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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.
| Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers- Apr.21, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to Japan Times, The Shinshu Brave Warriors suffered a 16-point loss at home to open the weekend, yielding 101 points to the visiting Sendai 89ers.
Coach Ryuji Kawais team regrouped in a big, bold way and pounded the 89ers on Sunday, winning 113-91.
Patrick Sanders long-range shooting fueled the victory, the University of California-Irvine alum making 7 of 9 3-pointers en route to 21 points. He was 14-for-21 from beyond the arc over the weekend [read more]
According to Japan Times, The Shinshu Brave Warriors suffered a 16-point loss at home to open the weekend, yielding 101 points to the visiting Sendai 89ers.
Coach Ryuji Kawais team regrouped in a big, bold way and pounded the 89ers on Sunday, winning 113-91.
Patrick Sanders long-range shooting fueled the victory, the University of California-Irvine alum making 7 of 9 3-pointers en route to 21 points. He was 14-for-21 from beyond the arc over the weekend. As a team, Shinshu (31-19) sank 18 of 36 3-point shots.
Xavier Gibson added 17 points, 14 rebounds and four assists in Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, and Shoji Nakanishi scored 15 points. Teammate Takato Saito had 12 points, Jeff Parmer chipped in with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Shota Konno scored nine points.
Wendell White paced Sendai (24-26) with 23 points and 17 rebounds and Travele Jones had 21 points, 12 boards and four steals. Point guard Takehiko Shimura finished with nine points and 14 assists. Atsushi Nogami added 14 points and Fumiya Sato poured in 11.
The 89ers struggled at the free-throw line, converting 24 of 38 attempts.
Five Arrows 62, Golden Kings 59
In Takamatsu, Dexter Lyons scored 15 points, Sean Smith had 13 and the Five Arrows outscored Ryukyu 21-4 in the fourth quarter for the win to salvage a series split.
Andrais Thornton added nine points and 11 rebounds for Takamatsu (21-29), while Paul Williams, Hiroyuki Kikuchi and Makoto Kita each had seven points apiece.
Draelon Burns paced the Golden Kings (41-9) with 13 points and Ryuichi Kishimoto scored 10.
Ryukyu shot 11-for-43 from 2-point range.
Susanoo Magic 74, Lakestars 71
In Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, balanced scoring carried Shimane to its second victory in as many days over Shiga.
Adrian Thomas had 15 points and nine rebounds, Shawn Malloy had a 14-point afternoon and Kazuya J. Hatano and T.J Cummings scored 13 points apiece for the Magic (11-39). Edward Yamamoto added 11 points and seven assists.
For Shiga (25-25), Brandon Fields was the high scorer with 20 points, Marshall Brown poured in 15 and Shelton Colwell and Yutaka Yokoe both had nine. Jumpei Nakama contributed seven points and two steals.
Evessa 72, Rizing 66
In Osaka, DAndre Bell scored a team-best 17 points and the hosts improved their playoff prospects by bouncing back against Fukuoka in the series finale.
Bell added five rebounds, five assist and three steals for the Evessa (22-28). Naoto Nakamura scored 11 points, knocking down three 3s. Darko Cohadarevic added 10 points, Kevin Galloway provided nine points and five assists and Zach Andrews scored eight points.
Seth Tarver led the Rizing (26-24) with 13 points and Reggie Warren scored nine. Keisuke Takabatake had eight points.
Fukuoka committed 21 turnovers in the loss.
Rizing coach James Duncan was disappointed with his teams performance on Sunday.
Ducan called it a rough weekend series.
We practiced turn-over-the-ball weekend, Duncan told The Japan Times. We cannot have consistent success if we do not take care of the ball. Its unfortunate because the effort my guys gave was extremely satisfying. However, our mistakes led to the outcome we got Sunday afternoon.
Two games left to see what playoff position we will have. Again, its important we are healthy and playing the right basketball as we head into the playoffs.
Big Bulls 80, Crane Thunders 77
In Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, Scootie Randalls 18 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Peppers 17-point game powered Iwate to its 10th straight win.
Masato Tsukino scored 13 points and Lawrence Blackledge filled the stat sheet with 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Gyno Pomare added seven points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots for the Big Bulls (38-12). Kenichi Takahashi had nine points and Tsubasa Yonamine finished with six points and four assists.
Carlos Dixon led the Crane Thunders (13-37) with 25 points. Dillion Sneed supplied 21 points and 13 boards for the hosts and Shingo Okada and Jermaine Green each had seven points.
