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Crane Thunders sink B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

Across-the-board production carried the Gunma Crane Thunders to a bounce-back 84-76 victory over the Yokohama B-Corsairs on Monday night in the bj-league.

Carlos Dixon scored 24 points and provided eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for Gunma (13-33). Teammate Jermaine Green scored 15 points and Dillion Sneed had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Shingo Okada added 10 points and three steals for the Crane Thunders, who led 42-36 at halftime and 67-60 after three quarters.

Masashi Obuchi chipped in with nine points and four assists for the hosts and Kenya Tomori had an eight-point night in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture.

The Crane Thunders turned the ball over 12 times. The defending champions had 19.

Gunma converted 33 of 60 shots from 2-point range. The visitors made 22 of 40.

Center Wayne Marshall, a Temple University product, led Yokohama (20-26) with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, while Marcus Simmons scored 16 points. Kenji Yamada had 13 points and four assists and Masayuki Kabaya scored nine points and dished out four assists.