skills to be improved.”

    “I guess that would be more competitive as well as their players will fight for points” said Ichiro.

    “I’m definitely sure that Asuka needs to match her speed with her opponent’s speed. It won’t take long if she’ll be exhausted from doing this” said Sōichi.

    “Yes, there is a chance that Asuka may lose her stamina, but we’ll see about that” said Toshiya.

    “Yeah, I hope that Asuka will play well until she’ll be exhausted” said Sōichi.

    Kazuko passes the ball to Mimi and then, Himeko appears to confront Mimi. “I’m very glad that my teammate has finally teach her new special skill, but for me, I already have my special move before. You know that I’m watching you the whole time” said Mimi.

    “Well, I’m not disappointed when I saw that move, but I’m going to challenge you with your special skill. My Violet Star special move has allowed me shoot the ball with my quickness goes up” said Himeko.

    “Okay, then. Let’s battle!” said Mimi. Aurora Age and Violet Star were activated by Mimi and Himeko respectively. With 42 seconds remaining, Mimi and Himeko would battle each other to determine who the quicker is. At the end, Mimi proved well than Himeko. “Take this!” Mimi would shoot the ball with a fadeaway shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 35, Team Katayama 32]

    “Well, it seems that it’s just the beginning, but I’m not going to show my skills yet until I’m back at the fourth quarter” said Mimi.

    “Oh, yeah. But I’m also resting too. I don’t know if I’m going to stay in the court for long, but this is not a real battle for now” said Himeko. Mimi and Himeko would run. “I’m going to make sure that I won’t get easy on you!”

    “Okay, I will!” said Mimi.

    With 26 seconds remaining, Team Katayama’s Hana gets the ball, being confronted by Miho.

    “Are you sure you’re gonna do this?” asked Kana.

    “Well, this should be easy!” said Hana as she shoots the ball with the jump shot by jumping high and releasing the ball. The ball was entered to the hoop and Team Katayama scores two points. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 35, Team Katayama 34]

    “Well, that’s surprising” said Airi.

    “I think there are a few centers have stamina to shoot or block, but Hana was very tall indeed” said Kagetsu.

    “I’m sure you’re going to stop her” said Airi.

    “Yeah, Airi I’ll do it!” said Kagetsu.

    With the first half is about to close, Kazuko would pass the ball to Aya. Aya would pass the ball to Mimi. “Mimi! Catch!” said Aya as she throws the ball and Mimi catches it. Mimi was confronted by Himeko.

    “I’m going to stop you!” said Himeko.

    “I’m very calm, Himeko. This will be my last shot. So, watch this!” said Mimi as she releases the ball to shoot. She did the Aurora Age with the ball goes to the hoop faster as the time expired. The referee counted for two points and Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm now led by 3.

    “End of first half. Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 37, Team Katayama 34” said Tarō Kitajō.

    As the players left the court, Mimi and Himeko smile to each other. Himeko was glad that Mimi did a great job in performing well. She wanted to improve as well just like Mimi.

    At the bench, Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm had a meeting.

    “We managed to maintain our lead. Mimi, you did great in showing our teamwork very high. I’m so proud of you” said Mao.

    “Well, thank you, Mao” said Mimi.

    “Okay, listen up! The game will be more serious and I’m going to tell you that our team will be using the Complete Synchronization Skill soon. The Winding Zone was nice to have everyone working on running” said Mao.

    “The Winding Zone was quicker than Himeko’s offense strategy. It will be transitioned to Winding Aurora if our teamwork is high” said Kazuko.

    “Yeah, it will work if we can assemble something different in our lineup” said Maho.

    “On the bright side, we’ll allow the starters to be back at the game in the final quarter” said Mao.

    “So, how are you going to select the players for the third quarter. I mean, Mimi will be resting for the third quarter because she already played two quarters” said Tsubaki.

    “Mao, I think you have the other players to step up” said Hiiragi.

    “Oh, yeah. Thanks, Tsubaki and Hiiragi. I’m going to do it” said Mao.

    “Then, what the lineups will be?” asked Masami.

    Mao observed the players earlier after the timeout. Then, she decided to declare what the lineups will be. “Kazuko and Miho, you will stay for another quarter while I’m going to give Aya and Erika some more minutes” said Mao.

    “So, the only position we need to complete the lineup is the small forward position” said Mimi.

    “Yep. Now, I need to choose someone who could be in the small forward position to play for the third quarter” said Mao. Mao thinks who should be replacing Mimi for the third quarter. Erika Satō is already a small forward, but also a power forward.

    Erika would raise her hand and talk to Mao. “Mao, I’m a small forward and I’ll be playing in place of Mimi. But if I’m going for the three, then who will be playing for the four?”

    Mao would answer politely. “Okay, I’m going to let you play for the small forward position, Erika. And as for the power forward spot, it will be Chiwa Furukawa playing for the third quarter.”

    “Oh, good! I believe that I’m going to play for the third quarter” said Chiwa.

    “The lineup is now complete and let’s win the match!” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm.

    On the other hand, Team Katayama had some talks regarding the goals for the third quarter.

    “Since Himeko is playing for two quarters, I think I’ll be resting her for a while. As for the others, Asuka and Kana, you’ll be staying in the court. Then, Mizuko and Hana will be benched” said Kōsuke.

    “Hmm. That’s interesting. We have other players who haven’t played a single game. Can we use them?” said Yuka.

    “Uh, yes. I will do it, Yuka. But I’m going to explain this. I’m going to bring you and Chiyako back in the game and I’ll be placing Chiyako on the small power forward, Asuka on the point guard and Yuka on the shooting guard. The center spot will be belonged to Miho Nakayama” said Kōsuke.

    “Miho is a defensive specialist” said Himeko.

    “She has played the first two games, but able to get rebounds and blocks. I’m sure that Miho will score a single basket” said Mizuko.

    “That’s right. And that way, we will be able to bring the victory to the final” said Kōsuke. The members of Team Katayama were excited to bring Miho to the game since Miho was good in defensive stops. “Alright then, let’s show Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm that we have the new lineup to be used for the third quarter!”

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Katayama.

    The whistle blows as the third quarter is about to begin. The players appear at the court and Team Balguerie-Innocent Cham will have the possession.

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Aya Tachibana (PG), Kazuko Kakimoto (SG), Erika Satō (SF), Chiwa Furukawa (PF), Miho Hikasa (C)
    Keishin-Team Katayama: Asuka Yokoi (PG), Yuka Suehiro (SG), Chiyako Kayama (SF), Kana Hanaoka (PF), Miho Nakayama (C)

    Miho Hikasa and Miho Nakayama would meet each other for the first time. Miho Hikasa thinks that Miho Nakayama has able to get rebounds in the game, despite she’s not in the starting five.

    “Miho Nakayama. She was new to Team Katayama and she showed her efforts to stop players during the first two matches. I have to observe her, then I’m going to stop her” said Miho Hikasa.

    The whistle blows as the match begins. Kazuko passes the ball to Aya and Aya runs to the other side of the court. “I bet Asuka and Yuka were playing the one and two. So, all I have to do is to drive past then, and then I’m going to shoot.”

    Aya would drive past Asuka before the former and Yuka battle each other. Kazuko would wait for Aya to pass the ball. “I’m going to wait for Aya to get the ball and I won’t let Asuka getting the steal.”

    “Here, Kazuko, catch!” said Aya.

    “Okay!” said Kazuko as Aya throws the ball and Kazuko manages to catch the ball. She would step back, much to Asuka’s shock, and shoots the ball with the three-point shot. The ball bounces off from the hoop and Miho Nakayama gets the rebound.

    “Huh?” said the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm.

    “What happened?” asked Mimi.

    “Miho Nakayama can able to get the rebound or block the shot. She has the medium-level acceleration and stamina, but I believe that she won’t prove well if she’ll be confronted by a high-level stamina player” said Kagetsu.

    “Oh, this is going to be a serious competition for both teams” said Hinata.

    Miho Nakayama passes the ball to Chiyako and Kazuko calls her teammates for defense. “Everyone, on your positions!” said Kazuko as Kazuko’s defensive strategy was activated.

    Chiyako would pass the ball to Yuka, who tried to drive past Kazuko. “I can’t believe it! My running skills won’t match against their defensive zone. She’s the sixth woman and she can take care of her team with her own strategy” said Yuka.

    “Kazuko was using her own strategy. It’s the Bright Star Defense strategy. The players must use their defense with the connecting players should work together to create double team” said Tsubaki.

    “Kazuko and her teammates will be able to match the defensive skills of their opponents once the Bright Star Defense was activated. The Bright Star Defense will not only be going to let their opponents to get past on them but allow the players to steal the ball with one players moves from any direction” said Hiiragi.

    “Kazuko will not let her teammates down because of the Bright Star Defense. So, any teammate will help Kazuko to call for double team” said Tsubaki.

    Aya would appear to help Kazuko, doing the double team on Yuka. Yuka finds the way to get out of the double team, but when she is throwing the ball to pass to someone, Erika steals the ball.

    Yuka gasped while Aya and Kazuko smiled. Erika would pass the ball to Kazuko, who would shoot the ball with the Rising Amethyst. The ball drives to the basket and Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm scores first two points in the third quarter. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 39, Team Katayama 34]

    “Our strategy works!” said Kazuko while Aya gives Erika a high five.

    “This is just the beginning, Yuka. I cared for my teammates and friends who were helping me and as I’m one of the members of Ginga’s Pupils, I have many special skills I made since my mentor Ginga taught me how to use some new skills” said Kazuko.

    “Well, you’re very strong and brave, Kazuko. I usually made my skills with my teammates including Himeko and I wanted to have the same level as you” said Yuka.

    “While Yuka has learned new moves from Himeko, I also become more serious, trying to improve myself to become the best shooting guard in all of elementary schools in Ota” said Asuka.

    “So, you’re a good key player, Asuka? I’m so glad that we have the roles as sixth woman in today’s game, but when two groups will be formed, it will be a full cooperation between the two of us” said Kazuko.

    “Full cooperation? You mean that you’re going to help me when I’m in the varsity team?” said Asuka.

    “Yeah” said Kazuko.

    “If Kazuko and Asuka will battle, then I’ll battle Yuka!” said Aya.

    “Okay, I get it. We’ll settle this match into a showdown between two teams that have true potentials” said Yuka.

    “Okay, then. I hope that this match will be memorable the first time we meet” said Kazuko.

    “Sure, you will. Get ready because I’m going to beat you!” said Yuka.

    “Oh, yeah! I will beat you too!” said Kazuko.

    “I hope that it will last before the aces are back” said Asuka.

    “Then, let the battle begins!” said Aya. The sixth woman Kazuko Kakimoto gains her playing time since she played well in the first two games. Despite her little time to play in the second game, she is very determined to beat her fellow sixth woman Asuka Yokoi and on the other hand, Aya Tachibana also has hopes too that she will beat shooting guard Yuka Suehiro. It’s going to be a big showdown between Team Baglerie-Innocent Charm’s Kazuko and Aya and Team Katayama’s Yuka and Asuka while the other players from both teams will prepare their skills to help them as the game between Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm and Team Katayama progresses.

    UP NEXT: Chapter 35: "The Hasegawa Cup (Part 3)"
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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Well, it turns out that I need to add more chapters to be drafted once I'm done doing Chapter 36. In case you're wondering, I'm planning to reschedule the dates for me to post a new update for the series. Don't worry because Volume 3 will be done in one week and then, I will start drafting new chapters for Volume 4 soon. I apologize that I didn't able to make it to the halfway of the Chapter 36. I'm trying my best to finish it right away to continue adding new chapters by tomorrow. I'm planning to skip the next date which will be on Friday, so that I have more time to write the new drafts for me to post in Anime-Sharing by the time I'll return. But hey, I'm still going to post Chapter 35 tonight. Once again, I apologize because I didn't able to make it completely since my work is a bit hard, but enjoyable. So, enjoy reading Chapter 35!

    Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm are leading the half after struggles in trying to make things go around in the second quarter. Kazuko Kakimoto (sister of Kira) and Aya Tachibana are young aspiring players who were able to perform the pick and roll defense. They are battling against Asuka Yokoi and Yuka Suehiro to determine who the best duo is. Later, Mimi and Himeko would go an intensive battle in the fourth quarter as the Winding Aurora and Harmonious Violet are used to make their semifinal match more epic. But in the end, who will be advancing to the final of the Hasegawa Cup girls' division to battle against either Shiromidai or Suzuridani?

    VOLUME 3: “A CHARMING SENSATION”
    PART 35: “THE HASEGAWA CUP (PART 3)”

    The battle between Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm and Team Katayama continues with a double showdown between Kazuko Kakimoto and Aya Tachibana and Asuka Yokoi and Yuka Suehiro begins.

    Team Purple: Composed of two teams
    Team Katayama (girls): Himeko Katayama, Mizuko Fujisaki, Yuka Suehiro, Chiyako Kayama, Hana Mikimoto, Asuka Yokoi and Kana Hanaoka
    Others (girls): Miho Nakayama, Hanako Furukawa, Keiko Fukada, Amane Matsunaga and Yumi Arimoto
    Team Hosoya (boys): Ichiro Hosoya, Sōichi Maeyama, Toshiya Shimura, Masafumi Mitamura and Hisamitsu Tsuchida
    Others (boys): Hiro Asahara, Naganori Kaminaga, Shinobu Mikawa, Yoshihito Sengoku, Shintarō Iwai and Takeshi Kanazawa


    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Aya Tachibana (PG), Kazuko Kakimoto (SG), Erika Satō (SF), Chiwa Furukawa (PF), Miho Hikasa (C)
    Keishin-Team Katayama: Asuka Yokoi (PG), Yuka Suehiro (SG), Chiyako Kayama (SF), Kana Hanaoka (PF), Miho Nakayama (C)

    Asuka passes the ball to Yuka while Kazuko activates the Bright Star Defense. “This is it. I have to make sure that my teammates will match our opponents’ defense” said Yuka.

    “Looks like you are observing the court. How interesting. I usually observe you when I’m not holding the ball. Even though you are trying to break our strategy, there could be a chance that your team may increase their defensive consistency” said Kazuko.

    “Well, that’s what I said” said Yuka as she begins to use her aura to drive Kazuko before shooting the ball with the jump shot. Erika jumps and tries to block Yuka’s shot, but comes too late as the ball shoots higher. The ball drives to the basket and Yuka feels good. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 39, Team Katayama 36]

    “Yuka now has an aura?” asked Sōichi.

    “It appears that her special skill was activated. It was called Shooting Aries. The Shooting Aries move is where she shoots the ball like a goat jumping high” said Toshiya.

    “It seems that Yuka is growing stronger than she was” said Mimi.

    “Yeah. She’s very generous to her teammates and also, she is no longer afraid to her opponents” said Masami.

    “Her potential is now higher since she was practicing alongside her teammates” said Kagetsu.

    “I hope that she will be continuing to grow her potential, but right now, Kazuko and Aya are trying to work together to defeat Yuka and Asuka” said Tsubaki.

    “Maybe Kazuko is also going to use her aura as well, so that she can able to shoot faster” said Hiiragi.

    “Well, you got it right, Hiiragi. Kazuko has her aura activated since she got the Bright Star Defense” said Masami.

    “I hope Aya would help her when they are on offense” said Tsubaki.

    Aya passes the ball to Kazuko. Kazuko would observe her teammates and opponents. “Well, it looks like Yuka is using her strength to guard me. I will try to increase my strength myself!” said Kazuko as she glows her aura. Kazuko and Yuka would move each other as they enter to the paint. Kazuko would perform the Rising Amethyst and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 41, Team Katayama 36]

    “Yes! She did it!” said Hinata.

    “Kazuko is not giving up for her team” said Mimi.

    “Not giving up?” asked Tomoka.

    “Kazuko had a history of playing time on her earlier years before she became a member of Ginga’s Pupils. She had the same level as mine, but she was not part of our team before I let her join after Tomoka and her friends went to middle school” said Mimi.

    “No matter when she’s in the game, she will always lead as the sixth woman of our team” said Kagetsu.

    “Yep” said Mimi.

    Yuka passes the ball to Miho Nakayama. Miho Nakayama was determined to shoot the ball but being guarded by Miho Hikasa was not an easy task.

    “Assumed that I’m holding the ball, you will guess what’s next” said Miho Nakayama.

    “Well, I supposed you do mind games, but you’re good in stamina and durability” said Miho Hikasa.

    “Oh, I’m not good in mind games, but I wanted to figure out with my moves” said Miho Nakayama as she decided to do the crossover move before Miho Hikasa stops her.

    “Well, you never know, Mihona” said Miho Hikasa.

    “Mihona? That’s my nickname when we’re in the camp” said Miho Nakayama.

    “Yes, it was. I’m sure that you’re going to be a great defensive specialist” said Miho Hikasa.

    “Yep” said Miho Nakayama as she steps back to shoot the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 41, Team Katayama 38]

    “I’m used to be a defensive specialist, but also an agile shooter too!” said Miho Nakayama.

    “Well, you are very competitive, Mihona because I’m going to show something more competitive” said Miho Hikasa.

    Kazuko passes the ball to Chiwa and then, the latter passes the ball to Erika. Erika would drive past Chiyako before she passes the ball to Aya. “I’m lighting up!” said Aya as she shoots the ball with her three-point uncontested shot. The ball swishes through the basket and the crowd was gone crazy. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 44, Team Katayama 38]

    “Nice shot, Aya!” said Kana Uchida.

    Yuka passes the ball to Kana, who would move in to the low post area. She would shoot the ball with the floater but was blocked by Miho Hikasa. “I can’t believe it!” said Kana. Miho Hikasa would pass the ball to Erika. Erika would do another crossover move and pass the ball to Kazuko, who would shoot the ball without her opponents going after her. The ball drives to the basket and the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm were cheering on Kazuko. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 46, Team Katayama 38]

    “She is way too fast!” said Hiiragi.

    “Looks like, she’s going to go for the Complete Synchronization Skill!” said Tsubaki.

    “Her Complete Synchronization Skill? I never heard about that one” said Mimi.

    Asuka passes the ball to Miho Nakayama. Mihona would perform her pick and roll passing to Chiyako. Chiyako would shoot the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 46, Team Katayama 40]

    Aya dribbles to the other side of the court and perform the backdoor play as she passes the ball to Chiwa, who would shoot the ball with the layup. The shot was good. The time is now 3:48 remaining. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 48, Team Katayama 40]

    “Great shot, Chiwa!” said Rei and Kira.

    Chiyako drives past Erika before was stopped by Chiwa. Chiwa was so enthusiastic since the Bright Star Defense was activated while Chiyako was so determined to drive past another player. “I have to make sure that we’ll match our plays with your plays!” Chiyako passes the ball to Asuka and Asuka would shoot the ball with the teardrop, which the shot was good. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 48, Team Katayama 42]

    “I can’t imagine that shot!” said Masami.

    “Asuka is doing well like her teammates. As long as Asuka is here, her opponents won’t stand a chance” said Kagetsu.

    Kazuko passes the ball to Erika and Erika would drive past Yuka and Chiyako. Erika would shoot the ball with the jump shot and her shot was missed. Miho Hikasa and Miho Nakayama jump together to see who get the ball. Miho Nakayama gets the ball. “Argh! She’s too fast!” said Miho Hikasa.

    “Here, Yuka!” said Miho Nakayama as she passes the ball to Yuka. Yuka would drive past Kazuko before shooting the ball with the layup but was blocked by Aya.

    “Oh, man! Almost had it!” said Yuka as Aya passes the ball to Kazuko. Kazuko would use her speed to run faster and passes the ball to Erika. Erika would shoot the ball to floater and the shot was good. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 50, Team Katayama 42]

    “Way to go, Erika!” said Rei.

    Kana passes the ball to Chiyako, who would be guarded by Erika. Chiyako would do the Shadowy Bluebird pass to Asuka, who shoots the ball with the layup. The ball drives to the basket and Chiyako and Asuka remove their sweats together. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 50, Team Katayama 44]

    “Keep it up, girls!” said Mizuko.

    “They’re seemed to be better right now. Also, Chiyako finally performs her signature move” said Himeko.

    “It sure it’s shadowy, Himeko” said Mizuko.

    “Yeah, she knows about her opponents’ strategy” said Himeko.

    Aya passes the ball to Erika. Erika would do the crossover move to drive past Chiyako and Yuka before shooting the ball with the jump shot. However, her shot was missed as it bounces off from the rim and Miho Hikasa gets the rebound. Miho Hikasa passes the ball to Chiwa, who shoots the ball with the layup. But Chiwa’s shot was blocked by Kana and Asuka gets the ball.

    “Go get them, Asuka!” said Himeko.

