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Veteran forward Cummings joins 89ers - Dec 12, 2012
Reports monitored by the Japan Times reveals that T.J. Cummings who officially parted ways with the Akita Northern Happinets, has moved on to the struggling Sendai 89ers, another Eastern Conference team in the bj-league. The move was announced Monday by the 89ers (5-10).
The 31-year-old Cummings, son of longtime NBA big man Terry, averaged 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 12 games for Oita. The signing fills a roster spot vacated by forward Karron Clarke, who was cut. Clarke, who played college ball at DePaul, averaged 8.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in 15 games.
Clarke shot 29.5 percent on 3s, 37.5 percent from inside the arc and 59.5 at the free-throw line.
Sendai coach Bob Pierce said Clarke was "a great guy and teammate who never quite found his ideal role here."
In other league news, the Shimane Susanoo Magic on Tuesday signed forward Kazuya "J." Hatano, who played his final game for the cash-strapped Oita HeatDevils on Sunday. In his HeatDevils finale, Hatano played all 40 minutes and contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot against the Takamatsu Five Arrows. On Saturday, he had 12 points, 11 boards and two blocks in 40 minutes.
Hatano, 30, averaged 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18 games for the HeatDevils. He previously suited up for the Osaka Evessa (2005-09), Saitama Broncos (2009-11), and Shiga Lakestars (2011-12).
Also Tuesday, center Taj Finger, who played for Oita from 2010-12, joined the Niigata Albirex BB. The Stanford product averaged 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in eight games for the HeatDevils this season.
The Albirex released 206-cm post player Marquise Gray (Michigan State), who averaged 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17 games.
| Golden Kings win fourth bj-league title- May.20, 2016 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan times, the Golden Kings are four times championships in nine seasons. That's the Ryukyu Golden Kings' remarkable legacy in the bj-league. The Golden Kings closed out the league's 11th season, its final chapter, with a solid all-around game on Sunday, beating the Toyama Grouses 86-74 at Ariake Colosseum before a boisterous, energized crowd of 11,038. The final title makes Ryukyu the winningest franchise in league history, surpassing the Osaka Evessa and Hamamatsu... [read more]
According to the Japan times, the Golden Kings are four times championships in nine seasons.
That's the Ryukyu Golden Kings' remarkable legacy in the bj-league.
The Golden Kings closed out the league's 11th season, its final chapter, with a solid all-around game on Sunday, beating the Toyama Grouses 86-74 at Ariake Colosseum before a boisterous, energized crowd of 11,038.
The final title makes Ryukyu the winningest franchise in league history, surpassing the Osaka Evessa and Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, both of which collected three titles apiece.
Golden Kings coach Tsutomu Isa spoke about that accomplishment after his team received the championship hardware.
'We weren't able to get to Ariake last year,' he said, noting the team's playoff disappointment in 2015. 'We had tough times earlier this season and quitting (our new schemes) crossed my mind. But like today, too, if we kept doing the things we've done, we thought we would have the result we wanted.
'We lost to Hamamatsu last year and I had so much pressure, and at times leading this Kings club has overwhelmed me.'
He added: ''Hamamatsu and Osaka have won three titles, too, and we definitely wanted to prove that we were part of the bj-league.'
While the large throng of Golden Kings supporters from Okinawa and beyond shouted for joy as the club clinched the title, Toyama fans lamented the end of the team's magical run.
The Grouses entered the title game with 14 straight victories.
Ryukyu didn't play its flashiest or most efficient game. The Golden Kings turned the ball over 17 times, but they also held a significant advantage in 2-point shooting percentage, making 24 of 45 (53.3 percent) and holding the Grouses to 20 of 51 (39.2).
Toyama bench boss Bob Nash, a former University of Hawaii player and head coach, said now's the appropriate time to focus on the team's impressive journey from training camp to title-game participant.
'I'm going to applaud them on the season they had, not going to judge them on one game,' said Nash, who also played in the NBA, in his fourth season at the helm.
'Obviously we are disappointed in the game. But we are not disappointed in the season.'
