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Golden Kings take down Phoenix

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

The Ryukyu Golden Kings’ high-powered offense was rolling on all cylinders on Saturday night.

There was Draelon Burns scoring a game-high 30 points, teammate Naoto Kosuge draining 5 of 10 3-pointers and Narito Namizato dishing out seven assists.

The result? The Golden Kings beat the visiting Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 87-77 in the bj-league series opener in Okinawa City.

Ryuichi Kishimoto scored 14 points and Kibwe Trim added 10 for Ryukyu (39-8).

Jermaine Dixon paced the Phoenix (26-21) with 21 points.

Bambitious 90, Susanoo Magic 81 (OT)

In Nara, Joe Chapman paced the hosts with 23 points and Anthony Brown contributed 18 in an overtime victory over Shimane.

Adrian Moss added 16 for the Bambitious (18-31).

The Susanoo Magic fell to 8-39. Koki Yabuuchi led Shimane with 18 points and Adrian Thomas scored 17.

Five Arrows 72, Evessa 66

In Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, Takamatsu completed a season sweep of the Evessa and improved its playoff prospects with its second victory in as many days.

Andrais Thornton scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Five Arrows (20-28) and Paul Williams had 12 points and nine boards. Teammate Yusuke Kodera poured in 12 points, knocking down 4 of 7 3s. For Kodera, it was his first double-digit scoring game since dropping 17 on the Saitama Broncos on Dec. 21.

Dexter Lyons finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assistsfor Takamatsu, which led 38-33 at halftime.

The Five Arrows converted 55.9 percent of their shots from inside the 3-point arc and held the hsots to 45.5. What’s more, Takamatsu drained 19 of 23 free throws.

Yosuke Sugawara and D’Andre Bell both scored 16 points for Osaka (21-27). Takanori Goya scored 10 points and Zach Andrews had nine in the loss. Bell, the Evessa’s leading scorer at 14.5 points per game, sank three 3-pointers.

Brave Warriors 89, Rizing 67

In Fukuoka, Patrick Sanders had 22 points and Xavier Gibson poured in 21 as Shinshu defeated the Rizing.

Shota Konno scored 17 points for the Brave Warriors (30-17).

Reggie Warren had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Fukuoka (24-23).

Big Bulls 76, Crane Thunders 72

In Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Josh Peppers had a team-high 23 points, Scootie Randall contributed 22 and Lawrence Blackledge added 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots for the hosts in a win over Gunma.

The Big Bulls improved to 35-12.

Dillion Sneed paced the Crane Thunders (13-34) with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

B-Corsairs 87, Broncos 69

In Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Wayne Marshall led all players with 30 points as the defending champions routed Saitama.

The B-Corsairs raised the record to 21-26; the Broncos fell to a league-worst 5-42.

Northern Happinets 112, Cinq Reves 78

In Akita, Richard Roby scored 21 points and Deshawn Stephens had 20 as the hosts blasted Tokyo.

Yuki Togashi (16 points, 11 assists), Ruben Boykin (16 points, 15 rebounds) and Shigehiro Taguchi (16 points) also made big contributions for Akita (37-12).

Edward Morris scored 22 points for the Cinq Reves (13-34).

Hannaryz 74, HeatDevils 70

In Kyoto, David Palmer’s 24-point performance guided the Hannaryz past Oita.

Kyoto improved to 32-17 under third-year bench boss Honoo Hamaguchi.

Shuichi Takada scored 21 points for the HeatDevils (20-29).

Grouses 106, 89ers 82

In Sendai, Sam Willard and Ira Brown scored 19 points apiece as East-leading Toyama defeated the 89ers.

Willard hauled in 14 rebounds and Brown had 11 boards and six assists. Masashi Joho and Djibril Thiam scored 15 points apiece for the Grouses (39-10).

For Sendai (23-24), DeAngelo Hamilton had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Travele Jones scored 18 points.

Wat’s 85, Albirex BB 72

In Niigata, Stanley Ocitti canned 6 of 9 3s en route to 22 points and macho big man Abdullahi Kuso had 11 points and 20 rebounds (10 offensive) for triumphant Aomori.

Gordon Klaiber added 18 points for the first-year Wat’s (24-23).

Nile Murry had 17 points, 11 boards and six assists and Thomas Kennedy scored 17 points for the Albirex (28-21).