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Shinshu outlasts Akita in overtime

The Happinets are handed first loss since Dec. 14

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

Every winning streak must come to an end.

For the Akita Northern Happinets, that happened on Sunday. And it was a spirited performance by the host Shinshu Brave Warriors that delivered a 105-102 defeat to Akita.

The Happinets’ 12-game winning streak, which began on Dec. 15 and included five victories with 100 or more points, ended on a day when Shinshu’s Shota Konno and Xavier Gibson each scored 26 points. Konno was 12-for-14 at the free-throw line, but also went 7-for-18 from the field.

Patrick Sanders added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Shinshu (21-9), Yosuke Saito had 11 points and Jeff Parmer contributed 10 points, 15 rebounds, four assist and three steals against his former coach’s club.

Akita bench boss Kazuo Nakamura guided Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to back-to-back bj-league championships in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, Parmer starring for the second title team.

This weekend, Nakamura matched wits with his former Hamamatsu assistant Ryuji Kawai, who began his first full season on the Shinshu bench this fall and has kept the third-year franchise in playoff contention since the season tipped off in October.

Richard Roby paced Akita (29-5) with 31 points and also had 11 rebounds and four steals. Chas McFarland scored 16 points and Yuki Togashi had 15 points, eight assists and five turnovers. Ruben Boykin also scored 15 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and Yuto Otsuka had 13 points.

Rizing 61, Hannaryz 59

In Fukuoka, veteran center Julius Ashby’s all-around effectiveness (16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks, two steals) and Akitomo Takeno’s 13-point effort sparked the Rizing in a bounce-back triumph over Kyoto.

Cohey Aoki finished with nine points, Seth Tarver scored eight and Reggie Warren had seven as Fukuoka (14-18 overall, 9-7 at home) improved to 3-1 under new coach James Duncan.

For Kyoto (21-13), Edwin Ubiles had a team-high 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Joe Werner and Shun Watanuki scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Phoenix 77, HeatDevils 66

In Hamamatsu, Jermaine Dixon found his shooting touch and drained five 3-pointers in a 29-point, five-assist afternoon as the hosts completed a series sweep over Oita.

Aki Chambers chipped in with 11 points and Ray Nixon had nine for Hamamatsu (21-11), while Shinnosuke Oishi scored eight.

The Phoenix attempted more 3s (36) than 2-point shots (29), and the strategy paid off for coach Tomoya Higashino’s club.

Devonne Giles paced the HeatDevils (14-18) with 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Taishiro Shimizu scored 17 points and Gabe McCulley had 14. Shuichi Takada added 10 points.

Grouses 77, Big Bulls 71

In Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, Masashi Joho scored a game-high 24 points and led all players with four steals, and the Grouses earned a series split against Iwate.

Ira Brown added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Sam Willard and Takeshi Mito both had 13-point efforts for Toyama (24-8). Josh Gross scored 11 points.

Gyno Pomare led the Big Bulls (21-9) with 18 points on 9-for-12 shooting. Lawrence Blackledge netted 14 points and handed out five assists and Kenichi Takahashi scored 13 points. Scootie Randall had 11 points, 13 fewer than he scored in the series opener.

89ers 77, B-Corsairs 59

In Sendai, Wendell White’s 24-point, 19-rebound performance set the tone for the 89ers in a win over Yokohama.

Sendai (14-16) out-rebounded the visitors 59-37.

Dzaflo Larkai had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Travele Jones matched Larkai’s scoring output and raked in eight boards. White led all players with seven offensive rebounds.

Four 89ers players had four assists: Jones, Takehiko Shimura, Fumiya Sato and White.

Omar Reed had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the B-Corsairs (14-16) and Masayuki Kabaya had 12 points. Marquise Gray (seven points) and Marcus Simmons (two points) both fouled out and big man Wayne Marshall missed the game due to an injury.

Yokohama shot 11.1 percent from 3-point range.

Golden Kings 76, Evessa 67

In Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, perimeter marksman Ryuichi Kishimoto sank four 3-point shots in a 17-point outing and Kibwe Trim pumped in 16 points as Ryukyu defeated Osaka and improved to 17-1 at home.

Rising star Kishimoto, a second-year Golden Kings player, drained 11 of 18 3s in the series.

Draelon Burns added 15 points off the bench, knocking down four 3s, collecting nine rebounds and distributing four assists to his teammates. Anthony McHenry had 10 points for Ryukyu (26-4), which has an unbeaten record against 10 opponents this season.

Evessa big man Darko Cohadarevic was the team’s top scorer with 20 points and D’Andre Bell added 14. Zach Andrews scored eight points for Osaka (13-19).

Lakestars 82, Five Arrows 79 (OT)

In Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, Brandon Fields had 22 points, Marshall Brown poured in 20 and the Lakestars handed Takamatsu its seventh straight loss.

Shelton Colwell chipped in with 10 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Yutaka Yokoe, who played a game-high 43:49, added nine points, eight rebounds and six assists for Shiga (16-16).

Paul Williams had 23 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks for the Five Arrows (13-19) and Dexter Lyons scored 16 points in the loss.

Wat’s 84, Cinq Reves 68

In Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, the Wat’s scored 31 third-quarter points to seize control of the game against Tokyo.

Aomori had led by five points at halftime, then took a 17-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

The Wat’s (14-16) had six double-digit scorers, including Gordon Klaiber (17 points), Stanley Ocitti (15) and Yuto Kojima and Yuki Kitamuki (11 apiece). Makoto Sawaguchi and Abdullahi Kuso each had 10 points. Kuso also hauled in 15 rebounds for the first-year franchise.

Kitamuki dished out five assists and made four steals.

The Cinq Reves (7-23) missed 18 of 19 3-point shots.

Ricky Woods led Tokyo with 16 points, Edward Morris scored 15 and knocked down the team’s lone 3-pointer and Anthony Stover had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Yuji Ije supplied nine points, five assists and three steals.

Susanoo Magic 88, Broncos 77

In Saitama, Koki Yabuuchi’s 25-point, nine-assist game energized Shimane in the series finale.

T.J. Cummings added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic (7-25), who lost the Saturday matchup. Shawn Malloy finished with 16 points and 18 boards and Edward Yamamoto had 11 points and four assists for Shimane, which only used seven players.

John “Helicopter” Humphrey led Saitama (4-28) with 23 points and Reina Itakura and Michael Joiner both scored 13 points.

Shimane had 47 rebounds and held Saitama to 30.

Albirex BB 92, Crane Thunders 74

In Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, Niigata erupted for 55 second-half points and salvaged a series split.

Nile Murry scored 25 points and dished out six assists for the Albirex (21-11). The veteran guard sank 12 of 14 free throws to secure the win. Newcomer Thomas Kennedy had 16 points for Niigata and Patrick Sullivan added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Rodney Webb finished with 10 points.

For Gunma (7-25), Dillion Sneed was the top scorer with 16 points, followed by Carlos Dixon with 15 and Kenya Tomori, who had 13.