He added: 'I think you have to give credit to Okinawa. They played a (strong) game.'
Nash pinpointed 2-point field goals as 'the big difference' in the game.
Across the board, most of the game statistics were similar. Besides 2-point shooting, Ryukyu's 54-41 rebounding edge was another key stat.
League legend Anthony McHenry, the do-it-all leader of the Golden Kings on all four championship teams, had a triple-double with 10 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Big man Evan Ravenel had 22 points and 12 rebounds in the triumph.
'You have to tip your hat to Okinawa,' Toyama big man Sam Willard said after his 10-point, 11-rebound performance. 'They took care of business like they always do.'
Willard said Ryukyu makes plays and doesn't force things on offense. He said Kings players wait for chances and make shots and 'let the game come to them.' He praised McHenry for his ability to make everyone around him better.
'He runs the team,' Willard said of McHenry.
Ryukyu never trailed in the second half.
In the third quarter, the Grouses came as close as five points on five occasions, but couldn't get over the hump.
Early in the fourth quarter, on a play that captured the essence of the Kings' understated brilliance this season, McHenry deftly dished the ball to Ravenel, who converted a layup to push the lead to 62-52. Moments later, Shigeyuki Kinjo, an original Kings player in 2007, grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a putback to make it 64-52.
Despite their spirited effort, the Grouses couldn't seize momentum and make a game-changing run down the stretch.
A Shuhei Kitagawa jumper pulled Ryukyu ahead 77-62 with about 3:30 to play in the final quarter. The lead stretched to 19 on two Ryuichi Kishimoto free throws with 1:11 left.
Ryukyu players and fans erupted for joy after the final buzzer sounded.
Toyama was at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, and swingman Daichi Tanaka, walking off the court, saluted the Grouses fans, clapping in their direction to show his appreciation for their support, even in defeat.
'Right now I only have the feeling of disappointment,' Joho said after the game. 'We've played on this team throughout the year and we've had some good times and bad times, but we improved toward the end of the season, being united as one. So we wanted to win the championship by any means.
'Okinawa is such a great team, so we just came up short losing to a great team. At the same time, I feel like I could've done better.
After a dominating performance on Saturday against the Akita Northern Happinets to reach the title game, Joho noted the schedule didn't work in his team's favor a day later.
He added: ' (In the regular season), we've had a week to prepare for our next opponents, attacking on their weaknesses. But this is a win-or-go home situation and we weren't really able to prepare (against Ryukyu), plus, maybe we had some fatigue. But we played a good basketball game.'
For Toyama, Drew Viney was the high scorer with 19 points. Joho poured in 16 points and Duke Crews and Takeshi Mito had seven apiece.
The Ryukyu defense was effective against Crews, holding him to 1-for-11 shooting from the field. He grabbed 12 rebounds.
Starting guard Kishimoto had 10 points for the Kings. He was 0-for-6 from beyond the arc, but sank all six of his free throws. Shota Tsuyama, who turned 20 in April, added nine points, all on 3s, off the bench. Morihisa Yamauchi and Draelon Burns finished with seven and six points, respectively.
It was a tight first quarter, featuring six ties and Toyama and Ryukyu matching each other's intensity.
There were no big point swings or runs until the Golden Kings closed out the quarter on a 7-0 spurt, initiated by a pair of Burns free throws, to take a 22-17 lead with 3:50 left in the opening stanza.
Ryukyu began to build some breathing room early in the second period. After Mito's baseline 3 brought Toyama within 24-20, the Kings embarked on a 7-2 run. A Ravenel jam and a Kitagawa 3-pointer sparked the run that gave the Okinawan powerhouse its biggest lead of the half, 31-22 near the 5:20 mark.
Playing with two fouls, Joho sank a baseline jumper to pull his team within 35-33. He picked up his third foul while dribbling the ball with 58.5 seconds before halftime.
Ryukyu led for the entire second quarter.
The Grouses trailed 39-33 at halftime.