    Asuka is going faster right now and she saw Aya in the paint. Asuka would move to the left and shoots the ball with the three-point shot. The ball would bounce off from the backboard and Aya gets the rebound. “That Aya gets the ball so fast! I can’t able to shoot the ball when she’s here”

    Aya would pass the ball to Kazuko so fast and then, Kazuko drives past Chiyako and Yuka before Asuka stops her. “Hmph! I won’t get away with this!” said Kazuko as she performs the Rising Amethyst again with the ball swifts faster and drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 52, Team Katayama 44]

    “Alright!” said the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm. Himeko seems to be worrying about her team’s performance, but she won’t let her opponents down.

    Asuka passes the ball to Chiyako. Chiyako was not giving up yet as she’s ready to pass the ball to Asuka. “I hope that this works” said Chiyako as she passes the ball to Asuka, who would shoot the ball with the three-point shot. Asuka sees the ball drives to the basket and smiles to her teammates. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 52, Team Katayama 47]

    “She’s almost using her Surging Albatross move, but she would able to run fast” said Naoki Hatano.

    “I never expected to see that move before” said Ryōta Nakamura.

    “Asuka her teammates never gave their fighting spirits. It’s going to be worse if they wanted to stop us” said Aya Tachibana.

    “Then, I guess this is the time for our Complete Synchronization Skill!” said Kazuko. The Bright Star Defense strategy was turned into a Complete Synchronization Skill. “Alright, girls! Let’s stop them!”

    “Right!” said Aya, Erika, Chiwa and Miho.

    Aya passes the ball to Kazuko, who drives past Yuka and later would be guarded by Asuka. “You know, it was not bad that you have that shot very good. But I have that shot too!”

    “Then, shoot it. I know you have some other skills you made” said Asuka.

    “You don’t have to say that” said Kazuko.

    “What did you say?” asked Asuka.

    “I’m going to show you what Mimi taught me about!” said Kazuko as she steps back and shoots the ball. The ball became so fast that can shoot the ball like a comet. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 54, Team Katayama 47]

    “Is that the Comet Shot?” asked Mimi.

    “It’s almost the same as that shot, but it’s different. The Rising Amethyst can be resembled to the Comet Shot with purple flames entering to the ball as fast as it can” said Kahele, who seated with the other members of Ginga’s Pupils.

    “I believe that it’s the power of Ginga’s Pupils” said Sora Fukutomi.

    “Yes, it is” said Hinata.

    It’s 1:16 remaining as Yuka dribbles the ball to the perimeter area. Chiyako drives past Erika and then, passes the ball to Kana. “I’m not giving up!” said Chiyako. Kana would try to shoot the ball with the jump shot but was missed. Miho Nakayama would get the ball for the rebound and then, moves back to the low post area.

    Miho Hikasa appeared to guard Miho Nakayama. “Wow! You’re very passionate to play well. I would have impressed you if you’re better than me.”

    “So, a one-on-one match would be nice to see who the stronger center is” said Miho Nakayama.

    “Okay, I’ll accept the challenge” said Miho Hikasa.

    “Good! It’s so nice to accept that challenge, but here I come!” said Miho Nakayama as she drives past Miho Hikasa and shoots the ball with the jump shot. The shot was missed, and Erika gets the rebound.

    “Fifty seconds remaining!” said Tarō Kitajō.

    “Now, it’s time to finish the quarter with our new play!” said Erika as she drives past Chiyako and Yuka before she and Chiwa doing the backdoor play. Erika passes the ball to Chiwa, who shoots the uncontested shot. The ball drives to the basket and Chiwa was finally had it. “Great job, Chiwa!” said Erika, who gives Chiwa a high five. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 56, Team Katayama 47]

    Chiyako passes the ball to Asuka, who would drive past Aya and shoots the ball with the three-point shot. "If they are using their determination, then I’m going to prove them I’m a great shooter!” said Asuka as the ball drives to the basket while Himeko sees the shot looked like a shooting star. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 56, Team Katayama 50]

    “It’s beautiful! She is doing three-point shots while she’s alone the other day after the training” said Himeko.

    “She’s not crossing her mind and finally learns herself to be more serious” said Hana.

    “It’s twenty-seven seconds left, and I hope nothing happened to our players” said Hinata.

    Aya passes the ball to Miho Hikasa, who would drive past Miho Nakayama to prepare for the last shot. “I’m not going to be happier if my shot won’t work! It’s time to finish the quarter with my signature move!” said Miho Hikasa as she performs the Star-Studded Blossom and the shot was good. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 58, Team Katayama 50]

    “Nice shot, Miho!” said Kagetsu.

    “You’re a star-studded player!” said Hinata.

    “I can’t believe that Miho has finally mastered the Star-Studded Blossom. It was very bright and shiny to see the ball driving to the basket with a sonic boom” said Airi.

    “Looks like her cheerful personality makes her braver than her friends like Kagetsu and Hinata” said Saki.

    “Both Miho and Kazuko were leading the quarter and also, their teammates work together to maintain our team’s lead” said Maho.

    With sixteen seconds remaining, Yuka dribbles to the court and was guarded by Kazuko and Miho Hikasa. “Come on. I tried hard to stop them, but I failed. I gave my teammates our fighting spirit, but we never matched our willpower against them.” Yuka would see Kana without her opponent. “Here, Kana! It’s for you!” Yuka passes the ball to Kana, who would shoot the ball with the three-point shot. The ball drives to the basket and the time expires.

    Tarō Kitajō blows his whistles, declaring that the shot was counted. “Basket counted! End of third quarter. Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 58, Team Katayama 53.”

    The players go back to the bench after the third quarter was ended. Kōsuke Yamada talks to the players of Team Katayama.

    “Well, our pursuit to bring the Complete Synchronization Skill was not done yet. I think our plan is to let Himeko using the Complete Synchronization Skill and make sure that we will finally be able to score more points” said Kōsuke.

    “That’s going to be fine if we can match our strength with our opponent’s strength. I might be able to activate that skill in no time!” said Himeko.

    “What are you gonna do with that skill?” asked Chiyako.

    “I’m going to help you from trying to win the game. No matter we win or lose, we’ll show our pride and courageous personality” said Himeko.

    “Yeah! The fight is not over yet!” said Yuka.

    “We wanted the rematch to be memorable after the game ends” said Hana.

    “Yeah. Asuka, Kana and Miho were able to play well. I guess that they will continue to step up and play with their pride and courage” said Mizuko.

    “The truth is that the fifth graders have their own signature skills to power up to win the match. I believe that we’re going to make it to the end” said Chiyako.

    “Well, then. If that’s your choice, then show your courage, willpower and wisdom” said Kōsuke.

    “Okay, we’ll do it!” said the members of Team Katayama.

    On the other hand, the players of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm were exhausted. Mao Kayano was talking to the players.

    “We were able to score more points against Team Katayama and the Complete Synchronization was activated just in time before the end of the third quarter” said Mao Kayano.

    “What is the name of that Complete Synchronization Skill?” asked Maho.

    “It’s the Storm Shooting Amethyst. It’s the move when my teammates and I were glowing their auras from the improved Bright Star Defense strategy. This allows us to shoot the ball faster like the Winding Aurora” said Kazuko.

    “So, it’s true. I was so impressed that you have performed very well. As I’m your sister, I’m so proud of you” said Kira.

    “Oh, Kira. I can’t imagine when I’m doing that move. It’s so frenzy and dazzling” said Kazuko.

    “Yeah. Rei, Ai and I were practicing our Complete Synchronization Skill known as the Hardness Shooting Maelstrom. It combines our speed and stamina that can make the defense better and shooting more improved” said Kira.

    “I know that you’re doing it. After all, it’s very important to show things what you have with your heart and passion” said Kazuko.

    “Great!” said Kira.

    “So, Mimi. I believe that you, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu will be back in the game to battle against Himeko and her team” said Mao Kayano.

    “Yep. I’m going back in action, but of course, there’s only thing that I can allow my teammates to work faster” said Mimi. Mimi gives the wristbands to Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu while wears her own wristband. “This is our team. Our passion and courage become one true formation of Winding Aurora.”

    “Mimi, I think you’re ready” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah. Thanks, Tomoka for giving these wristbands. They’re very valuable in sports stores and it’s so special that blue is my favorite color” said Mimi.

    “So, Mimi. I think it’s up to you. You have to win this… for us” said Hinata.

    “Okay! I’ll do it!” said Mimi.

    “One, two, three…” said Mao Kayano.

    “Let’s go Keishin!” said the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm. The players of the two teams were back in the game for the fourth quarter. Tomoka and Hinata wish Mimi and her teammates a good luck.

    “Good luck, Mimi! You’ll be ready as you will!” said Hinata.

    “Make this game more memorable with your heart and soul!” said Tomoka.

    “Okay!” said Mimi.

    Part 2 will be on the next post.

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Chapter 35: "The Hasegawa Cup (Part 3)"

    Part 2

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Masami Fujii (PG), Hiiragi Takenaka (SG), Mimi Balguerie (SF), Tsubaki Takenaka (PF), Kagetsu Hakamada (C)
    Keishin-Team Katayama: Mizuko Fujisaki (PG), Yuka Suehiro (SG), Himeko Katayama (SF), Chiyako Kayama (PF), Hana Mikimoto (C)

    Yuka passes the ball to Mizuko while Himeko’s Violet Star was activated. Mizuko would pass the ball to Himeko. Himeko and Mimi would face each other since the end of the second quarter.

    “My skills are improving when we have our training and it seems that our Complete Synchronization Skill will prove well against yours” said Himeko.

    “Well, as you all know, our Winding Aurora allows us to run faster and I believe that my team has the advantage to win against your team” said Mimi.

    “Advantage to win against us? Oh, you’re forgetting something, Mimi” said Himeko.

    “And what’s that, Himeko?” asked Mimi.

    “Speed and ball handling are my best things I perform in the court and it’s on right now!” said Himeko as she begins to glow her aura and her appearance was changed. Himeko would use her Complete Synchronization Skill, Harmonious Violet. She matches Mimi’s speed, allowing her drive past Mimi and shoots the ball with the floater way up high. The ball drives to the basket and Himeko sees the scoreboard. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 58, Team Katayama 55]

    “Well, I figured it out on doing my Complete Synchronization Skill. I have to match my speed and use my ball handling skills to go for the drive. My teammates have their auras too to have their speeds double. Your Winding Aurora may match our Harmonious Violet and this time, I may beat your strategy by force!” said Himeko as she walks away from Mimi.

    “I can’t believe that Himeko has her Complete Synchronization Skill…” said Tomoka.

    “…activated like a rustling noise” said Kira.

    “What’s that mean, Kira?” asked Rei.

    “Himeko must have trained hard before playing in her first game. She believed that she wanted to beat Mimi’s team with her own Complete Synchronization Skill that makes her and her player faster than their opponents. I don’t understand why Himeko had her aura glowed so that she can feel her way to beat Mimi” said Kira.

    “It seems that Team Katayama is trying to end Team Balguerie’s run” said Rei.

    “But, it’s going to be difficult to stop the Harmonious Violet. The sound of a flower winding may express Himeko as a strong shooter, who can drive past her opponents to be on her way to shoot” said Kira.

    “Now, Himeko has her power going up while trying to defeat Mimi with the Harmonious Violet” said Sora Fukutomi.

    “I hope Mimi would stop the Harmonious Violet with a counterattack” said Ai Ohara.

    “A counterattack?” asked Kira and Rei.

    “Yep. Mimi watched one of Team Katayama’s matches and tried to form a strategy that can strengthen the Winding Aurora with another move” said Ai Ohara.

    “So, that means that Mimi is ready to counterattack Himeko and the Harmonious Violet all by herself?” asked Rei.

    “Yeah” said Ai Ohara.

    Masami passes the ball to Mimi while the Winding Aurora was activated. Mimi runs through the key to battle Himeko.

    “So, is your advantage proved against our Harmonious Violet?” asked Himeko.

    “No, Himeko. I haven’t decided yet, but I may know that our advantage is not just for winning…” said Mimi as she performs the crossover move and steps back from Himeko to shoot the ball with the turnaround jumper. “…it’s all about breaking the strategy with the cooling the wind.” The ball drives to the basket like a wind that makes the ball more storming. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 60, Team Katayama 55]

    “Great shot, Mimi!” said Tomoka.

    “Keep it up, girls!” said Hinata.

    Ai Ohara, Rei Kanazawa, Kira Kakimoto and Sora Fukutomi see Mimi and her teammates getting the cooler side from the temperate side.

    “There are three stages of the Winding Aurora” said Ai Ohara.

    “If the direction goes to the hot zone, the ball handling may go up like a comet just like Kazuko did earlier” said Kira.

    “If the direction goes to the cold zone, the drive would be activated with the sound of a storm may make the opponent’s defense goes down with a strong breeze” said Sora Fukutomi.

    “If the direction goes to the paint, the shooting power increases whenever they shoot with the floater or the layup” said Rei.

    “That’s why Mimi observes and surveys the court to determine which hot and cold zones are spotted at” said Ai Ohara.

    Himeko goes to the mid-post area and was guarded by Mimi. Tsubaki runs from Chiyako while Himeko passes the ball to Mizuko.

    “She’s getting the ball. Now, I’m going to stop this by copying anyone’s moves” said Masami as she imitates the moves of Tsubaki and stops Mizuko.

    “Well, you’re quite faster, Masami. But I believe that you don’t have to stand a chance to stop my moves” said Mizuko as she begins to perform crossover moves, but Masami imitates Mizuko’s moves. “Wow! She’s imitating my moves! I can’t believe that she’s using the Dazzled Copy move!”

    Masami feels better after her moving skills are improved, but she is ready to stop Mizuko. “You’re mine, Mizuko!” said Masami as she tries to steal the ball, but Mizuko steps back and shoots the ball with the fadeaway shot. The ball bounces off from the rim and Yuka gets the ball.

    “Looks like we’re still in possession” said Mizuko. Masami growls in anger after Yuka gets the offensive rebound. Yuka would drive past Hiiragi before Masami. “I’m going to put you down!” Yuka would shoot the ball with the jumper over Masami, but the shot was missed as the ball bounces off from the rim. “What?”

    “You don’t know what you’re seeing?” asked Masami. The ball goes to Tsubaki, who jumps to get it. Tsubaki would pass the ball to Masami, who runs away from Mizuko and Yuka. “The Winding Aurora can connect with our special moves!”

    “Nice rebound, Tsuba!” said Hiiragi.

    “Thanks, Hii! Looks like our Double Mean Play is now connected to the Winding Aurora” said Tsubaki.

    “Of course, Tsuba! Time to make our opponents confuse!” said Hiiragi.

    Masami would pass the ball to Tsubaki, who performs the crossover move on Chiyako. Tsubaki drives past Chiyako before shooting the ball with the layup. The shot was good and Team Balguerie is now rallying the game. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 62, Team Katayama 55]

    “Alright!” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi as they give each other a high five. Mimi smiles to see Tsubaki and Hiiragi happy.

    “Our teamwork is growing, and we should continue doing that until the end” said Mimi.

    Yuka passes the ball to Mizuko. Mizuko would be guarded by Masami and Mimi. “Double team?! Well, I’m still growing my aura. I can’t lose!” said Mizuko as she shoots the ball with the three-point shot. The ball drives to the basket and Team Katayama cuts Team Balguerie’s lead by four. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 62, Team Katayama 58]

    “Nice shot, Mizuko!” said the boys of Team Katayama.

    Mimi passes the ball to Tsubaki, who runs to the perimeter area and was guarded by Chiyako. Tsubaki drives past Chiyako before shooting the ball with the floater. However, Hana comes out of nowhere and blocks Tsubaki’s shot. “Oh, no!” said Tsubaki.

    “She blocked my sister’s shot?!” said Hiiragi.

    Hana run through the other side of the court and then, passes the ball to Yuka. Yuka drives past Hiiragi before shooting the ball with the jumper. The ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 62, Team Katayama 60]

    With three minutes and forty-three seconds remaining in the game, Team Balguerie will try to stop Team Katayama’s run. Masami passes the ball to Mimi, who was confronted by Himeko. “I have to make sure that Himeko doesn’t see my move.” Mimi would do the crossover move and then the no-look pass as she passes the ball to Hiiragi. Hiiragi would shoot the ball with the jumper, but the shot was missed.

    “Ah, it missed!” said Hiiragi.

    Mizuko would get the rebound and then, passes the ball to Chiyako. Chiyako would dunk the ball over Tsubaki and Team Katayama ties the game. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 62, Team Katayama 62]

    The referee calls timeout for Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm. “Timeout, Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm” said Tarō Kitajō.

    “It’s no use. We can’t able to use our special moves to strengthen the Winding Aurora” said Mimi.

    “Not even our Double Mean Play. We tried, but we miss the shots after all” said Tsubaki.

    “I have a different plan” said Kagetsu.

    “What’s that, Kagetsu?” asked Masami.

    “I’m going to switch place with Tsubaki. That way, I can able to stop Chiyako from getting the ball when any of Chiyako’s teammates passes the ball to here” said Kagetsu.

    “That’s a great idea!” said Hiiragi.

    “I’ll make sure that Hana will surprise with our Double Mean Play move!” said Tsubaki.

    “Okay, let’s find out if Kagetsu’s idea works!” said Mimi.

    “Okay!” said Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu.

    The referee blows the whistle as the timeout break is over. Masami passes the ball to Kagetsu. Chiyako was surprised to see Kagetsu defending against her.

    “I can’t believe that Kagetsu is on the ball. I have to stop her before it’s too late!” said Chiyako.

    “Why are you thinking badly, Chiyako? You don’t have to worry about me. It’s just a game, you’ll see” said Kagetsu.

    “Oh, you’re right. I don’t have to think of bad thoughts. Okay, I’m in!” said Chiyako.

    Kagetsu would battle against Chiyako, then steps back after moving back and forth to shoot the ball with the jumper. The ball drives to the basket and Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm gets the lead back. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 64, Team Katayama 62]

    The time shows 3:11 remaining. Himeko gets the ball from Yuka and begins to battle against Mimi once again.

    “I can’t believe that their rotations were different from before!” said Himeko.

    “There’s something alternative when you see the rotation. Look!” said Mimi as she and Himeko see their teammates facing each other. Yuka to Masami; Mizuko to Hiiragi; Hana to Tsubaki; and Chiyako to Kagetsu.

    “Your teammates are changing places?” asked Himeko.

    “That’s right! This is different from the other matches and I hope that we’ll execute the Winding Aurora as well” said Mimi.

    “Oh, no, you don’t! I’m still going to stop you!” said Himeko as she drives past Mimi before shooting the ball with the Violet Star, but Tsubaki blocks Himeko’s shot, breaking the speed of the Harmonious Violet. “What the?!”

    “Our Double Mean Play…” said Tsubaki.

    “…is now activating!” said Hiiragi as the ball was caught by Hiiragi. Hiiragi runs to the other side of the court and passes the ball to Masami. “Go get them, Masami!”

    “You can do it!” said Saki. Masami nods neatly and shoots the ball with the jumper without her opponents trying to block her. The ball would drive to the basket like a shooting star. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 66, Team Katayama 62]

    “Alright!” said Masami.

    “You did it, Masami! I know you’re mastering your new move!” said Saki.

    “What’s her new move?” asked Airi.

    “It’s called the Majestic Lavender Star. She can able to shoot the ball faster like a shooting star and her shots won’t miss” said Saki.

    “Wow! She’s improving her shooting skills!” said Airi.

    “Is that Masami’s new Complete Synchronization Skill?” asked Tomoka.

    “Yes, it is. Masami has able to use her Rustling Wisteria to copy her moves before all of her copied shooting moves are converted to the Majestic Lavender Star” said Saki.

    “Oh, I get it! She’s more like a rising star!” said Tomoka.

    “Yep!” said Saki.

    Mizuko tries to score more points by getting out of the screen. Mizuko escapes from Hiiragi and Masami before shooting the jump shot. The ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 66, Team Katayama 64]

    “It’s going to be a serious competition. Both teams have their special skills activated at the same time” said Jun.

    “I might fear that Himeko may able to stop Mimi, but Mimi was able to help her teammates to do their special skills to stop Himeko’s teammates” said Nozomi.

    “I guess it’s going to be the battle of the classes” said Sora.

    “Tsubaki!” said Mimi as she passes the ball to Tsubaki. Tsubaki would do the Double Mean Play move on Hana before shooting the ball with the floater. The ball drives to the basket and Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm is still holding the lead. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 68, Team Katayama 64]

    “Great shot, Tsubaki!” said Maho, who smiles on Tsubaki.

    “Thanks, Maho! I believe that I finally learn my new shooting skills from her. It’s very awesome!” said Tsubaki.

    “We still have the defense, Tsuba! Let’s do it!” said Hiiragi.

