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Jets Defeat Broncos - Jan 16, 2013
According to a report monitored by the Japan Times, the Chiba Jets enter the All-Star break on a roll, picking up their fourth straight victory by thumping the Saitama Broncos 98-66 on Sunday afternoon at Funabashi Arena.
The Jets didn't rely on outside shooting an aspect of the game that many bj-league teams struggled with on the day to overwhelm the Broncos; in fact, they were only 1-for-11 from beyond the arc (that shot found the bottom of the net courtesy of Marquin Chandler).
Instead, Chiba found its comfort zone in the lane. That was where the majority of its points came from. And in his post-game interview sessions with reporters, Saitama coach Tracy Williams said he only recalled the Jets attempting three shots outside of the lane in the opening half.
It worked. The Jets, who built a six-point lead after one quarter, had 26 second-quarter points and, in doing so, increased the margin to 47-32 at the break.
Saitama had a dreadful start to the third quarter too many turnovers, too many missed shots, too many missed assignments on defense and Chiba exploited the Broncos' weaknesses, using a 18-0 run to open the half and take a 65-32 lead on a Kensuke Tanaka layup. That was the biggest margin for the hosts, who never let up the rest of the way, as exemplified by Tanaka, who had a pair of blocks, including one on a 3-point attempt in the fourth quarter, to go along with nine points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 28 intense minutes of court time.
Big man Joe Werner, a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse product, scored a game-high 24 points, including an 8-for-10 effort at the charity stripe, and pulled down 11 rebounds for Chiba (12-12). After the game, Jets coach Shinji Tomiyama said he considers Werner the team's MVP for the first half of the season, citing his energy on both offense and defense, and his productivity (19.6 points and 10.8 rebounds).
Commenting on the victory, Tomiyama said, "It was an important game before the All-Star Game. Good overall effort today on offense and defense. The guys played hard today."
Saitama, which has a league-worst 3-21 record, was 15-for-56 from the field over the first three quarters, and in the third, when Chiba pulled away for good, the Broncos were 3-for-19 from the field. They wound up with 53 missed shots out of 73 on the afternoon, including 15-for-54 from inside the 3-point arc.
Forward Chandler, who'll represent Chiba in the Jan. 20 All-Star Game at Ariake Colosseum, had a strong all-around game, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, and Marquise Gray scored 17 points. D'Andre Bell and Hiroki Sato finished with 12 points apiece for the Jets.
Newcomer Wayne Oliver led Saitama with 18 points on 7-for-21 shooting and teammate Yuki Kitamuki scored 14 on a 4-for-18 effort, while Nyika Williams had 13 points.
"Basically, we came out and we rebounded the ball well . . . but we just shot the ball terrible," Williams said after the game.
The Broncos did have more offensive rebounds (23-18 edge) than Chiba, but were outperformed in every key area.
"You can't shoot the ball 26 percent and win," Williams continued. ". . . That right there in itself is the tale of the tape right there. We picked a terrible time to not shoot the ball well, and as well as the fact of not really guarding (them) in front of the basket.
"Werner, he's tough, as well as Chandler, who I think is the best player in the bj-league. He does everything. . . ."
In defeat, the Saitama bench boss chose to focus on the positives.
"But the good thing I just told my team about was Chiba showed us how you've got to play," the coach said. "If I had to pick one play that describes what I just said, I would say it's 1:23 left in the game and they're up by 31 and their player (Tanaka) goes to the corner against Kitamuki and blocks his shot and closes out of it. See, that's how you've got to play to be a winner anywhere. You've got to play hard no matter if you're up by 30 or you're losing by 30.
"So I told my team for this not to be a wasted trip, we've got to take that example that Chiba showed us and learn from it. . ."
Five Arrows 57, Golden Kings 54
In Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, Takamatsu edged the defending champions on a day when Ryukyu's outside shooting delivered a big doughnut 0-for-17 from 3-point range.
Floor leader Dexter Lyons scored a team-high 16 points for the Five Arrows (10-16) and Brandon Penn added 13.