For the Golden Kings, Ravenel and Kitagawa were the top first-half scorers with eight and seven points, respectively. Viney and Willard both had eight points for the Grouses.
As a team, Ryukyu made 11 of 22 shots from inside the arc before intermission and 3 of 12 from 3-point range. Toyama's numbers: 13 of 28 and 2 of 13, respectively.
The rebounding numbers were identical (eight apiece) for the title-game participants in the first half.
'We just ran into a team that was really poised,' Nash said, 'and showed their mettle of being here and playing for championships.'
Said Isa: 'Toyama plays an up-tempo game like we do, but we were going to keep playing our game. We play 11 guys while Toyama (mostly) plays seven to eight guys, so we thought Toyama would slow down and we would have an edge.'
The Golden Kings captured titles in the 2008-08 and 201-12 seasons under ex-coach Dai Oketani. Isa, an assistant on the team from its inception in 2007 until 2013, has now guided the team to two championships, the first in the 2013-14 season (after he replaced Oketani's one-season successor, Koto Toyama). For Isa's team, Sunday's performance capped a season that was typical of the Kings (40-12 in the regular season) and a loaded roster featuring a dynamic mix of playmakers, defenders and quick-footed athletes.
Staff writer Kaz Nagatsuka contributed to this report.
Akita clobbers Kyoto
In the third-place game, the Akita Northern Happinets pounded the Kyoto Hannaryz from start to finish en route to a 122-74 shellacking.
Akita's 33-14 lead after one quarter ballooned to 59-36 by halftime.
The biggest key? Three-point shooting. Guys got open and made shot after shot after shot. Credit Akita for setting screens and getting the ball to players in the right spots and to hot-shooting players.
The Northern Happinets (40-18) nailed 7 of 12 3s in the opening half. At the same time, the Hannaryz had no answer for Akita's inside-the-arc attack, either.
Ray Turner dunked three times in the first half and had 14 points by the break. His team, meanwhile, was 16-for-24 on 2-point attempts, and sharpshooter Shigehiro Taguchi had 13 points, while Akitomo Takeno had 10.
Things fell apart even more for Kyoto (45-13) in the third quarter.
Akita coach Makoto Hasegawa's club spread the floor and fed the ball to perimeter shooters, especially Taguchi. The veteran guard fueled the club's third-quarter domination, burying 5 of 5 3s (plus both of his shots from closer range) in an electrifying 19-point performance in the quarter.
The Hannaryz couldn't stop him.
As a result, Akita used a 28-7 quarter-opening run, capped by a Taguchi baseline 3, of course, to bury Kyoto. That made it 87-43.
Shortly thereafter, a Yuto Otsuka 3-pointer increased the lead to 45 points.
Kyoto trailed 96-49 after three quarters.
Entering the final stanza, Taguchi had scored 32 of his game-high 35 points, making the greatest impact from downtown (8 of 9 on 3s before the fourth).
Taguchi's excellent performance didn't shock Hasegawa.
'The truth is, he's a strong player,' Hasegawa said of Taguchi, who averaged 14.6 points during the regular season.
Early in the fourth, Akita extended its lead to 101-51. Then it was just a formal matter of completing the remaining eight-plus minutes.
Akita sank 414 3-pointers during the regular season, and the way Sunday's contest turned into a bigger rout by the minute, it seemed as if the Happinets might make nearly as many 3s in their finale.
Here are Akita's actual 3-point numbers from its season finale: 19 of 30. The Happinets also converted 24 of 36 from 2-point range, with a jaw-dropping 43-for-66 overall shooting line from the field.
Akita doled out 30 assists, with Richard Roby dishing out nine to lead the attack. Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Akitomo Takeno scored 15 points with six assists and Roby poured in 13.
Kevin Kotzur led Kyoto with 13 points and nine boards. Takuya Komoda and Rintaro Tokunaga each had 10 points.
Despite the team falling short of its ultimate goal, Roby said he's 'very happy to be here (at the Final Four) three years in a row.'
Hasegawa commended his players for their defensive effort on Sunday.
