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Five 3-pointers seal victory for Niigata - Jan 16, 2013
Kimitake Sato lit up the scoreboard for a game-high 32 points, including 5 of 10 3-pointers, to lead the visiting Niigata Albirex BB to an 88-72 victory over the Sendai 89ers on Thursday in the opener of a three-game bj-league series according to reports by the Japan Times.
The series was originally scheduled to begin on Friday, but Thursday's contest was a makeup game that was postponed due to a Dec. 7 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku.
Sato also converted 8 of 9 shots from inside the arc for Niigata (19-7), which led 46-30 at halftime. Forward Rodney Webb scored 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Nile Murry added 11 points, 10 boards and four assists. Sato and Hirotako Kondo each had five assists, while Yuichi Ikeda dished out four.
Niigata big man Chris Holm raked in 12 rebounds. Reserve forward Taj Finger scored nine points, with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 20 minutes.
The Albirex had 26 assists and five turnovers.
Forward Takuya Komoda paced the 89ers (8-14) with 16 points and Sam Coleman scored 14. Hikaru Kusaka had 10 points and Kevin Coble finished with nine. Sam Willard added eight points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for Sendai.
The 89ers' offense was out of sync throughout the game, as they shot 27-for-73 from the field. Forward T.J. Cummings, who has averaged 23.7 points in six games since joining Sendai in mid-December, sat out the game.
"T.J. sprained his ankle near the end of Sunday's game at Saitama," 89ers coach Bob Pierce said. "He warmed up with the team today, but by tipoff he still wasn't comfortable trying to cut or jump, so we decided to let him rest."
"We got a good performance from Taku (Komoda), who finally looks recovered from his ankle sprain that took place Dec. 24," Pierce added, "but we really needed a few other guys to step up in the second quarter when Sam Coleman had to sit with foul trouble.
"We made a few runs at them in the first, third, and fourth quarters, but our guys need to be mentally and physically tougher. They also need to understand that they have to make plays at both ends of the floor."
| D-League teams draft five bj-league alumni- Nov.6, 2013 (by Emeka)|
According to Japan Times, five former bj-league players were selected in Fridays NBA Development League Draft.The Fort Wayne Mad Ants used their second-round pick (No. 30 overall) on big man Alfred Aboya, a UCLA product who played for the Shiga Lakestars last season. One pick later, the Canto Charge chose ex-Rizing Fukuoka guard Zane Johnson, a University of Hawaii alum [read more]
According to Japan Times, five former bj-league players were selected in Fridays NBA Development League Draft.
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants used their second-round pick (No. 30 overall) on big man Alfred Aboya, a UCLA product who played for the Shiga Lakestars last season. One pick later, the Canto Charge chose ex-Rizing Fukuoka guard Zane Johnson, a University of Hawaii alum.
In the fifth round, the Austion Toros picked former Rizing guard Michael Sturns, who starred for the Kyushu-based club in the 2008-09 season. He closed out his college career at NCAA Division II Holy Family.
Guard Dwayne Lathan, an Indiana University product who played for the Osaka Evessa last season, went to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the seventh round. Ex-Kyoto Hannaryz post player J.R. Inman, who attended Rutgers University, was chosen by the Delaware 87ers in the eighth round.
Ex-Ryukyu Golden Kings point guard Narito Namizato, who was eligible for the draft, was not selected. He was a member of the bj-leagues Best Five squad last season. Hes been working out in the United States, showcasing his skills for talent evaluators there.
There were eight rounds in the draft for the 17-team D-League.
| Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama- Nov.6, 2013 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, since playing his first game for the then-expansion Toyama Grouses in 2006, Nile Murry has been one of the bj-leagues best all-around players.
The hard-working backcourt leader made an impact for the Grouses and then for the Evessa (2008-10) and Rizing Fukuoka (2010-11) before he joined Niigata in 2011 [read more]
According to the Japan Times, since playing his first game for the then-expansion Toyama Grouses in 2006, Nile Murry has been one of the bj-leagues best all-around players.
The hard-working backcourt leader made an impact for the Grouses and then for the Evessa (2008-10) and Rizing Fukuoka (2010-11) before he joined Niigata in 2011.