    “Okay!” said Tsubaki. Yuka drives past Masami before Hiiragi stops the former. Mimi went outside of the paint while Yuka passes the ball to Mizuko, allowing Mizuko to shoot the ball with the jumper. Mizuko’s shot was missed and Mimi gets the rebound.

    “Great catch, Mimi!” said Tsubaki, who gives her thumbs up. Hiiragi would also give Mimi thumbs up too.

    “Thanks, Tsubaki and Hiiragi!” said Mimi as she runs faster, thanks to her Winding Aurora. She would use the Aurora Age and pass the ball to Masami with a cool breeze.

    “Nice pass, Mimi!” said Masami, who then readies to shoot the ball. “I’m going to make sure that I’m getting stronger!” Masami would be collided by Mizuko and Mizuko touched Masami when Masami was about to shoot. Tarō Kitajō calls a foul on Mizuko.

    “Light uniform, foul. Number 4, shooting. Two free throws, Dark uniform number 8” said Tarō Kitajō.

    Mizuko gets Masami up from the floor. “Thanks, Mizuko!” said Masami.

    “You’re welcome, Masami!” said Mizuko.

    “I can’t believe that Mizuko is helping Masami. Does that mean that Mizuko was being cheerful to her opponents?” said Kagetsu.

    “Yes, she did. She has a cautious personality when it comes to stopping her opponents and always apologetic to them when she made a mistake” said Mimi.

    “Oh, yeah. You’re observing her, Mimi” said Kagetsu.

    “That’s right, Kagetsu. I hope that Himeko and others will be able to join our team once the new season starts” said Mimi.

    “Yeah, I hope they would” said Kagetsu.

    Masami begins to shoot the free throw. The first free throw was made. Then, the second free throw was also made, making two points added to Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 70, Team Katayama 64]

    With 1:28 remaining in the game, Mimi and her teammates are ready to finish the match, so that they will be going to the final later. Himeko gets the ball from Mizuko before was confronted by Mimi.

    “I’m impressed with your teammates’ performance as well as yours, Mimi” said Himeko.

    “Thanks, Himeko. I have the determination to make our team more progressing and with the help of my teammates as well as my friends, I will be stronger as an ace of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team” said Mimi.

    “I want to be stronger just like you and Tomoka” said Himeko.

    “You really do?” asked Mimi.

    “Yeah. My passion and opportunity make me contemplate ever since I played basketball when I was eight. Now, I’m growing up as long as I will become an ace someday” said Himeko. After saying this, Himeko begins to step back and shoots the ball with the three-point shot. “All I wanted is to become brave and stronger like my friends including you, Mimi.” Himeko sheds a tear and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 70, Team Katayama 67]

    “Himeko. You’re not giving up?” said Mimi.

    “Of course, I am. I’m not giving up! I want to finish the game with our memories will be filling in once the game ends” said Himeko.

    “Well, it’s a great appreciation that you will remember everything when the match is over. I promise that we’ll work together to win the competitions soon” said Mimi.

    “Okay! Mimi, thank you very much” said Himeko.

    “No problem, Himeko!” said Mimi, who smiles. Himeko was no longer afraid of her opponents with her willpower begins to make herself more determined and courage.

    The game continues with Hiiragi passes the ball to Tsubaki. Tsubaki would be guarded by Hana.

    “Well, you’re not giving up, Tsubaki. I won’t let you pass until you prove it to me that you’re stronger” said Hana.

    “So, is this how you want to stop me?” asked Tsubaki.

    “Yeah” said Hana.

    “Then, I have a surprise for you” said Tsubaki. Tsubaki passes the ball to Hiiragi. The ball went invisible, much to Hana’s dismay.

    “Where it did go?” asked Hana. Hana turns to see Hiiragi ready to shoot the ball.

    “I have my passion to help my team to win. That’s why my sister and I were great tricksters in magic” said Tsubaki. Hiiragi shoots the ball with the floater and the shot was good. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 72, Team Katayama 67]

    “Well, you surprise me. I won’t give up just like what Himeko said!” said Hana.

    “Then, I won’t give up too until the end” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    With a minute remaining, Team Katayama needs to win the game by not letting Team Balguerie score in the final minute. “Here, Himeko!” said Yuka as she passes the ball to Himeko.

    Himeko was confronted by Mimi. “Well, you’re ready as expected. Then, let’s have a final battle right here!” said Himeko.

    “Okay, Himeko!” said Mimi.

    Himeko would move to the left while Mimi would use her strength to match Himeko’s playing style. Himeko would jump high to shoot the ball and Mimi goes up trying to block it. Mimi was successfully blocking Himeko’s shot and the ball went to Kagetsu.

    “You’re stronger, Mimi” said Himeko as she sees Kagetsu running while Mimi is running faster.

    “Well, Mimi. Looks like it’s you and me now. Time to seal the game!” said Kagetsu.

    “You got it!” said Mimi. As Kagetsu was about to shoot the ball, Chiyako stops her. “Oh, no! Kagetsu, you have to pass to anyone else!”

    “Okay, I got it!” said Kagetsu as she passes the ball to Masami. Yuka appears to guard Masami.

    “You’re not going to shoot, Masami! You’ll be finished!” said Yuka.

    Masami sees Mimi without her opponent. “How about this!” said Masami as she passes the ball to Mimi, who would then move to the paint.

    “Mimi, I’m a passionate player who can able to show pride and courage. I’m not going to lose this match with my aura!” said Himeko as she is about to steal the ball. But Mimi would swing the ball to the right and passes the ball to Kagetsu.

    “I’m the French Aurora, Himeko! I have auras on my teammates who can have hopes and dreams with true passion” said Mimi.

    “Kagetsu, the shot clock!” said Tsubaki, who saw the shot clock trims to six seconds.

    “Okay! I’m more prestigious with my charm!” said Kagetsu as she shoots the ball with the three-point shot. Chiyako tries to block it, but the ball was driving to the basket faster. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 75, Team Katayama 67]

    The members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm were shouting in joy. “Alright!”

    “My sister is precious like a diamond and smiling like a magnolia” said Hinata.

    Kagetsu smiles on her teammates and the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm.

    With only 18 seconds remaining, the game is about to be over with Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm will be entering to the final. Team Katayama will show their pride to finish the game, even they will lose the game. Mizuko passes the ball to Chiyako. Then, Chiyako would pass the ball to Himeko.

    “I smiled to my teammates as well as my opponents. I will be hoping that my opponents will try their best to win the final against whoever will be later on. I proved to be the best, but I was outmatched by Mimi. This last shot should be perfect” said Himeko as she drives past Mimi and moves back from Hiiragi to go outside of the three-point line as she is about to shoot the three-point shot. The ball drives to the basket and the time is about to run out. [Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm 75, Team Katayama 70]

    “I wish you will be ready to face off against your rival soon, Mimi” said Himeko, who closes her eyes and sheds a tear.

    Masami passes the ball to Mimi and Mimi goes to the middle of the court as the game is over. Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm is officially going to the final of the girls’ division of the Hasegawa Cup.

    “We won, girls!” shouted Mimi as Mimi and her teammates celebrate their victory in the court.

    “I told you! They won’t give up with their willpower and strength. It’s magnificent to make this game epic as the audience knows” said Tsubaki.

    “We’re going to the final, Mimi! Well done!” said Hiiragi.

    “I’m so proud of you, Mimi! You’re glowing like an aurora!” said Masami.

    “The team has never give up! We’re going to become the future dearests of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team!” said Kagetsu.

    “Thank you, everyone!” said Mimi. The members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm are happy as they will be going to the finals.

    “Well, all’s well that ends well” said Himeko, who closes her eyes happily and turns to her teammates. “Everyone, we have a lot of fun to play with them, but I think I might contemplate on what to do next.”

    “Yeah, I really like playing with you, but playing with Mimi and her teammates seem to be fine with me” said Yuka.

    “Sounds like a great idea” said Chiyako.

    “Well, we’ll see if Mimi calls us to join the varsity team” said Hana.

    “Oh, I believe that it’ll be a long time to wait for Mimi to gather up with her teammates soon” said Mizuko.

    “I’m sure we’ll ask them later” said Kana.

    “We lost twice, but we kept our pride and serenity” said Asuka.

    “Probably, we’ll have time to talk to them when I have time to think about our future” said Himeko.

    The players of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm and Team Katayama bow together and thank the referee for officiating the game. “Thank you very much!”

    The two teams walk away from the basketball court.

    Part 3 will be on the next post.

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    Chapter 35: "The Hasegawa Cup (Part 3)"

    Part 3

    Meanwhile, the semifinal matches of the boys’ division are over with the results are shown.

    Boys’ Division
    Mikawa vs. Keishin 6th (39-60)
    Team Aurora vs. Team Blue and Yellow (62-71)

    The match between Suzuridani and Shiromidai is not over yet as both teams score 54 points each. Asumi Hiramitsu runs to the court and was confronted by Rena Ashihara. Asumi jumps, trying to shoot the ball with the floater, but Rena hits Asumi hard, allowing the referee to call a foul on Rena.

    “Light uniform, foul. Number 5, shooting. Two free throws, Dark uniform number 6” said Aya Hikasa.

    Asumi is thinking about shooting two crucial free throw shots. “Come on, Asumi. I have to shoot two, so that we will lead the game again. It doesn’t matter whether I miss one or two, I will be more serious.” Asumi shoots the first free throw, but it misses.

    The members of the Shiromidai Elementary School were worrying after Asumi missed the shot. Asumi would try again to shoot the free throw. In the second attempt, Asumi shoots the free throw and the ball drives to the basket. The result is one of two free throw shots made. The score is now 55-54 for Shiromidai.

    “We have to stop Aya and others from banking the game-winning shot” said Asumi.

    “Okay!” said the other members of the Shiromidai Elementary School. With twelve seconds remaining, Aya needs to score two or three points to help her team to advance to the final against Keishin-Team Balguerie.

    Asako Matsubara passes the ball to Aya. The time is about to run out and Aya drives past Mao Asakura and then, prepares to shoot the ball in the paint. Asumi calls Chinami Kasai to block Aya’s shot. As Chinami jumps high, Aya also jumps and shoots the ball. The ball goes up high and drives to the basket and the buzzer was sounded.

    “Game over! Suzuridani wins the game! 56-55!” said Aya Hikasa.

    The members of the Suzuridani Girls’ Academy basketball team are celebrating in joy while Aya smiles to her teammates. Asumi and her teammates see the members of the Suzuridani Girls’ Academy and turns to her teammates. “Well, it’s a great match that we did. I’m sure that Mimi will be able to beat Suzuridani when they’re facing each other in the final” said Asumi.

    Girls’ Division
    Keishin 5th vs. Keishin 6th (70-75)
    Suzuridani vs. Shiromidai (56-55)

    With the semifinal is over, the final will about to begin in an hour. The final for the girls will start at 4:00 while the final for the boys will be followed at 5:00. The scoreboard displays the two teams will be facing each other at the Recreational Center: Keishin 6th and Suzuridani.

    An hour break begins at 3:00 and the finalists will prepare their plans for the final matches. Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm holds a meeting inside the conference room.

    “Looks like Suzuridani will be our final opponent for the Hasegawa Cup. It appears that Aya and Rena are there. I’m afraid that we need to adjust the strategy to defeat Suzuridani. As I remember correctly, the last match was in the district tournament last winter where the last shot was annulled at one second, even though the ball had entered to the basket in an inch of seconds” said Mao Kayano.

    “Now, Mimi and the team. It’s going to be different from the semifinal match against Team Katayama, but we decided to help you in beating Suzuridani with our combination of strategies from the two of us: Mao and I” said Subaru.

    “You mean that your strategy may be combined with Mao’s strategy?” asked Mimi.

    “Yeah, of course! I wanted to make sure that you’re all ready to battle against Suzuridani” said Subaru.

    “Only if we can use the Winding Aurora and other special skills to increase our chances to win the game” said Mimi.

    “Oh, that’s a stupendous idea, Mimi!” said Mao Kayano. The members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm except Mimi are wondering about Mimi’s idea.

    “What are you thinking, Mao?” asked Hiiragi.

    “I have to conduct a new strategy to defeat Suzuridani in the final. Now, a few of the Bravehearts watch the game between Suzuridani and Shiromidai” said Mao Kayano.

    “Yeah. Most of the members of Family of Angels except for Jun’s Angels have watched that game” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah. I am quite of worrying about how we could create a better strategy to beat Suzuridani. It’s not possible to have at least one strategy” said Mao Kayano.

    “Then, we should work on combining the special skills with the strategy. Of course, the lineup should be changed when we’re facing against them” said Subaru.

    “Okay!” said the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm.

    “I believe that in order to defeat Suzuridani, Kagetsu, I want you to guard with Aya. Mimi, guard with Yume. Hiiragi and Masami switch places as the former will guard with Nobu while the latter will guard with Rena. Tsubaki, you’ll be guarding with Wakana. Now, I will be planning to execute the strategy for the final game against Suzuridani” said Mao Kayano.

    “Okay!” said the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm. Kazuko appears to talk with Hiiragi about what’s going on.

    “Hiiragi, what is Mao doing?” asked Kazuko.

    “Well, apparently, Mao is trying to combine the strategies of her and Subaru, in order to make sure that we will beat Suzuridani in the finals” said Hiiragi.

    “Since you’re the sixth woman, you have to help us while using your resilient moves” said Tsubaki.

    “Yeah, I’m sure that I’m going to be ready for the match!” said Kazuko.

    “Good!” said Hiiragi.

    “We’ll be fine to take care of the game, but make sure that you’ll play well” said Tsubaki.

    “Okay!” said Kazuko.

    “Hmm. It seems that Subaru and Mao are trying to create new strategies to make sure that we have the advantage to beat Suzuridani” said Tomoka.

    “Oh, I hope you’re going to perform well. That match will be more epic than the semifinal match” said Hinata.

    “Yep. I believe that this will be our vengeance against Rena and Aya” said Masami.

    “Ever since Aya is part of the Bravehearts as she’ll be going to Keishin in middle school next year, I will be happy if our class will be stronger than the other schools including Suzuridani and Shiromidai” said Kagetsu.

    “The new dearests of Keishin will vow to defeat Suzuridani and this is our destiny!” said Mimi.

    “Looks like Mimi seeks determination as she is preparing for the Hasegawa Cup Final match against Suzuridani” said Airi.

    “Everyone in Keishin knows about Mimi. She’s giving expressionless feelings and likes to give advices to her schoolmates” said Saki.

    “I feel that they’re ready to face Aya and Rena in the final, but I’m sure that this will be different than the semifinal match” said Maho.

    “I agree, Maho” said Hinata.

    “Probably, the Final will be more challenging like the other matches we have in our previous year” said Tomoka.

    “Yep. Then, on the final match against Suzuridani we go!” said Mimi. The members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm are waiting to see Mao and Subaru’s strategy to defeat Suzuridani Girls’ Academy in the final of the Hasegawa Cup for the girls’ division. This will be a different match that their rivalry continues since the two former aces: Tomoka and Miyu went to middle school. Mimi Balguerie and Aya Miyakoōji are set to face each other in the final and this match may be considered to be more different than the first two matches.

    UP NEXT: Chapter 36: "The Hasegawa Cup Final: The New Dearests vs. The Tigers (Part 1)"

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    We're almost there to finish the Hasegawa Cup Arc as the final of the girls tournament between Keishin Academy and Suzirdani Academy will about to begin. This is the rematch between the two schools since the district tournament (which was happened in Ro-Kyu-Bu! light novel and anime). I made some adjustments including Rena Ashihara's position as the power forward for Suzuridani Academy basketball team. The next part will be posted on Wednesday and this will conclude the tournament. The Hasegawa Cup Arc will conclude in Chapter 39, which will be posted next week. So, get ready to see some action for both schools in the next chapter. Enjoy reading Chapter 36!

    The Keishin Academy and Suzuridani Academy finally meet again since their last match which is during the district tournament. During their last match, Suzuridani defeated Keishin by a very close margin after the referee annulled Tomoka Minato's game-winning shot in overtime. This time, Keishin will not have Tomoka Minato and her batchmates in their team while Suzuridani will not have Miyu Aida and her batchmates in their team as well. The Keishin Academy (representing Team Balguerie and Innocent Charm) is one of the favorites to win the tournament because of their stellar and versatile players including their ace Mimi Balguerie. They won against two big opponents: Family of Angels and Keishin-Team Katayama. On the other hand, the Suzuridani Academy is leaning on Keishin since their last match and its ace Aya Miyakoōji is leading the team from their first game until the semifinal match against Shiromidai (Lien de Famille and Dragon≒Nuts's school). This match will be Mimi's retribution as she is trying to break Rena's lunatic tricks and Aya's flexibility performance with her and her teammates are going to use their new strategies to defeat Suzuridani once and for all!

    VOLUME 3: “A CHARMING SENSATION”
    CHAPTER 36: “THE HASEGAWA CUP FINAL: THE NEW DEARESTS VS. THE TIGERS (PART 1)”

    At the conference room, the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm are seeing Mao and Subaru, who are finalizing the team’s strategy for the final match against Suzuridani Girls’ Academy. When the time is now 3:30, Mao and Subaru finish making their team’s strategy and show it to the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm.

    “Team, we finally finish creating the new strategies for the final match against Suzuridani” said Mao as she and Subaru finish creating the new strategies for Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm and show the new strategies to the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm. “For the offense, we have the Aurora Ascendance strategy. The players will use their speed to run faster while holding the ball. The more you quicker, the better you shoot or pass.”

    “For the defense, we have the Winding Celadon Formation. It is a variant of the box-and-one defense and usually, the fifth defensive player will try to observe the best offensive player from the other team. If that player proves to be stronger, he/she will break the formation and do anything that can prevent his/her opponent’s chances to shoot or pass” said Subaru.

    “The Winding Zone will be evolved into two new formations: Blue Wind Illumination and Red Wind Assimilation. These formations allow the players to go to any area they desire. Notably, the ace will always enter to the key” said Mao.

    “Finally, once the Winding Aurora was activated, there is another strategy that allows the players to synchronize their plays with full force. The name of the new strategy is the Blue Star Windstorm. When their opponents are about to shoot, any of our players may break their barriers to block their shots. When their opponents are about to enter to the key, either the shooting guard or the small forward will form their defensive formation to create a screen. After this, one of them will strip the ball or stop the opponent to move” said Subaru.

    “Also, all of the players must synchronize their special skills to the Winding Aurora and completely trust each other to increase our teamwork and has greater chances to shoot perfectly” said Mao.

    “The strategy of Suzuridani Girls’ Academy basketball team is the box-and-one defense formation. They have special formations while they are cornering their opponents one by one” said Subaru.

    “So, that’s why we need to match their strategy, in order to break the formation to create new shots. The Winding Celadon Formation will be used to create new situations for the players of Suzuridani even include Aya and Rena. The Aurora Age, Double Mean Play, Rustling Wisteria and Prestigious Charm will be upgraded to the Blue Star Windstorm and allows the starting five to power up their signature skills with the celadon auras on it. In addition, Mimi will be able to observe the opponents’ strategies while confronting the backcourt players like Rena and Nobu and other small forwards like Yume” said Mao.

    “These new strategies were modelled when I was coaching in Tomoka’s team. Now, that Tomoka and her teammates are going to middle school, I will be able to continue using those in future games” said Subaru.

    “Now, that you know about the new strategies, this will be our new Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team. Our team of blue and celadon will be able to revolve like the other stronger schools in Tokyo and Kanagawa” said Mao.

    “It’s time to face our rival to show our new formation that we will finally expect!” said Subaru.

    “Okay, team! Are we ready?” said Mao.

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm.

    ‘Then, let’s win the final match!” said Mao.

    “Yeah!” shouted the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm with willpower, courage and determination.

    “Our school’s wisdom and cooperation allow us to give blessings and this is our formation of our future Bravehearts! Let’s go Keishin!” said Mimi.

    “Let’s go Keishin!” said the members of Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm. “Then, let’s go!” The members of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team, composed of Team Balguerie and Kagetsu’s faction of Innocent Charm, are ready to face their rival Suzuridani Girls’ Academy at the Recreational Center.

    Later on, the Recreational Center is now filled with players from different teams and school administrators from different schools including Nashiba. Also, the members of Nashiba High School basketball team (boys’ and girls’) are appeared at the front row to watch the finals of the Hasegawa Cup.

    Entering to the court, Keishin Academy (represented by Team Balguerie and Innocent Charm) and Suzuridani Girls’ Academy appear together to prepare for the final match. Subaru and Mao are going to act as co-managers of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team while Manaka Nobidome joins with Miyu Aida and her batchmates as members of the coaching staff of the Suzuridani Girls’ Academy Elementary School basketball team.

