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Broncos halt losing streak at 19

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

Led by John “Helicopter” Humphrey’s game-high 37 points, the Saitama Broncos snapped a 19-game losing streak by beating the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders 93-61 on Saturday.

Saitama (3-21) hadn’t won a bj-league game since Oct.19. The Takamatsu Five Arrows’ single-season record of 25 losses to close out the 2011-12 season thus remains in the record books.

Michael Joiner added 19 points for the Broncos and Masahide Haraguchi scored 13 in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture.

For Gunma (4-21), Carlos Dixon was the high scorer with 18 points and Sylvester Morgan with 10 points plus 13 rebounds and Darko Cohadarevic with 10 points were the other double-digit scorers.

Northern Happinets 108, Lakestars 84

In Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, All-Star Richard Roby scored 23 points, rising star Shigehiro Taguchi drained four 3-pointers in a 22-point effort and fellow All-Star starter Yuki Togashi scored 16 points and dished out 10 assists for the hosts.

Akita improved to a league-best 23-4.

Ruben Bokyin chipped in with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Happinets, who converted 16 of 30 3-pointers and chalked up 26 assists against 12 turnovers.

For Shiga (12-15), Dionisio Gomez had 17 points and Shelton Colwell and Brandon Fields both scored 16.

Hannaryz 74, Bambitious 49

In Heguri, Nara Prefecture, Edwin Ublies’ 15-point, eight-rebound, six-assist, two steal performance sparked Kyoto in a rout.

Yu Okada matched Ubiles’ scoring total and Joe Werner and Chris Holm had 13 points apiece for the Hannaryz (17-10).

Jumpei Honda led the Bambitious (5-19) with 13 points.

Grouses 94, Brave Warriors 82

In Nagano, Masashi Joho had 30 points and backcourt mate Takeshi Mito poured in 20 as Toyama defeated Shinshu.

Joho sank 6 of 11 3-pointers, helping the Grouses improve to 21-6. Sam Willard contributed 10 points and 18 rebounds and Josh Benson and Ira Brown each had 10 points.

Xavier Gibson finished with 17 points and 17 boards for the Warriors (15-8) and Jeff Parmer had 16 points and eight steals.

Phoenix 68, Wat’s 52

In Kosai, Shizuoka Prefecture, Ray Nixon’s 18 points and Cyrus Tate’s 17 guided Hamamatsu Higashimikawa to a series-opening victory over Aomori.

Nixon also pulled down 11 rebounds for the Phoenix (14-11).

Gordon Klaiber was the high scorer (11 points) for the Wat’s (10-13), an expansion club. Teammate Abdullahi Kuso netted 10 points.