'Akita's a good team,' he said. 'The goal now is to become the best team in Japan (in the new B. League).'
He added: 'I'm looking forward to the new league.'
While the Hannaryz lost in shocking fashion, Hamaguchi didn't point fingers after the contest.
'It's about the team, it's a team sport,' he commented.
'We eat together as a team,' he pointed out.
In the paint: Forward David Palmer, the league's 2006-07 MVP, spoke to reporters after the third-place game. Palmer retired in December after suiting up for the Osaka Evessa, Ryukyu Golden Kings and Kyoto Hannaryz, his final bj-league club, in a distinguished career. Palmer, who flew in to Japan for the weekend from California, thanked the Hannaryz for inviting him to join the club for its final playoff games. He sat on the bench with his former teammates on Saturday and Sunday.
'I'm very grateful the team invited me to come back and be here with the team,' Palmer said.
'For me to be here as an observer and not as a player is a bit strange,' he added with a grin, saying he was 'more nervous.'
'As a player, I was more relaxed,' he said.
In recent months, Palmer, now 34, has kept busy 'pretty much as a stay-at-home dad,' he said.
But he's started helping out the Yuba Community College men's basketball team conduct offseason workouts. Palmer said he's planning to join the team's coaching staff in the coming weeks.
'It's a nice way to stay in touch with the game,' Palmer noted.
To help pay the bills, Palmer sad he intends to expand his workload as a skills-development coach as well. . . .
Hamaguchi reflected on his 11 seasons as a bj-league coach during his post-game news conference. He's the only man to be employed as a head coach from start to finish in the circuit. (Dai Oketani took over as the Oita HeatDevils bench boss midway through the team's inaugural season and has remained a head man ever since, with later stints running the Ryukyu, Iwate Bulls and, currently, Osaka.)
Said Hamaguchi: 'I've enjoyed the work.'
He described the experienced of leading the Sendai 89ers (2005-11) and Kyoto (since 2011) as 'my chance to lead.'
Asked about his impressions of the bj-league and the rival NBL, which joined forces along with the NBDL to create the B. League, Hamaguchi responded by saying that both leagues 'make an impression for children.'
'We do our best,' he said.
| Nash ignites Fukushima to victory- Apr.18, 2016 (by Emeka)|
According to Japan times, rookie forward Le'Bryan Nash scored a game-high 42 points and the Fukushima Firebonds snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday, beating the visiting Sendai 89ers 94-93. As a result, Fukushima also halted Sendai's 10-game winning streak. Nash, an Oklahoma State product, made 17 of 28 shots from the field, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, in the series opener in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. He leads the bj-league in scoring (26.9 points per game). Bing... [read more]
According to Japan times, rookie forward Le'Bryan Nash scored a game-high 42 points and the Fukushima Firebonds snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday, beating the visiting Sendai 89ers 94-93.
As a result, Fukushima also halted Sendai's 10-game winning streak.
Nash, an Oklahoma State product, made 17 of 28 shots from the field, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, in the series opener in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. He leads the bj-league in scoring (26.9 points per game).
Bingo Merriex and Shota Kanno had 12 points apiece for the Firebonds (29-20). Kanno knocked down four 3-pointers to account for all of his scoring.
Masaya Karimata added eight points and eight assists for Fukushima, which led 46-37 at halftime, and Stephan Van Treese contributed nine points, while Atsushi Nogami had eight points.
Wendell White paced the 89ers (35-14) with 32 points and eight assists. Terrance Shannon had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Fumiya Sato and Jamal Boykin each added 11 points and Takehiko Shimura scored 10.
Sendai was held to 5-for-17 shooting from beyond the arc.
Golden Kings 74, Phoenix 56
In Hamamatsu, Ryukyu extended its winning streak to a team-record 16 games and trounced the defending champions.
Shuhei Kitagawa had a team-high 16 points for the Golden Kings (39-10) and Ryuichi Kishimoto poured in 14. Big man Evan Ravenel added 13 points and Draelon Burns had eight points and 12 rebounds.
