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Apache beat Happinets to extend winning streak to three

by Ed Odeven

The Tokyo Apache stretched their winning streak to three games and improved to .500, defeating the host Akita Northern Happinets 99-87 on Sunday.

Point guard Byron Eaton, formerly a player in the NBA Development League, scored a season-high 27 points for the Apache (4-4), who exploited mismatches in the backcourt as Akita’s Sek Henry missed the game due to an illness. Eaton was 7-for-11 on 2-point shots, 2-for-4 from 3-point range and 8-for-11 at the free-throw line.

Robert Swift scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Kendall Dartez had 15 points and five assists for Tokyo. Jeremy Tyler and Jumpei Nakama scored 13 points apiece and Michael Chappell added 10 as the Apache offense proved too strong for the expansion Happinets in the series finale.

Paul Butorac paced Akita (4-8) with 26 points and nine rebounds and Antonio Burks scored 18. Ryosuke Mizumachi dished out nine assists.

Evessa 84, Golden Kings 53

In Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, Lynn Washington scored 30 points and hauled in 15 rebounds to lead the hosts to a weekend split against Ryukyu.

Billy Knight added 15 points and eight rebounds and Lawrence Blackledge scored 11 points for the Evessa (8-4).

David Palmer, who scored 14 points, was the Golden Kings’ lone double-digit scorer.

Ryukyu fell to 6-6.

Albirex BB 80, 89ers 69

In Sendai, Julius Ashby had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Issa Konare scored 17 as Niigata bounced back from a series-opening loss on Saturday.

Naoto Takushi finished with 14 points and the Albirex improved to 5-5.

Mike Bell paced the 89ers with 23 points. Mac Hopson scored 12 and Chris Holm had 10 points and 10 boards.

Sendai slipped to 7-5.

Suns 101, Five Arrows 81

In Takamatsu, Elijah Palmer scored 33 points and was one of three Miyazaki players to post double-doubles in a well-rounded win over the hosts.

Palmer added 13 boards and Jackie Manuel contributed 27 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Cole scored 14 and raked in 18 boards. Taishiro Shimizu poured in 15 points, helping the Shining Suns improve to 4-8.

Miyazaki’s dominant third quarter — outscoring Takamatsu 27-10 — sparked the visitors to a win.

Satoshi Takeda led the Five Arrows (4-6) with 21 points and Shuichi Takada had 19, while Rasheed Sparks scored 15.

Broncos 86, Grouses 60

In Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, Bruce Brown scored 17 points and collected 11 rebounds and the league’s assist leader, Kenny Satterfield, had a 14-point, 12-assist performance as Saitama salvaged a weekend split.

Daiki Terashita added 13 points for the Broncos (3-9), who outscored the hosts 24-8 in the pivotal fourth quarter.

For Toyama (5-7), John Davis was the top scorer (23 points) and Brian Harper had 13.