Narito Namizato and Anthony McHenry led the Golden Kings (20-4) with 13 points apiece and Jeff Newton had 11 points and 15 boards.
Ryukyu only put four points on the board in the second quarter, and shot 21-for-69 for the entire game. All those missed shots led to nonstop rebounding chances. The Golden Kings collected 26 offensive boards and 70 rebounds on the day, but failed to consistently capitalize on those extra opportunities to put the ball in the basket.
Hannaryz 78, HeatDevils 49
In Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, former NBA center Marcus Cousin and Gyno Pomare both notched double-doubles as the Hannaryz handed Oita its 13th straight defeat.
Cousin finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, Pomare added 17 points and nine boards and David Palmer scored 18 points for Kyoto (14-12). Yu Okada chipped in with 12 points for the hosts.
Oita (9-17) shot 18-for-63 from the field.
Andre Coimbra had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Taishiro Shimizu scored 13 points for the HeatDevils.
Grouses 85, Big Bulls 68
In Mizusawa, Iwate Prefecture, Jeremy Jacob's 25 points spearheaded a balanced attack to lead Toyama to a bounce-back win over the Big Bulls.
Masashi Joho scored 12 points and Takeshi Mito and Tatsunori Fujie each had 11 for the Grouses (16-10). Big man Ira Brown added 10 points, 11 boards and four assists.
For Iwate (19-7), Carlos Dixon was the leading scorer with 22 points, Reggie Okosa had 19 and Lawrence Blackledge finished with eight points and 13 rebounds.
The Big Bulls were 4-for-19 on 3s.
B-Corsairs 79, Crane Thunders 61
In Yokohama, Draelon Burns scored 22 points and Thomas Kennedy poured in 18 as the hosts salvaged a series split.
Pape Faye Mour contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds and Masayuki Kabaya had an 11-point afternoon for the B-Corsairs (18-8), who play a Tuesday-Wednesday series against the Akita Northern Happinets in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefeture, and Yokohama, respectively.
Lewis Witcher paced Gunma (5-21) with 16 points and Shingo Okada scored 15 for the expansion squad. Jermaine Dixon had eight points and four steals, and was 1-for-10 on 3-point shots.
Phoenix 93, Rizing 87
In Hamamatsu, Wendell White's 23-point, 10-rebound, four-assists effort guided the hosts to their second triumph in as many days over Fukuoka.
Kevin Galloway finished with 15 points, eight boards and eight assists for the Phoenix (19-9), while Jeffrey Parmer scored 14 points and Shoji Nakanishi and Yoshitomo Shiina supplied nine apiece.
Josh Peppers led the Rizing (16-10) with 25 points and Reggie Warren had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jun Nakanishi scored 16 points for Fukuoka and Julius Ashby and Akitomo Takeno added 11 apiece.
The Rizing had 17 turnovers and shot 65.4 percent (17-for-26) at the foul line.
Susanoo Magic 99, Shining Suns 69
In Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Shimane rebounded from an overtime loss in the series opener, thrashing the hosts in the teams' final contest before next Sunday's All-Star Game.
Center big man Jeral Davis scored a team-high 24 points, raked in 14 rebounds and swatted five shots for the Susanoo Magic (17-9). Frontcourt mate B.J. Puckett added 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Brandon Freeman scored 18 points, Tatsuhiro Yokoo had a 14-point outing and Edward Yamamoto poured in 13 points with four assists.
Shimane star Michael Parker, the four-time reigning league scoring champion, was sidelined with an injury sustained in Saturday's game. His teammates picked up the scoring slack in his absence.
Ricky Woods led Miyazaki (4-22) with 21 points. The Magic made him work for his points, sending him to the foul line for 12 shots (11 makes). Larriques Cunningham scored 14 points for the Suns, who shot 23-for-74 from the field.
Lakestars 75, Evessa 57
In Osaka, Dionisio Gomez was the tone-setter for Shiga in the series finale, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Lakestars earned a series split.
