Gyno Pomare delivered a splendid performance for the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday evening.
His team needed every ounce of energy he provided, every statistic in the box score, too.
When it was over, Pomare had 33 points, 21 rebounds and two blocked shots to lead the hosts to an 83-76 overtime triumph over the Western Conference-leading Ryukyu Golden Kings.
Ryukyu’s seven-game win streak came to a dramatic halt. The Golden Kings had won 19 of their previous 20 games entering the marquee matchup, which also featured an enticing story on the sideline, starring ex-Kings coach Dai Oketani, who had guided the franchise to two bj-league championships before moving on to coach Iwate for the 2012-13 campaign, and his former assistant, Tsutomu Isa, Ryukyu’s new bench boss who has positioned the team for another run at a title in his first season in charge.
Pomare was 12-for-19 from the field and 9-for-9 at the free-throw line, and the Golden Kings players and coaching staff surely tossed and turned in their beds over night contemplating ways to limit his productivity in the Sunday rematch in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture.
The Big Bulls (20-7) received 15 points from Kenichi Takahashi, who knocked down 3 of 5 3-pointers and 12 from Scootie Randall, who began the season with Ryukyu. Tsubasa Yonamine had eight points and three steals against his former club.
Shigeyuki Kinjo paced the Golden Kings (23-4) with 15 points and Kibwe Trim and Anthony McHenry both had 14. Draelon Burns scored 13. Ryukyu shot 4-for-23 from beyond the arc, including Burns’ 2-for-7 and McHenry’s 0-for-5. Guards Naoto Kosuge and Ryuichi Kishimoto, quality perimeter scorers, were held to zero and six points, respectively.
Bambitious 87, Cinq Reves 58
In Tokyo, Anthony Brown had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots and Joe Chapman scored 19 points to lead Nara to a runaway win over the hosts.
The Cinq Reves (6-21) dropped their 10th straight game.
The Bambitious, a first-year franchise, improved to 9-20 under Koto Toyama.
Ex-Florida Gator Adrian Moss chipped in with nine points and 17 boards for Nara. Chapman, who canned five 3s, dished out six assists. Tatsuya Suzuki scored eight points with seven assists.
Ricky Woods had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Tokyo and Akihito Inoue scored 14 points. Anthony Stover added seven points and 15 rebounds.
The short-handed Cinq Reves shot 20-for-68 from the field and turned the ball over 17 times.
Rizing 79, Broncos 66
In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Fukuoka’s strong third quarter carried the team to victory in Canadian James Duncan’s debut as coach.
The Rizing (12-17) led 36-33 at halftime, then outscored the hosts 25-14 in the pivotal third quarter to build a cushion.
Guard Keisuke Takabatake had the hot hand for Fukuoka, the 23-year-old draining all six of his attempts from 3-point range in an 18-point effort. Reggie Warren added 15 points and seven rebounds against his former club.
Seth Tarver scored 13 points and hauled in 10 rebounds and Michael Dale added 11 points.
The Broncos (3-26) shot 23-for-67 from the field. What’s more, they were 13-for-25 at the free-throw line.
John Humphrey paced Saitama with 18 points and Masahide Haraguchi scored 15.
Phoenix 77, Crane Thunders 62
In Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, floor leader Jermaine Dixon scored 17 points and guided Hamamatsu Higashimikawa to a triumph over the hosts.
Dixon handed out four assists and collected three steals. Cyrus Tate had a 13-point night, Aki Chambers scored 10 points and Shinnosuke Oishi and Deshawn Stephens each had nine for the Phoenix (18-11), who moved into second place in the West.
Jermaine Green led Gunma (6-23) with 20 points and Carlos Dixon scored 12. Newcomer Dillion Sneed, who played for the Osaka Evessa in the season’s first half, had two points in his Crane Thunders debut. Sneed was 1-for-8 from the field and finished with two points, five rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes.
Albirex BB 82, Hannaryz 75
In Niigata, All-Star guard Nile Murry poured in 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting and four teammates reached double figures in points as the Albirex defeated Kyoto.
