This was a simple formula for success on Saturday afternoon: Draelon Burns scoring 30 points and the Yokohama B-Corsairs turning the ball over only eight times.
A 76-59 victory over the visiting Tokyo Cinq Reves that extended Yokohama’s win streak to seven games.
Burns came off the bench and electrified the hosts in a game played at Yokohama International Swimming Pool before an announced crowd of 1,724. He also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27-plus minutes, while continuing to make a valid argument that he’s the top Sixth Man Award candidate in the bj-league this season.
It was the first regular-season meeting between the Kanto franchises.
Tokyo, an expansion squad, fell to 8-13. The B-Corsairs, meanwhile, improved to 15-6, tied for the second-most wins in the 11-team Eastern Conference.
Thomas Kennedy and Senegalese big man Pape Faye Mour each had 12 points for Yokohama. Mour, an emerging presence in the frontcourt as a second-year pro, matched his season-high total of 14 rebounds (a season-best six off the offensive glass), made two steals and swatted one shot. Masayuki Kabaya sank three 3-pointers to account for all of his nine points. Kenji Yamada contributed six points, three assists and two steals, and Shawn Malloy blocked two shots.
Tokyo trailed 36-31 at halftime, and 53-43 entering the fourth quarter.
Cohey Aoki paced the Cinq Reves with 15 points along with eight rebounds and five assists. Aoki was 3-for-6 on 3-point shots.
Jonathan Jones added 13 points on 4-for-12 shooting with 12 rebounds and Rasheem Barrett had 12 points and five turnovers. As a team, Tokyo committed 17 turnovers.
The Cinq Reves shot 22-for-60 from the field.
Five Arrows 86, Evessa 60
In Takamatsu, the hosts raced out to a 17-point halftime advantage en route to a runaway victory over lowly Osaka.
Brandon Penn, a Rider (New Jersey) University alum, scored a game-best 22 points for Takamatsu (8-13). Dexter Lyons contributed 14 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Robert Johnson added a double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds) along with three assists and three steals. Yusuke Kodera and Masaaki Suzuki had 10 points apiece. Suzuki dished out five assists.
Mike Bell led the Evessa (2-17) with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Shun Watanuki scored 13 points in the loss.
Osaka was 26-for-75 from the field, including 4-for-19 on 3-point shots.
Big Bulls 101, Broncos 88
In Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, the hosts made 34 of 47 shots (72.3 percent) from inside the 3-point arc and handed Saitama its 10th straight defeat.
Carlos Dixon scored 22 points and Lawrence Blackledge and Dillion Sneed each had 20 points for Iwate (15-6). Reggie Okosa poured in 16 points and raked in seven rebounds.
Masato Tsukino scored nine points and made five steals for the Big Bulls, who led 53-40 at halftime.
Kenichi Takahashi added eight points for Iwate. Teammate Makoto Sawaguchi had three steals, while Blackledge pulled down 11 boards.
Iwate was 24-for-35 at the free-throw line; Saitama was 9-for-15.
Yuki Kitamuki was Saitama’s top scorer, finishing with 20 points. Dameion Baker had a 19-point game and Nyika Williams scored 16.
The Broncos, who had 20 turnovers, fell to 2-17.
Albirex BB 95, Brave Warriors 76
In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, excellent shooting carried the Eastern Conference-leading Albirex to an impressive triumph over Shinshu.
Niigata (16-6) canned 9 of 18 3s and converted 29 of 52 shots from inside the arc as it scored 21 or more points in each of the four quarters.
The Albirex jumped out to a 29-12 entering the second stanza.
Former NBA Development League player Rodney Webb scored a team-high 23 points on 10-for-13 shooting for the hosts, with the power forward adding eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks off the bench. Nile Murry added 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Kimitake Sato and Yuichi Ikeda both had 16 points. Murry and Ikeda each knocked down three 3-pointers.
Niigata controlled the boards, outworking the Brave Warriors in the rebounding department (50-36).
Edward Morris scored 16 points for Shinshu (13-10) and Jermaine Green had 14. D’Mario Curry chipped in with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Wayne Marshall contributed 12 points and Takanori Goya had 11.