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HeatDevils suffer embarrassing loss to Golden Kings

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

The Ryukyu Golden Kings routed the host Oita HeatDevils in the second half on Saturday, turning a close contest into a 100-68 annihilation in Beppu, Oita Prefecture.

The unbeaten Golden Kings (13-0) scored 59 second-half points to Oita’s 30. They shot 62.7 percent from inside the 3-point arc and flushed 10 of 24 3-shots from beyond.

What’s more, Ryukyu coach Koto Toyama’s club grabbed 59 rebounds to Oita’s 25.

The HeatDevils, who have gone bankrupt and will formally announce a re-launched league-run team on Monday, dressed only eight Japanese players. Standout imports Wendell White, Cyrus Tate, Matt Lottich and Taj Finger have already played their last games with the team (see related story). They are demanding payment for November, but team officials have said they will not be paid. The four Americans have formally told the team they will contact FIBA, basketball’s world governing body, if they are not given the money that they are owed in a timely fashion.

Forward Kazuya “J.” Hatano paced the HeatDevils (9-6) with 20 points, Naoto Takushi scored 14 with seven assists, Taishiro Shimizu had 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Manabu Umemiya finished with 11 points and five steals.

Oita shot 28-for-73 from the field.

The Golden Kings led 28-20 after one quarter, then took a 51-38 advantage into the intermission before overwhelming the undermanned hosts in the second half.

Terrance Woodbury paced Ryukyu with 26 points and Narito Namizato scored 19 points and handed out 13 assists, with eight rebounds and four steals on the night. Naoto Kosuge scored 14 points and drained 4 of 7 3s, while Dzaflo Larkai had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Anthony McHenry scored 13 points with nine rebounds and four steals. Morihisa Yamauchi chipped in with nine points.

Rizing 63, Evessa 61

In Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture, Reggie Warren and Julius Ashby each had double-doubles and Fukuoka overcame a poor shooting night from the perimeter and the free-throw line to edge the hosts.

The Rizing were 3-for-17 from 3-point range and an abysmal 8-for-24 from the charity stripe but made enough plays down the stretch to improve to 9-6.

Warren had 15 points and 16 rebounds and Ashby contributed 12 points and 13 boards. Akitomo Takeno added 13 points and four assists and Josh Peppers scored nine points for Fukuoka.

Osaka fell to 1-10.

Rick Rickert had 18 points, 18 rebounds and six assists for the Evessa and Mike Bell added 15 points and 13 boards. Shun Watanuki scored 11 points. The Evessa also were plagued by bad free-throw shooting (7-for-14).

Hannaryz 93, Shining Suns 74

In Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, Marcus Cousin’s 23-point, 20-rebound effort and Yu Okada’s 20-point performance carried the Hannaryz to their seventh straight victory.

Kyoto (7-8) began the season with eight consecutive losses.

Gyno Pomare chipped in with 13 points, 10 boards, three assists and three steals for coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s club and David Palmer added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Hannaryz. Jermaine Boyette scored 11 points and Kyosuke Setoyama contributed five points and two steals for the hosts.

Dominique Keller led Miyazaki (2-13) with 28 points and Yuto Otsuka scored 12.

Lakestars 84, Susanoo Magic 77

In Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, the hosts made clutch baskets when they needed to in a series-opening triumph over Shimane.

Leading the winning effort was Wayne Arnold (game-high 29 points, 7-for-10 on 3s). The Lakestars (8-7) also got 15 points and 15 rebounds (nine offensive) from Dionisio Gomez. Ray Nixon scored 12 points and ex-UCLA center Alfred Aboya had eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Shinya Ogawa scored seven points for Shiga, which was 13-for-22 on 3s.

Michael Parker was the Susanoo Magic’s leading scorer with 22 points and Koki Yabuuchi had 20. Brandon Freeman scored 12 points for Shimane (9-6).

Phoenix 74, Five Arrows 57

In Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, Hamamatsu Higashimikawa’s 29 fourth-quarter points locked up the victory against Takamatsu.

Jeffrey Parmer scored a game-high 20 points for the Phoenix (10-7) and Adrian Thomas poured in 14. Kevin Galloway had 10 points, three assists, three steals and two blocks in the win. Shinnosuke Oishi and Masahiro Oguchi each scored seven points for Hamamatsu.

Dexter Lyons and Brandon Penn each had 11 points for the Five Arrows (4-9), who committed 22 turnovers. Hamamatsu collected 14 steals.

B-Corsairs 92, Grouses 59

In Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama dominated in the second and fourth quarters en route to a one-sided win over Toyama.

The B-Corsairs scored 32 second-quarter points to take a 51-33 lead into the break and added 23 points in the final stanza. In the two periods combined, they outscored the visitors 55-29.

Draelon Burns sparked Yokohama (8-5) with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds and Thomas Kennedy had 23 points and 12 boards. Paul Butorac added 16 points and seven rebounds and Minoru Kimura scored 11 points.

The B-Corsairs shot 48 percent (12-for-25) from 3-point range.

For the Grouses (10-7), Masashi Joho had 14 points and Jeremy Jacobs and Brandon Cole each scored 12. Takeshi Mito had an eight-point outing. Big man Angel Garcia served a one-game ban for a flagrant foul against Gunma on Nov. 11.

Jets 88, 89ers 74

In Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, the hosts closed out the game with a better performance than their foe in the final period, prevailing over Sendai.

Chiba trailed 62-60 entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the 89ers 28-12 the rest of the way.

Sendai coach Bob Pierce summed up his team’s play this way: “Good effort for more than three-fourth of the game.”

Marquin Chandler scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Jets (6-7) and Joe Werner added 19 points and 14 boards. Hiroki Sato scored 15 points and Kensuke Tanaka, the league’s second-leading passer (6.3 assists per game), had 11 points and eight assists. D’Andre Bell chipped with eight points and nine boards for Chiba.

Kevin Coble led Sendai with 15 points and Sam Coleman scored 11 with nine rebounds. Takehiko Shimura and Karron Clarke both scored 10 points for the 89ers (5-8).

Chiba held a 51-35 rebounding advantage against Sendai, which did not have Sam Willard (illness) in the rotation. Willard is averaging 12.4 rebounds, fifth-best average in the 21-team league.

Albirex BB 72, Northern Happinets 66

In Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, the hosts clamped down defensively against Akita, holding Kazuo Nakamura’s squad to 23-for-67 shooting from the field.

Niigata (10-5) improved to 6-3 at home. Kimitake Sato scored a team-best 15 points for the Albirex and Shuhei Komatsu had 14. Rodney Webb added 10 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Chris Holm raked in 18 rebounds.

Jordan DeMercy scored 15 points for the Happinets (9-4), Anthony Kent and Shigeru Taguchi added 14 apiece and Dion Harris scored 13.

Cinq Reves 89, Broncos 87

In Tokyo, Jonathan Jones delivered 21 points and 21 rebounds for the winning cause and Rasheed Barrett also scored 21 as the hosts edged struggling Saitama.

Cohey Aoki scored 14 points for Tokyo (6-9), which grabbed 71 rebounds to Saitama’s 45.

John “Helicopter” Humphrey had 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Broncos (2-9) and Dameion Baker added 21 points and 10 boards. Yuki Kitamuki scored 15.

Brave Warriors 84, Big Bulls 79

(Complete stats unavailable at press time.)