    Suzuridani Girls’ Academy Basketball Team (Elementary School):
    Staring Five: Nobu Okuda* (PG), Wakana Hitano* (SG), Yume Nakano* (SF), Rena Ashihara (PF), Aya Miyakoōji (C)
    Other Players: Asako Matsubara (PG), Momoe Tachibana* (SG), Sakura Akaike (SF), Manaka Iwamura (PF), Ayako Nobidome (C)
    Head Coach/Manager: Manaka Nobidome (HS3)
    Note: Okuda, Nakano, Hitano and Tachibana will be leaving the Elementary School team to enter Suzuridani Girls’ Academy Junior High School.


    All of the players from both schools sit down to the bench. Ginga Hasegawa sees both teams ready to battle for the trophy. The starting five of Keishin and Suzuridani runs to the center of the court for the introductory.

    The starting five of Keishin and Suzuridani bow together while the referee Ichirō Satō prepares for the jump ball. “Let’s have a good game!” said the starting five of Keishin and Suzuridani.

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Masami Fujii (PG), Hiiragi Takenaka (SG), Mimi Balguerie (SF), Tsubaki Takenaka (PF), Kagetsu Hakamada (C)
    Suzuridani: Nobu Okuda (PG), Wakana Hitano (SG), Yume Nakano (SF), Rena Ashihara (PF), Aya Miyakoōji (C)

    Kagetsu and Aya are in the circle while the other players were assigned outside of the circle.

    “I hope that I will see your skills when we’re playing in the game” said Aya.

    “Yeah. I feel happy that I’m with my teammates with their smiles, Aya. Let’s make this game more challenging” said Kagetsu.

    “Sure, Kagetsu. You’re on!” said Aya.

    “Okay, Aya! I’m always ready to battle you!” said Kagetsu. Mimi smiles on both Kagetsu and Aya while the other players from Keishin and Suzuridani nod or wink to each other.

    Ichirō Satō would throw the ball up high and Kagetsu and Aya jumps high. Aya would tip the ball and Yume gets the ball. Suzuridani wins the tip, allowing to take their first possession for the first and third quarter. Keishin will take the first possession in the second and fourth quarter.

    Yume would be confronted by Mimi. Mimi was very generous to her opponents like she did in her previous match against Himeko.

    Nobu gets out from Hiiragi and calls Yume to pass the ball. “Yume, I’m out here!” said Nobu.

    “Okay, go!” said Yume as she passes the ball to Nobu. Nobu would be using her strength to drive past Hiiragi before shooting the ball with the jumper. The ball bounces off from the rim and Kagetsu gets the rebound.

    Kagetsu would run through the other side of the court and then passes the ball to Tsubaki. Tsubaki would drive past Wakana before pass the ball to Masami.

    “Masami, catch!” said Tsubaki as she throws the ball and Masami catches it.

    Masami shoots the ball with the three-point shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 3, Suzuridani 0]

    “Nice shot, Masami!” said Hiiragi.

    “Way to go! You’re great!” said Tsubaki.

    “Thanks, Tsubaki and Hiiragi!” said Masami, who gives Tsubaki and Hiiragi a smile.

    “Masami has been good in shooting three-point shots. She had developed her shooting skills since she enter to our team” said Saki.

    “I’m glad that she performs three-point shots while supports her teammates” said Airi.

    “Of course, Airi. Masami trusts her teammates and believes that she may succeed in scoring more points as she can” said Saki.

    Nobu would enter to the key and was confronted by Hiiragi. Nobu drives past Hiiragi before passing the ball to Wakana. Wakana would shoot the ball with the jump shot. The ball bounces off from the rim and Suzuridani didn’t score points after a minute.

    Mimi would get the rebound as she gets the ball and passes the ball to Kagetsu. Kagetsu runs faster using her stamina. “I’m going to show you how my style is done!” said Kagetsu as she performs the dunk and the ball enters to the basket. [Keishin 5, Suzuridani 0]

    “Wow! She can dunk after running faster like a maverick” said Hinata.

    “I believe that she was doing dunk moves since she is the center of her team” said Airi.

    “No matter when she tries to dunk, she can pull over it with her charm” said Maho.

    Rena would dribble the ball and was confronted by Masami.

    “Drat! She is using her strength to battle me. Well, I can able to overcome with my tricks” said Rena as she moves out from Masami by moving to the left and shoots the ball with the turnaround jumper. The ball drives to the basket and Suzuridani finally scores two points in the game. [Keishin 5, Suzuridani 2]

    Yume gives Rena a high five while Masami and Tsubaki sees them. “Well, Rena is playing with her own strategy. I’m very curious about that, Masami” said Tsubaki.

    “Yeah. We have to observe her right away” said Masami.

    “Of course, Masami! We’ll teach her a lesson once she is trying to get to us!” said Tsubaki.

    Hiiragi would drive past Nobu before passing the ball to Tsubaki. Rena confronts Tsubaki.

    “I’m not letting you to shoot, Tsubaki! I will stop you with my furious tricks!” said Rena as she is about to strip the ball, but Tsubaki sways from Rena and shoots the ball with the teardrop. The ball drives to the basket and Keishin is still leading. [Keishin 7, Suzuridani 2]

    “See, I told you that I’ll teach you a less from driving our teammate away in the last play!” said Tsubaki.

    “So, you’re tough you are, Tsubaki. But I’m still right here” said Rena.

    “Yeah, bring it on!” said Tsubaki.

    “We’ll see about that, Tsubaki! This is just the beginning” said Rena.

    Yume now dribbles the ball and adjusts her hand movements as she performs the crossover move. She would drive past Mimi and then passes the ball to Aya. Aya would shoot the ball with the turnaround jumper and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 7, Suzuridani 4]

    “I’m glad that Rena and Aya are scoring two points each” said Miyu.

    “Yeah. They’re very good in shooting, but they also have different skills when it comes to offensive plays” said Manaka.

    The next play goes to Keishin as Masami passes the ball to Mimi. Mimi would be ready to get past on Yume and then Rena.

    “Well, I’m quite faster right now!” said Mimi. However, Aya stops Mimi. Kagetsu was observing Aya after Aya left her to guard Mimi.

    “I think the battle of the aces is getting started” said Kagetsu, who was surprised about seeing Aya and Mimi battling each other.

    “Mimi, this battle is quite different, but I know you have the strategies you make” said Aya.

    “Of course, we have new strategies to beat you, but for now, I’m not activating yet” said Mimi.

    “Oh, you’re not starting yet?” asked Aya.

    “Well, I doubt that I will use, but let’s save it for another time. Hiiragi, catch!” said Mimi as she passes the ball to Hiiragi.

    “Okay!” said Hiiragi as she gets the ball and then Wakana confronts her.

    “Watch out, Hii!” said Tsubaki. Hiiragi saw Wakana going up high and would pass the ball to Masami. Masami would shoot the ball with the jump shot, but was missed.

    “What?! It didn’t go in!” said Masami. Yume gets the rebound and runs along with her teammates.

    “So, they’re very tough like I was expected” said Mimi.

    “Yeah, I’m definitely right about their playing styles. When they are using their box-and-one defense, they use their special skills to make their strategy more effective” said Kagetsu.

    “Well, then. I’m going to keep an eye on our opponents” said Mimi.

    “Yeah!” said Kagetsu.

    “Wakana, catch!” said Rena as she passes the ball to Wakana. Wakana and Hiiragi would battle each other. Wakana proves well against Hiiragi as she shoots the ball with the jumper and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 7, Suzuridani 6]

    “This is getting bad, Hii” said Tsubaki.

    “We should score back, Tsuba. We can maintain our lead” said Hiiragi.

    “Oh, you’re right, Hii. I might be playing seriously since the game starts” said Tsubaki.

    Hiiragi passes the ball to Masami. Masami would perform the crossover moves on Wakana before driving in to pass the ball to Tsubaki.

    “You can do it, Tsubaki!” said Saki.

    “Go for it!” said Maho.

    Tsubaki would be confronted by Rena. She steps back from Rena and shoots the ball with the jump shot. The players of Keishin sees the ball driving to the basket. [Keishin 9, Suzuridani 6]

    “That’s Phantom Trick Bound! It’s Tsubaki’s signature skill!” said Kazuko.

    “She really looks frenzy and gloomy, but she can able to shoot like an invisible trick” said Miho.

    “Nice shot, Tsubaki!” said Masami.

    “You’re doing well in shooting the Phantom Trick Bound, Tsuba” said Hiiragi.

    “Yeah, I would have never expected to shoot that ball with my mastery of trickness” said Tsubaki.

    “Well, we should work together to make our teamwork meter going high” said Masami.

    “Yeah!” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    Rena would get the ball from Yuma and then, Masami and Tsubaki are guarding Rena. “It’s a double team!” said Aya.

    “What do you think, Rena? You think you’re going to stop us?” said Tsubaki.

    “Wow! You’re intimidating me! That’s not cool!” said Rena.

    “Then, you have to pull something out, but not of your tricks will work” said Masami.

    “Oh, yeah. I’m going to pass things up to make sure that you’re all surprised” said Rena as she passes the ball faster and Wakana gets the ball.

    “Nice pass, Rena!” said Wakana. Hiiragi would try to stop her while she and Wakana jump high. Wakana would shoot the ball and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 9, Suzuridani 8]

    The time is now 2:23 remaining and the players are not exhausting after three and a half minutes.

    Masami passes the ball to Mimi. Mimi and Yume would face each other again.

    “So, you’re trying to prove yourself that you can beat me, Yume” said Mimi.

    “Well, I’m not giving up just like my teammates do” said Yume.

    “It’s worth that you tried out since we face each other for the first time in the district tournament. Then, you’ll see the auroras going all over the court soon” said Mimi as she drives past Yume and shoots the ball with the floater. The shot was good and Keishin gets another two points. [Keishin 11, Suzuridani 8]

    ‘With only two minutes remaining, we have to break in to score points” said Aya.

    “Okay!” said the players of Suzuridani. Rena passes the ball to Nobu, then to Yume. As Yume would do the jump shot over Mimi. The ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 11, Suzuridani 10]

    Then, Nobu and Hiiragi face each other while Hiiragi dribbles the ball. Hiiragi smiles at Nobu as she performs the Double Mean Play. Hiiragi passes the ball to Tsubaki, who then shoots the ball with the three-point shot. Her shot was good. [Keishin 14, Suzuridani 10]

    “Bullseye!” said Tsubaki, much to Nobu’s dismay.

    “We’re getting closer to create the new strategy Mao and Subaru made” said Hiiragi.

    “That’s great! Then, let’s keep going!” said Mimi.

    Wakana misses the shot after Hiiragi feels her passion in stopping her opponents.

    “I’ll take that!” said Tsubaki as she gets the ball for the rebound.

    The fast break happens when Tsubaki passes the ball to Mimi. Mimi would shoot the ball with the floater and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 16, Suzuridani 10]

    “Alright! Mimi, you’re greatly improved in running!” said Tomoka.

    “Nice shot, Mimi!” said Airi.

    “Keep it up, Mimi and the team! Especially Kagetsu!” said Hinata.

    Masami would steal the ball from Rena and then passes the ball to Mimi to shoot the ball with the jumper. The shot was good and Keishin is now on a 7-0 run. [Keishin 18, Suzuridani 10]

    With 1:05 remaining, Suzuridani needs to end their misery. Rena passes the ball to Aya. Aya would battle against Kagetsu.

    “They’re battling for the ball” said Masami. Aya would gain the advantage in keeping the ball over Kagetsu.

    “Well, that was quite fast!” said Aya. However, Tsubaki appears to stop her. “You’re dueling against me?”

    “Yeah. Not only if our mastery of tricks allows the play to be broken” said Tsubaki as she tries to strip the ball from Aya, but Aya gets out of the way from Tsubaki and shoots the ball with the floater. The ball drives to the basket and Suzuridani is now catching up. [Keishin 18, Suzuridani 12]

    Hiiragi passes the ball to Kagetsu, who then drives past Aya before passes the ball to Mimi. “Go, shoot, Mimi!” said Kagetsu.

    Mimi would shoot the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 20, Suzuridani 12]

    Rena would be battling against Tsubaki once again while Aya and Yume adjust their places, allowing Aya to guard Mimi.

    “Well, looks like you have nothing to do with your teammate” said Rena.

    “Oh, yeah. You’re making me serious, but I will unleash my wrath, Rena!” said Tsubaki as she tries to strip the ball, but Rena gets out of the way from Tsubaki and shoots the ball with the fadeaway. The shot was missed and Yume recovers her team’s possession. It’s almost twelve seconds left.

    “This is not over!” said Yume as she passes the ball to Aya. Tsubaki would appear to guard Yume while Mimi keeps guarding Aya on the other side.

    “That was very strong move, Tsubaki! But it doesn’t matter to me, I’m going to end the quarter with my shot!” said Aya as she is shoot the ball with the fadeaway shot, but Mimi blocks it and the time is up.

    “End of first quarter. Keishin 20, Suzuridani 12” said Yuichi Sakurai.

    The players go back to the bench after the first quarter ended. Suzuridani manager Manaka and Keishin manager Mao are looking and smiling to each other.

    “That was a great first quarter! The Aurora Ascendance has quickly doing well when it comes to ball handling” said Mao.

    “Since everyone has able to perform very well, I’m glad that you’re very strong right now” said Subaru.

    “We commanded to an eight-point lead and maybe I’m impressed with your performances” said Mao.

    “On the other hand, I’m going to keep the strategies for the rest of the quarters. It’s your choice if you want to use it” said Subaru.

    “Okay!” said the members of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

    “Alright! Now, as we’re going to the second quarter, looks like the four new players are going to play. I believe that they are going to replace the other players who leave for middle school starting next month” said Mao.

    “We’ll make sure that we’re going to able to maintain our lead even they are going to perform with their versatile and awesome moves” said Subaru.

    “For the second quarter, all of the starting five will be resting for a while. Kazuko, Miho, Aya, Erika and Chiwa, you’re in for the second quarter” said Mao.

    “It’s time, Kazuko. You’ll need it” said Hiiragi as she gives fist bumps with Kazuko.

    “Okay!” said Kazuko.

    “Now, Erika, I want you to observe the players including Asako. Asako is the sixth woman and she can able to pass faster than anyone else” said Subaru.

    “I’m sure that you’ll already know what to do in the second quarter. And one more thing, Ayako is the younger sister of Manaka. She has strong stamina and hustle. So, watch out for her” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said the members of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

    “Well, then. I will let you back to the game and when you have problem, approach me or Subaru” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said the members of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

    “Alright, let’s make sure that we’ll command a large lead until the half” said Subaru.

    “Sure! We’ll do it!” members of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

    “Okay! One, two, three…” said Mao and Subaru.

    “Let’s go Keishin!” said the members of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team. The second quarter is about to begin with the reserves are going to play this time.

    Part 2 will be on the next post.

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    "The Hasegawa Cup Finals: The New Dearests vs. The Tigers (Part 1)" Part 2

    Kazuko and her teammates are having the advantage over Asako and her teammates because of their age and level.

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Aya Tachibana (PG), Kazuko Kakimoto (SG), Erika Satō (SF), Chiwa Furukawa (PF), Miho Hikasa (C)
    Suzuridani: Asako Matsubara (PG), Momoe Tachibana (SG), Sakura Akaike (SF), Manaka Iwamura (PF), Ayako Nobidome (C)

    Ichirō Satō gives the ball to Aya and Aya would pass the ball to Kazuko to start the second quarter.

    Kazuko and Momoe would face each other while Asako battles against Aya Tachibana. “This is it. The battle is going to be on another level. I believe that Asako will be playing for the first time” said Kazuko.

    Kazuko would pass the ball to Aya Tachibana. “Here, Aya! Catch!” said Kazuko. Aya Tachibana gets the ball and Asako looks determined.

    “Well, well, well. I’m happy to see you playing as the role player and I’m excited to battle you” said Asako.

    “Well, it’s been a week since we got an intense training over the weekend and we’re hopefully going to win the match today!” said Aya Tachibana.

    “Ah, you’re going intense training That’s great! We usually did that in weekends” said Asako.

    “So, I think it’s going to be a great fight, Asako. But I’m going to show you something new that Masami taught this” said Aya Tachibana as she shoots the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 22, Suzuridani 12]

    “Whoa! She’s shooting like a wind” said Masami.

    “I can’t believe that she is using the Red Wind Assimilation” said Tsubaki.

    “Yeah. She is bringing the heat to shoot outside the key” said Hiiragi.

    “You know that my perspective is that you should look at the areas outside the restricted area to shoot. That’s the key of the Winding Zone” said Aya Tachibana.

    “You’re seemed to be serious, Aya. I can shoot with my perspective too” said Asako.

    “You really have, Asako?” asked Aya Tachibana.

    “Yes, I have” said Asako.

    “Well, I’ll see if you have the perspective shot too” said Aya Tachibana.

    “Sure!” said Asako.

    Momoe passes the ball to Asako and Asako challenges Aya to a battle. “Here goes nothing!” said Asako as she begins to move with her movements while Aya would do the same thing.

    “I feel that I will be getting a sunburn if I can’t do it” said Asako after seeing Aya doing her movements. Then, as Aya is about to strip the ball, Asako steps back and shoots the ball with the three-point shot and the ball swooshes in to the basket. [Keishin 22, Suzuridani 15]

    “I’m feeling good, Aya!” said Asako.

    “Yeah, me too! I hope that we should continue doing this” said Aya Tachibana.

    “Okay, but this is going to be different this time with the other players” said Asako.

    “Well, sure! Let’s battle!” said Aya Tachibana.

    Aya Tachibana would pass the ball to Erika while the Winding Celadon Formation was formed. Erika would prepare to drive past Sakura, but Sakura uses her movements to stop her.

    “This is getting more different than the last game!” said Kagetsu.

    “I hope Erika will find a great spot to shoot” said Mimi.

    Erika would perform the crossover move and then drives past Sakura, but Sakura follows her. Erika would shoot the ball with the layup, but Sakura blocks it.

    Aya, Kazuko, Chiwa and Miho gasp after Erika’s shot was blocked. “She blocked Erika’s shot?!” said Hiiragi.

    “Sakura is grooving in to block shots” said Tsubaki.

    “Get the ball!” said Kazuko as different players trying to get the ball. Ayako would get the ball and goes to the other side of the court.

    “We should catch up with them!” said Chiwa.

    “Yeah!” said Miho.

    Ayako would pass the ball to Manaka Iwamura and Chiwa and Miho prepares to double team Manaka Iwamura. The double team was activated and Manako struggles to get out of the double team.

    “Manaka, I’m here! Pass it to me!” said Momoe.

    “Okay! But how?” said Manaka Iwamura.

    “You should jump high and pass it to me” said Momoe.

    “I get it!” said Manaka Iwamura as she jumps high and passes the ball to Momoe.

    Momoe would drive past Erika and shoot the ball with the jump shot. The ball bounces off from the basket and Asako gets the rebound. Asako passes the ball to Momoe.

    “This is going to be harder than I thought!” said Momoe as she was battling against Kazuko.

    “So, you’re tougher, aren’t you?” asked Kazuko.

    “Not really am tough, Kazuko” said Momoe.

    “I guess that our battle is on another level, but I’m not letting my teammates to lose our formation” said Kazuko.

    “Then, I should settle the battle to be on the same level by matching your level” said Momoe.

    “Okay, then. I hope that I can stop you with ease” said Kazuko.

    Momoe would battle against Kazuko and then when they’re out of the restricted area, Momoe jumps to shoot the ball. The ball bounces off from the rim.

    “Drat! I missed again!” said Momoe.

    “Then, I’ll make sure that the ball is mine!” said Chiwa as she gets the ball.

    Chiwa would battle against Manaka Iwamura. She dashes in to the left and passes the ball to Kazuko. Kazuko would run to the right and passes the ball to Erika. Erika would shoot the ball with the jumper, but it misses.

    “That’s strange” said Miho.

    “I think Asako and her teammates are stronger than us” said Kazuko.

    “Whoa! Are you serious?” said Erika.

    “Not really know yet” said Kazuko. Manaka Iwamura gets the ball and then passes the ball to Asako. Asako would shoot the ball with the jump shot, but Erika blocks it.

    “Get the ball out of here!” said Erika. The ball went to Miho. It’s 3:24 remaining and nobody scores after the last score made by Ayako.

    “Here, Aya!” said Miho as she passes the ball to Aya. Aya would pass the ball to Chiwa.

    “I hope that our formation works” said Chiwa as she passes the ball to Erika. Erika would step back from Sakura and then moves to the right. Erika then shoots the ball with the jump shot, but the shot was missed again.

    “Ah, man! It didn’t work!” said Erika. Chiwa would get the ball and runs through the left. Then, Chiwa shoots the ball with the jumper and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 24, Suzuridani 15]

    “Alright!” said Erika as she gives Chiwa a high five.

    “Finally, the drought is over” said Kagetsu.

    “Chiwa gets the score and we’re back on track” said Mimi.