Wayne Arnold finished with 14 points and Ray Nixon had 12 points and five assists for Shiga (15-11). Veteran guard Jumpei Nakama scored 11 points in the rout.
In short, perimeter shooting cost the Evessa (5-19) the game. They were 2-for-21 on 3-point attempts.
Mike Bell and Rick Rickert paced Osaka with 19 points apiece, and Rickert hauled in 15 rebounds.
| Joho powers Grouses past Evessa- Mar.18, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, Masashi Johos arrival in Toyama before the start of the 2011-12 season was a clear sign that the Grouses had decided to raise the stakes for a franchise that had struggled to win games since its inception in 2006. Clearly, this signing signaled the following: The Grouses wanted and valued title-winning players to strengthen the nucleus of their team.Smart move.The Grouses are now on track for an increase in regular-season wins for the third straight season a... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, Masashi Johos arrival in Toyama before the start of the 2011-12 season was a clear sign that the Grouses had decided to raise the stakes for a franchise that had struggled to win games since its inception in 2006. Clearly, this signing signaled the following: The Grouses wanted and valued title-winning players to strengthen the nucleus of their team.
The Grouses are now on track for an increase in regular-season wins for the third straight season after 25 in 2011-12 and 35 last season during Johos time with the club.
On Sunday, the veteran guard buried 5 of 10 3-point attempts and scored a game-high 27 points as Toyama defeated the visiting Osaka Evessa 80-75 to salvage a series split.
Joho, the highest-scoring Japanese player (17.3 points per game, No. 8 overall) in the 21-team circuit, was 1-for-6 from 3-point range in the series opener, which Osaka won in overtime on Saturday. A day later, his long-range shooting success was a key factor for the Grouses, and of the bj-leagues original Japanese standouts shined on Sunday against his former club, which he helped win back-to-back championships in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Tatsunori Fujie added 19 points and Josh Gross and Ira Brown both scored 12 points for Toyama (32-10). Takeshi Mito had seven points and three steals, with Gross and Willard grabbing 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively.
The Grouses pulled within a game of the first-place Akita Northern Happinets (33-9) in the Eastern Conference standings.
Naoto Nakamura and DAndre Bell paced Osaka (18-24) with 14 points apiece, Takanori Goya scored 11 and first-year pro Takuya Soma added 10.
Crane Thunders 94, Northern Happinets 89
In Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, coach Hiroki Fujitas team dished out 26 assists and turned the ball over nine times as its offense clicked with precision against short-handed Akita.
Big man Dillion Sneed scored 21 points on 10-for-14 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds for the Crane Thunders (11-29). Carlos Dixon had a 17-point afternoon, Jermaine Green scored 14 points and Shingo Okada added 12 points and eight assists. Masashi Obuchi chipped in with seven assists as Gunma earned a series split.
Akita, playing without injured big man Chas McFarland (broken nose), who will sport a face mask upon his return to the court, and injured leading scorer Richard Roby (19.7 ppg, No. 3 in league), fell to 33-9. Ruben Boykin led the team with 28 points and Deshawn Stephens had 25. Yuki Togashi put 13 points on the board and handed out 13 assists while playing all 40 minutes, and backcourt mate Shigehiro Taguchi had 12 points.
Brave Warriors 98, Big Bulls 96 (OT)
In Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, Xavier Gibsons 27-point effort and Patrick Sanders 25 points helped push the hosts past Iwate in overtime.
The Brave Warriors (26-14) canned 13 of 25 3s and completed a series sweep. Gibson went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc and Sanders also made four 3s.
Jeff Parmer scored 21 points for Shinshu. Sanders grabbed 10 rebounds. Gibson, a Florida State product, had six rebounds and five assists.
Josh Peppers scored 28 points for the Big Bulls (28-12), draining 6 of 10 3s. Gyno Pomare added 25 points and 11 boards, Kenichi Takahashi had 14 points and Masato Tsukino provided 10 points and six assists.