Rodney Webb pumped in 13 points, Shuhei Komatsu and Patrick Sullivan both had 11 and Yuichi Ikeda scored 10 for Niigata (20-9). Sullivan and Kimitake Sato both dished out four assists as the high-octane offense clicked in the series opener.
Niigata led 31-20 after one quarter.
David Palmer paced Kyoto (19-12) with 28 points and Edwin Ubiles scored 16.
Northern Happinets 100, Five Arrows 77
In Takamatsu, Akita resumed play after the All-Star break with a performance that was nearly identical to several others in the team’s first 30 games. And that produced the visitors’ 10th straight win.
The Five Arrows (13-16) had no answer for the Happinets’ offensive firepower.
For Akita (27-4), Sylvester Seay dropped 23 points on the hosts in just under 21 minutes and Richard Roby and Ruben Boykin followed suit with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Yuto Otsuka contributed 14 points and Shigehiro Taguchi had 10. Point guard Yuki Togashi, the All-Star Game MVP last Sunday in Akita, finished with 10 points, 11 assists and two steals. Boykin grabbed 15 rebounds to lead in that department for the Eastern Conference leaders.
Dexter Lyons was the top scorer (25 points) for Takamatsu, with teammates Paul Williams and Masaaki Suzuki both netting 13.
Lakestars 86, Wat’s 83
In Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, Dionisio Gomez’s 20-point, 14-rebound performance and 19 points apiece from Brandon Fields and Marshall Brown pushed the hosts past Aomori.
Shiga (13-16) shot 50 percent on 3s (9-for-18), including Brown’s 4-for-7 and 2-for-3 from both Yutaka Yokoe and Fields. Yokoe had 12 points and a team-high five assists. Big man Shelton Colwell added 14 points.
Gordon Klaiber had 23 points for the Wat’s (12-15), Yuki Kitamuki had 15 points and seven assists and Stanley Ocitti scored 14 points.
Aomori finished with 21 assists on 26 field goals.
Evessa 87, B-Corsairs 78
In Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Osaka’s defense wreaked havoc against the defending champions.
Evessa coach Shunsuke Todo’s club collected 17 steals and disrupted the B-Corsairs offense from start to finish. The hosts had 20 turnovers.
Osaka guard and newcomer D’Andre Bell, a Georgia Tech product who played for the Chiba Jets last season, had 18 points, six assists, five steals and a block in 30 electrifying minutes in his Evessa debut
Zach Andrews, the Slam Dunk Contest winner at the aforementioned All-Star Game, was unstoppable in the paint, finishing with five dunks, 10-for-14 shooting and 22 points with 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Yosuke Sugawara poured in 15 points and Naoto Nakamura had 11.
Guard Haruyuki Ishibashi, the league’s oldest player at age 40, added three steals in the well-rounded triumph for Osaka (12-17).
Omar Reed had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Yokohama (13-14) and Marquise Gray also scored 20 on 10-for-13 shooting, while Marcus Simmons had 13 points. Guard Kenji Yamada had seven turnovers; backcourt mate Masayuki Kabaya missed the game with an injury.
Susanoo Magic 79, 89ers 77
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Koki Yabuuchi and T.J. Cummings formed a potent one-two punch in a win over Sendai.
Yabuuchi scored 22 points and Cummings had 21 for Shimane (6-23). Adrian Thomas added 13 points and Edward Yamamoto (eight points, seven boards, seven assists) and Jeral Davis (eight points, 11 rebounds, four blocks) made key contributions.
Wendell White had 23 points and 16 rebounds for the 89ers (12-15). Fumiya Sato scored 17 points and Travele Jones had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Sendai’s persistent perimeter attack came up short, the 89ers missing 26 of 39 3-point shots.
Brave Warriors 91, HeatDevils 80
In Oita, Patrick Sanders had 27 points and Xavier Gibson supplied 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for Shinshu in a hard-fought win over the HeatDevils.
Taishiro Shimizu found his shooting rhythm against the Warriors, scoring 30 points. Verdell Jones III added 23 points, five assists and three steals. Byron Allen had nine points and 14 boards for the HeatDevils (14-15).
Shinshu (19-8) capitalized on ample opportunities at the free-throw line, converting 26 of 31. Oita was 15-for-22.