The numbers tell the story of all-out, jaw-dropping dominance: The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix have seven more victories than any other team in the bj-league’s Eastern Conference.
Their last — and only — loss of the season was on Oct. 23 against the Toyama Grouses. On Sunday, the defending champion Phoenix completed a two-game sweep of the visiting Akita Northern Happinets, winning 79-67 and extending their winning streak to 15 games.
Jeffrey Parmer paced Hamamatsu (17-1) with 16 points. Dzaflo Larkai contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jermaine Dixon had 13 points and six assists, while Kazutoshi Ota also scored 13.
Dokun Akingbade led the visiting Northern Happinets (6-12) with 16 points, Sek Henry scored 13 and Makoto Sawaguchi had 10.
Apache 84, Albirex BB 74
In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, Tokyo rattled off its sixth straight victory by showcasing its depth.
Former NBA center Robert Swift had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Byron Easton scored 18 points a day after a season-high 34-point outburst against Niigata (7-9). Michael Chappell, Cohey Aoki and Jumpei Nakama had 12 points apiece for the Apache (6-4), who now have their second two-week break in the past four weeks.
Ex-Tokyo pivotman Julius Ashby finished with a team-high 24 points for the hosts, while Issa Konare scored 12 and Yuichi Ikeda 11.
Rizing 79, HeatDevils 74
In Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Michael Parker scored 27 points, Akitomo Takeno had 18 and Jun Nakanishi poured in 16 as Fukuoka earned a series split against the HeatDevils.
Veteran floor leader Nile Murry chipped in with 10 points and eight assists for the Rizing (11-7).
For Oita (6-10), Damian Johnson scored 15 points and Matt Lottich had 14 points and five assists.
Lakestars 98, Golden Kings 88
In Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Shiga bounced back from an overtime loss and salvaged a series split by beating Western Conference rival Ryukyu.
Lamar Rice paced the Lakestars (13-5) with 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting and Gary Hamilton’s 18-point, 13-rebound, four-assist effort held the visitors stay tied with Osaka for the most wins in the West.
Ray Schafer added 13 points and seven boards, Takamichi Fujiwara scored 11 and Yu Okada and Mikey Marshall had 10 apiece for Shiga.
Jeff Newton, coming off a season-best 22-point game on Saturday, had 18 points and nine rebounds in the riveting rematch. David Palmer, who nailed the game-winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds of overtime in the series opener, had 16 points, while Carlos Dixon scored 15, Naoto Kosuge had 11 and Anthony McHenry added 10 for Ryukyu (11-7).
Shining Suns 118, Hannaryz 107 (OT)
In Miyazaki, Elijah Palmer had 29 points and 15 rebounds and Taishiro Shimizu and Brandon Cole each scored 27 to guide the expansion club to a series split against Kyoto.
Cole grabbed 10 rebounds and Shimizu had seven assists for the Shining Suns, who improved to 6-12.
Kibwe Trim, Naoto Nakamura and Michael Fey each had 24-point outings for Kyoto (8-10), which played without stars Reggie Warren and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Reigning league MVP Wendell White added 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in defeat.
Susanoo Magic 84, Five Arrows 67
In Takamatsu, Shimane big man Jeral Davis scored 17 points and raked in 10 rebounds and four teammates scored in double figures as the visitors went 1-1 over the weekend.
Tatsuhiro Yokoo poured in 14 points and Takumi Ishizaki had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Susanoo Magic (8-10).
For Takamatsu (5-11), Jeffrey Price was the leading scorer (21 points) and Hiroyuki Kikuchi contributed 10 points.
Evessa 90, Grouses 69
In Kobe, macho forward Lynn Washington scored 18 points, collected seven rebounds and led Osaka to a runaway win and a series sweep over Toyama.
Lawrence Blackledge, Wayne Marshall and Billy Knight all scored 16 points apiece for the Evessa (13-5) and Shota Konno and Hirohisa Takada both had seven-point performances.
Brian Harper paced the Grouses (5-11) with 19 points.
89ers 94, Broncos 74
In Sendai, Mac Hopson’s 24-point effort spearheaded a well-balanced offensive attack and the hosts completed a weekend sweep.
All-Star forward Mike Bell had 19 points and 13 rebounds and three teammates also reached double digits in points as the 89ers improved to 10-8.
Kenny Satterfield led Saitama with 18 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists, while George Leach added 12 points and 12 boards. Gordon Klaiber had 11 points in defeat as the Broncos fell to a league-worst 4-14.