Murry delivered a splendid performance in the series finale against Toyama on Sunday in Toyama, scoring a game-high 26 points, grabbing seven steals and dishing out five assists. Led by Murry, Niigata handed the Grouses their first loss of the season, 75-71.
The Albirex improved to 6-4 under first-year coach Fujitaka Bomber Hiraoka.
Murry was at his best at the free-throw line, where he drained 10 of 11 shots. Teammate Patrick Sullivan, a Southeastern Louisiana product, had 17 points and 20 rebounds. Rodney Webb added 13 points and four steals and Yuichi Ikeda had 12 points for Niigata on the afternoon.
Takeshi Mito paced the Grouses with 23 points and Ira Brown had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but also committed seven turnovers. Toyama big man Sam Willard had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Star guard Masashi Joho was held to a season-low seven points on 1-for-12 shooting.
Northern Happinets 98, Broncos 78
In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Richard Roby scored a team-high 25 points and four teammates also reached double figures in scoring as Akita rolled to its 10th victory in as many games by trouncing the hosts.
Saitama fell to 2-8 under bench boss Takatoshi Ishibashi, whos in his first season at the helm.
Shigehiro Taguchi added 16 points, canning 4-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc. Big man Chas McFarland and guard Yuki Togashi each had 14 points and Ruben Boykin poured in 12.
McFarland corralled 14 rebounds and registered five assists. Boykin grabbed 17 boards to complete the double-double. Togashi dished out six assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Happinets, who controlled the boards with a 59-36 edge in rebounds.
For Saitama, John Humphrey scored a team-high 27 points with 13 boards and five assists. Michael Joiner added 13 points and Shusei Ishii had eight.
Lakestars 81, Evessa 73
In Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, big man Shelton Colwell scored 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting and University of Nevada alum Brandon Fields had 17 as the Lakestars swept Osaka.
Both teams have 6-2 records.
Dionisio Gomez finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds for Shiga and Marshall Brown had 10 points and three steals. Jumpei Nakama added eight points off the bench.
For the Evessa, Kevin Galloway had 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Dillion Sneed contributed 21 points.
Osakas poor free-throw shooting (8-for-23) was a major factor in the loss. In addition, Naoto Nakamura was 0-for-7 from 3-point range; as a team, the Evessa shot 3-for-19 from beyond the arc.
Naoto Takushi had 12 points for Osaka, with three assists and five turnovers on the afternoon.
Cinq Reves 95, Brave Warriors 86
In Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, former Shinshu star Edward Morris scored a game-high 29 points and raked in 12 rebounds as Tokyo snapped a six-game losing streak.
Yuji Ide supplied 25 points, including 9-for-10 at the charity stripe, and Ricky Woods scored 21 for the Cinq Reves (2-6). Akihito Inoue had 12 points for Tokyo, which led 42-32 at halftime.
Xavier Gibson and Patrick Sanders, who attended Florida State and University of California-Irvine, respectively, each had 23 points for Shinshu (4-4) and Jeffrey Parmer added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Shota Konno and Masamune Tate chipped in with six points apiece.
Phoenix 80, Five Arrows 65
In Hamamatsu, Deshawn Stephens shot 8-for-9 from the field and put 22 points on the board in 25 electrifying minutes to ignite the hosts in their second win in as many days over Takamatsu.
Jermaine Dixon poured in 15 points with five assists, Ray Nixon scored 12 points, Cyrus Tate had 10 and Atsuya Ota added nine for the Phoenix (6-4), who sank 19 of 23 free throws.
Andrais Thornton led the Five Arrows (2-6) with 18 points. Dexter Lyons contributed 14 points and four steals for Takamatsu and Paul Williams finished with 12 points and 14 boards.
Golden Kings 77, Hannaryz 66
In Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, coach Tsutomu Isas squad completed its successful weekend with a second victory over Kyoto while making this statement in the process: The Golden Kings remain one of the leagues elite squads.
Scootie Randall, a Temple University product, had 19 points for Ryukyu (6-2) and Ryuichi Kishimoto poured in 17, with three assists, two steals and one block in nearly 28 minutes of productive court time.
