The Kyoto Hannaryz had lost four of their previous five games entering this weekend’s series against the Takamatsu Five Arrows, including a pair of lopsided defeats to the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix last week.
Led by veteran sharpshooter Naoto Nakamura’s season-high 24-point performance, Kyoto bounced back with a comprehensive 103-71 win over the Five Arrows on Saturday in the bj-league.
Nakamura, whose previous season high was 12 points, canned 5 of 10 3-point shots and helped the Hannaryz improve to 5-8.
Kyoto star Wendell White, a former UNLV player, contributed 23 points, 16 rebounds and four assists and Reggie Warren had 18 points, 16 boards and six assists. Michael Fey and Yusuke Inoue scored 14 points apiece, while Kyosuke Setoyama distributed the ball effectively, picking up seven assists.
Takamatsu fell to 4-7.
Terrance Farley paced the Five Arrows with 16 points and Hiroyuki Kikuchi scored 13.
Phoenix 87, 89ers 81
In Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, Wayne Arnold scored 24 points and Jeffrey Parmer had 23 as Hamamatsu Higashimikawa won for the 11th time in 12 games, beating second-place Sendai in the first meeting between the Eastern Conference clubs this season.
Ray Nixon added 15 points for the defending champions.
Sendai dropped to 7-5 despite 20-point games from Lee Hyecheon and Mac Hopson. The 89ers’ Mike Bell finished with 13 points and nine boards.
Shining Suns 93, Rizing 80
In Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Elijah Palmer had 24 points and Brandon Cole and Jackie Manuel each had 17 to lead the hosts to a win over Fukuoka.
Captain Taishiro Shimizu chipped in with 16 points for the expansion Shining Suns (5-8).
Michael Parker, the league’s scoring champion in the past two seasons, had a game-best 27 points and 15 rebounds for the Rizing (8-5). Jartavious Henderson had a double-double (16 points, 10 boards) and Akitomo Takeno poured in 13 points.
Northern Happinets 96, Broncos 90
In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Sek Henry returned to the Akita lineup after a one-game absence due to an illness and provided a big spark, scoring 22 points as his club grabbed a road victory.
Ryosuke Mizumachi, Kazuhiro Shoji and Paul Butorac each scored 12 points, while Anthony Coleman had eight and Makoto Sawaguchi, the team’s 18-year-old spitfire guard, added seven. The Northern Happinets improved to 5-8.
Forward Kazuya Hatano led the struggling Broncos (3-10) with 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field. Kenny Satterfield added 19 points, Daiki Terashita had 14 and George Leach finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Golden Kings 68, Albirex BB 63
In Niigata, David Palmer scored 19 points, Jeff Newton posted a double-double (11 points, 13 boards) and Shigeyuki Kinjo scored 10 in Ryukyu’s road triumph over the Albirex.
Julius Ashby paced Niigata (5-6) with 24 points and Naoto Takushi scored 12, while Willie Veasley had nine assists.
The Golden Kings, meanwhile, improved to 7-6.
Evessa 83, HeatDevils 63
In Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Billy Knight and Lynn Washington scored 22 points apiece as Osaka trounced the hosts.
Washington, a two-time league MVP, also had 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Evessa (9-4). Teammate Wayne Marshall had a solid performance at center, putting 13 points and 10 rebounds on the stat sheet. Guard Masashi Obuchi contributed seven points and five assists.
Taj Finger led Oita (5-8) with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Hiroki Sato scored 14.
Lakestars 92, Susanoo Magic 69
In Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, balanced scoring carried Shita to a runaway victory over the hosts.
Mikey Marshall was the Lakestars’ top scorer, finishing with 17 points, followed by Gary Hamilton with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Yu Okada and Ray Schafer had 11 points apiece and Masashi Joho scored 10.
Shiga raised its record to 10-3, the best in the Western Conference.
For Shimane (5-8), Reggie Golson had team-high totals in points (25) and rebounds (12). Jerald Davis scored 10 and Shoji Nakanishi had nine.