Wats 88, Broncos 76
In Saitama, Gordon Klaiber torched his former team, burying six 3-pointers in an electrifying 34-point performance as playoff-bound Aomori completed a series sweep.
Swingman Makoto Sawaguchi had 14 points and five assists for the Wats (26-24) and Abdullahi Kuso made his presence felt from start to finish with 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks. Stanley Ocitti had nine points and two blocks and Anthony Kent chipped in with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists for the first-year franchise.
Michael Joiner scored 19 points for the Broncos (5-45) and Junya Masumoto had 18.
Bambitious 75, Phoenix 71
In Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, Anthony Brown scored a team-high 18 points and Adrian Moss contributed 15 points and eight rebounds as Nara completed its inaugural season with a bounce-back victory over Hamamatsu Higashimikawa.
The Bambitious went 19-33 under first-year coach Koto Toyama.
Joe Chapman scored 14 points and Jamar Abrams had 11 for Nara. Rookie guard Tatsuya Suzuki had a solid outing, too, with nine points, six assists and two steals.
Cyrus Tate scored 16 points, Atsuya Ota added 15 with eight rebounds and Jermaine Dixon pumped in 12 points for the Phoenix (27-23). Ray Nixon had 10 points and 17 rebounds.
B-Corsairs 96, Cinq Reves 88
In Machida, Tokyo Prefecture, Marcus Simmons and Wayne Marshall combined for 49 points as the defending champions topped the hosts.
Simmons had 28 points, eight rebounds and four steals and Marshall provided 21 points and three blocks for Yokohama (24-26). Omar Reed ended the afternoon with 17 points and eight boards and Masayuki Kabaya had 15 points and six assists.
Ricky Woods scored 44 points on 16-for-29 shooting for Tokyo (13-37). He was 11-for-11 at the foul line.
Yuji Ide added 25 points and six assists for the Cinq Reves, while Anthony Stover had seven points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks.
| Nakama set to retire- Apr.21, 2014 (by Emeka)|
He's never been a superstar according to Japan Tmes, but he's always been a hard-working, team-first player, shooting guard Jumpei Nakama has enjoyed popularity and the respect of his peers since the bj-leagues inception in 2005. Hes been a fan favorite throughout the country as the league has grown nonstop for nearly a decade.As the league closes in on its 10th season in 2014-15, the number of players whove been in the league since day one is dwindling. With Nakamas planned retirement at... [read more]
He's never been a superstar according to Japan Tmes, but he's always been a hard-working, team-first player, shooting guard Jumpei Nakama has enjoyed popularity and the respect of his peers since the bj-leagues inception in 2005. Hes been a fan favorite throughout the country as the league has grown nonstop for nearly a decade.
As the league closes in on its 10th season in 2014-15, the number of players whove been in the league since day one is dwindling. With Nakamas planned retirement at the conclusion of the Shiga Lakestars season, that fraternity will be even smaller.
The 31-year-old Hiroshima native announced earlier this week that this will be his final season, citing physical limitations after years of competitive basketball. Hes played in 41 games for the Lakestars (25-23 entering this weekend) and is averaging 5.3 points and more than 2.0 assists.
Nakama has suffered from knee and ankle injuries during his career, which have resulted in five surgeries.
Nakama thanked Shigas fans for their encouragement and passion for the game, the Kyoto Shimbun reported. He said he has grown to love Lake Biwa and the community in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. As his career winds down, Nakama said he intends to play with no regrets, doing his best until the end, he was quoted as saying.
Saitama star John Helicopter Humphrey, Nakamas longtime Apache teammate at the outset of the league through 2009, reacted to the news on Friday in an exclusive interview with The Japan Times.
I cant believe Jumpei, is going to retire so young, said Humphrey, already a four-time bj-league scoring champion whos closing in on his fifth title. Jumpei is a great player and the league will miss him. I remember when we all were rookies, he wanted to guard me every day. He always wanted to get better. He always use to ask me to teach him moves. Then he used to use them on me.
It was a honor to play along his side, and I wish him and his family nothing but the best.
Another former original Apache teammate, Rizing Fukuoka guard Jun Nakanishi, also offered his thoughts on Nakamas announcement.
Knowing hes still young (enough) to play the game, and he still has versatility and skills to play at the professional level, I was a little bit disappointed when I heard about his retirement, to be honest, Nakanishi said Friday. But at the same time, hes my former teammate from the Apache and a close friend as well. I support his decision 100 percent.
I know it wasnt an easy decision to make for himself and his family, but hes going to have a phenomenal second career after basketball because hes such a great person and loved by others. For everything he has done in this league, I want to say thank you, Jumpei, and wish him the best.