    “Now, it’s getting serious right now. Kazuko is observing her teammates ever since the second quarter starts” said Airi.

    “I really hope that Kazuko and her teammates will be able to score more points and break their opponents’ strategies just like we did” said Mimi.

    “Yeah, I’m definitely wait to see Kazuko getting the boost of using the Rising Amethyst” said Kagetsu.

    “Yeah, I hope so” said Mimi.

    Sakura would get the ball from Asako and then drives past Erika. Sakura would battle against Chiwa.

    Sakura begins to wonder about her team’s lack of shooting. “I’m worried about my teammates. I can’t believe that they’re not shooting even that they have great defense. So, I have to do this for my team.” Sakura would drive past Chiwa before trying to shoot the ball with the layup. Miho tries to stop her, but Sakura releases the ball quickly. The ball drives to the basket and Suzuridani begins to change their strategy. [Keishin 24, Suzuridani 17]

    “I don’t get it. Sakura is so fast releasing the ball when I was trying to block her. That girl was good in band handling” said Miho.

    “Now, you know about my skills. I’m afraid that every time you’re trying to stop me, I dashed in with my stamina. I don’t care if anyone is trying to stop me and I’ll make sure that I’ll put all of your crumple into pieces” said Sakura.

    “Daring to stop me is the same as trying to use your tricks to destroy our formation. Does your team have true defense formation?” said Miho.

    “You just don’t get it, Miho. I told you that I have stamina to run you away and I’ll be able to crush anyone with my fury” said Sakura.

    “That is not serious, Sakura. You should help us in trying to score many points. Why are you always doing things unexpected?” said Asako.

    “Well, you didn’t ask to do that in the first place, but I have the control of reversing the strategies to make sure that you’ll all be crushed!” said Sakura. The players of Keishin and Suzuridani gasp in fear. Sakura would continue saying “Then, I’ll going to make sure that the misery runs into your team, Kazuko!” Sakura walks away to the other side of the court.

    The next scene is where Chiwa battling against Manaka Iwamura. As Chiwa is about to drive past Manaka Iwamura, Sakura strips the ball to go for the steal. “What the?!” said Chiwa.

    Sakura would run by herself and jump high to go for the dunk. That fast break was sure to be different from other players. [Keishin 24, Suzuridani 19]

    Erika passes the ball to Kazuko. Kazuko would drive past Momoe before Sakura stops her.

    “Darn it! That girl is getting faster than her other teammates. I have to stop her, or she’ll steal the ball again” said Kazuko.

    “Kazuko, don’t forget to use the Rising Amethyst!” said Miho.

    “Oh, you’re right. Sakura, I don’t care if you’re trying to stop me and you don’t know when the sixth woman has many things to propel our team to victory. Now, watch this!” said Kazuko as she shoots the ball with the three-point shot while lands her feet to the outside of the three-point line. The ball would drive to the basket and the members of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team are shouted in joy. [Keishin 27, Suzuridani 19]

    “The Rising Amethyst is back!” said Kazuko.

    “Way to go, Kazuko! Looks like we’re going to get more points with that move” said Aya Tachibana.

    “You can do it, Kazuko! I believe that your strategy works out with the new strategy that Mao and Subaru made” said Miho.

    “Only if we can help you, so that we would be able to rally against them” said Chiwa.

    “Kazuko. You can use the Rising Amethyst skill, in order to score more points. The Bright Star Defense should be improved when we’re going to form our defensive style” said Erika.

    “Okay, then! Let’s make sure that we’re going to finish the second quarter with our skills and rally against them!” said Kazuko.

    “Yeah!” said Aya Tachibana, Miho, Chiwa and Erika.

    Momoe runs to the low post area while Kazuko and Aya are calling their teammates to go for defense. “Everyone! On your feet! Let’s go!” said Kazuko and Aya as the Bright Star Defense was activated.

    “So, you’re forming this style, Kazuko. I believe that you’re leading in the court like Mimi” said Momoe.

    “Yep. You said it, Momoe. Because our formation is right here” said Kazuko. Momoe would battle against Kazuko, then after a few seconds, she passes the ball to Asako.

    Asako would shoot the ball with the jump shot. “It’s time to fuel our team’s dominance!” said Asako. The ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 27, Suzuridani 21]

    “Well, going to rally against us will be a sense of challenging, Asako” said Kazuko.

    “Oh, yeah. I get it right now. Now, that we’re the sixth women, I think it’s time to call for a challenge” said Asako.

    “You bet, Asako! I’m going to make sure that my performance will be better than you!” said Kazuko.

    “Alright, Kazuko. This duel starts now!” said Asako.

    Erika runs to the three-point area where she was confronted by Sakura. “It’s going to be a hard knuckle match, Sakura. I believe that we’re both equals” said Erika.

    “Equal? Well, I’m trying to be better in defense. My IQ is higher than yours” said Sakura.

    “So, you’re testing me. Well, I got a better athleticism than yours, Sakura” said Erika.

    “Oh, yeah. You better watch out because I’m going to crush you” said Sakura as she tries to strip the ball from Erika, but Erika dodges to move to the three-point area.

    “Not on my wrath!” said Erika as she shoots the ball with the three-point shot. The ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 30, Suzuridani 21]

    “It’s almost the end of the first half. We should keep going” said Kazuko.

    “Okay!” said Aya Tachibana, Miho, Chiwa and Erika.

    “Forty-two seconds left in the second quarter” said Yuichi Sakurai. Manaka Iwamura would battle against Chiwa.

    “Manaka, pass the ball to me!” said Asako.

    “Okay, Asako! Catch!” said Manaka Iwamura as she passes the ball to Asako. Asako dashes in to drive past Aya Tachibana.

    “Kazuko! She’s going after you!” said Aya Tachibana. When Asako meets Kazuko, Kazuko stops her with her defensive look.

    “Darn it! She’s quite strong! I have to do something the shot clock runs out. I’m going to run outside and shoot” said Asako. Asako runs back to the perimeter and shoots the ball with the jump shot. The ball drives to the basket and Asako feels happy after the shot is good. [Keishin 30, Suzuridani 23]

    “Well, at least, we’re going to finish the first half with a few shots, but in the second half, we’ll show them how it is done” said Asako.

    Aya Tachibana passes the ball to Erika, who then battles against Sakura. “Erika, it’s for you!” said Aya Tachibana.

    “Thanks, friend!” said Erika as she drives past Sakura.

    “It can’t be!” said Sakura while seeing Erika. Erika would go to meet with Asako.

    “Here, Kazuko!” said Erika as she goes for the drive to pass the ball to Kazuko.

    “You rock, Erika!” said Kazuko as she goes for the layup. Kazuko drives the ball to the basket. [Keishin 32, Suzuridani 23]

    “Nice shot, Kazuko!” said Kira.

    “You’re doing well perfectly!” said Rei.

    “Thanks, everyone!” said Kazuko. “I know that you are supporting me for a long time!”

    “Look at her. She’s very charismatic like the other shooting guards. She has true potential to be part of the varsity team” said Kagetsu.

    “On the bright side, she had a great leadership when it comes to observing her teammates and opponents in the court” said Mimi.

    “A warm situation becomes smoother when she holds the ball. A cold situation becomes cooler when she guards someone” said Masami.

    “She’s been a member of Team Aurora and Ginga’s Pupils. It appears that her level may be higher than the other members of Ginga’s Pupils” said Tsubaki.

    “I agree, Tsuba. Kazuko and Kira were sisters. They are together to play basketball when they were little kids. Everyone recognizes Kazuko as the Amethyst Lover” said Hiiragi.

    “Oh, her nickname was so beautiful. She loves jewelries that are precious and charming” said Hinata.

    The time is about to run out with twenty seconds remaining left in the first half. Asako passes the ball to Sakura, then to Ayako. Ayako and Miho would face each other.

    “Every time you’re here to guard me, you are quite determined whether you will stop me or not” said Ayako.

    “Oh, I’m just observing you, but you’re too kind to say that word” said Miho.

    “You’re kidding, Miho?” asked Ayako.

    “No, I’m not. Our perfection is needed to complete trust of our teammates. You may know that our teammates have purified hearts to show their talents in basketball” said Miho.

    “Our team also has many expectations for us to win games and with our senpais leaving for middle school, we’re going to rebuild and start over again” said Ayako.

    “Yep. We’re hopefully going to see what happens if we’re entering to the district tournament soon” said Miho. Ayako smiles and Ayako would give her a smile too in return. “I’ll ask you, Ayako if you don’t mind. What will you expect if you’re perfect to be part of your team?”

    “Well, that was a good question. You see, it’s not always perfect to be a member of Suzuridani, Miho, but…” said Ayako as she battles Maho and tries to drive past her. “…I made a promise to my teammates that we’ll going to win the district tournament to enter to the prefectural tournament with our perfect combination.” Ayako would pass the ball to Momoe, who would shoot the ball with the jump shot. The ball drives to the basket and the time expires.

    “End of second quarter. Keishin 32, Suzuridani 25” said Yuichi Sakurai.

    “Whew! It’s very important to have your teammates’ trust by helping together when you’re in training or in the game. No matter what you do with your teammates, it will create a true formation of a strong team like us” said Ayako, who begins to feel better with her passing skills improving.

    “What did you feel if you’re improving your skills?” asked Miho.

    “I feel energetic and happy because I have been passionate to enjoy playing with my teammates. Then, when my coach Manaka gave me some assignments, I finally learn a lot to improve my skills. You should do that too if you want” said Ayako.

    “Sure, Ayako. I feel okay right now playing against you. My confidence will go higher because I feel passionate to play in a real game” said Miho.

    “You’ll be fine, Miho. If you feel trouble, I’ll be helping you” said Ayako.

    “Okay!” said Miho. As the first half ends, the players would go back to the bench for the ten-minute break.

    The players of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball are listening to Mao and Subaru. Mao and Subaru are discussing about the plans for the third quarter.

    “Girls, I’m impressed with your performance because you showed perfectly to trust your teammates. I always believing you when you are working together and when you connect the bonds together, that would make a true formation of a team” said Mao.

    “Is that those words borrowed from Ayako?” asked Miho.

    “Yeah. I feel enthusiastic when I’m coaching with you. I always give advices to everyone in the team to make sure you should follow what I say” said Mao.

    “Okay, I understand, coach” said Miho.

    “So, how’s it going, Kazuko?” asked Subaru.

    “It’s alright, but we were able to perform very well. It seems that our teamwork is getting stronger right now” said Kazuko.

    “Great!” said Subaru.

    “Now, everyone! I’m very glad that you’re all playing in the first half, but let’s get things serious. We have a lot of things to do when we’re going to go back to the court later on” said Mao.

    “Mao, I believe that Suzuridani is playing serious when they tried to score back. I feel worried about my teammates when they’re missing their shots, but at the end, their teamwork improves after they feel better from struggling in the court” said Mimi.

    “Hmm. Good impression, Mimi” said Mao. “The Bright Star Defense was very good. That strategy allows us to take the advantage in ball handling and defensive attributes.”

    “Mao, I feel that most of the players from Suzuridani was doing wild skills that they can able to drive past our players” said Aya Tachibana.

    “Good point, Aya. We’re going to keep using our strategies to push our chances in using the Complete Synchronization Skill” said Mao.

    “It’s going to be more serious when we’re back in the game. I can’t remember my strategy when I’m coaching with the girls, but thankfully, I finally learned back from my notebook and the strategies I made merge with Mao’s strategies to create new strategies in order to beat Suzuridani in the finals” said Subaru.

    “Mao, will you continue using those strategies in the future competitions?” asked Kagetsu.

    “I don’t know whether I will keep these strategies for the future competitions, but this is only for our game against Suzuridani. Of course, I will be wondering about it” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said Kagetsu.

    “Now, the most important thing for you to remember is that your heart will be the key to the complete trust of each of us. Maybe you may able to learn new skills when you feel regenerating and every one of us will follow our paths to fulfill our promises in the future. As you go back to the court, you will find true formation of a team” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said the players of the Keishin Academy Elementary girls’ basketball team.

    “So, let’s move on to the line-ups. I heard that Aya and Rena will return to their line-up and things will go worse if we’re going to keep the previous line-up. So, Aya, Kazuko and Miho, you’ll be staying while Mimi and Kagetsu will be replacing Erika and Chiwa. The line-up for third quarter will be Aya on the point guard, Kazuko on the shooting guard, Mimi on the small forward, Miho on the power forward and Kagetsu on the center” said Subaru.

    “This means that this line-up will match the line-up of Suzuridani and there’s a chance that I may substitute players if Suzuridani is rallying against us. Are we clear?” said Mao.

    “Yes, coach!” said the players of the Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

    “Okay! Let’s go back to the game and we’ll keep our willpower, courage and determination until the end of the game!” said Mao.

    “Ready? One, two, three…” said Subaru.

    “Let’s go Keishin!” said the members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball club.

    The buzzer sounds as the third quarter is about to begin. The players of Keishin and Suzuridani returns to the court once again.

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Aya Tachibana (PG), Kazuko Kakimoto (SG), Mimi Balguerie (SF), Miho Hikasa (PF), Kagetsu Hakamada (C)
    Suzuridani: Asako Matsubara (PG), Sakura Akaike (SG), Yume Nakano (SF), Rena Ashihara (PF), Aya Miyakoōji (C)

    Rena and Aya meet Mimi and Kagetsu at the court. They smile to their opponents and go to their assigned areas.

    Asako passes the ball to Sakura as Suzuridani kicks off the third quarter. Sakura would pass the ball to Rena and Rena would be confronted by Miho.

    “You’re back in the game, Rena. How’s the rest?” said Miho.

    “It’s fine. I never get fouled today. I feel excited to go back to the game, but I’m refreshed again like the last game” said Rena.

    “So, shall we start the battle?” asked Miho.

    “You got it!” said Rena. Rena would start moving and Miho do the same thing. As Rena is going to perform the crossover move, Mimi is concerned that her tricks will be back again like their last game in the district tournament.

    “Get ready, Miho! Cause I’m going to show my full strength!” said Rena as she jumps high to shoot the ball over Miho. The ball drives to the basket and Rena grins seriously. [Keishin 32, Suzuridani 27]

    “She is now stronger after the last game!” said Hinata.

    “Yeah, it’s true that Rena is showing her true form as a lunatic shooter” said Maho.

    “Her personality never changes when it comes to the mastery of trickery” said Saki.

    “I’m afraid that Rena will try to overpower our players if she keeps doing this” said Airi.

    “Yeah, I think it’s time to rally back to get more points. Otherwise, things will get worse” said Tomoka.

    “I agree” said Saki and Maho while Airi and Hinata nod to agree with Tomoka.

    “I’m no longer afraid to anyone and my goal is to be more competitive than being a lunatic shooter who uses tricks to beat my opponents. It’s not about winning to give them a scare, it’s about not losing your coolness in playing. I’m going to show you the skills I made from my training and tell anyone that I’m better than anyone else” said Rena.

    “So, that’s your goal: to show your skills to become the best in your team? Well, that was a bold statement you have, Rena. But, I’m not afraid to anyone who is using dirty tricks. My teammates and I give blessing to each of us because we never lose our fighting spirit when we feel down. Our willpower is the key to show our pride and honor of our school. If that’s you want to beat us with your lunatic skills, I’m going to beat you back with our prestigious and versatile skills” said Mimi.

    “Fine! Then, let’s see who the best player is!” said Rena.

    “Okay, sure! I’ll accept your challenge! We’ll show our true powers to progress our team to victory! Is that right, girls?” said Mimi.

    “Yeah!” said Aya Tachibana, Kazuko, Miho and Kagetsu.

    “Then, let’s go!” said Mimi as the players of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team are ready to unleash their true power after Rena begins to grow better to do lunatic skills. Now, that the two teams will begin their real battle, it’s going to be a real rematch between two schools. The pride and honor of Keishin against the valiance and enthusiasm of Suziridani. Will Keishin be able to prove Suzuridani to defeat them and end their struggles against them, or will Suzuridani keep their opponents shut and continue their winning streak against Keishin?

    UP NEXT: Chapter 37: "The Hasegawa Cup Finals: The New Dearests vs. The Tigers (Part 2)" (The conclusion of the Hasegawa Cup tournament)

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Finally, I was able to complete the chapters for Volume 3 which it was taken at least 5 days after Chapter 37 is done in draft. Now that I'm going to finish Volume 3 with new drafts to make, I will start brainstorming ideas for Volume 4. Assumed that I'm going to start doing Chapter 40 by Monday, I will post something special alongside a new update on Sunday. I hope that I will continue doing this after I finally watch all episodes of Tenshi no 3P! That's why I'm going to be prepared to write another Special Chapter for Volume 3 by weekend. Then, Volume 4 will begin by drafting new chapters on Monday. Stay tuned for announcements! Happy Valentines Day to everyone!

    The second part of the Hasegawa Cup girls' tournament final between the Keishin Academy and Suzuridani Academy is now finally here! I was able to finish it over the weekend before doing Chapter 38 last Saturday. I remember the matches between Keishin and Suzuridani in Ro-Kyu-Bu! and Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS and I think the idea is to make Keishin gain its retribution over Suzuridani, which I did. So, that's why you'll see some bittersweet moments that I was able to make the match more interesting than the last match (Team Balguerie vs. Team Katayama). I hope you'll enjoy reading this new update and I was satisfied after I finish the chapter. So, enjoy reading Chapter 37!

    The Hasegawa Cup final between Keishin Academy and Suzuridani Academy continues with Rena Ashihara returns to the court. Things have gone different in the third quarter when Rena finally surprises the players of Keishin as she did a perfect jump shot to start the second half. When the game continues, Suzuridani begin to drive things more with a serious and lunatic strategy made by Rena to score many points. But when the third quarter is about to be over, Mimi Balguerie and her teammates have never give up and try to gain their momentum by scoring many points consecutively. Then, Rena tries to despises her opponents that causes an altercation between Rena and her opponents in the court. Mimi and Aya Miyakoōji would calm Rena down and order her to stop doing lunatic tricks to the players of Keishin. It seems that this match will be highly anticipated with different players from both teams have showed their performance to see who the stronger team is.

    VOLUME 3: “A CHARMING SENSATION”
    CHAPTER 37: “THE HASEGAWA CUP FINAL: THE NEW DEARESTS VS. THE TIGERS (PART 2)”

    In the previous chapter, Rena returned to the court and shot the ball over Miho. Rena and Mimi exchanged words after Rena said that she was no longer afraid to anyone and trying to become the best in her team. Rena’s bold impression led to Mimi’s anger and Mimi said that if Rena uses dirty tricks to beat Mimi’s teammates, she will teach Rena a lesson in return. This comes to the part that a serious confrontation leads to the clash between the two teams. The third quarter continues with Keishin still get the lead by five.

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Aya Tachibana (PG), Kazuko Kakimoto (SG), Mimi Balguerie (SF), Miho Hikasa (PF), Kagetsu Hakamada (C)
    Suzuridani: Asako Matsubara (PG), Sakura Akaike (SG), Yume Nakano (SF), Rena Ashihara (PF), Aya Miyakoōji (C)

    “Rena is now doing serious things that can hurt her opponents. I can’t accept that action because we’re supposed to be a team. Everybody knows that we have to play fair because we work together as a team” said Aya Miyakoōji, who was worrying about Rena’s playing style. She thinks that Rena is a lunatic shooter, but she wants to be better for herself.

    Yume and Sakura also worry about Rena’s playing style. “If Rena tries to use dirty tricks to trick her opponents, I will make her pay for doing this” said Yume.

    “Are you sure that Rena is atrocious to her opponents?” asked Sakura.

    “Yeah, I think so. I never expected that characteristic at all. She should play nice, not to play rough” said Yume.

    “That’s right, Yume. No one should hurt her opponents when they’re on its way. It would disrespectful is someone doing it. We have to control Rena down before she uses dirty tricks again” said Sakura.

    “Yeah, let’s do this!” said Yume. Sakura nods to Yume to agree with the latter’s idea to stop Rena from doing dirty tricks.

    The next play happens when Aya Tachibana passes the ball to Kazuko. Kazuko would be confronted by Rena.

    “So, that’s what you’re doing. Playing like a delinquent girl? Well, I’m not afraid of you because I always talk to my teammates and opponents when they feel bad or upset. It gives me something important that I can show sympathy and I will not lose our team’s fighting spirit” said Kazuko.

    “Ah, so that’s why you’re trying to defend me from using dirty tricks. Well, obviously, it can’t happen when you face off against a delinquent like me!” said Rena as she is trying to strip the ball.

    “I’m not serious, Rena. This is our game. You can’t just steal the show like this. It will hurt everyone’s feelings” said Kazuko.

    Kazuko moves to the perimeter while Rena follows her. Yume runs to Rena to ask her to stop doing dirty tricks. “Rena, stop doing bad things to her! She’s losing her confidence when she’s trying to move away from you” said Yume.