89ers 105, Broncos 85
In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Wendell White had 24 points and Travel Jones poured in 19 as Sendai handed the Broncos their ninth straight loss.
The 89ers, meanwhile, evened their record at 20-20 on a day when Dzaflo Larkai had 18 points on 7-for-10, DeAngelo Hamilton had a double-double (16 points, 15 rebounds) and Yasuhiko Wada also scored 16 points.
John Helicopter Humphrey led Saitama (4-36) with 24 points.
Albirex BB 86, Cinq Reves 71
In Hachioji, Tokyo Prefecture, Nile Murry and Thomas Kennedy combined for 45 points to lead Niigata past the hosts and win for the second time in as many days.
Murry finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Kennedy had a 22-point effort for the Albirex (26-16). Patrick Sullivan scored 13 points, Kimitake Sato added nine and Takamichi Fujiwara had seven.
Tokyos Ricky Woods, who was 11-for-11 at the free-throw line, scored 36 points. Edward Morris had 16 points and Yuji Ide scored 11 for the Cinq Reves (10-30).
Phoenix 89, Hannaryz 72
In Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, as the jockeying for playoff seeds heats up, Hamamatsu Higashimikawa trounced Western Conference rival Kyoto, bouncing back from a Saturday loss.
For the Phoenix (25-15), Jermaine Dixon finished with 20 points and eight assists and Ray Nixon had 19 points and five assists, with Dior Lowhorn scoring 17.
Hamamatsu sank 12 of 23 3s. Atsuya Ota scored 10 points, Aki Chambers netted eight and Masahiro Oguchi contributed six points, seven rebounds and four steals.
David Palmer paced the Hannaryz (27-17) with 22 points and Edwin Ubiles had 21. Shun Watanuki added 14 points and Chris Holm hauled in 12 rebounds.
Wats 87, B-Corsairs 62
In Yokohama, Aomori guard Yuki Kitamuki and forward Gordon Klaiber thrived as perimeter shooters in the series finale, with each knocking down four 3s and finishing with 27 and 26 points, respectively.
The Wats (20-20) were held to 53 points in a series-opening loss, but found their offensive rhythm in the rematch. This included a 10-for-19 effort on 3s.
Aomori big man Abdullahi Kuso chipped in with nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Stanley Ocitti scored nine points, with Makoto Sawaguchi adding seven points, seven boards and four assists.
Yokohama (18-22) missed 19 of its 20 3-point shots. Marcus Simmons paced the B-Corsairs with 17 points and Marquise Gray scored 11. Wayne Marshall had 10 points for the reigning champions, Omar Reed scored nine and Kenji Yamada seven.
Five Arrows 72, Susanoo Magic 61
In Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, high-energy floor leader Dexter Lyons filled the stat sheet with 23 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a block as Takamatsu defeated the hosts and completed a series sweep.
Center Paul Williams had 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Five Arrows (17-23), who are 6-14 in road games. Hiroyuki Kikuchi and Masaaki Suzuki both scored eight points.
T.J. Cummings had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Shimane (7-33) and Edward Yamamoto scored 12 points with five assists.
The Susanoo Magic shot 22-for-61 from the field.
Bambitious 103, Lakestars 88
In Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Joe Chapmans 29-point, six-assist performance and rookie guard Tatsuya Suzukis 26 points and eight assists guided Nara past the Lakestars.
Suzuki drained five 3-pointers in a banner performance as the first-year franchise raised its record to 13-27. Adrian Moss added 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting with nine rebounds and two blocks and Anthony Brown had 16 points for Nara, which dropped the series opener.
