You probably didn’t know that Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix newcomer Kevin Galloway attended USC, College of Southern Idaho, Kentucky and Texas Southern before embarking on a pro career last year.
But this much is clear: Galloway is a natural playmaker, as evidenced by his 10.7 assists per game as a Sacramento (California) High School junior, tops in the state, according to published reports. And he provided a clear-cut reminder of that halfway around the world on Sunday.
Galloway dished out 13 assists in the Phoenix’s 85-70 victory over the visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic in the bj-league series finale. He also had 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
The 200-cm swingman’s assist total was two shy of the league’s single-game record, set by then-Phoenix floor leader Michael Gardener on Nov. 22, 2008, against the Takamatsu Five Arrows.
Galloway leads the bj-league with 7.1 assists per game. He’s had six or more assists in five of eight games to date.
Hamamatsu (5-3) recorded a two-game sweep over Shimane (4-2).
Adrian Thomas canned four 3-pointers in a 15-point outing for the Phoenix, who put 29 points on the board in the fourth quarter while holding the Magic to 12. In addition, Galloway’s effort spearheaded the offensive attack, with Hamamatsu getting assists on 28 of its 33 baskets.
Galloway played for the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede last season.
Atsuya Ota added 13 points for the hosts, Elbert Fuqua had 11 and Masahiro Oguchi scored 10 and made eight steals. Jeffrey Parmer chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds.
Jeral Davis and Koki Yabuuchi each had 18 points for Shimane. Davis also swatted seven shots. Four-time-reigning scoring champion Michael Parker was held to 13 points on 6-for-17 shooting.
Big Bulls 105, Crane Thunders 89
In Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture, Dillion Sneed scored 21 points, making 9 of 11 shots from the field, and hauled in nine rebounds as Iwate improved to a league-best 8-0.
The Big Bulls sank 10 of 18 3s in the game. Carlos Dixon had 20 points, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. Naoto Nakamura was 4-for-6 from long range and scored 13 points. Kenichi Takahashi made 2 of 4 3s and finished with 18 points. Both veteran guards, key offseason acquisitions for the Big Bulls, have played an integral part in Iwate’s early season success.
Reggie Okosa poured in 16 points for the hosts and Masato Tsukino added 13 points.
Nyika Williams and Shingo Okada paced Gunma with 19 points apiece.
The Crane Thunders (0-8), a first-year franchise, allowed 100 or more points for the third straight game and fourth time overall this season.
Golden Kings 90, Lakestars 69
In Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture, Narito Namizato scored a game-best 33 points and four steals and Anthony McHenry added 31 points as the defending champions routed Shiga.
Jeff Newton contributed eight points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Golden Kings (6-0), who led 43-25 at halftime.
Naoto Kosuge matched Namizato for the team lead in steals (four).
Wayne Arnold was the Lakestars’ leading scorer with 16 points, Ray Nixon had 15 and Dionisio Gomez scored 12.
Albirex BB 69, B-Corsairs 65
In Toyano, Niigata Prefecture, the hosts’ rebounding strength proved vital in a hard-fought win over Yokohama.
Niigata crashed the boards with reckless abandon, pulling down 51 rebounds and holding the B-Corsairs to 34.
Big man Chris Holm had a team-best 12 rebounds for the Albirex (3-3), Nile Murry had 10 and Rodney Webb grabbed eight.
Kimitake Sato led Niigata with 17 points and Shuhei Komatsu scored 10. Webb and Marquise Gray each had nine points and Yuichi Ikeda eight.
For Yokohama (2-2), Draelon Burns was the top scorer with 16 points and Thomas Kennedy had 15.
Rizing 79, Hannaryz 77
In Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, Josh Peppers scored a game-high 21 points and Fukuoka completed a series sweep.
Power forward Reggie Warren added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Zane Johnson scored 10 points for the Rizing (3-3), while Masahiro Kano had nine points. Julius Ashby had an eight-point effort and Akitomo Takeno filled the stat sheet with seven points, four assists and two steals.
Yu Okada scored 19 points for Kyoto (0-6), former Utah Jazz center Marcus Cousin had 18 points and Masaharu Kataoka scored 16. David Palmer added nine points for the Hannaryz, who had more turnovers (14) than assists (13).
Brave Warriors 85, Jets 71
In Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, the hosts attracted less than 500 fans for the second straight home game and suffered a lopsided loss to Shinshu.
Chiba (1-5), in its second season, has already announced it will defect to the JBA’s re-branded National Basketball League (currently called the JBL) next season.
Jermaine Green paced the Brave Warriros (5-1) with 24 points and Edward Morris pumped in 22. Temple product Wayne Marshall had a 16-point afternoon and D’Mario Curry scored 10 and made two steals for coach Takatoshi “Big Bashi” Ishibashi’s club.
D’Andre Bell led Chiba with 18 points and Joe Werner finished with 17, Shota Isshiki scored 11, Hiroki Sato had nine and Reina Itakura added eight. Takaki Ishida and Marquin Chandler were sidelined with injuries.
HeatDevils 94, Shining Suns 76
In Miyazaki, Cyrus Tate’s 26-point, 11-rebound effort and Wendell White’s 18-point, 18-rebound game set the tone for Oita in a win over the hosts.
Kohei Mitomo added 13 points for the HeatDevils (5-1), who have won four straight games. Longtime bj-league standout Matt Lottich had 10 points and Naoto Takushi and Taishiro Shimizu scored nine apiece, the latter knocking down 3 of 4 3-pointers.
This season, Shimizu has made 15 of 31 3s.
For Miyazaki (1-5), Dominique Keller scored 20 points and Marshall Brown had 18, and Larriques Cunningham and Yuto Otsuka each supplied 14 points.
The Shining Suns missed 23 of their 28 3-point shots.