    “What?” asked Rena.

    “You have to play fair, not to play rough” said Yume.

    With the shot clock is about to run out, Kazuko releases the ball whilst Rena tries to stop her. The ball bounces off from the hoop and Miho gets the rebound.

    “Great catch, Miho!” said Kagetsu.

    “Oh no, you don’t!” said Rena. Despite she was in the shooting guard position, she’s a small forward and a power forward.

    “Miho! Watch out!” said Mimi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi. As Miho is about to shoot the ball, Rena blocks the shot and the ball bounces out of bounds. Yuichi Sakurai blows his whistle.

    “Out of bounds, light uniform ball” said Yuichi Sakurai. As a result, Keishin will keep their possession.

    The players of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team are relieved. Miho feared about Rena’s dirty tricks.

    “You got to be kidding me! I was about to shoot the ball with Rena blocks the shot so fast, the ball hits outside the court” said Miho.

    “Hmm. That sounds like a real problem. Rena switches places with Sakura, allowing the former to guard with Kazuko. I’m not sure that was a good idea for Rena, but this may break her team’s strategy” said Mimi.

    “Yeah, that was unexpected” said Kagetsu.

    “Rena, what kind of position you are? A small forward or a power forward?” said Yume.

    “I’m a small forward and also, a power forward” said Rena.

    “But guarding against Kazuko was not part of our strategy, Rena. You should guard with Miho. Now, I feel disappointed and the coach would also disappoint too” said Sakura.

    “I’m sorry, Yume and Sakura. I supposed that it was my plan, but right now, I don’t have to guard with my counterpart all the time. I’ll just guard with anyone else” said Rena.

    “Rena. You have to follow what the coach says. It’s your responsibility and you have to trust me. Never grow your insanity over your prestigious opportunity” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “Okay, captain. I’m going to follow what Manaka says” said Rena.

    “Good. Now, let’s keep playing” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “Okay!” said Rena, Sakura, Asako and Yume. The game continues with Mimi driving past Yume before Rena confronts Mimi.

    “Are you feel alright, Rena?” asked Mimi.

    “Yeah. I’m disappointed about my actions. My teammates didn’t please my actions because of my lunatic personality” said Rena.

    “Oh, you should follow your heart with your purity and soul. No matter what you do, it’s your heart that has your passion to make you happy” said Mimi.

    “Yeah. I should have done that” said Rena.

    “You don’t have to be serious again, Rena” said Mimi as she drives past Rena to shoot ball with the floater. The ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 34, Suzuridani 27]

    “Whoa! That’s amazing!” said Rena. Mimi walks to Rena.

    “And remember, you should learn to play fair. You can’t win with your lunatic skills. You will lose your cool. Get it?” said Mimi.

    “I understand” said Rena. Rena feels about doing this because it may hurt her trust with her teammates and opponents. “I have to do something right and try to learn new skills to make sure that I’m better now.”

    Asako passes the ball to Sakura. Sakura would battle against Kazuko. Kazuko proves faster than Sakura, but Sakura was able to pass the ball to Yume. Yume would shoot the ball with the three-point shot and the shot is good. [Keishin 34, Suzuridani 30]

    “Now, the real battle begins!” said Manaka Nobidome.

    “Yep. This is going to be more serious than our last game” said Miyu.

    Aya Tachibana passes the ball to Miho. Miho drives past Rena whilst Kazuko was guarded by Sakura and Yume.

    “Hmph! These girls are good in defense. So, I will do it by myself!” said Miho as she dunks the ball to the basket. [Keishin 36, Suzuridani 30]

    Asako drives past Aya Tachibana before passes the ball to Yume. Yume would shoot another three-point shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 36, Suzuridani 33]

    Mimi would battle against Yume and perform the crossover move. Mimi passes the ball to Kazuko. Kazuko would battle against Sakura.

    “I never feel so overjoyed when I’m battling against my opponents right here! It’s so complicated that I had played hard” said Kazuko.

    “Whoa! Things are going to be different when it comes to different strategies like this one” said Sakura as she uses her strength to match with Kazuko’s strength.

    “So, you’re using your stamina to make you flexible” said Kazuko.

    “Yeah” said Sakura as she continues to guard Kazuko. Kazuko would shoot the ball with the bank shot, but the shot is missed.

    “Argh! It almost had it!” said Kazuko. Yume gets the rebound.

    Yume would battle against Mimi. “Well, what is retribution to you, Mimi?” asked Yume.

    “A real retribution will allow us to prove us to be dearests” said Mimi. Yume was shocked upon hearing this.

    “I believe that you’re confident to make your team growing their teamwork, but as for our team…” said Yume as she battles against Mimi and then when Mimi is about to steal the ball, Yume shoots the three-point shot once again and the ball drives to the basket. “…our pride of Suzuridani never stops when it comes to true formation.” [Keishin 36, Suzuridani 36]

    Yuichi Sakura blows his whistle and calls timeout for Keishin. “Timeout, Keishin Academy!” The time stops at 3:29.

    “It’s no good. Suzuridani still proves well against our lineup. This is going to be different from the last game against Team Katayama” said Mao.

    “When I see Asako and Yume doing their skills, they were fascinating and delivering their team’s progress whenever they are in the court” said Subaru.

    “That’s right, Subaru. Aya Tachibana is using her defensive constituency when she played in the first two games, but she had a lack of using her signature skill” said Mao.

    “So, what are you thinking, Mao?” asked Masami.

    “Well, I believe that Aya Tachibana should switch with Kazuko. Kazuko will play against Asako while Aya will play against Sakura. Sakura was a good shooter. Also, her Vibrating Felicity allows her to do invisible passes to her teammates” said Mao.

    “So, I have to guard Sakura, so that I have to use my signature skill?” asked Aya Tachibana.

    “Yep” said Mao.

    “But I can’t. I never use my signature skill before. When I was competing in the intramural, I used it to help my section to win matches. I think I should not use it against Suzuridani” said Aya Tachibana.

    “But Aya, I believe that you have trained hard and you should learn to break Suzuridani’s strategy. Kazuko is doing her best to break her opponents’ strategy. Now, you should do that too” said Subaru.

    “Okay! I’ll do it!” said Aya Tachibana.

    “Mao, my concern is that Rena is going to use her new signature skill, in order to make sure that she will be able to maximize her strength and use of Luminous Trick” said Miho.

    “Well, that’s strange. We have to watch out on that move and this is going to be more dangerous if she keeps using this” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said the members of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

    “Now, let’s make sure that we’re going to rally back!” said Mao.

    “Yes, ma’am!” said the members of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

    The players go back to the court after the timeout ends. Kazuko passes the ball to Aya Tachibana. Aya Tachibana would meet Sakura in the court. “This is it. I’m going to make sure that my special skill is activated.”

    Aya Tachibana would run faster like Mimi did and drive past Sakura.

    “Whoa! What is that?” said Rena.

    “I… I can’t believe it! She’s using her speed and her offensive attributes are increasing!” said Yume.

    Aya Tachibana would shoot the ball with the teardrop and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 38, Suzuridani 36]

    The crowd goes wild as they cheer for Keishin Academy. The players of Keishin see their auras starting to glow. “It’s just the beginning, girls! Let’s keep moving!” said Mimi.

    “Yeah!” said Aya Tachibana, Kazuko, Miho and Kagetsu.

    Yume would drive past Mimi before passing the ball to Rena. Rena meets Miho after they both went to the key.

    “I feel okay with Mimi’s advice and now, I’m ready to step up again” said Rena, but she also thinks about her change. “Why did I say that? I supposed that I would do dirty tricks, but my teammates calm me down. Now, I have my things to do to make straight shots all over.”

    “Rena” said Miho, who repeatedly saying that word that makes Rena snapped out of it.

    “Oh, sorry” said Rena. Then, Rena would use her new special skill to battle against Miho. After running back and forth, Rena would jump to dunk the ball and the ball was entering to the hoop. [Keishin 38, Suzuridani 38]

    “I’m glad that you know my new special skill” said Rena.

    The players of Keishin begin to question about Rena’s new special skill. Then, Rena laughs behind them and answers to them. “It’s my Eclipse Lustruction. A dreadful move that allows my playmaking skills more perfect than just a slasher. When my confidence goes up again, I’ll keep using this skill to make sure that my team will be victorious.”

    “Rena, you have changed. You’re looking great right now” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    Rena laughs once again and saying “Now, I’ll going to make sure that we’re going to rally the game until the game is over.” Rena walks away along with her teammates.

    “This is going to be really bad. We have to stop this skill before Rena pulls us down” said Kazuko.

    “Don’t worry. I’ll handle this” said Mimi.

    “Are you sure, Mimi? You’re going to use your Aurora Age?” said Kagetsu.

    “Yeah. I’m now the leader and you should follow what I say” said Mimi.

    “Okay!” said Aya Tachibana, Kazuko, Miho and Kagetsu.

    Kazuko battles against Asako and then drives past her. As she is about to go to the key, Yume confronts her.

    “Don’t worry, girls! I got this!” said Kazuko. She battles Yume and then shoots the ball with the floater, but Rena blocks her shot.

    “No way!” said Kazuko. Rena would pass the ball to Aya Miyakoōji and the latter would shoot the ball with the layup. The shot is good and Suzuridani gets the lead for the first time. [Suzuridani 40, Keishin 38]

    Miho is struggling to find her teammate to pass the ball. Sakura strips the ball and passes the ball to Yume. Yume would once again drive past Mimi and then passes the ball to Rena, who would dunk the ball. [Suzuridani 42, Keishin 38]

    Then, the montage continues with Suzuridani getting more hustle boards to keep scoring until it reaches 1:03 left in the third quarter. The score is displayed at the scoreboard. [Suzuridani 49, Keishin 38]

    The whistle was blown by Yuichi Sakura. “Keishin Academy, members change!” Aya Tachibana and Miho Hikasa were subbed by Hiiragi and Tsubaki Takenaka.

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Kazuko Kakimoto (PG), Hiiragi Takenaka (SG), Mimi Balguerie (SF), Tsubaki Takenaka (PF), Kagetsu Hakamada (C)
    Suzuridani: Asako Matsubara (PG), Sakura Akaike (SG), Yume Nakano (SF), Rena Ashihara (PF), Aya Miyakoōji (C)

    “Good luck, Tsubaki and Hiiragi! Just give Suzuridani a beating for us!” said Aya Tachibana.

    “You betcha!” said Tsubaki.

    “We won’t let our teammates down like this!” said Hiiragi.

    “Yeah!” said Tsubaki.

    “Let’s do it!” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    Hiiragi now holds the ball and Sakura was confronting her.

    “Well, looks like you have no chance to stop Rena’s Eclipse Lustruction” said Sakura.

    “Oh, do you think so?” asked Hiiragi as she performs the Double Mean Play, making the ball disappear.

    “Hey, where did it go?” asked Sakura. Later, Sakura see Tsubaki holding the ball to drive past Rena. “What the?!”

    “Booyah!” said Hiiragi as Tsubaki dunks the ball to the basket. [Suzuridani 49, Keishin 40]

    “Nice dunk, Tsubaki!” said Kagetsu.

    “I’m back in the game with our Double Mean Play goes stronger than before!” said Tsubaki.

    “You did it, Tsubaki! Now, can we start doing a comeback?” said Mimi.

    “Yeah!” said Kazuko, Hiiragi, Tsubaki and Kagetsu.

    “Uh oh. This is bad. Mimi calls for a comeback against us” said Rena.

    “I’m pretty sure that you have to keep using your skill, Rena” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “Oh, right. I have to make sure that they won’t have a short comeback” said Rena.

    Rena would be battling against Tsubaki. Then, Hiiragi comes from behind to guard Rena.

    “Are you kidding me? What’s this?” said Rena, who was confused.

    “Our Double Mean Play is now playing in the game” said Hiiragi.

    “You won’t stand a chance to beat us” said Tsubaki.

    “Oh, curses! I don’t care if you’re doing that, but I’ll shut you down!” said Rena as she drives past Tsubaki and Hiiragi and shoots the ball with the jump shot, but Kagetsu comes out to block Rena’s shot.

    “Sorry, Rena. This is our retribution. Our retribution to beat you!” said Kagetsu.

    “Why, you!” said Rena. Kagetsu would use her Prestigious Charm to create spaces.

    “Now, I’m not doing this before, but here I come!” said Kagetsu as she performs the finger roll to make the ball rolling to the basket. [Suzuridani 49, Keishin 42]

    “Girls, we have thirty seconds remaining to finish the third quarter! Let’s rally back!” said Mimi.

    Asako passes the ball to Aya Miyakoōji, who goes to the three-point area. Kagetsu and Tsubaki guard Aya Miyakoōji with the combination of Double Mean Play and Prestigious Charm.

    “Wow! You’re double teaming me! Well, I never expect to see that happen” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “Yep. That’s why our team has growing our auras to break your team’s strategy!” said Kagetsu.

    “Oh, I will be going to break your strategy even you’re rallying back against us!” said Aya Miyakoōji as she moves out for the double team, but Mimi appeared.

    “You’ll never going to shoot, Aya!” said Mimi.

    “Oh, yeah. I’m going to shoot over your head right now!” said Aya Miyakoōji as she jumps high and shoots the ball with the jump shot. The shot is missed, much to Aya Miyakoōji’s horror. “It didn’t make it?!”

    Hiiragi gets the ball and passes it to Kagetsu.

    “Thanks, Hiiragi!” said Kagetsu.

    “Get them!” said Rena as Aya Miyakoōji and Yume follow Kagetsu.

    “Oh, great. Here goes again. I’m going to show you how it’s done!” said Kagetsu as she dunks the ball over Aya Miyakoōji and Yume. The basket counts, and the time expires.

    “End of third quarter. Suzuridani 49, Keishin 44” said Yuichi Sakurai.

    The players of Suzuridani Elementary School basketball team are exhausting from using the Eclipse Lustruction. “Well, girls. We still have the lead. I hope Keishin will never get their comeback as soon as we’re going to maintain our strategy” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “Yeah!” said Asako, Wakana, Yume and Rena. The players of Suzuridani go to the bench after Manaka Nobidome calls the players for a talk.

    Meanwhile, the players of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team also go to the bench. Mao Kayano feels worrying about their team.

    “My goodness. I’m impressed with your comeback, Tsubaki and Hiiragi. I can’t imagine that you made your teamwork going greater than before. But unfortunately, we have to work things about if we’re going to change the tide of the game” said Mao.

    “Maybe we will use both Aurora Ascendance and Winding Celadon Formation to combat with Suzuridani’s game-changing strategy” said Tsubaki.

    “Yeah. That way, we will be able to run faster as much as we can before the Winding Aurora forms” said Hiiragi.

    “That’s a great idea! Maybe our strength and stamina will be regenerating if we can use the two strategies to recover our minds. I believe that we should do that right away!” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said the players of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

    “But before we’re going to do this, uh… Kazuko, you’ll be substituted, so that Masami will return to play” said Subaru.

    “Okay, Subaru!” said Kazuko.

    “We’ll return to our formal line-up. Masami. Hiiragi. Mimi. Tsubaki. And Kagetsu. All of us will be able to prepare for situations like this. Of course, I need your special skills to be activated” said Mao.

    “Yeah!” said Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Kagetsu and Masami.

    “Good! I don’t know if Suzuridani will keep their formation, but it doesn’t matter. We’ll going to win the final match for the trophy!” said Mao.

    “Yeah!” said Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Kagetsu and Masami.

    “It’s now or never! Our team grows together to become one true team. Are you with me?” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said the members of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

    “One, two, three…” said Mao and Subaru.

    “Let’s go Keishin!” said the members of Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team. The players of Keishin and Suzuridani return to the court for the fourth quarter. It’ll be the fate of the game where the team with complete trust of players and leads all the way through the end will be the true victors of the game.

    “Masami, I have a proposal for you” said Mimi.

    “Sure, Mimi” said Masami, who smiles to Mimi.

    Part 2 will be on the next post.

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Chapter 37: "The Hasegawa Cup Final: The New Dearests vs. The Tigers"

    Part 2

    Back at the bench of Keishin, Jun, Nozomi, Sora, Asumi and Kira were sitting alongside the coaching staff of Mao Kayano and Subaru Hasegawa. They observe the entire team by knowing about their special skills.

    “I wonder what Mimi and Masami are talking about” said Asumi.

    “Well, it’s about using the other special skills from you and your friends to strengthen the use of the Aurora Ascendance and the Winding Celadon Formation” said Kira.

    “Hmm. That’s an interesting idea to me” said Asumi.

    The flashback starts with Mimi and Masami are talking about their team’s strategies.

    “We have many special skills that we used in the game. However, when we insert those to these two strategies, we’ll double the powers of our special skills” said Mimi.

    “You really think it might work?” asked Masami.

    “Yep. I know that we should work together to make sure that the players of Suzuridani will never know about this” said Mimi.

    “I agree. But why are talking with your friends from Ginga’s Pupils while Mao and Subaru lecturing about the current situation, Mimi?” said Masami.

    “You see, Asumi and the other members of Ginga’s Pupils came here to help us. Kazuko feels that we’re going to lose, but Asumi said to me that maybe we should use their special skills temporarily if we have run out of gas” said Mimi.

    “Yeah. I know that you’re going to use that because our special skills have been greater than theirs” said Masami.

    “That’s true, Masami. Now, we should use that and if works, we will be able to form the Winding Aurora and eventually the Blue Star Windstorm” said Mimi.

    “Yeah! I knew you can count on you, Mimi. Just give all what we got!” said Masami.

    “Okay, Masami!” said Mimi as the flashback ends.

    “Now, all what they have to do is to use our special skills to make sure that they will increase their chances to form the Winding Aurora. Also, the Blue Star Windstorm will activate as their secret offensive strategy” said Asumi.

    “Ah, I get it. Looks like Mimi is ready to break Suzuridani’s strategy with her own strategy” said Sora.

    “I agree with Mimi’s plans and that plan should work with the entire team by the complete trust of players. Mimi always expressed feeling of her teammates as well as herself” said Nozomi.

    “I’m proud of Mimi and her team because they have a lot of goals to make. They were compared to your team, Asumi” said Jun.

    “Oh, yeah. I guess that our team has many goals to make and I’m sure that we’re going to make it in the future” said Asumi.

    “As soon as Mimi is leading her team, they will have to work on the current situation they have: the Eclipse Lustruction” said Kira.

    “How does that move that Rena worked?” asked Asumi.

    “It’s simple” said Kazuko, who appeared to meet with Asumi.

    “Kazuko! I’m glad you’re with us!” said Asumi.

    “Yeah, I really am researching about Rena’s move. Rena has the Luminous Trick, the move that was used to trick her opponents by using magic moves. Now, that the Eclipse Lustruction, she finally allows to use any advanced magic moves by using lunatic and lucrative tricks based on her research with her friends from the Dark Star Nights” said Kazuko.

    “So, does that mean that Rena is growing her special skills when she is able to get help from her teammates?” asked Kira.

    “Yeah. I was so afraid that Rena got massive moves to control the game. Then, I was curious about Rena’s expression of being herself” said Kazuko.

    “Oh, that’s what Rena did if she is ambitious to herself. She wanted to be the best only for herself and she’s not influenced with neither on her teammates nor her opponents.” said Asumi.

    "I agree, Asumi” said Sora.

    “You know about her since you play against her” said Nozomi.

    “You and Michiko were working on defeating her when you’re playing against them in the district tournament” said Jun.

    “Yep. She is a small forward and a power forward for Suzuridani. But that’s not all for her, there is something that Rena has weakness in playing” said Asumi.

    “And that is her emotion” said Kazuko.

    “Her emotion? That’s weird” said Sora.

    “I never see that expression before” said Nozomi.

    “Yeah. She never thought that she wants to play for herself. She’s not expressing her diligence to her teammates” said Jun.

    “That’s right, Jun. Rena won’t be able to overcome this because she had a lucrative personality of her own” said Asumi.

    “I hope that Mimi and her teammates will be able to stop Rena’s lunatic plans to win the game” said Kazuko.

    “I agree” said Jun, Nozomi, Sora, Kira and Asumi.

    Lineups:
    Keishin-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm: Masami Fujii (PG), Hiiragi Takenaka (SG), Mimi Balguerie (SF), Tsubaki Takenaka (PF), Kagetsu Hakamada (C)
    Suzuridani: Nobu Okuda (PG), Wakana Hitano (SG), Yume Nakano (SF), Rena Ashihara (PF), Aya Miyakoōji (C)

    The fourth quarter starts with Masami passes the ball to Hiiragi. Hiiragi passes the ball to Mimi, who went to the perimeter. Mimi battles against Yume while her team forms the Aurora Ascendance.

