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B-Corsairs squeak past Albirex for ninth straight win

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

The Yokohama B-Corsairs capitalized on the dynamic one-two punch of Draelon Burns and Masayuki Kabaya in their first game of 2013. They combined for 49 points and buried 8 of 15 3-point attempts as Yokohama edged the Niigata Albirex BB 75-74 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to nine games.

Yokohama (17-6), the bj-league’s hottest team, ended Niigata’s win streak at seven contests.

The Albirex fell to 17-7.

Burns scored 26 points and made 5 of 9 3s. Kabaya, the team captain, drained 3 of 6 3s in a 23-point performance at Yokohama International Swimming Center. Kenji Yamada dished out six assists in a zero-turnover outing for the hosts.

Overall, Yokohama made 10 of 24 3s and shot 50 percent (18-for-36) from inside the arc. On the other hand, the B-Corsairs had a rough day at the charity stripe, shooting 9-for-17.

Nile Murry led Niigata with 22 points, making 4 of 5 3s. The TCU alum also grabbed seven rebounds, helping the Albirex win the battle on the boards (53-33), including a 27-14 edge on the offensive glass.

Chris Holm added 16 points and 16 rebounds, Kimitake Sato scored 14 points and Yuichi Ikeda had 11, but was 0-for-7 on 3s.

Jets 88, Brave Warriors 78

In Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, Shinshu suffered its fifth straight loss and starting center Wayne Marshall sustained what’s considered a season-ending injury.

Marshall ruptured his left patella tendon. He told The Japan Times he expects to be sidelined for six months and will need to undergo surgery. The Temple University product had four points in eight minutes in the series opener. He’s averaging 14.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 24 games.

Chiba’s Marquin Chandler scored a game-high 30 points and Joe Werner had 20 points and 12 rebounds. D’Andre Bell contributed 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals off the bench and Marquise Gray scored 10 points as the Jets improved to 9-12.

For Shinshu (13-12), D’Mario Curry had 23 points and seven rebounds and Jermaine Green scored 21 points with four steals. Yosuke Saito added eight points and five rebounds for the Brave Warriors.

Lakestars 82, Shining Suns 59

In Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, six Lakestars players scored in double figures in a rout over Miyazaki.

Yutaka Yokoe paced Shiga with 15 points and Dionisio Gomez scored 14. Jumpei Nakama and Shinya Ogawa each scored 11 and Ray Nixon had 10 points and 12 rebounds, while big man Alfred Aboya had 10 points and 11 boards. Gomez added 16 boards and seven assists.

The Lakestars (13-10) out-rebounded the Shining Suns 61-37.

Ricky Woods was Miyazaki’s top scorer with 15 points. Abdullahi Kuso had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Miyazaki (3-20).

The Shining Suns were 3-for-12 at the free-throw line, and shot 8-for-29 from beyond the arc.

89ers 90, Broncos 75

In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, T.J. Cummings scored a game-high 32 points and raked in 12 rebounds as Sendai handed the Broncos their 12th straight loss.

Floor leader Takehiko “Take” Shimura added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the 89ers (8-12). Kevin Coble had 11 points and Sam Willard chipped in with 10 points and eight boards. Yasuaki Arai had nine points against his former club.

For Saitama (2-19), Yuki Kitamuki led the way with 16 points and Dameion Baker had 15, while Takuma Yamashiro scored 14.

“Take and T.J. kept our offense focused, but too often we weren’t locked in on the defensive end,” Sendai coach Bob Pierce said. “The Broncos play really hard and fight for every loose ball and rebound, so we will need to stay focused on defense and rebounding tomorrow.”

Big Bulls 80, Crane Thunders 70

In Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture, balanced scoring carried Iwate to a victory over the hosts in the teams’ first game of 2013.

Dillion Sneed and Lawrence Blackledge each scored 17 points and Reggie Okosa had 16 for the Big Bulls (17-6), who are tied with Yokohama atop the Eastern Conference standings. Kenichi Takahashi added 14 points and Naoto Nakamura scored 10 for Iwate.

The Big Bulls led 49-29 at halftime.

Blackledge grabbed 15 rebounds to complete the double-double, and Okosa had 11 boards and two steals. Sneed was 8-for-12 from the field.

Dominique Keller paced Gunma (4-19) with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jermaine Dixon had 17 points and Shingo Okada added eight.

Evessa 75, Grouses 59

In Toyama, Osaka’s Dwayne Lathan, an Indiana State product, scored 14 points and teammate Mike Bell had 12 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots in a victory over Toyama.

Nathan Walkup finished with 12 points for Osaka (4-17) and Shota Konno scored 11, while Rick Rickert had eight points and nine rebounds and Taizo Kawabe poured in eight points.

Ira Brown paced the Grouses (14-9) with 18 points and Masashi Joho and Jeremy Jacob each had 11. Jacob also grabbed 15 rebounds. Toyama shot a dismal 4-for-26 from 3-point range, including Joho’s 1-for-8 and Tatsunori Fujie’s 1-for-7.

Phoenix 85, HeatDevils 60

In Beppu, Oita Prefecture, ex-HeatDevils star Wendell White’s 26-point, 12-rebound, three-steal effort guided Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to a 25-point thrashing of the hosts.

Oita (9-14) suffered its 10th straight defeat, losing those games by an average margin of 30.8 points.

The Phoenix improved to 16-9, getting 15 points from Shoji Nakanishi and 11 from Jeffrey Parmer. Big man Atsuya Ota added nine points and seven points for the visitors.

Forward Andre Coimbra paced the HeatDevils, who had 24 turnovers, with 17 points.

Five Arrows 84, Cinq Reves 77

In Takamatsu, Dexter Lyons and Daisuke Tamaura each scored 17 points as the Five Arrows defeated Tokyo.

Yusuke Kodera and Brandon Penn both had 15 points for Takamatsu (9-14).

Lyons dished out eight assists for the hosts, who had 20 total assists with nine turnovers.

Cohey Aoki scored 21 points for the Cinq Reves (8-15) and Jonathan Jones had a 20-point game.

Susanoo Magic 103, Rizing 95 (OT)

In Fukuoka, Michael Parker had 23 points and 19 rebounds and Brandon Freeman poured in 27 points as Shimane outlasted the Rizing in overtime.

Jeral Davis added 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks and B.J. Puckett scored 11 points for the Magic (16-7).

Julius Ashby and Akitomo Takeno each had 20 points for Fukuoka (15-8).

The Shimane defense held the hosts to 15-for-51 shooting from inside the 3-point arc.