Never underestimate the value of a hot shooter.
Shuhei Komatsu of the Niigata Albirex BB proved this point on Saturday, leading his club to an 80-66 win over the host Kyoto Hannaryz.
Komatsu scored a season-high 24 points and canned 8 of 10 3-point shots. His previous season-high output was 11 points.
The Albirex, one of the bj-league’s original teams, improved to 16-15.
Niigata’s Zach Andrews scored 15 points and hauled in 11 rebounds, while Willie Veasley also had a 15-point outing. Julius Ashby finished the game with 11 points and eight boards.
For Kyoto (16-17), Wendell White scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf scored 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting. Michael Fey added nine points, Kyosuke Setoyama scored seven and dished out five assists and Naoto Nakamura also scored seven.
Phoenix 101, Happinets 80
In Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture, Jeffrey Parmer scored 30 points and Wayne Arnold poured in 23 points and handed out 11 assists in a victory over the hosts.
Hamamatsu picked up its league high 29th victory in 33 games.
Parmer raked in 12 rebounds, while Dzaflo Larkai scored 16 points for the defending champions. Masahiro Oguchi, the Final Four MVP last season, matched his season-high scoring total with 12 points, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range. (Oguchi has played a low-key role for Hamamatsu this season, averaging 5.9 points per game. His 10-for-14 effort from beyond the 3-point arc against Niigata in the Eastern Conference final last spring ranks as one of the greatest achievements in league history.)
For Akita (10-23), former North Carolina standout Will Graves scored 20 points and hauled in nine rebounds in his bj-league debut. He was 2-for-12 on 3-pointers.
Akita’s Sek Henry added 19 points and nine assists and Paul Butorac scored 16. Kazuhiro Shoji and Yuki Nobuhira each scored seven.
Broncos 94, Shining Suns 79
In Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, Kenny Satterfield’s 27-point, seven-rebound, nine-assist effort carried the hosts to a victory over Miyazaki.
Daiki Terashita scored 17 points, drilling all three of his 3-point attempts, and Yuki Kitamuki had 14 for the Broncos (14-19). George Leach added 12 points and nine boards and Bobby Nash chipped in with nine points and a season-high 11 rebounds.
For the Shining Suns (11-22), Elijah Palmer was the leading scorer with 28 points along with 14 rebounds. Jackie Manuel scored 19, Brandon Cole had 17 and ex-Bronco Taishiro Shimizu poured in 10.
Golden Kings 91, Lakestars 84
In Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, Ryukyu’s Jeff Newton had 22 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks and Carlos Dixon added 22 points and five assists in a win over the hosts.
Naoto Kosuge contributed 13 points and Dillion Sneed had 12 points and grabbed 10 boards as the Golden Kings improved to 20-13, including 10-7 on the road.
For Shiga (19-14), Josh Peppers had 23 points, Gary Hamilton notched a double-double (18 points, 19 rebounds), Masashi Joho scored 15 and Takamichi Fujiwara added 12.
The Lakestars were 10-for-20 at the foul line in defeat.
Susanoo Magic 79, Five Arrows 64
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, balanced scoring carried the hosts to a win against struggling Takamatsu.
For the Susanoo Magic, Terry Evans scored a team-best 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds, Tatsuhiro Yokoo and Takumi Ishizaki each scored 14, while the latter added seven assists, six boards and three steals to help coach Zeljko Pavlicevic’s expansion club improve to 14-19.
Shimane’s Forrest Ray Fisher III chipped in with 11 points and seven boards and Reggie Golson had 10 points.
Jeffrey Price paced Takamatsu (8-25) with 16 points and nine boards, Rasheed Sparks scored 15 and collected four steals, Hiroyuki Kikuchi and Shuichi Takada added 10 points apiece.
89ers 81, Grouses 74
In Sendai, the 89ers scored 28 fourth-quarter points to pull ahead for good.
Mac Hopson led Sendai (20-11) with 32 points, including 16-for-22 at the charity stripe, and pulled down nine rebounds, Chris Holm had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Mike Bell also notched a double-double (17 points, 13 boards).
The 89ers were 28-for-46 at the free-throw line; Toyama was 11-for-19.
Takeshi Mito and Brian Harper each had 14 points for Toyama (10-21), while Haakim Johnson scored 12 and Jerrell Smith had 11. Matthew Kyle led the Grouses with 10 rebounds.