    “The Aurora Ascendance will allow everyone in our team to quickly get the ball or run faster while holding the ball” said Mao. Mimi would drive past Yume, then Rena, and shoots the ball with the floater. The ball drives to the basket and Keishin continues the comeback with an 8-0 run. [Suzuridani 49, Keishin 46]

    “I grow my expectations to use our strategy because we’re trying to go back on track and we can’t lose our team’s pride and honor of our team” said Mimi.

    “Well, we still have our strategy to take you down, Mimi!” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “Oh, you really think so?” asked Mimi.

    “Yeah” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “This is just the beginning, Aya. Whenever your team or our team holds the possession, we’ll determine who the best team is” said Mimi.

    “Yeah, we’re ready to battle you, Aya and Rena! Our bravery, courage and determination are the key to the foundation of our Bravehearts” said Kagetsu.

    The members of the coaching staff of the Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball club give the players on the court their smiles.

    “I see now. I’m also a member of the Bravehearts because I have trusted a friend of mine who has strong minds and always helping me to play basketball. I know that I’m going to leave Suzuridani next year because she impressed me with my talented skills in defense. So, that’s why I committed to play for Suzuridani not only for my courage, but for my generosity” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    Airi sheds a tear after hearing it. “Aya. You’re my friend of prudence. I always believe in you because you’re a gentle person” said Airi.

    Mimi closes her eyes and puts her left hand to the chest. “I always become responsible to my courage and bravery. I will bring my glory to my friends and my countrymen.” Then, she opens her eyes and saying “Let’s finish the match. Our fates are in our hands. We can’t no longer fight for the courage and bravery. We’ll make sure that this match will be bringing memories to each one of us.”

    “Okay!” said Aya Miyakoōji. The players of Keishin and Suruzidani even for the bench players are bringing smiles to their aces.

    The match continues as Wakana battles against Hiiragi. Wakana performs the crossover move before driving past Hiiragi. Then, Wakana shoots the ball from mid-range and the shot is missed.

    “After that ball!” said Aya while Nobu, Yume and Rena run together.

    “Get the ball now!” said Mimi while Masami, Tsubaki and Kagetsu run together.

    Masami takes the ball after a grueling fight against the other players and passes the ball to Mimi.

    Mimi would run the perimeter area and battle against Yume.

    “So, you’re not tougher anymore?” asked Yume.

    “Yeah. When my players give courage, they likely play together. For me, I feel happy when my teammates are helping me a lot” said Mimi.

    “When the game ends, you’ll learn everyone you have and our memories will be remembered” said Yume.

    “Yeah, thanks, Yume. I know you’re my rival to guard me, but for now, I’m not going to lose!” said Mimi as she passes the ball to Masami. At the three-point area, Masami is ready to shoot the ball.

    “Masami, go for it!” said Tsubaki and Kagetsu. Masami releases the ball and the ball drives to the basket. The players of Keishin smile on Masami while Masami is glowing her aura. [Suzuridani 49, Keishin 49]

    “It’s working, Mimi! I feel happy after I made it” said Masami.

    “Great! Now, we can keep this up before Suzuridani rallies again” said Mimi.

    Tsubaki guards Rena as the first minute is up. Only five minutes left in the game.

    “Well, you should’ve said to me that I’m growing my advantage over you. I care for my teammates if I feel comfortable” said Rena.

    “Yep. I can’t say thank you for this game, but I’ll save it for now” said Tsubaki.

    “Oh, sure. Why not, Tsubaki?” said Rena. Rena would use her offensive strategy Nightingale Quadrangle. Rena unleashes her aura as she drives past Tsubaki before shooting the ball with the fadeaway shot. The ball drives to the basket and Suzuridani ends their slump on shooting. [Suzuridani 51, Keishin 49]

    “Yes!” said Rena as she gets more pumped when she successfully scores.

    Hiiragi passes the ball to Tsubaki, then to Kagetsu. Kagetsu would run in semi-circle while Aya follows her.

    “No one has ever done this without the use of synchronization. It feels like we’re getting closer” said Kagetsu.

    “How challenging. For me, I have bonds with my teammates to protect our team. I believe that our team has growing together because we wanted to make history” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “On the bright side, we also have expressions and feelings because we can control our emotions. That way, you will feel admired with all your skills and styles” said Kagetsu.

    “I can feel it, Kagetsu” said Aya Miyakoōji. Kagetsu would go to the paint and releases the ball to shoot with the finger roll. [Suzuridani 51, Keishin 51]

    Yume passes the ball to Nobu while Wakana and Yume guard Mimi.

    “We can’t let those opponents get the ball from her” said Hiiragi.

    Nobu would pass the ball to Aya Miyakoōji, who shoots the ball with the jump shot. The shot is good and Suzuridani retakes the lead. [Suzuridani 53, Keishin 51]

    “I know my teammates are helping each other. This will make things different when you change the tide of the game” said Mimi.

    Hiiragi runs through the low post area and is confronted by Yume. Hiiragi sees Masami without her opponent. “Catch, Masami!” said Hiiragi.

    Hiiragi throws the ball and Masami gets the ball, but Nobu stop Masami from moving.

    “Oh no!” said Tsubaki.

    “You’re not going to shoot your three-point shots, Masami!” said Nobu. Masami growls upon hearing this, but she can’t give up.

    “My pride of Suzuran knows how to copy the moves. In case you know, I have many moves to use” said Masami.

    “Show it to me!” said Nobu. Masami nods and starts copying the moves from the members of Ginga’s Pupils.

    “Whoa! What is this?” said Rena as Masami passes the ball to Tsubaki through a ray of light.

    “Is that…” said Nobu.

    “…what I think it is?” asked Yume.

    “It’s Chiyo Masuda’s Rising Thunder Struck” said Asumi. Tsubaki performs the finger roll and the shot is good. [Suzuridani 53, Keishin 53]

    “Masami can able to copy of my friends’ special moves because Masami can able to connect her attributes and skills to anyone in our team or her opponents” said Saki.

    “That’s true, Saki. I believe that Masami has controlled all of the copied moves depends on what to choose” said Hinata.

    “Hurry, girls! We have to catch things up!” said Rena as her teammates run through the other side of the court, but all of a sudden, Tsubaki and Hiiragi use their speed to go to the perimeter.

    “We won’t let you pass!” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    “Alright! You did it, TsubaHii!” said Maho.

    “That was the Simple Defensive Upgrade from Hiroe Yamagiwa” said Kira.

    “I’m sure that Tsubaki and Hiiragi learn this after what they watch our matches” said Hiroe Yamagiwa.

    “Okay, everyone on the position! Winding Celadon Formation, activate!” said Mimi as the defensive strategy is formed.

    “It’s that Winding Formation again!” said Nobu. Masami was so fast she tried to strip the ball, but Nobu passes the ball to Yume.

    “Checkmate! You’ll be crushed!” said Yume as she shoots the ball with the jump shot, but the shot is missed.

    “Recover the ball!” said Wakana. Tsubaki, Mimi, Rena and Aya jumps high to see who gets the ball. Aya Miyakoōji get the ball and does the putback shot. [Suzuridani 55, Keishin 53]

    “This is going to be down to the wire!” said Subaru. With three minutes remaining, the players are going in intense mode because of their different formations.

    Masami passes the ball to Kagetsu and Kagetsu would use the Prestigious Charm to drive and pass the ball to Mimi. Mimi would shoot the ball with a turnaround jumper and the shot is good. [Suzuridani 55, Keishin 55]

    “Great shot, Mimi!” said Tomoka.

    “Oh, she’s on fire!” said Hinata.

    “I knew that their new strategy was a very good idea” said Airi.

    The players of Suzuridani use their strength to battle against the Winding Celadon Formation. Nobu passes the ball to Yume. Yume clashes with Mimi for the battle of their strength.

    “You looked so good, Mimi!” said Yume as she tries to prove herself to be strong.

    Mimi observes Yume and Kagetsu appears at the paint. Yume escapes Mimi and shoots the ball with the floater, but Kagetsu blocks the shot with Kotori Katsuro’s Malachite Hammer Block.

    “Not so fast, Yume!” said Kagetsu and the ball goes out of the ball.

    “Out of bounds, dark uniform ball” said Yuichi Sakurai. As a result, Suzuridani will keep their possession.

    “Looks like we’re almost there for the hardest part: the last ride” said Manaka Nobidome.

    “I remembered the matches we have in the district tournament, but this one proves to be on the different level” said Miyu.

    The crowd chanted oohs and aahs as Yuichi Sakurai gives the ball to Nobu. Nobu passes the ball to Yume. Yume passes the ball to Wakana, who would shoot the ball with the bank shot, but the shot is missed.

    “It misses again!” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “Wakana, stay here. I’ll get it!” said Nobu. As Nobu gets the ball back, she shoots the ball on the paint, but it came too later the shot clock expires and the shot is annulled.

    “Twenty-four second violation. Light uniform ball” said Yuichi Sakurai. The buzzer sounds as the players run to the other side of the court. Masami passes the ball to Hiiragi.

    “What a close call. I can’t believe that the game is tied” said Hiiragi.

    “Yeah. Seriously, this is not going to be easier than I thought, but I approved to you, Hiiragi, we have a great chance” said Masami.

    “Yeah, you’re right, Masami” said Hiiragi as she passes the ball to Tsubaki, who was on the perimeter.

    Tsubaki would move to the low post area, but Rena follows her too.

    “This is getting serious. Rena has the proving ground to control the defense. I can’t able to shoot over her” said Tsubaki.

    “Are you giving up?” asked Rena.

    “No, Rena! I’m not giving up! I know that I’m very serious right now!” said Tsubaki.

    “What are you gonna do? Drive and pass? Or shoot?” said Rena.

    “I’m not answering your question right now” said Tsubaki.

    “What?!” said Rena. Tsubaki drives past to shoot the ball with the finger roll, but Rena unconditionally blocks the shot and touches Tsubaki’s hand. Yuichi Sakurai blows his whistle and calls a foul for Rena.

    “Dark uniform, foul. Number 5, shooting. Two free throws, Light uniform number 7” said Yuichi Sakurai.

    “Rena! Why did you do that?” said Hiiragi.

    “I tried to block the shot, but I landed on her torso and touched her hand. It’s not intentional to do the block” said Rena.

    “Well, you almost got downed with this. Thank God, I’m still standing up” said Tsubaki.

    “Why, you little diabolic twins!” said Rena.

    “Hey, how dare you saying that to my teammates? Don’t you get it. You got a foul. It’s okay that it’s just one foul in the game” said Masami.

    “Oh, I’m not gonna give up with my lunatic tricks, Masami!” said Rena as she starts the fight against Masami. Rena argues with Masami while fighting. Mimi and Aya Miyakoōji try to stop the fight.

    “Oh great, here goes again! Back to the last match against them” said Maho. Subaru smiles, remembering the fight between Rena and Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Masami.

    Rena shouts to Masami “I’m not a diabolic person, Masami!”

    Then, Masami said to Rena “You’re not controlling your anger!”

    “What did you say, Masami?” asked Rena.

    Mimi shouted to Masami and Rena “Enough!” Mimi stares at Rena while Tsubaki and Hiiragi calm Masami down. Aya Miyakoōji pats Rena’s shoulders.

    “Doing a hostile confrontation is not cool. To my observation, you should have saying good things, not mean things. It will break their hearts and lose their emotions” said Mimi.

    “I know you understand your statement, but I’m just an idiot who mocks anyone who are weak and afraid” said Rena.

    “You know what, you don’t have to fight against them. Look what you’ve done. Masami is now afraid of you. You have to act serious like the other players who have rebellious personality like you” said Mimi.

    “Yeah, I shouldn’t do this. I’m not acting like a lunatic trickster, I’m a delinquent player” said Rena. The players of Suzuridani gasp and surprise to see Rena’s true identity.

    “Well, you are not delinquent. You’re more ambitious than your teammates. I know you admire them and us, but don’t try to do hostile action again. The referee would have call you a technical foul if you keep doing this worse” said Mimi.

    “Yeah, I understand” said Rena.

    “Now, apologize to Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Masami.

    Rena nervously apologizes to Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Masami. “I’m sorry, Tsubaki. I’m sorry, Hiiragi. I’m sorry, Masami. I promise that I don’t want to do any dirty tricks to you again.” Then, Rena feels sorry to them for what she had done earlier.

    “It’s okay, Rena. We know this situation and you don’t ever bother to us again” said Masami.

    “Yeah, Rena! You should have been ashamed for doing this!” said Tsubaki.

    “I know that you’re acting like a lunatic player, but don’t say harsh things to your opponents like us” said Hiiragi.

    At first, Rena feels upset after hearing their statements, but she feels confident not lose her patience. “Fine. I know you’re upset, but can will become friends? Huh?”

    Masami, Tsubaki and Hiiragi nods in serious mode. “Alright!” said Mimi and Aya Miyakoōji.

    “We finally able to calm Rena down” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “Thanks to you, Rena feels okay again” said Mimi.

    “Aww. Rena finally admits her true identity” said Maho.

    “It feels that she is finally gaining her confidence right now. Shewill never bother to her opponents again” said Saki.

    “Yeah, I know that she is trying to improve her behavior in playing basketball. She is so wicked that she had to deliver her pity to our friends” said Airi.

    “Oh, Rena finally stops doing dirty tricks after all” said Hinata.

    “Of course, Hinata! She finally cared for her teammates and her opponents. I wished that when we face her again, no more fights and no more troubles in the game” said Tomoka.

    Part 3 will be on the next post.

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Chapter 37: "The Hasegawa Cup Final: The New Dearests vs. The Tigers"

    Part 3

    The players are in the free throw line and Tsubaki prepares to shoot her first free throw.

    “Two shots. I have to make two shots or it’s all fallen” said Tsubaki. Tsubaki releases the ball to shoot the first free throw shot and the first shot is good. [Keishin 56, Suzuridani 55]

    “Yes!” said Mimi.

    “We got our lead again!” said Hiiragi.

    “Great shot, Tsubaki!” said Kagetsu.

    “I know that she’s expected to do this for all day long!” said Masami.

    Yuichi Sakurai gives the ball to Tsubaki as Tsubaki prepares to shoot the second free throw shot. “Now, I will shoot one more to complete my free throw shooting” said Tsubaki as she releases the ball to shoot the second free throw shot. The ball drives to the basket and Keishin is now lead by 2. [Keishin 57, Suzuridani 55]

    “You did it again, Tsubaki!” said Masami.

    “Nice shot, Tsubaki!” said Mimi.

    “Great job in shooting two free throws” said Kagetsu.

    “You’re doing better than the last game against them” said Hiiragi.

    “Now that we have the two-point lead, why don’t we’re going to finish the game together?” asked Tsubaki.

    “Yeah!” said Masami, Mimi, Hiiragi and Kagetsu.

    “They finally regain the lead with full hearts and their perfect combination between the trust and teamwork is completely paying off” said Mao.

    “Yep. I know that they become part of the team when they’re playing for the supremacy of who the best batch is. That’s why they called them the “New Dearests”. I believe that Mimi and her teammates will continue to play for the varsity team and I hope that they will joining with Tomoka and her teammates in middle school soon” said Subaru.

    The game continues with the two teams begin to battle for the final three minutes. The song 「Get goal! 」 was used for the rest of the game. The time is now 2:43 remaining. Yume battles against Mimi.

    “The battle is just begun. I’m going to defeat you with my furious hands!” said Yume.

    “Oh, yeah. I’m going to defeat you as well!” said Mimi.

    Nobu shouts to Yume. “Pass it to me, Yume!” Yume carefully passes the ball to Nobu. Nobu would shoot the ball with the jump shot, but the shot is missed.

    “Get them!” said Masami. Tsubaki and Rena jump together, trying to get the ball. Tsubaki gets the ball first and passes the ball to Kagetsu.

    Kagetsu runs to the key and passes the ball to Mimi. Kagetsu is using Kahele Hiraka’s special move Tropical Sunrise while Mimi shoots the ball with the Comet Shot. The ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 59, Suzuridani 55]

    “Kagetsu and Mimi are the duo of iridescent sisters. Mimi is always caring for me while my sister is very happy to enjoy her prestigious life with me” said Hinata.

    “I believe that Kagetsu is cuter than Mimi. She always expressing her feelings to you when you found something expected” said Airi.

    “Yeah. I can’t wait to see Kagetsu and Mimi playing in the court when they’re in the district tournament soon” said Hinata.

    “Yeah, I agree, Hinata” said Airi.

    Wakana passes the ball to Nobu, who performs the crossover moves and passes back to Wakana. Wakana would shoot the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Keishin 59, Suzuridani 57]

    The time ticks to 2:03 remaining as the game now reaches to the final stretch. Masami passes the ball to Tsubaki, who would drive past Rena.

    “I’m going to show you something that we store in our training!” said Tsubaki as she passes the ball to Hiiragi.

    “You bet, Tsuba!” said Hiiragi as she dunks the ball to the basket with one finger. [Keishin 61, Suzuridani 57]

    “Wow, they’re strong!” said Nobu.

    “It’s an alley-oop!” said Yume.

    “The twins have always doing things right when they’re performing magic tricks” said Maho.

    “They grow themselves and they finally found their gems to improve their exotic skills” said Saki.

    “Yeah, at least, they’re now ready to finish the game!” said Maho.

    “It sure is. They’re definitely going to finish the game, Maho!” said Saki.

    Masami and Nobu battle each other for their ball as Nobu performs the crossover moves. Then, Nobu passes the ball to Wakana. “Wakana, catch!”

    “You rock, Nobu!” said Wakana as she shoots the ball with the jump shot. The ball drives to the basket and Suzuridani cuts the lead to 2. [Keishin 61, Suzuridani 59]

    Nobu gives Wakana a high five! Aya Miyakoōji smiles to see them working together.

    Mimi dribbles to the key as she is battling against Yume. While she prepares to use her signature move, Mimi shows her true formation of the Winding Aurora as she and her players are glowing their auras. “I feel that it’s finally working. Everyone! The Winding Aurora is now forming!”

    Mimi would unleash her aura to pass the ball to Hiiragi, then to Tsubaki and then to Kagetsu. Kagetsu jumps high, preparing to shoot the ball.

    Aya Miyakoōji also jumps beside Kagetsu as she is about to block Kagetsu’s shot. “You’re not getting away with this!”

    “Well, you may never know what’s changing. It’s our auras that Mimi creates. Her observation knows everything in the court. You know what that means…” said Kagetsu as she performs the fake as she jumps down and steps back to shoot the ball with the fadeaway shot. “…our team has completely bonded with true teamwork!” The ball drives to the basket and the basket counts for two points. [Keishin 63, Suzuridani 59]

    “Nice shot, sister!” said Hinata.

    “You’re more charming than your teammates!” said Airi.

    “You’re very strong right now, Gettan!” said Miho.

    “I’m so proud of you, Kagetsu!” said Kira.

    Kagetsu smiles to her friends and teammates and saying “Thanks, everyone!” Then, Kagetsu turns to her teammates. “It’s not over yet, girls! We have a lot of things to do!”

    “Everyone, on your defensive formation! We can still use some special moves from our friends to strengthen the Winding Aurora!” said Masami.

    “Okay!” said Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Kagetsu.

    Wakana battles against Hiiragi while Rena and Tsubaki are waiting their signals to perform the next play. “Come on, Wakana! You got this!” said Rena.

    “Hii, I’m going to contain Rena’s strength!” said Tsubaki.

    “Okay!” said Hiiragi. When Tsubaki and Hiiragi run faster, Wakana and Rena are surprised to see their agility getting higher. However, Wakana passes the ball to Rena, who dashes outside to the three-point line and throws the ball high. “Here’s your alley-oop, Aya!”

    “Okay!” said Aya Miyakoōji as she dunks the ball to the basket. [Keishin 63, Suzuridani 61]

    The crowd is getting louder as the time ticks to one minute. The players of Suzuridani prepares for big defense on their next play.

    “Everyone, get on defense!” said Manaka Nobidome.

    “This is now or never, Suzuridani! Keep your pride and show what you got!” said Miyu.

    “Okay!” said Nobu, Wakana, Yume, Rena and Aya.

    On the other hand, Subaru and Mao are shouting to the players. “Last minute, girls! We have to win the game!”

    “Okay!” said Masami, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Mimi and Kagetsu.

    Mimi runs faster and drives past Yume before passes the ball to Masami. Masami would shoot the ball with the three-point shot, but the shot is missed.

    “Ah! Oh, no!” said Masami much to her teammates’ dismay.

    “Take that ball back!” said Mimi as the players of Keishin and Suzuridani clash each other to get the ball.

    “I have to defend my team to win the game” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “No matter what we do in the end, we’re going to succeed” said Rena.

    “I have to get the ball right on cue to end our struggles right here, right now” said Tsubaki.

    “This is our destiny to win the fight and our miseries will be finally over” said Hiiragi.

