Zach Andrews nailed a buzzer-beater as the Niigata Albirex defeated the visiting Saitama Broncos 68-67 on Sunday.
Andrews, a Bradley University product, had 14 points and 15 rebounds a day after a 17-point, 18-rebound effort.
Willie Veasley was Niigata’s leading scorer with 16 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Julius Ashby, a bj-league Best Five player last season for Tokyo, added 13 points and six boards and Issa Konare had nine points. Yuichi Ikeda chipped in with eight points and five assists for the Albirex (3-1).
For Saitama, 1-5 under first-year coach Bob Nash, Bobby Nash had a team-high 17 points and Bruce Brown scored 14, Kenny Satterfield contributed 13 points and 12 assists and Daiki Terashita poured in 11.
Evessa 85, Susanoo Magic 66
In Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture, tone-setter Lynn Washington, scored 26 points and Billy Knight had a 21-point, 12-rebound afternoon to lead the Evessa to a comfortable victory over Shimane.
Center Wayne Marshall had 12 points and seven rebounds and Lawrence Blackledge scored nine points for Osaka (5-1).
Forward Jeral Davis paced Shimane (3-3) with 24 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks.
Phoenix 95, Apache 89
In Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, Jeffrey Parmer scored 19 points, Dzaflo Larkai finished with 15 and Hamamatsu Higashimikawa earned a two-game sweep over Tokyo.
The defending champion Phoenix (5-1) also had a trio of 11-point scorers: Masahiro Oguchi, Jermaine Dixon and Shingo Okada.
The Apache, who slipped to 1-3 under ex-NBA bench boss Bob Hill, were 15-for-28 from the charity stripe.
Kendall Dartez was Tokyo’s leading scorer with 23 points.
89ers 82, Grouses 75
In Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, Mac Hopson’s 22-point, eight-rebound, five-assist performance sparked Sendai to a road victory and a series split.
Mike Bell (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Chris Holm (12 points, seven rebounds) added inside muscle for the 89ers (4-2), who had 22 offensive rebounds.
Brian Harper had team-high totals in points (22) and rebounds (11) for Toyama, which fell to 2-4.
Lakestars 98, Hannaryz 89
In Kyoto, Mikey Marshall had his third consecutive game with 20 or more points, leading Shiga to its second narrow win over its Kansai rival and a series sweep.
Marshall and Masashi Joho each scored 23 points for the Lakestars (4-2). Marshall, who played under coaching legend Bob Knight at Texas Tech, added seven rebounds and five assists. He was 8-for-9 at the free-throw line.
Shiga power forward Gary Hamilton, one of the league’s most versatile players, nearly had his second triple-double in the past three games, finishing with nine points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Lamar Rice added 16 points and Shinya Ogawa scored a season-high 14.
Six Hannaryz players scored in double figures, including Kyosuke Setoyama (16 points), Naoto Nakamura and Wendell White (12 apiece) and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (11).
Kyoto fell to 3-3.
Happinets 91, Shining Suns 84
In Akita, Sek Henry paced the hosts with 28 points and Paul Butorac’s 20-point, 14-rebound, five-assist effort helped the Northern Happinets bounce back after a loss on Saturday.
Teenager Makoto Sawaguchi, who had 11 points in the first half, finished with 14 in 17:02 and scrappy guard Ryosuke Mizumachi had 13 points and nine boards for Akita (2-4).
Jackie Manuel paced Miyazaki (2-4) with 20 points and Takuro Ito scored 17.