After a relatively quiet first four games in a Tokyo Apache uniform, teenage forward Jeremy Tyler had a breakthrough weekend against the Saitama Broncos, culminating with a game-high 27-point outing on Sunday in the Apache’s 91-83 road triumph.
Tyler, a bona-fide NBA prospect who played in Israel last season, scored 15 points on Saturday in the Apache’s one-point loss.
He was a forceful presence in the paint a day later, attacking the rim with a clear purpose — five slam dunks, to be precise — as Tokyo capitalized on his explosive athleticism.
Entering the weekend, his previous season high was nine points, which he scored on two occasions.
Tokyo improved to 2-4 as Tyler pulled down 11 rebounds in 26 busy minutes on the court. He was 13-for-23 from the field.
Guard Byron Eaton was the Apache’s second-leading scorer with 16 points, followed by Kendall Dartez, who scored 14, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out seven assists, blocked five shots and made three steals. Center Robert Swift also scored seven points, while Cohey Aoki, one of the league’s most recognizable Japanese stars, had his second consecutive quiet outing (three points; he scored a combined five points in the series).
Bobby Nash paced Saitama (2-6) with 19 points and Bruce Brown scored 16. Kenny Satterfield had 12 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and six turnovers, while teammates Daiki Terashita and Gordon Klaiber scored 12 points apiece.
Rizing 102, Five Arrows 72
In Takamatsu, Fukuoka forward Michael Parker scored a league-record 53 points and hauled in 16 rebounds in a one-sided win over the hosts.
Parker broke the bj-league record set by former Oita HeatDevils standout Ricky Woods, who had a 52-point game against the Apache on Feb. 28, 2010. The two-time defending league scoring champion was 21-for-32 from the field (2-for-3 from 3-point range) and 9-for-10 at the free-throw line.
Nile Murry added 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Brazilian pivotman Thiago Cordeiro had 12 points and 14 boards.
The Rizing (5-3) had 11 steals to Takamatsu’s three.
Fukuoka outscored the hosts 40-20 in the fourth quarter.
Shuichi Takada led the Five Arrows (3-5) with 17 points.
Susanoo Magic 81, Shining Suns 69
In Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Terry Evans scored a season-high 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had six assists and Will Caudle also had a double-double (20 points, 11 boards) as Shimane completed a weekend sweep.
Tatsuhiro Yokoo added 14 points and Takumi Ishizaki matched the team-best high total in assists (six) as the expansion Susanoo Magic, guided by ex-Japan national team coach Zeljko Pavlicevic, improved to 5-3.
For Miyazaki (2-6), big man Brandon Cole led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Jackie Manuel scored 18. Veteran point guard Taishiro Shimizu had six assists for the Shining Suns.
HeatDevils 61, Golden Kings 58
In Okinawa City, Oita outlasted Ryukyu in a defensive struggle and earned a weekend split.
Damian Johnson was the game’s top scorer, finishing with 19 points. Taj Finger had 12 points and Matt Lottich scored 10 for the HeatDevils (4-4). Lottich also had eight rebounds and five assists.
Oita’s Rolando Howell had a team-high 12 rebounds.
Ryukyu forward David Palmer, a former league MVP while playing for the Osaka Evessa, had 10 points in his second game in a Golden Kings uniform. He was the hosts’ only double-digit scorer. Palmer scored five points on Saturday.
The teams shot a combined 5-for-33 from 3-point range.
Northern Happinets 85, Grouses 76
In Akita, Sek Henry scored 22 points to match his jersey number and Paul Butorac added 20 as the Northern Happinets bounced back from a series-opening loss.
Antonio Burks scored 14 points and drained three 3-pointers, and coach Bob Pierce’s club also received an offensive boost from Kazuhiro Shoji (eight points) and Makoto Sawaguchi and Anthony Coleman (seven apiece).
Akita raised its record to 3-5.
Brian Harper paced Toyama (3-5) with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Haakim Johnson scored 19. Takeshi Mito had a 14-point, five-assist, three-steal effort.
Evessa 90, Hannaryz 77
In Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, Shota Konno scored a season-best 24 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 at the charity stripe in the Evessa’s comfortable win over Kyoto.
Osaka improved to 7-1, including 6-0 at home. Lynn Washington added 21 points and 10 boards for the hosts.
Wendell White was the top scorer for Kyoto (3-5), putting 27 points on the board.
Lakestars 84, 89ers 81
In Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, Mikey Marshall scored 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting and Lamar Rice had 18 as the Lakestars earned a series split.
Shiga (5-3) also received another solid performance from power forward Gary Hamilton (16 points, eight rebounds), while Yu Okada scored eight points off the bench.
Chris Holm led Sendai (5-3) with 18 points and Mac Hopson scored 14.
The Lakestars were 13-for-26 at the free-throw line; the 89ers were 5-for-12.
Phoenix 82, Albirex BB 64
In Kosai, Shizuoka Prefecture, Hamamatsu Higashimikawa shot 55.8 percent from 2-point range in a lopsided win over its Eastern Conference rival.
The Phoenix (7-1), led by Wayne Arnold’s 20 points, matched the Evessa for the league’s best start through eight games.
For Niigata (5-3), Willie Veasley was the top scorer (14 points).