Brandon Fields had 19 points for Shiga (22-20), Shelton Colwell scored 16 points, Marshall Brown added 15 and Dionisio Gomez had 13 and Jumpei Nakama 10.
| East power Akita decides to make roster move: source- Feb.7, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan times, despite the Akita Northern Happinets 28-4 record and 11-game winning streak, coach Kazuo Nakamuras club is tinkering with its chemistry.After 16 games in an Akita uniform, forward Sylvester Seay has been released. His replacement? Forward Deshawn Stephens, whos been let go by the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, The Japan Times learned on Tuesday.In a Wednesday press release, the Phoenix announced Stephens has been released.Though the Happinets already have p... [read more]
According to the Japan times, despite the Akita Northern Happinets 28-4 record and 11-game winning streak, coach Kazuo Nakamuras club is tinkering with its chemistry.
After 16 games in an Akita uniform, forward Sylvester Seay has been released. His replacement? Forward Deshawn Stephens, whos been let go by the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, The Japan Times learned on Tuesday.
In a Wednesday press release, the Phoenix announced Stephens has been released.
Though the Happinets already have plenty of youth on the squad for instance, All-Star guards Yuki Togashi and Shigehiro Taguchi are 20 and 23, respectively the aforementioned changes make the team even younger. Seay is 28; Stephens is 24.
Seay, a Fresno State product, averaged 6.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for Akita. The 208-cm veteran shot 29.3 percent from 3-point range and 36.2 percent from inside the arc.
Stephens, a San Diego State product, contributed 9.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27 games for Hamamatsu, shooting 5-for-27 on 3s and 53.7 percent (95-for-177) on 2s.
Stephens met his new Akita teammates on Tuesday and was slated to practice with the Eastern Conferences first-place team for the first time on Wednesday, according to a well-connected league source.
The Happinets, meanwhile, are preparing for a highly anticipated mentor vs. pupil matchup, pitting Nakamura against his ex-Hamamatsu assistant Ryuji Kawai, the Shinshu Brave Warriors coach, in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture.
Shinshu (20-8, fourth place) is 0-2 against its Eastern Conference rival this season, but the Warriors are 11-3 at home. Shinshu has won five straight and seven of its last 10 games, and guard Shota Konno is having his best season as a pro, scoring 13.4 ppg. Konno ought to be a top candidate for the leagues Most Improved Player award.
Happinets center Chas McFarland is the teams lone starter who didnt start in the All-Star Game on Jan. 26 in Akita, but his 13.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game have helped stabilize the frontcourt.
Rizing update: Fukuoka swept Saitama over the weekend, improving to 13-17 and giving new Canadian bench boss James Duncan a successful start in the bj-league.
Im pleased that we were able to get two road wins, Duncan told The Japan Times. Its always difficult winning on the road and we did not have much practice time together to implement my new system. Defensively, we did a better job controlling the defensive glass and slowing them down in transition.
Overall, we took some small steps in the right direction but we have a long way to go and much work to do in the second half of the season. If we are committed to getting better as a team, positive things will happen for us.
Not impressed: A league insider who has closely followed the Gunma Crane Thunders since the teams inception the squad went 15-37 last season and is 6-24 through Sunday believes team president Yasufumi Tanabe is to blame for the franchises struggles.
The source told The Japan Times that forward/center Darko Cohadarevics departure last week is one example of the problem. The Serbian was the teams second-leading scorer (13.9 points per game), and has resurfaced with the Osaka Evessa, who won two games last weekend with their new forward. (Newcomer DAndre Bell, a former Chiba Jets standout, also made his debut for Osaka on Saturday.)
Darko asked for his release from Gunma. He wasnt happy with the situation and the way the president is doing things, the insider said. He (Tanabe) has no clue what he is doing from a basketball or business perspective. Hes absolutely lost. But thats business as usual in the bj-league with many teams.
The source also said that coach Ryan Blackwell was fired in December when the team was 3-16 as a cost-cutting move. Or as he put it: He let (Blackwell) go so he could save money since the team was losing.
Gunmas other three imports on the opening week roster forwards Trey Britton, Marvell Waithe and Lewis Witcher have all been replaced as the team rebuilds under Hiroki Fujita, Blackwells replacement.
