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Fukuoka routs Osaka, keeps playoff hopes alive

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

The Rizing Fukuoka used a simple formula for success on Saturday: Outscore the Osaka Evessa in all four quarters.

It worked.

Led by Seth Tarver’s team-high 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting, Fukuoka blasted Osaka, winning 90-67 and moving within three games of a .500 record.

Reggie Warren added 18 points and 12 rebounds for his 23rd double-double of the season, while Rintaro Tokunaga scored 11 points. Cohey Aoki and Keisuke Takabatake had nine points apiece. Julius Ashby had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Rizing (16-19), the reigning championship runnerup squad that now occupies fifth place in the 10-team Western Conference.

Darko Cohadarevic led the Evessa (14-21) with 21 points and D’Andre Bell scored 16.

Golden Kings 71, Five Arrows 59

In Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, Ryukyu rolled to its 18th home victory in 19 games by beating Western Conference rival Takamatsu.

Draelon Burns scored a team-high 18 points off the bench, Anthony McHenry supplied 16 points and 11 rebounds and the Golden Kings (28-5) shot 51.1 percent from inside the arc. Big man Kibwe Trim finished with 12 points and Ryuichi Kishimoto scored 10 for Ryukyu.

Five Arrows point guard Masaaki Suzuki scored 14 points on his 27th birthday, and Dexter Lyons matched Suzuki’s total. Paul Williams had 12 points for Takamatsu (14-21).

The teams shot a combined 4-for-34 from 3-point range.

Hannaryz 79, Bambitious 67

In Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, Kyoto capitalized on its overwhelming advantage in free-throw attempts to defeat the hosts.

The Hannaryz sank 18 of 22 shots, including Joe Werner’s 8-for-8 effort. Nara was 1-for-2 at the line.

David Palmer paced Kyoto (23-14) with 15 points, draining 3 of 5 3-point shots in the win. Werner added 14 points and Shun Watanuki scored 12. Yu Okada had a 10-point effort and Takuya Komoda poured in nine.

Jamar Abrams led the Bambitious (10-23) with 17 points and Joe Chapman and Tatsuya Suzuki scored 12 apiece.

Grouses 86, Brave Warriors 70

In Toyama, Tatsunori Fujie and Masashi Joho scored 15 points apiece and the Grouses held Shinshu to 21-for-66 shooting in the series opener.

Newcomer Djibril Thiam had 14 points and 10 boards with two blocks and two steals for Toyama (27-8). Takeshi Mito scored 11 points and Ira Brown added 10 points, 10 rebounds and a team-best four assists. Sam Willard pulled down 15 rebounds.

Xavier Gibson had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Brave Warriors (21-12), who trailed 40-29 at halftime. Teammate Patrick Sanders finished with 13 points and Shota Konno had nine.

Phoenix 86, Susanoo Magic 75

In Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, Cyrus Tate dominated on the offensive end and three teammates also reached double figures in scoring against struggling Shimane.

Tate had a game-best 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting for Hamamatsu Higashimikawa (23-12). Jermaine Dixon pumped in 15 points, Dior Lowhorn had 13 points and Aki Chambers 12, while Masahiro Oguchi netted nine and Atsuya Ota eight.

The Phoenix committed just 10 turnovers.

For the Magic (7-26), T.J. Cummings scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Adrian Thomas had 18 points and Tatsuhiro Yokoo 14. Edward Yamamoto dished out six assists.

Big Bulls 66, Wat’s 53

In Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, Aomori was held to 28.3 percent shooting from 2-point range in a loss to the hosts.

Lawrence Blackledge and Gyno Pomare had three blocks apiece to spearhead the Iwate defense.

Blackledge led the Big Bulls (24-9) with 16 points, Scootie Randall scored 12 and Masato Tsukino had 11. Pomare added nine points and Tsubasa Yonamine had eight.

Iwate outscored Aomori 16-5 in the second quarter to take command of the game.

Gordon Klaiber paced the Wat’s (16-17) with 16 points and Yuki Kitamuki and Abdullahi Kuso each had 10. Kuso also hauled in 15 rebounds.

Lakestars 92, HeatDevils 66

In Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, Dionisio Gomez’s double-double and his team’s passing prowess gave the Lakestars a convincing victory over Oita.

Gomez had 25 points, 11 boards and three steals. Marshall Brown added 14 points and three blocks and Shuto Mizoguchi scored 11 points. Yutaka Yokoe provided 10 points and handed out eight assists.

The Lakestars (18-17) had 26 assists on 37 field goals. Brandon Fields added six assists in the victory.

Oita (15-20) lost for the eighth time in its last 10 games.

Yusuke Takamatsu, a 23-year-old point guard, scored a season-high 22 points for the HeatDevils, who played their third straight game without star guard Verdell Jones III. Devonne Giles added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Taishiro Shimizu and Byron Allen both had nine points, the latter also raking in 14 rebounds.

Oita trailed 53-40 at halftime after yielding 36 second-quarter points.

B-Corsairs 87, Cinq Reves 55

In Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, Omar Reed’s 23-point, 17-rebound, five-assist performance sparked Yokohama in a blowout victory over Tokyo.

Marquise Gray added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Masayuki Kabaya and Satoshi Hisayama each scored nine points, helping the reigning champions improve to 16-17. USC product Marcus Simmons, a former Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and Kenji Yamada both had eight-point games.

Akihito Inoue scored 15 points for Tokyo (9-24) and Ricky Woods and Yuji Ide contributed 14 apiece.

The Cinq Reves missed 17 of 21 3-pointers, and they shot 39.5 percent from inside the arc.

89ers 93, Albirex BB 90

In Sendai, Wendell White had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the 89ers converted 23 of 39 2-point shots, including Dzaflo Larkai’s 7-for-7 effort, to edge Niigata.

Travele Jones scored 17 points and Larkai had 16. Yasuaki Arai added nine points and Takehiko Shimura and Yasuhiko Wada scored eight apiece for Sendai (15-18).

Patrick Sullivan had 24 points on 9-for-11 shooting and 14 rebounds for the Albirex (23-12) and Thomas Kennedy scored 21 points. Nile Murry finished with 17 points in the loss.

After the game, 89ers captain Shimura tweeted, “Great Team win!!! But our business (is) not over!!! One more.”