The Kyoto Hannaryz played with a sense of urgency and used effective defense to pick up their first victory of the season on Friday night in the bj-league, prevailing 84-75 over the visiting Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix.
Limiting the production of two Hamamatsu standouts — Kevin Galloway and Adrian Thomas — proved to be of vital importance for the Hannaryz, who reached the Final Four last season.
After two triple-doubles last weekend, Galloway was held to six points, five rebounds and two assists in the series opener. He had 63 assists in the previous five games, and saw his double-digit assist streak end at five. In addition, Thomas, who scored 41 points and canned a league-record 13 of 25 3-pointers last Sunday against the Miyazaki Shining Suns, scored a team-best 16 points on 4-for-13 shooting (3-for-9 on 3s).
Yu Okada scored a game-high 20 points for Kyoto (1-8). Okada was 6-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range, sank all six of his free-throw attempts, and dished out four assists.
David Palmer and Masaharu Kataoka each scored 13 points for the Hannaryz. Gyno Pomare had 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, Jermaine Boyette contributed seven points and Marcus Cousin had six.
Kyoto was 32-for-39 at the foul line. Hamamatsu converted 18 of 24 free throws.
For the Phoenix (7-4), Shoji Nakanishi had 14 points and Jeffrey Parmer and Elbert Fuqua scored 12 points apiece
The Hannaryz committed 23 turnovers, but compensated by out-rebounding the visitors 52-34.
Masahiro Oguchi and Parmer made four steals apiece.
John “Helicopter” Humphrey, the bj-league’s leading scorer, will miss this weekend’s games against the host Niigata Albirex BB due to a herniated lumbar disc. He’s not expected to need surgery, according to a news release issued by the team on Friday afternoon.
Humphrey is averaging 25.0 points per game and scored 31 in Saitama’s last game, an 86-78 home loss to the Chiba Jets on Sunday.
The Broncos are 1-5 under first-year coach Tracy Williams.