Shingo Okada led Hamamatsu Higashimikawa (33-16) with 12 points and DeAngelo Kirkland scored 10 points. Forward Reggie Warren was held to 3-for-13 shooting and seven points. Warren grabbed 16 rebounds.
Lakestars 78, Susanoo Magic 76
In Hamada, Shimane Prefecture, Shiga outscored the hosts 23-6 in the second quarter and held off the Susanoo Magic's spirited fourth-quarter comeback.
Shimane (36-13) put 31 points on the board in the final stanza and fell short of victory.
Yu Okada led the Lakestars with 21 points. He buried 5 of 8 3s. Julian Mavunga had 18 points and 10 boards for Shiga (33-16) and Jeff Parmer added 13 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Jamelle Horne scored 12 points.
Scootie Randall finished with 19 points for Shimane and Jun Abe had 12. Josh Davis matched Abe's scoring output and chipped in with 17 rebounds, six steals and two blocks.
The Magic made 6 of 28 3s. They were 12-for-18 at the free-throw line.
Brave Warriors 79, Big Bulls 78
In Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, Mike Bell's 23-point, eight-rebound effort and frontcout mate Xavier Gibson's double-double sparked Shinshu in a win over its Eastern Conference rival.
Gibson finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Brave Warriors (25-24), who shot 59 percent (23-for-39) from inside the arc. Junki Kano poured in 13 points.
Patrick Sanders led Iwate (28-21) with 23 points. Tatsunori Fujie and Abdullahi Kuso added 17 and 13 points, respectively. Kuso hauled in 11 rebounds.
Northern Happinets 96, Wat's 77
In Akita, Richard Roby ignited the hosts with 29 points and 13 rebounds in a comprehensive triumph over Aomori.
Scott Morrison supplied 17 points and 13 rebounds and Ray Turner had 16 points and 12 boards for Akita (34-15). Shigehiro Taguchi added 11 points and Akitomo Takeno scored nine.
The Northern Happinets out-rebounded the Wat's 55-35.
Nile Murry paced Aomori (22-27) with 27 points. He hit six 3-pointers and dished out six assists. Teammate Jesse Perry scored 13 points.
Albirex BB 92, Crane Thunders 70
In Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, Wayne Arnold and Ryan Reid combined for 41 points as Niigata routed the hosts.
Arnold finished with 21 points, including a 10-for-12 effort at the charity stripe.
In addition to his 20 points, Reid pulled down 13 rebounds.
Faye Pape Mour added 15 points, 12 boards and three steals for the Albirex (32-17) and Kimitake Sato scored 12 points.
Thomas Kennedy had 38 points for the Crane Thunders (21-28) and Gary Hamilton scored 13 points and grabbed 10 boards.
Cinq Reves 92, Broncos 79
In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Tokyo recorded its first victory in a contested game since Oct. 24, 2015, when it defeated the Broncos 76-70.
On Friday, the bj-league office announced that the Cinq Reves' Dec. 27-28 canceled games against the host Hiroshima Lightning would be retroactively awarded as 20-0 forfeit victories for Tokyo. (That tripled Tokyo's win total entering Saturday's series opener.)
Du'Vaughn Maxwell had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Cinq Reves (4-45) and Andre Murray scored 16 points.
For Saitama (4-45), Edward Morris had a team-high 21 points and Seth Tarver scored 13.
Grouses 99, B-Corsairs 69
In Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, balanced scoring, excellent rebounding and stellar passing guided Toyama past Yokohama.
The Grouses (36-13) had five double-digit scorers, including Sam Willard (21 points, 15 rebounds), Duke Crews (17 points) and Takeshi Mito (15).
Toyama recorded a 58-33 rebounding margin.
Seven Grouses players dished out two or more assists, including Kensuke Tanaka, who led the squad with five.
Cory Johnson and Jordan Henriquez-Roberts led the B-Corsairs (18-31) with 14 points apiece.
