The one-two punch of Yuji Ide and Ricky Woods guided the Tokyo Cinq Reves to a 74-71 victory over the host Yokohama B-Corsairs on Sunday.
Tokyo (10-24) earned a series split, getting a game-high 26 points from Ide, including 6-for-9 from 3-point range, and 22 points from Woods.
Edward Morris scored 12 points for the Cinq Reves and Akihito Inoue had seven. Though he didn’t score a point, big man Anthony Stover had seven rebounds and five blocked shots for Tokyo.
The Cinq Reves, a second-year franchise, have only had two winning streaks this season (three games, two). So it’s anyone’s guess if Sunday’s triumph over the defending champion will help Tokyo build momentum for its upcoming games.
Omar Reed paced Yokohama (16-18) with 21 points, adding seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in a strong all-around performance. Marquise Gray had 15 points and Masayuki Kabaya scored 11. Reserve center Wayne Marshall added eight points, seven boards and four blocks in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture.
The B-Corsairs were held to 38.6 percent shooting from inside the arc, and went 19-for-28 at the free-throw line.
It was a close contest throughout, with Tokyo leading 39-38 at halftime.
Golden Kings 93, Five Arrows 67
In Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, Naoto Kosuge scored 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting and Ryukyu’s reserves combined for 41 points against Takamatsu.
The Golden Kings (29-5) completed a series sweep and closed out the game by outscoring the Five Arrows 26-9 in the fourth quarter.
Draelon Burns, the Kings’ super sixth man, had 17 points and five assists. Anthony McHenry added 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Center Kibwe Trim, who came off the bench, scored 12 points.
McHenry, the 2012-13 regular-season MVP, was 8-for-10 from the field, including four dunks.
Ryukyu out-rebounded the visitors 44-26.
Dexter Lyons was Takamatsu’s leading scorer with 19 points. Tsubasa Yonezawa scored 12 points and Andrais Thornton had 10 for the Five Arrows (14-22).
Evessa 84, Rizing 53
In Fukuoka, Osaka took a 25-5 lead into the second quarter en route to a runaway victory.
Shooting guard Takuya Soma, a 22-year-old rookie, scored a season-high 22 points for the Evessa (15-21), who dropped the series opener. Soma, playing his eighth game in an Osaka uniform, had a previous season-high 11 points on Feb. 15 against Shiga.
D’Andre Bell added 20 points and Kevin Galloway and Darko Cohadarevic scored 12 apiece for the Evessa, who were 10-for-21 on 3s and shot 56.3 percent from inside the arc. Naoto Nakamura poured in nine points.
The Rizing (16-20) had a woeful shooting performance: 6-for-25 on 3s, 9-for-35 on 3s and 17-for-27 at the foul line. Newcomer David Palmer led the squad with 13 points, Jun Nakanishi scored 11 and Reggie Warren 10. Eight-time All-Star Cohey Aoki was held to zero points and missed all six of his shots.
89ers 67, Albirex BB 64
In Sendai, Fumiya Sato’s five 3-pointers and 19-point effort sparked the hosts in a narrow victory over Niigata.
Wendell White (14 points, 10 rebounds) and DeAngelo Hamilton (12 points, 11 boards) both notched double-doubles, while Travele Jones finished with 10 points.
Sendai (16-18) hauled in 22 offensive rebounds and held Niigata to nine.
Thomas Kennedy paced the Albirex (23-13) with 16 points and Takamichi Fujiwara and Nile Murry both had 11.
Bambitious 76, Hannaryz 65
In Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, Anthony Brown had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Joe Chapman was one rebound shy of a triple-double in the hosts’ bounce-back win over Kyoto.
Jumpei Honda scored 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting and Chapman finished with 11 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and three steals. Jamar Abrams had nine points and Taishi Kasahara had eight for the Bambitious (11-23).
Edwin Ubiles led the Hannaryz (23-15) with 17 points, David Palmer scored 14 and Sunao Murakami had 10.
Kyoto was held to 24-for-70 shooting.
Lakestars 85, HeatDevils 76
In Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, Marshall Brown scored 15 of his game-high 29 points from long range and the Lakestars buried a jaw-dropping 14 of 28 3s to complete a series sweep over Oita.
The short-handed HeatDevils (15-21) have lost nine of their last 10 games, including three straight.
Brandon Fields had 16 points for Shiga (19-17). Daiki Terashita netted 12 and Dionisio Gomez provided 10 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts, who began to pull away in the third quarter. Yutaka Yokoe dished out six assists.
Devonne Giles scored 27 points and Byron Allen had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the HeatDevils. Shuichi Takada added 14 points.
Phoenix 83, Susanoo Magic 69
In Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, opportunistic defense guided Hamamatsu Higashimikawa to its second win in as many days over Shimane.
The Phoenix (24-12) had seven players with at least one steal. Jermaine Dixon was the team leader with three steals, with Shinnosuke Oishi, Cyrus Tate and Dior Lowhorn collecting two apiece.
Dixon also had team-high totals in points (20) and assists (five). Lowhorn scored 17 points and Atsuya Ota added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Susanoo Magic (7-27) trailed 42-25 at halftime.
T.J. Cummings had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Shimane and Adrian Thomas contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Edward Yamamoto scored 11 points and dished out seven assists.
Brave Warriors 69, Grouses 68
In Toyama, balanced scoring lifted Shinshu to a victory over its Eastern Conference rival.
Shota Konno and Xavier Gibson each had 14-point games and Jeff Parmer scored 12 points and 12 rebounds, one more than Gibson, who also had three blocks. Patrick Sanders and Shoji Nakanishi scored 10 points apiece for the Brave Warriors (22-12).
Masashi Joho and Ira Brown both scored 15 points for the Grouses (27-9), who won the series opener. Tatsunori Fujie had 12 points and Takeshi Mito and Sam Willard both scored 11.
Big Bulls 70, Wat’s 67
In Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, the Big Bulls overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to complete a series sweep over Aomori.
Josh Peppers and Lawrence Blackledge scored 13 points apiece, Gyno Pomare pumped in 11, Scootie Randall had nine and Masato Tsukino eight for Iwate (25-9).
Makoto Sawaguchi scored a team-high 15 points for the Wat’s (16-18), while Gordon Klaiber had 14 and Anthony Kent 10. Abdullahi Kuso finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.