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Nara outmuscles Takamatsu on the glass, triumphs in series opener

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

Oklahoma State product Anthony Brown scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots and Joe Chapman added 20 points to lead the Bambitious Nara to a series-opening 73-64 victory over the Takamatsu Five Arrows on Friday night.

Nara, a first-year club, improved to 2-9. Takamatsu fell to 2-7.

Adrian Moss finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for the Bambitious, who pulled away in the third quarter.

The Five Arrows led 32-28 at halftime. In the next quarter, the hosts outscored Takamatsu 28-13 in Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture. It was the first home win in franchise history, coming in the team’s third overall home contest.

Tatsuya Suzuki was also instrumental in the Nara triumph, contributing seven points, eight assists and three steals. He’s fourth in the bj-league in assists (5.5 per game).
Bambitious coach Koto Toyama’s club collected 51 rebounds (20 offensive), with five players grabbing five or more rebounds, including Taishi Kasahara (nine, a season-high total), Chapman (eight) and Jamar Abrams (five). The Five Arrows were held to 44 rebounds (12 offensive).

Paul Williams led Takamatsu with 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Dexter Lyons had 12 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists and Five Arrows teammates Andrais Thornton and Sean Smith scored eight points apiece, while Hiroyuki Kikuchi poured in seven.

The Five Arrows missed 13 of 15 3-point shots.

Nara capitalized on the way the game was officiated, making 26 of 34 free throws. Takamatsu sank 14 of 20 at the line.

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League honors: The Lawson/Ponta MVP winner for October is Akita Northern Happinets guard Yuki Togashi, the league announced on Thursday. The 20-year-old rising star averaged 15 points, 7.5 assists and shot 88.2 percent from the free-throw line in the season’s first month.

Akita went 8-0 in October and is the league’s lone unbeaten team at 12-0 entering a big weekend series against the host Iwate Big Bulls (6-4).
For games played between Nov. 9 and 13, Tokyo Cinq Reves forward Ricky Woods was selected as the weekly MVP.

Woods helped the Cinq Reves completed a two-game sweep against the visiting Saitama Broncos. He had 27 points and 17 rebounds in the series opener on Tuesday and 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists a day later.