Samuraiz 95, Rizing 77
In Kanazawa, Marshall Brown's 22-point performance and Andrew Fitzgerald's 21 points helped the Samuraiz cruise past Fukuoka.
Gymo Pomare and Tsubasa Yonamine each scored 13 points for Kanazawa (27-22) and Yuji Ide had 10 points and doled out seven assists.
For the Rizing (17-32), Donnavan Kirk led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds. Josh Peppers had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Cohey Aoki added 12 points.
Hannaryz 91, Five Arrows 63
In Kyoto, the Hannaryz jumped out to a 33-13 lead by the end of the first quarter en route to a runaway victory over Takamatsu.
Tyren Johnson finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to energize Kyoto (38-11). Moses Ehambe added 13 points, Kevin Kotzur had 12 and Koki Yabuuchi 10.
Anthony Kent and Jarvis Williams both scored 21 points for the Five Arrows (11-38).
Evessa 121, HeatDevils 71
In Osaka, Olu Ashaolu scored 26 points and DeAngelo Hamilton had 25 as the Evessa blasted Oita Ehime.
Six players reached double figures in points for Osaka (33-16).
Patrick Simon led the HeatDevils (11-38) with 26 points.
Bambitious 118, Lightning 58
In Nara, Hiroshima trailed by 24 points after one quarter and never recovered against the hosts.
Josh Ritchart paced the Bambitious (16-33) with 31 points and Jumpei Honda had 26 with eight steals and six assists.
The Lightning fell to 1-48, including the aforementioned two forfeits.
| Toyama beat Shinshu in opening game of the series- Mar.15, 2016 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Timees, The hot-shooting Toyama Grouses trounced the Shinshu Brave Warriors in their series opener on Saturday, winning 84-60.Grouses coach Bob Nash's team shot 58.5 percent from inside the 3-point arc, converting 31 of 53 shots. Toyama (27-12) only attempted 12 3s and made four of them.ADVERTISINGDrew Viney and Sam Willard had 13 points apiece for the Grouses in Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture. Willard grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Daichi Tanaka and Masashi Joho both... [read more]
According to the Japan Timees, The hot-shooting Toyama Grouses trounced the Shinshu Brave Warriors in their series opener on Saturday, winning 84-60.
Grouses coach Bob Nash's team shot 58.5 percent from inside the 3-point arc, converting 31 of 53 shots. Toyama (27-12) only attempted 12 3s and made four of them.
Drew Viney and Sam Willard had 13 points apiece for the Grouses in Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture. Willard grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Daichi Tanaka and Masashi Joho both had 11 points for Toyama.
The Grouses held Shinshu to 26 second-half points.
Xavier Gibson paced the hosts with 16 points and 10 boards. Mike Bell and Yosuke Saito each scored 11 points for the Brave Warriors (19-22).
Golden Kings 81, Bambitious 61
In Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, Evan Ravenel scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Ryuichi Kishimoto chipped in with 13 points and seven assists to lead Ryukyu past the hosts.
Draelon Burns finished with 12 points and six assists for the Golden Kings (29-10). Anthony McHenry added 10 points.
Julius Ashby had 17 points and 10 boards for Nara (15-26). Teammate Tatsuya Suzuki dished out eight assists.
Hannaryz 100, HeatDevils 86
In Ise, Mie Prefecture, Kevin Kotzur's 20-point, 17-rebound performance carried Kyoto past Oita Ehime.
Tyren Johnson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hannaryz (30-9). Koki Yabuuchi poured in 13 points off the bench.
Kyoto out-rebounded the HeatDevils 57-32.
Chehales Tapscott paced Oita (11-28) with 27 points.
Lakestars 84, Rizing 73
In Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, Julian Mavunga sank 13 of 17 free throws in a 28-point night as the Lakestars held off Fukuoka.
Yu Okada added 16 points and Jamelle Horne scored 11 for Shiga (27-12). Ryota Kobayashi dished out a team-high six assists.
The Lakestars shot 50 percent (8-for-16) from 3-point range.
Donnavan Kirk led the Rizing (14-27) with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Cohey Aoki scored 17 points.