Upcoming games: Twenty of 21 teams are in action this weekend. Here are the matchups not involving Shinshu and Akita: Aomori vs. Tokyo, Sendai vs. Yokohama, Toyama vs. Iwate, Gunma vs. Niigata, Saitama vs. Shimane, Hamamatsu vs. Oita, Shiga vs. Takamatsu, Fukuoka vs. Kyoto and Ryukyu vs. Osaka.
Toyama had a bye last weekend. Now its Naras turn.
What a weekend: Kyoto sharpshooter David Palmer scored 28 and 25 points against Niigata on Saturday and Sunday. He made 9 of 10 3-point attempts as the Hannaryz recorded a series split. He shot 9-for-12 from inside the arc and was 8-for-9 at the free-throw line. Vintage numbers for a player with picture-perfect shooting fundamentals. Palmer, one of the leagues original stars during the Osaka dynasty years, is averaging 13.7 ppg.
League accolades: Veteran forward Dionisio Gomez of the Shiga Lakestars earned the Lawson/Ponta MVP award for his overall performance last weekend.
The 203-cm Gomez, a University of Arkansas product, had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three assists in an 86-83 victory over the Aomori Wats on Saturday. A day later, he had 17 points, 11 boards and three assists in Shigas 67-65 triumph.
Gomez, a native of Panama, is averaging 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in 29 games.
The January MVP honor was issued to Iwate Big Bulls forward Gyno Pomare, who helped his team win all six of his games in the years first month.
The University of San Diego alum averaged 16.0 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in those six games.
On the move: The Niigata Albirex BB have signed veteran forward Thomas Kennedy, who was a key playmaker for the 2012-13 champion Yokohama B-Corsairs.
Kennedy began the season with the Shimane Susanoo Magic (10 games, 17.1 ppg) and moved on to the NBLs Chiba Jets (14 games, 14.2 ppg), reuniting with ex-Yokohama coach Reggie Geary.
The Jets are 8-22, tied with Hitachi Sunrockers for the worst record in the NBLs Eastern Conference. Chiba defected from the bj-league after last season.
Kennedy fills a roster spot vacated by forward Suleiman Braimoh, who averaged 8.5 points in 22 games for the Albirex. On a team where 3-point shooting is a primary focus, Braimohs 25-percent shooting from beyond the arc did not solidify his spot on the roster.
| Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz- Jan.9, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, Taishiro Shimizu owns a well-recognized name wherever he travels around the bj-league. After all, the popular guard has played in the upstart circuit since its inception in 2005.After productive stints with the Saitama Broncos (2005-10) and his hometown Miyazaki Shining Suns (2010-12), one thing remains the same: When Shimizu starts hitting long-range shots with regularity, its best to keep feeding him the ball.Thats precisely what the HeatDevils did during a 76-71 [read more]
According to the Japan Times, Taishiro Shimizu owns a well-recognized name wherever he travels around the bj-league. After all, the popular guard has played in the upstart circuit since its inception in 2005.
After productive stints with the Saitama Broncos (2005-10) and his hometown Miyazaki Shining Suns (2010-12), one thing remains the same: When Shimizu starts hitting long-range shots with regularity, its best to keep feeding him the ball.
Thats precisely what the HeatDevils did during a 76-71 win over the Kyoto Hannaryz on Sunday.
Shimizu sank 6 of 10 3-point shots and scored a game-high 27 points for Oita (14-12).
Kyoto (16-10) lost its third straight game.
HeatDevils star Verdell Jones III provided a spark for the teams passing game, finishing with seven assists. Jones also scored 10 points. Devonne Giles chipped in with 16 points and 16 rebounds and Manabu Umemiya netted 12 points.
Oita trailed 33-19 at halftime and stormed back by scoring 34 third-quarter points in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture. The Hannaryz were unable to stave off the HeatDevils momentum.
Edwin Ubiles paced Kyoto with 17 points, Yu Okada scored 12 and Shun Watanuki had 10. Chris Holm provided nine points and nine rebounds for the hosts.