    “It’s our true formation to synchronize everything what we did” said Masami.

    “Bringing the colorful domination will surely be done at this one” said Kagetsu.

    “If we’re going to get the ball together, we’ll finally going to win the game” said Mimi.

    Rena would get the ball from her teammates and her opponents and run faster. The players of Keishin never give up as they chase Rena to the free throw line.

    “I’ll never going to make big mistakes if I’ll ever going to be stronger again!” said Rena as she jumps and shoots the ball. Tsubaki jumps over Rena and blocks the shot.

    “Tsubaki!” said Hiiragi.

    “She did it!” said Masami.

    “What a big block!” said Kagetsu.

    “Nice block, Tsubaki!” said Mimi.

    Tsubaki smiles to her teammates. But before Mimi and her teammates are about to do next, Aya Miyakoōji gets the ball and passes the ball to Yume.

    “It’s not over, Keishin! We’re still here!” said Aya Miyakoōji. The players of Keishin and Suzuridani gasp.

    Yume is getting serious right now as she battles against Mimi.

    “Our passion hearts are not fading if we win, but they’ll completely ruin if we lose” said Nobu.

    “We can’t lose this match to the rivals like you!” said Yume as she passes the ball to Rena. Tsubaki and Hiiragi tries to stop Rena, but Aya Miyakoōji calls Rena for the pass.

    “Rena! Give the ball to me!” said Aya Miyakoōji.

    “Okay!” said Rena as she completely passes the ball with the invisible formation and Aya Miyakoōji gets the ball.

    “It’s time to end this!” said Aya Miyakoōji as she shoots the ball away from her opponents and teammates.

    The ball drives to the basket and Yuichi Sakurai counts the basket for three points. “Basket counted, three points!” [Suzuridani 64, Keishin 63]

    The crowd is going crazy as the game is about to end in nine seconds. Only if Keishin will score the game-winning shot to win the tournament.

    “It’s over, Mimi! You’re too late to defeat us!” said Rena.

    “It’s not over, Rena! We still have one more play!” said Mimi.

    “What?!” said Rena.

    “Mimi’s right, Rena! The game is not over!” said Aya Miyakoōji while Nobu, Wakana and Yume agree to Mimi’s words.

    Rena feels pity to her opponents and also to her teammates. “Alright, I’ll say that you have one more chance. This time, when you’re going to shoot, I’ll crush you with my furious hands!” said Rena.

    “Well, it’s your choice, Rena, but this game will continue!” said Mimi. The players of Keishin are gaining a relief after the heated confrontation. This means that Keishin will have their last chance.

    The last play begins with Masami passes the ball to Hiiragi. Hiiragi passes the ball to Mimi way too longer. “This is for you, Mimi!” said Hiiragi.

    “Oh no, you don’t!” said Rena as she appears, trying to stop Mimi’s last chance.

    “Sorry, Rena. But you’re too late!” said Mimi as she gets the ball and runs through Rena.

    “I’ll crush you in the end, Mimi!” said Rena.

    “Never again, Rena! It’s now or never!” said Mimi while Rena gasps.

    “Everyone, it’s our true formation of our team under the series of celadon auroras. Mimi…” said Kagetsu.

    “…do it for us!” said Kagetsu, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and the other members of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team. Mimi releases the ball as she performs the floater over Rena and the ball drives to the basket. The buzzer sounds and the game is over. The Keishin Academy 6th Graders wins the girls’ tournament of the Hasegawa Cup by the score of 65-64.

    The members of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team go to the court to congratulate Mimi and her teammates for their victory against Suzuridani Girls’ Academy. This marks the end of the struggles of the Keishin Academy against the Suzuridani Girls’ Academy in the elementary school basketball.

    “We won!” said Kagetsu, raising her fists up as a sign of victory. The players are tears in joy as they win the final match of the girls’ tournament of the Hasegawa Cup. Subaru Hasegawa and Mao Kayano shake their hands with Manaka Nobidome and Miyu Aida.

    “You did it, Mimi! The victory is finally ours!” said Tomoka.

    “You save our team from the struggles and miseries!” said Maho.

    “It’s finally over! We won against Suzuridani fair and square!” said Masami.

    “Your true formation has finally worked out, team!” said Saki.

    “I’m finally happy to see you winning with your true fighting spirit!” said Airi.

    “The struggles are now gone for good!” said Tsubaki.

    “We never give up and we finally win!” said Hiiragi.

    “It’s all because of you, Mimi, you’re the best player of our team!” said Kagetsu.

    “I always promise you and it’s finally come true!” said Hinata.

    “Thank you, everyone! I’m so happy that we finally end our losing streak against them! It’s all thanks to everyone who help and support our team from the first game up to the last game. Are we okay, everyone?” said Mimi.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team.

    “Let’s celebrate our victory with the afterparty!” said Mimi.

    “Alright!” said the members of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team.

    Later, the boys’ tournament finally comes to an end with the Keishin Academy boys’ basketball club defeated Team Blue and Yellow by the score of 66 to 58.

    The Hasegawa Cup is finally come to a close as the closing ceremonies are held at the Recreational Center. The organizers give the trophies to the champions of the boys’ and girls’ tournaments: the Keishin Academy representing the sixth graders, led by Mimi Balguerie and Naoki Hatano.

    “I hereby the champions of the girls’ tournament of the Hasegawa Cup belongs to the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team representing the sixth graders. Congratulations to all of you!” said Ginga Hasegawa as he gives the medals to the members of the Keishin Academy-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm.

    “One, two, three… we won the Hasegawa Cup!” shouted the members of the Keishin Academy-Team Balguerie-Innocent Charm.

    UP NEXT: Chapter 38: "The Hasegawa Cup Post-Tournament Charming Afterparty (Part 1)"

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    Today is Chinese New Year and it's a great time to post another update for Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts! Also, It's going to be the 100th and 101st post in the series! The series is now progressing and I hope that when you reach Volume 4, it's now more focused on a different goal each team make. I'm done with the Special Chapter 4 and now I'm going to start drafting two pieces: Extras 4 (One Winding Connection) and Special Chapter 5. So, that when it's done, I'm going to start Volume 4 by Monday. For tonight's update, it will be the afterparty of the Hasegawa Cup. It happened after the finals of the boys and girls tournaments where the Keishin Academy won their games with their performances gone more dominant than their opponents. For that, this will be the first part and on Sunday, the second part is here alongside the The Six Groups of Bravehearts. So, enjoy reading Chapter 38!

    Before the afterparty, Subaru Hasegawa, Aoi Ogiyama, Banri Kashii, Kazunari Uehara, Satsuki Kakizono and Tae Mishōji meet with the other members of the Nashiba High School basketball team. The members of the Nashiba High School have announced that Shun Mizusaki is going to a college in Minato, Tokyo. Then, Subaru and his team are planning to meet Shin Mizusaki one more time before Shin goes to Minato tomorrow. Also, Takehiro Furukawa had some things to say with the members of the Nashiba High School basketball team before they leave. Once the meeting with their fellow teammates are done, Subaru, Aoi, Banri, Kazunari, Satsuki and Tae go to the conference room to celebrate the victory of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team at the Hasegawa Cup finals. Later, tonight, the Bravehearts hold the Hasegawa Cup afterparty and different groups will be celebrating at the Misawa Resort Hotel. This would be the last activity for the Bravehearts before classes will start tomorrow. The Bravehearts are ready to prepare their future as long as they are celebrating for one night.

    VOLUME 3: “A CHARMING SENSATION”
    CHAPTER 38: “THE HASEGAWA CUP POST-TOURNAMENT CHARMING AFTERPARTY (PART 1)”

    As the Hasegawa Cup comes to a close, the players of the Nashiba High School Basketball Team have stayed in the basketball court of the Misawa Resort Hotel Recreational Center after the closing ceremonies. They are waiting for Subaru, Aoi, Banri, Kazunari, Satsuki and Tae, who were accompanying the members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School Basketball Team to the conference room.

    “I wonder where Subaru and the team are up to” said Takehiro.

    “He said that he and his team will arrive here soon. They were with the Keishin Academy Basketball Team” said Kirara.

    “I hope that they’re not staying with them for long” said Itaru Tsychiya.

    “Hey, they’re here!” said Saori Aoyama as Subaru, Aoi, Banri, Kazunari, Satsuki and Tae are walking to the basketball court to meet with the other members of the Nashiba High School Basketball Team.

    “Hey, everyone!” said Subaru as the members of Nashiba High School Basketball Team are relieved to see Subaru, Aoi, Banri, Kazunari, Satsuki and Tae.

    The boys and girls of Nashiba High School Basketball Team have their team meeting at the Recreational Center where they talk about Shun Mizusaki’s future and the future of Nashiba High School Basketball Team.

    “So, what’s the news, Takehiro?” asked Subaru.

    “You see… our ex-manager Shin Mizusaki is now joining a college team in Minato for his rookie season” said Takehiro.

    “Huh?” said the members of the Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team.

    “I thought he said that he will play in a large university in Tokyo?” asked Seiji Kōno.

    “Well, it appears that Shin had just received an email from a college in Minato that he was finally accepted to join that school’s basketball team” said Takehiro.

    “I realize that he admits that he was a strong player. He couldn’t have left us when the basketball team was reinstated” said Takumi Ōhata.

    “Yeah, he wanted to apologize to our basketball director for what he had done last year. I believe that the basketball director wants to see him again even that he will go to his new school tomorrow” said Sadatoshi Kiuchi.

    “Probably, Shin had just changed his appearance from being a wicked guy to a heartthrob guy” said Minami Satō.

    “It seems that Shin had finally gain his confidence when he accepted his mistakes from doing a such incident before. I know that he will finally begin to rebuild again, so that he will become stronger than he had in his previous year” said Kirara Shimazaki.

    “I agree” said Aoi.

    “Say, if he admits that his incident proved to be serious, he would have been suspended for a long time. But he told the truth when he said that he had a miserable night while meeting with the victim” said Nanako Kimura.

    “Hmm. He did a proper apology to the basketball director. Now, he wants to prove himself to become a stronger player” said Naomori Abe.

    “I agree. Now, if he returns to play, he will have to retrace his tracks again since he was now back from an indefinite suspension in Nashiba” said Takehiro.

    “True, Takehiro. For now, he will be with us part-time if he will decide to help us in contending for the championship” said Kazunari.

    “Well, that’s a great idea” said Aoi. Other members of the Nashiba High School Basketball Team agree with Kazunari’s idea. Takeshi Furukawa, Takehiro’s father, had some other plans.

    “I think it may not going to happen, guys. You see, Shin talked to me earlier this morning and he said that he will only be appearing at our trainings every weekend, but if he has time to get in touch with us, he must have the waiver to participate at our training” said Takeshi.

    “Why, father? Shin is just preparing his sights to go to college and wanting to us again in person” said Takehiro.

    “Hmm. I was saying that he will not be getting along with us he will be busy training with his new school. Also, he has limited time to visit us if he commits to play for that team” said Takeshi.

    “Guess you’re right, guys. We can’t talk to him if he has training sessions in his new school, so why we’ll ask him if he can join with us again for anything” said Subaru.

    “That’s it! Nice thinking, Subaru. How about we’re going to talk to him if he can allow himself joining with us for a week, so that we’re going to decide on what to do next” said Takehiro.

    “I second that, Takehiro” said Banri. The other boys like Subaru’s idea.

    “We’ll support Subaru’s idea” said Aoi while the other girls agree with Subaru.

    “I’m glad that we’re going to try, but how about at the afterparty?” said Takehiro.

    “Yeah” said the players of the Nashiba High School Basketball Team.

    “Then it’s all set! I know that you’re feeling sad letting Shin go, but after all, it’s our school’s willpower” said Takehiro.

    The players of the Nashiba High School Basketball Team are hopefully going to meet Shin Mizusaki later at the afterparty. Then, Itaru Tsuchiya asks Takehiro about the plans for the team.

    “What are you planning, Manager?” asked Itaru Tsuchiya.

    “I was planning if we can hold practice sessions every Tuesday and Thursday and then, hold tryouts for new players to join our team” said Takehiro.

    “Hmm. Sounds like we’re going to have new players in our team. I believe that we already have one member” said Naomori Abe.

    “I was recruited by Subaru and the team when they meet at the park while confronting Ryuichi Suga” said Seijirō Hakamada.

    “Oh, yes. Seijirō is the only first year student in our team. We need more neophytes to complete the team” said Subaru.

    “I agree what Subaru said. Maybe be the third week, we’re going to hold tryouts for the new players to join our team. Also, the girls’ team will hold tryouts too!” said Takehiro.

    “I’m sure that they are going to see the new Nashiba High School Basketball Team and they believe that we put all things back to normal after the suspension” said Kazunari.

    “Of course, Kazunari. Say, if we can hold training every other day, we’re going to save the other days for other sports” said Satsuki.

    “We already have the schedule for the use of the gym and right now, the other sports have their practice sessions on the other days. I think we’re going to allow training outside the school for weekend if we have the permission from the director” said Takehiro.

    “Alright!” said the players of the Nashiba High School Basketball Team.

    “We’ll only do we have time to train on the weekend except holidays” said Takehiro.

    “It’s a deal, Takehiro!” said Subaru.

    “Now, only we have left is that with the Interhigh qualifiers are about to begin by next month, we’ll start doing training before our first game. I’m going to book three matches, so that we’re in shape to compete at the Interhigh qualifiers. Since we’re in Tokyo, we’ll face off against different opponents from more than 200 high school teams” said Takehiro.

    “It will be a random seeding where we’re going to be attached to and we should start the practice until it reaches our first game. I can say that we’re heading new sights for the tournament” said Takeshi.

    “So, hopefully, we’re going to begin our new season with our impressive wins against different opponents” said Takehiro.

    “In addition, the invitational tournaments for the Ōta League will be optional to do if we have time to participate” said Kumi Nakajima, the manager of the Nashiba High School Girls’ Basketball Team.

    “Alright, looks like we have to go to the garden for a walk. Would you come with us?” said Takehiro.

    “Well, we certainly nice to come with you, but we have to go back to the conference room for the afterparty” said Subaru.

    “Yeah, we’re supporting the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team and we have to save that later” said Aoi.

    “Okay. Just come to us if you want” said Takehiro.

    “We will!” said Subaru, Aoi, Banri, Kazunari, Satsuki and Tae as the six leave the Recreational Center to go back to the conference room where the room is filled with members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team and a lot of foods from the Golden Sun Restaurant.

    “Subaru. Aoi. You’re back. How’s the meeting with your teammates?” said Mao Kayano.

    “It’s fine right now. Just we’re going to plan for the future of our basketball team. So, Mao, how’s your basketball team?” said Subaru.

    “Huh? What basketball team?” asked Mao.

    “Your high school basketball team” replied Subaru.

    “Well, it appears that we’re also planning to do practice sessions soon and we’re ready to compete for the Interhigh qualifiers” said Mao.

    “Hmm. Feels that we have different goals and expectations we make” said Subaru.

    “Yeah” said Mao. Then, Subaru and Mao talk to the members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team.

    “Alright, everyone. Now, I’m very fortunate to tell you that I would like to congratulate to everyone for participating at the Hasegawa Cup. Well done, everyone!” said Mao. The members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team are clapping their hands to each other.

    “The boys’ team also made it to the finals and I believe that they’re performing stronger like our plays did. So, let’s congratulate to them as well!” said Subaru. The members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team are clapping their hands once again for the boys of the elementary school’s varsity team.

    “Now, we have nine months away to participate at the district tournament and I believe that we’re going to train for the next competition. Now, from what I read from the website of the Ōta League, the ForM Cup will be held in seven months and that’ll be too long to wait for that event. So, right now, I feel confident that everyone will participate at the invitational tournaments for a while” said Mao.

    “That’s right, guys. We can’t have training if we don’t participate at the invitational tournament” said Subaru.

    “So, in order to prepare for the next major tournament, we’re going to have practice sessions every Tuesday and Thursday for the boys and every Wednesday and Friday for the girls” said Yuichi Uchida.

    “And then, every Saturday, it’s a free day, which means we can’t have the training on that date. However, if a holiday reaches on that date, we’ll make double sessions for one to two days” said Mao.

    “Monday will be double sessions, so which means that both boys’ and girls’ teams will train altogether” said Subaru.

    “All of these are approved by the athletics department a few days ago before the tournament” said Jirō Matsuoka.

    “You hear that, Hii? We’re going to have schedule for practice” said Tsubaki.

    “Yeah, Tsuba. I’m finally get excited to go for practice” said Hiiragi.

    “The training will be in three weeks and that’s why we can’t have training for the first two weeks” said Mimi.

    “Of course, the tryouts will be held in the third week and the start of basketball activities will be in May” said Kagetsu.

    “I’m sure that we have many things to do before we start the training” said Masami.

    “But for now, I’m planning to watch Subaru and his guys training in the Misawa Resort Hotel” said Kazuko.

    “Yeah, since the agreement was made, we allow to stay at the resort hotel for any purposes of the Bravehearts” said Subaru.

    “I think it’s time to have new opportunities to start a new season” said Kazunari.

    “Also, our Bravehearts will be staying at the mansion while the other teams will be assigned to live somewhere” said Aoi.

    “I can’t wait to start the training soon. It will be more fun” said Naoki.

    “I’m pretty sure the manager will follow what the director says” said Shun.

    “Now, if Mao is in practice for the high school team, she can’t get along with you. That’s why I’m going to substitute for her if that happens” said Satsuki.

    “We’re friendly to Mao and we’ll also going to help you improving before the next tournament” said Tae.

    “At the end of the day, I hope that you’ll learn everything from the managers and that’s why we’re going to start play hard” said Banri.

    “The school year starts tomorrow, and I hope that we’re going to start planning new goals for everyone” said Mao.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team.

    “On the bright side, we still have many weeks to plan for the upcoming invitational tournament” said Erika.

    “Yeah, you’re right. We shall talk about that by Saturday to plan about the next activities” said Mao.

    “Also, I have some special locker rooms for each of us located beside the counter where you will allow to keep your stuff right here, so that the next time you visit the Recreational Center again, you will be able to secure your personal belongings” said Subaru.

    “Right now, these lockers are available to anyone who are members of the Nashiba High School. Fortunately, there are vacant lockers all nearby the other side of the first room. So, choose wisely and keep your stuff here” said Aoi.

    “Okay!” said the members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team.

    “Since the locker rooms in the gymnasium of the Keishin Academy are limited to the varsity players only, the locker rooms in the Recreational Center are available to anyone” said Mao.

    “You can decide if you want keep your stuff in the locker room” said Hitomi Hakamada.

    “So, do you understand about the use of locker rooms at the Recreational Center?” asked Mao.

    “Yes, ma’am! I understand” said the members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team.

    “Now, that you’re all happy winning the tournament. Why are going to start the afterparty at 8:00?” said Mao.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team, who are very excited to enjoy the afterparty later in the evening.

    “Great! Let’s go out there and celebrate!” said Mao.

    “Okay!” said the members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team as they leave the conference room. They leave the Recreational Center and walk to the garden.

    As the members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School basketball team are walking, Mimi, Tomoka, Subaru, Aoi and Mao are talking to each other.

    “What are you gonna do, Tomoka? Are you supposed to come with us later?” said Mimi.

    “No, Mimi. Jun and I are planning to stay at the mansion along with my friends and I hope that we’re gonna plan later on” said Tomoka.

    “That’s great, Tomoka. I can’t believe that Subaru is helping us winning the tournament with the new strategies he made” said Mimi.

    “Yeah, I was so thrilled that your performance was very impressive before my eyes” said Tomoka.

    “That’s true, Tomoka. At least, I’m a member of Ginga’s Pupils after all” said Mimi.

    “Oh, Mimi. You’re quite smiling right now” said Tomoka.

    “Yep” said Mimi.

    “Subaru, I’m so happy that you finally help Mimi and her team winning. How did you do that?” said Tomoka.

    “It’s simple. I modified my strategies from your team and then, Mao and I are modifying my strategies with her strategies to make sure that they’re matching with Suzuridani’s. I begin to feel that our team has the advantage to defeat Suzuridani because it’s very different than the one I use in the district tournament” said Subaru.

    “Oh, I get it. Looks like those are going to be used for the future games” said Tomoka.

    “That’s right, Tomoka. My old strategies are considered obsolete and my new strategies are improving our team’s playing style” said Mao.

    “You really looked great, Subaru. Thanks for helping us win the match against Suzuridani. You’re the dearest like Tomoka” said Mimi, who gives Subaru the kindest smile.

    “Thanks, Mimi” said Subaru. Tomoka also gives Subaru a smile as well because Subaru was able to help Tomoka’s friend Mimi and her team, the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team, to win the match against Suzuridani Academy basketball team.

    Part 2 will be on the next post.

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