Albirex BB 79, Northern Happinets 71
In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, balanced scoring carried the hosts past rival Akita.
Faye Pape Mour and Ryan Reid each had 17 points for the Albirex (27-14) and Wayne Arnold finished with 15 points and seven assists. Kimitake Sato scored 14 points and Shuhei Komatsu had 10.
Shigehiro Taguchi had a team-best 21 points for the Happinets (26-13) and Richard Roby poured in 16. Ray Turner added 15 points and 11 boards.
Big Bulls 69, Firebonds 67
In Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Alandise Harris had 23 points and Abdullahi Kuso notched a double-double (20 points, 14 rebounds) as Iwate edged the hosts.
Hayato Kantake scored 10 points and Tatsunori Fujie contributed nine with five assists and a pair of steals for the Big Bulls (22-17).
Le'Bryan Nash scored 23 points for Fukushima (24-15) and Stephan Van Treese had 14 and 13 boards.
Iwate led 34-26 at halftime.
89ers 90, Broncos 62
In Sendai, the 89ers seized control in the third quarter en route to a runaway victory.
Sendai put 29 points on the board in the pivotal period and held the Broncos to 12.
Wendell White led the 89ers (28-13) with 17 points and Terrance Shannon poured in 15, Jamal Boykin 14 and Fumiya Sato 11. Takehiko Shimura doled out seven assists.
Evan Harris had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Saitama (4-35).
Wat's 92, B-Corsairs 85 (OT)
In Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture, former University of Arizona player Jesse Perry scored 31 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Yuki Kitamuki had 17 points in the hosts' overtime victory over Yokohama.
Yuki Yamaguchi added 16 points, seven boards, five assists and five steals for the playoff-chasing Wat's (18-23).
Carl Hall paced the B-Corsairs (17-24) with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Cory Johnson scored 14 points.
Five Arrows 116, Lightning 48
In Kitajima, Tokushima Prefecture, Takamatsu handed Hiroshima its 31st straight loss.
Susanoo Magic 61, Evessa 51
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, much-improved Susanoo Magic (31-10) prevailed against Osaka (28-13).
Phoenix 75, Samuraiz 55
In Kanazawa, reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa (27-12) routed the Samuraiz (22-19).
| B-Corsairs looking to even Aoki's record Feb.12, 2016 |
| Ryukyu's Ravenel overpowers Kanazawa Jan.7, 2016 |
| Hannaryz looking good to contend for title Dec.4, 2015 |
| West' defense pays off Dec.4, 2015 |
| Albirex defeat Broncos Nov.3, 2015 |
| Broncos bow to Albirex Nov.3, 2015 |
| Hamamatsu target another league title. Oct.2, 2015 |
| Holm returns to Sendai Aug.29, 2015 |
| Warren joins Hamamatsu Aug.29, 2015 |
| Hamamatsu sign Warren Aug.29, 2015 |
| JPBL to face many challenges from inaugural season Jul.23, 2015 |
| Suzuki takes charge at Kanazawa Jun.20, 2015 |
| Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four May.12, 2015 |
| Shiga's Toyama relies on mentor to improve Lakestars Apr.10, 2015 |
| Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama Mar.31, 2015 |
| Akita overcome struggling Tokyo Dec.19, 2014 |
| Shiga outplays Gunma in first bj-league contest for ex-NBA coach Parker, center Ely Oct.11, 2014 |
| Alvark hold off Kings spirited comeback Sep.6, 2014 |
| Gunma hires longtime NBA assistant Parker as new coach Aug.2, 2014 |
| Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season Jun.26, 2014 |
| Golden Kings dismantle Happinets in bj-league final As Kishimoto is named MVP May.26, 2014 |
| Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers Apr.21, 2014 |
| Nakama set to retire Apr.21, 2014 |
| Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive Apr.21, 2014 |
| Joho powers Grouses past Evessa Mar.18, 2014 |
| East power Akita decides to make roster move: source Feb.7, 2014 |
| Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz Jan.9, 2014 |
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