The 191-cm veteran had his best season in 2010-11 under ex-NBA bench boss Bob Hill. He averaged a career-high 11.6 points, including 74 3-pointers in 34 games (29 starts), shot 50 percent from inside the 3-point point arc and earned his lone selection to the All-Star team.
In a January 2011 interview with The Japan Times, Hill spoke glowingly about the big contributions Nakama was making for a team with title aspirations that had improved by leaps and bounds that January, February and March and was starting to hit its stride before the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Hes hitting big shots now, Hill said at the time, just days after Nakama scored a team-high 20 against Miyazaki. Hes getting in great physical shape. His individual defense is so much better. So hes playing really, really well. He deserves a lot of credit personally, and Im proud of him.
The Apache folded after that season, and Nakama had a long layoff (seven months) before his next regular-season game at a time when he was playing the best basketball of his career.
It was clear his confidence level was never higher, either. He thrived in Hills system.
After six seasons in an Apache uniform, including back-to-back championship runner-up finishes in 2007-08 and 2008-09, Nakama joined the Shimane Susanoo Magic for the 2011-12 campaign, appearing in all 52 games (23 starts) and scoring 5.7 ppg.
In his first season with Shiga, Nakama saw action in 48 games (46 starts) and scored 6.9 ppg, the second-best average of his pro career in 2012-13.
Guard Shohei Nakama, Jumpeis younger brother, is in his fourth season with Shimane.
| Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive- Apr.21, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, The Iwate Big Bulls have won 20 of 26 home games and have a rock-solid 17-6 road mark. Thats currently good for third place in the bj-leagues ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, which has four 30-plus win teams, twice as many as the Western Conference.The Big Bulls collected their ninth straight victory on Saturday night, defeating the host Gunma Crane Thunders 74-68.Iwate didnt have a plethora of fancy statistics in the victory. Instead, coach Dai Oketanis... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, The Iwate Big Bulls have won 20 of 26 home games and have a rock-solid 17-6 road mark. Thats currently good for third place in the bj-leagues ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, which has four 30-plus win teams, twice as many as the Western Conference.
The Big Bulls collected their ninth straight victory on Saturday night, defeating the host Gunma Crane Thunders 74-68.
Iwate didnt have a plethora of fancy statistics in the victory. Instead, coach Dai Oketanis squad relied on all 10 players who saw court time making contributions.
Scootie Randall had a team-high 16 points. Randall and Lawrence Blackledge were Iwates top rebounders (eight apiece), followed by Gyno Pomares seven boards. Tsubasa Yomamine dished out a team-best five assists with zero turnovers.
The Big Bulls Kenichi Takahashi had four steals and Blackledge blocked four shots.
Masato Tsukino added 14 points and Josh Peppers and Pomare scored 11 apiece, while Takahashi and Blackledge both had eight points in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture.
Iwate struggled from the perimeter, knocking down 1 of 13 3-pointers, but finished 28-for-49 (57.1 percent from inside the 3-point arc).
Gunma (13-36) led 21-12 after the opening quarter, then trailed 36-35 at halftime.
Carlos Dixon led the hosts with 18 points and James Hughes poured in 13. Shingo Okada scored 10 points and Masashi Obuchi added nine points and five assists.
After the game, Gunma coach Hiroki Fujita said, Iwate is a very solid team. They have talented imports that are very effective in transition and one-on-one play. We cant let our offense dictate the intensity and persistency on defense.
Their bread and butter is the pressure full-court defense and transition buckets on the other end, Fujita told The Japan Times. We have to be more aggressive against pressure and make them pay. We must move the ball and keep everybody involved on offense. We will not have a chance against Iwate in a one-on-one contest.
Rizing 72, Evessa 71
In Osaka, Reggie Warren had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Masahiro Kano scored 11 points as Fukuoka edged the Evessa.
Cohey Aoki added 10 points for the Rizing (26-23). Jun Nakanishi, Julius Ashby and David Palmer each had eight points in the win. Akitomo Takeno dished out seven assists to lead the team in that category.
For Osaka, Darko Cohadarevic was the high scorer with 16 points and DAndre Bell added 14. Naoto Nakamura had 13 points and Kevin Galloway contributed 10 points and seven assists.
The Evessa fell to 21-28.
Phoenix 87, Bambitious 70
In Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, the hosts jumped out to a 16-point lead after one quarter in a series-opening win over Nara.
Jermaine Dixon paced Hamamatsu (27-22) with 20 points and six assists. Backcourt mate Shinnosuke Oishi had 15 points and seven assists.