The Kings had across-the-board production, proving again the teams depth is one of its chief strengths. Anthony McHenry, for instance, was his usual steady self, dropping 11 points on Kyoto (5-3), with seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal for good measure. Big man Kibwe Trim netted nine points and hauled in seven boards and Naoto Kosuge scored eight points. League legend Jeff Newton collected five rebounds and two steals off the bench in 16-plus minutes.
Defensively, the Kings did a stellar job guarding ex-Washington Wizards player Edwin Ubiles, who was held to eight points after a 29-point outburst in the series opener. He also turned the ball over six times.
Chris Holm and Yu Okada led Kyoto with 14 points apiece. Holm added 10 rebounds. Joe Warner scored 12 points for the Hannaryz, who were held to 33 points in both halves.
89ers 96, HeatDevils 74
In Sendai, six 89ers had double-digit scoring efforts and coach Shuto Kawachis squad raced out to a 17-point advantage by halftime to salvage a series split against Oita.
Travele Jones paced Sendai (3-7) with 22 points and James Hughes and 23-year-old guard Yasuhiko Wada scored 14 apiece, the latter reaching double digits for the third straight game.
Wendell White contributed 13 points, nine boards, eight assists and four steals and captain Takehiko Shimura also pumped in 13 points along with five assists. Fumiya Sato scored 12 points and Yasuaki Arai had eight.
Sendai knocked down 13 of 22 3s (59.1 percent).
Taishiro Shimizu was Oitas high scorer with 23 points and Devonne Giles scored 16 points with 11 rebounds. Gabe McCulley added 11 points and Byron Allen had 10 as the HeatDevils slipped to 3-5.
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Noteworthy: Former Shimane Susanoo Magic head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic, who guided the Japan national team at the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championship, has made a splendid transition to the NBL. Pavlicevics Wakayama Trians are 8-2 through Sunday, sitting in second pace in the six-team Western Conference.
The Croatian bench bosss key players include Michael Parker, who had 24 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists in a 98-73 victory over the Kumamoto Volters on Sunday. Parker starred for Shimane until May 2013 before reuniting with Pavlicevic in Wakayama.
Takuya Kawamura also poured in 24 points for Wakayama and ex-Osaka Evessa and Kyoto Hannaryz big man Rick Rickert, a former Minnesota Timberwolves draft pick, had 14 points and 12 boards for the Trians in the rout.
The Chiba Jets, led by former Yokohama B-Corsairs coach Reggie Geary, are struggling in their first season in the NBL after their defection from the bj-league. The Jets are now 4-8, losers of eight straight games.
Former Osaka and Hamamatsu star Billy Knights Hyogo Storks, meanwhile, are 1-9 in the NBL. The Storks spent the past two seasons in the JBL2, which has been rebranded as the NBDL.
| B-Corsairs slump to defeat against Big Bulls- Nov.6, 2013 (by Emeka)|
Japan Times authoritatively reports that defending champion Yokohama B-Corsairs had no answer for the high-energy Iwate Big Bulls in their bj-league series opener on Friday.Yokohama failed to mount a serious comeback in the second half as Iwate imposed its will on the game. The Big Bulls rolled to an 87-71 victory at Hiratsuka Municipal Gymnasium [read more]
Japan Times authoritatively reports that defending champion Yokohama B-Corsairs had no answer for the high-energy Iwate Big Bulls in their bj-league series opener on Friday.
Yokohama failed to mount a serious comeback in the second half as Iwate imposed its will on the game. The Big Bulls rolled to an 87-71 victory at Hiratsuka Municipal Gymnasium.
Iwates potent inside-outside offensive attack, concocted by two-time title-winning coach Dai Oketani, proved lethal against the lethargic B-Corsairs, who were often a step too slow or simply overmatched.
Above all, the Big Bulls impeccable timing at least it appeared that way on almost every defensive stand was the biggest factor. Gyno Pomare and Lawrence Blackledge each blocked six shots for Iwate (4-3). That helped limit Yokohama (4-3) to 16-for-45 shooting from inside the arc.
Yokohama trailed by double digits for the entire second half.
After the game, B-Corsairs coach Michael Katsuhisa acknowledged his team did not play well, saying its a pity how we played.
