Led by Reggie Warren’s 4-for-4 effort from 3-point range, the Rizing Fukuoka knocked down 10 of 19 long-range shots on Thursday night against the Shiga Lakestars.
The Rizing coasted to a 96-75 home victory in the bj-league series opener before an announced crowd of 527.
Warren scored a game-high 24 points — he also made 5 of 7 shots from inside the arc — and grabbed seven rebounds for the Rizing (8-7). Julius Ashby scored 13 points, Satoshi Ishitani buried 3 of 4 3s in a 12-point outing, Akitomo Takeno had 11 points and Jun Nakanishi netted 10. Michael Dale had nine points and collected six steals.
The Rizing led 49-32 at halftime.
Shelton Colwell paced Shiga (7-8) with 17 points, Dionisio Gomez scored 16 and Brandon Fields had 12
The Lakestars, who have lost six of their last seven games, missed 18 of 22 3-point shots. Shuto Mizoguchi canned 3 of 4 3s for Shiga for all of his points.
Fukuoka drained 18 of 20 free throws; Shiga was 9-for-18 at the line.
On the move: The Akita Northern Happinets parted ways with forward Elhadji Wade and filled his roster spot by adding journeyman forward Sylvester Seay, the team announced Thursday.
Wade averaged 3.1 points in 15 games for Akita (14-2). He played only 105 minutes for coach Kazuo Nakamura’s club.
The 208-cm Seay, a Fresno State product, has played pro ball in South Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, Mexico and Kosovo. He began his collegiate career at Arizona State in 2005 before transferring to Fresno State in 2007.
View from the gym: After Niigata’s 91-77 home win over Akita on Sunday, one longtime league observer was disgusted.
In an email to The Japan Times, the source described the post-game scene this way: “Some of the Akita players refused to shake hands after the game. Then an Akita player threw water from his water bottle on the court and refused to clean it up. Then … the entire Akita team, led by the coach (Kazuo Nakamura), walked off the court without even bowing to the audience. Not even to the Akita fans. Sooooooo bad. They need a lesson in sportsmanship…”