Phoenix big man Cyrus Tate added 14 points and Ray Nixon had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Aki Chambers added 10 points and Dior Lowhorn scored eight.
Hamamatsu drained 10 3s (27 attempts) and held the visitors to five (23 tries).
Nara (18-33) wraps up its first season in the bj-league on Sunday.
Joe Chapman and Tatsuya Suzuki both scored 16 points for the Bambitious and Anthony Brown had 15 points and 10 boards. Jamar Abrams provided 10 points and eight boards.
B-Corsairs 82, Cinq Reves 64
In Machida, Tokyo Prefecture, Marcus Simmons scored 23 points and Wayne Marshalls 16-point, 12-rebound, five-block, three-steal performance sparked Yokohama in a rout of its Kanto rival.
Omar Reed chipped in with 17 points and 14 rebounds and captain Masayuki Kabaya had 10 points and five assists. Kenji Yamada provided five points, six assists and five steals for the reigning champion B-Corsairs (23-26).
Tokyo trailed 45-23 at intermission.
Ricky Woods led the Cinq Reves (13-36 overall, 7-18 at home) with 26 points. Yuji Ide added 17 points, including 9-for-9 at the free-throw line. Anthony Starver finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Tokyo shot 21-for-63 from the field and 19-for-29 at the foul line.
Wats 94, Broncos 75
In Saitama, Gordon Klaiber scored 23 points against his former team and Abdullahi Kuso notched a double-double as Aomori pounded the Broncos.
Kuso had 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. Stanley Ocitti sank three 3s in a 13-point outing and Yuki Kitamuki, another ex-Bronco, had nine points and four assists. Makoto Sawaguchi and Anthony Kent both scored eight points, the latter also raking in 11 rebounds.
The sixth-place Wats (25-24), an expansion team, improved their playoff chances, maintaining a one-game lead over the Sendai 89ers in the battle for the Eastern Conference s final playoff spot.
Junya Masumoto and Michael Joiner had 22 points apiece for Saitama (5-44) and Mark Dawson scored 12 points.
89ers 101, Brave Warriors 85
In Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, Takehiko Shimura scored 24 points and chalked up six assists and Sendai dominated on the boards in a one-sided win over Shinshu.
The 89ers (24-25) out-rebounded the Brave Warriors 64-41, including 26-11 on the offensive glass.
Dzaflo Larkai had 23 points and 17 boards for the victors, leading the team with eight offensive rebounds. Wendell White added 20 points and 19 boards and Travele Jones scored 20 points with 12 rebounds. Fumiya Sato scored 12 points for Sendai.
The 89ers overwhelmed the hosts in the first half, entering the second quarter ahead 34-11. Sendai led 54-27 at halftime.
Patrick Sanders knocked down seven 3s en route to a 30-point effort for the Warriors (30-19). Xavier Gibson added 17 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four blocks and Jeff Parmer had 11 points before fouling out. Shoji Nakanishi scored nine points.
Golden Kings 79, Five Arrows 69 (OT)
In Takamatsu, Ryukyu outscored the Five Arrows 14-4 in the bonus period, improving to 17-6 in road games.
Anthony McHenry had a team-best 17 points for the Golden Kings (41-8) and Draelon Burns scored 16. Naoto Kosuge netted 11 points and Kibwe Trim scored nine. Ryuichi Kishimoto added seven points despite shooting 1-for-13 from the field. League legend Jeff Newton added 13 points and two blocks along with four points and three assists.
Ryukyu shot 26-for-33 at the free-throw line, while Takamatsu had just 16 attempts (13 makes).
Andrais Thornton had 17 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks for the Five Arrows (20-29) and Dexter Lyons scored 14 points with six assists. Paul Williams added nine points and 11 rebounds and Masaaki Suzuki scored eight points.
Susanoo Magic 89, Lakestars 83
In Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Shimane erupted for 31 fourth-quarter points to pick up a win over Shiga.
The Susanoo Magic improved to 10-39. The Lakestars fell to 25-24.
We played another good game vs. Shiga tonight, Shimane coach Reggie Hanson told The Japan Times. We have won three of the last four. We had five guys in double figure points tonight, as well as another game of 23 assists and only 12 turnovers. We are really playing as one unit right now. No one cares who takes the shots or gets the points. They just (want) to win. We had some defensive lapses, but we got stops when we needed to. We also won the rebound battle 50-37. Shiga is playing for playoff position so they will come out on Sunday ready to play. We must do the same.
Note: Complete stats were unavailable at press time.
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