Five Arrows 86, Crane Thunders 81
In Takamatsu, 208-cm center Paul Williams gave Gunma defenders fits for the second game in as many days to lead the Five Arrows to a series sweep.
Williams, a St. Bonaventure (New York) University product, scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. He made 10 of 12 shots from the field on Sunday. In the series opener, he converted 11 of 12.
Takamatsu improved to 13-11, solidifying its playoff hopes. Gunma fell to 4-20, the second-worst record in the league.
Five Arrows floor leader Dexter Lyons finished with 16 points, five assists and three steals and Andrais Thornton had 14 points and nine rebounds. Tsubasa Yonezawa scored 13 points and Sean Smith had 11.
For the Crane Thunders, Carlos Dixon had a team-high 24 points with six assists. Shingo Okada added 15 points and Kenya Tomori netted 14.
Lakestars 87, Bambitious 71
In Nara, Marshall Brown scored 28 points, Dionisio Gomez had 17 and Brandon Fields went 10-for-10 at the free-throw line as Shiga bounced back from a loss on Saturday.
Fields, a University of Nevada alum, finished with 16 points.
The Lakestars (12-14) built a 48-29 advantage by halftime.
Joe Chapman had six 3-pointers and 22 points to lead Nara (6-18). Tatsuya Suzuki added 11 points, six assists and four steals, while Jamar Abrams scored 10 points.
Grouses 82, Rizing 70
In Fukuoka, Takeshi Mito, Tatsunori Fujie and Masashi Joho each dished out five assists and Toyamas offense clicked in a series-closing win.
The Grouses (20-6) recorded a series split and shot 30-for-49 (61.2 percent) from 2-point range.
Mito finished with 19 points, Fujie scored 18 and Ira Brown had 16 points and nine rebounds. Sam Willard supplied 14 points and 20 rebounds for Toyama, which owned a 52-39 advantage on the boards.
Reggie Warren led Fukuoka (9-15) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Dale scored 14 points and Cohey Aoki, Akitomo Takeno and Masahiro Kano had 10 apiece.
| Shimane struggling after departure of coach, top star Jan.9, 2014 |
| Akita making run for title Dec.8, 2013 |
| D-League teams draft five bj-league alumni Nov.6, 2013 |
| Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama Nov.6, 2013 |
| B-Corsairs slump to defeat against Big Bulls Nov.6, 2013 |
| Alvark beat Brex to get NBL up and running Oct.3, 2013 |
| Players react after NBL takes unilateral action Oct.3, 2013 |
| Nakamuras coaching tree stretches throughout league Sep.2, 2013 |
| Hitachi Sunrockers sign Darryl Webb Jul.28, 2013 |
| Kyoto set to join NBL for 2014-15 season Jul.22, 2013 |
| Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach Jul.22, 2013 |
| Nara selects Toyama as first coach Jun.23, 2013 |
| Kyoto acquires forward Komoda Jun.23, 2013 |
| Nara takes Yamashiro with first pick in expansion draft Jun.23, 2013 |
| Toshiba shows determination in Game 3 win over Aisin As Brave Thunders take 2-1 series lead Apr.22, 2013 |
| Sea Horses win Game 5 to reclaim JBL crown Apr.22, 2013 |
| Shimane reaches 30 victories for first time in franchise history Mar.28, 2013 |
| Big contributions from post players, as bench propel B-Corsairs past Brave Warriors Feb.19, 2013 |
| Five 3-pointers seal victory for Niigata Jan.16, 2013 |
| Jets Defeat Broncos Jan.16, 2013 |
| Yokohama edges past Akita. Jan.16, 2013 |
| Veteran forward Cummings joins 89ers Dec.12, 2012 |
| Rizing Fukuoka's Game-Winning turnaround. Nov.9, 2012 |
| T-Mac to move to China. Oct.9, 2012 |
| Preseason Workout Sep.7, 2012 |
| Chiba Jets Defect To The JBL Jul.30, 2012 |
| Sendai 89ers Get New Home Ground For Next Season. Jun.16, 2012 |
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