We will play harder tomorrow, the first-year coach said, addressing the crowd moments after the game ended.
Yokohama trailed 44-30 after the second quarter, and that advantage increased to 65-47 for Iwate entering the final period.
Simply put, the Big Bulls had a significant edge in executing what they wanted to accomplish on offense and defense. Conversely, the B-Corsairs were too inconsistent for the majority of the game.
The first quarter, however, was a different story.
That was the only time that Yokohama was able to match Iwates intensity.
The opening stanza was highlighted by big spurts for both Eastern Conference clubs. With the score knotted 6-6, Iwate used a 9-0 spurt to take the first commanding lead of the game, 15-6, capped by post player Gyno Pomares jumper.
Yokohama answered with a 9-0 run to tie it at 15-15, and it was 17-17 at the end of the quarter.
Sixth man Josh Peppers sparked the Big Bulls in the game-changing second quarter, when he had 13 points, weaving through traffic, attacking the basket, canning long-range shots and showcasing his polished all-around offensive game.
Peppers has been a big star in the bj-league since the 2007-08 season when original Rizing Fukuoka coach John Neumann brought him to Japan to be a featured scorer for the expansion squad.
A Peppers 3-pointer put the visitors ahead 35-24 near the midway point of the second quarter.
While Peppers was getting good looks in transition and making tough shots in halfcourt sets with equal precision, Iwate guards Kenichi Takahashi, Masato Tsukino and Tsubasa Yonamine were pushing the ball and making snap decisions to help run the offense. Insider bangers Pomare and Lawrence Blackledge were equally efficient and aggressive in putting their mark on the game. Blackledge, in particular, challenged shooters, blocking shots and altering the trajectory of several others.
At the same time, Iwates defensive rotations were crisp and nearly flawless, closing the gaps that Yokohama wanted to penetrate through. As a result, the Yokohama offense was cold for large stretches of the game.
With the third quarter winding down, Peppers was sent to the free-throw line for two shots, his second make giving Iwate its largest lead of the game, 65-44 with 1:11 left in the quarter.
The lead would be hit 20 or more points on other occasions down the stretch, including: 73-51 on a pair of Blackledge free throws with 7:58 left in the game; and 75-53 on a Blackledge bucket from close range.
Yokohama started hitting shots with greater regularity in the final quarter, using a 14-2 run to pull within 78-65 with 3:15 to play. But it was too little, too late.
Perhaps more than anything it was Blackledges tomahawk jam in the first quarter, which put his team in front 10-6, that signaled the shift in the games momentum.
Peppers paced Iwate with 23 points. Blackledge had 21 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and four assists along with the aforementioned six blocks. He put his stamp on the game in a big, big way, the Marquette University product never appearing to run out of stamina during nearly 34 minutes of brilliant effort.
Takahashi added 17 points, canned all three of his 3-point shots and handed out five assists. Pomare finished with a double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds).
For Yokohama, Marquise Gray had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Masayuki Kabaya scored 14 points and Omar Reed finished with 12 points and 14 boards.
Elsewhere Friday, the Rizing Fukuoka defeated the visiting Bambitious Nara 80-57 and the host Aomori Wats edged the Gunma Crane Thunders 68-66.
In the Rizing win, coach Mack Tucks club jumped out to a 25-9 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Masahiro Kano scored a season-high 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting for Fukuoka (4-5 overall, 3-0 at home), with five steals in the books, too. Reggie Warren had 18 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and three steals and Julius Ashby added 10 points and eight boards for the Rizing. Cohey Aoki and Seth Tarver scored nine points apiece.
Joe Chapman led Nara (0-7 with 20 points. Adrian Moss had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Anthony Brown scored 10 points with 11 boards.
The Bambitious, a first-year squad, shot 5-for-28 from beyond the 3-point arc.
In Aomoris two-point triumph, Gordon Klaiber led the victors with 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Yuki Kitamuki added 10 points and Anthony Kent had nine points and 10 boards for the expansion Wats (5-4), who have won three straight and four of their last five games.
Marvell Waithe had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Gunma (1-6), Darko Cohadarevic scored 13 points, Lewis Witcher had 11 and Masashi Obuchi 10.
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