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Akita’s Taguchi, Otsuka dominate in rout of Tokyo

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Staff Writer

Shigehiro Taguchi and Yuto Otsuka carried the Akita Northern Happinets to a lopsided win over the lowly Tokyo Cinq Reves on Saturday night.

Taguchi buried 5 of 7 3-pointers in a 28-point effort and Otsuka sank 7 of 9 from beyond the arc and had 27 overall points in a 113-74 home triumph in the teams’ first contest since Sunday’s All-Star Game.

All-Star Richard Roby contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds for Akita (18-9), while Ryosuke Mizumachi dished out seven assists.

Swingman Malcolm Lemmons paced Tokyo (1-26) with 26 points.

Big Bulls 93, Wat’s 72

In Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, Hayato Kantake scored a season-high 21 points, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range, and Patrick Sanders and Abdullahi Kuso each had 19 points as the Big Bulls routed Aomori.

Kuso grabbed a game-best 14 rebounds for Iwate (13-14).

Jesse Perry led the Wat’s (12-17) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Nile Murry finished with 18 points and Makoto Sawaguchi poured in 14.

Brave Warriors 95, Firebonds 75

In Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, Xavier Gibson had 30 points and 13 boards and Mike Bell contributed 29 points and 14 rebounds as Shinshu trounced the hosts in the series opener.

Yasuhiko Wada scored 10 points and Yosuke Saito added nine and dished out seven assists for the Brave Warriors (11-18), who held Fukushima to 39 second-half points.

Le’Bryan Nash paced the Firebonds (16-11) with 18 points and Masaya Karimata scored 17 and handed out seven assists.

89ers 107, Albirex BB 90 (OT)

In Niigata, Sendai overwhelmed the hosts in overtime to secure the victory.

The Eastern Conference-leading 89ers (22-7) outscored their rivals 20-3 in the bonus period.

Wendell White finished with 30 points and 10 assists and Terrance Shannon had 18 points for Sendai. Fumiya Sato poured in 15 points, knocking down five 3s, Jamal Boykin had 14 points, nine boards and seven assists and Takehiko Shimura chipped in with 13 points and seven assists.

Ryan Reid led Niigata (17-12) with 30 points and 13 rebounds, Faye Pape Mour supplied a double-double (21 points, 11 boards) and Reggie Hamilton added 15 points and 10 assists.

Grouses 87, Crane Thunders 71

In Ota, Gunma Prefecture, big man Sam Willard had 19 points and 13 rebounds, giving the visitors inside muscle in an impressive win over the hosts.

Toyama out-rebounded Gunma 56-37.

Takeshi Mito scored 13 points and Masashi Joho had 12 for the Grouses (19-8). Duke Crews chipped in with 10 rebounds.

Thomas Kennedy paced the Crane Thunders (14-15) with 20 points. Michael St. John had 14 points and 15 boards.

B-Corsairs 81, Broncos 51

In Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Jordan Henriquez-Roberts and Carl Hall both notched double-doubles in a runaway win over the Broncos.

Henriquez-Roberts finished with 19 points and 21 rebounds fro Yokohama (15-14). Hall had 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting with 16 boards. Cory Johnson added 13 points and Kenji Yamada contributed 11.

Saitama trailed 33-20 at halftime.

Seth Tarver scored 19 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Broncos (3-24), who shot 3-for-23 from 3-point range and 16-for-49 from inside the arc.

Yokohama dominated on the boards with a 70-40 rebounding edge.

Rizing 79, Phoenix 67

In Hamamatsu, balanced scoring lifted Fukuoka past the reigning champions.

Josh Peppers was the Rizing’s top scorer with 26 points, including 8 of 9 at the free-throw line. Taishiro Shimizu provided 20 points and Donnavan Kirk added 11. Cohey Aoki and Josei Maniwa each had nine for Fukuoka (12-17).

Kirk added 15 rebounds and three blocks.

Terrance Woodbury scored 21 points for the Phoenix (19-8) and Reggie Warren had 13 points and 20 rebounds (seven offensive).

Fukuoka outscored the hosts 31-13 in the fourth quarter.

Hannaryz 77, Susanoo Magic 74

In Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, Kevin Kotzur’s 19-point, 14-rebound, six-assist performance helped carry the hosts past West rival Shimane.

Tyren Johnson scored 13 points and Takuya Komoda and Koki Yabuuchi had 12 apiece for Kyoto (22-5).

Scootie Randall led the Susanoo Magic (20-9) with 20 points and Josh Davis and Wayne Marshall both had 14. Davis grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Marshall collected five steals.

Shimane shot 14-for-25 at the foul line.

Evessa 121, Lightning 76

In Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, the Evessa handed Hiroshima, an expansion squad, its 13th consecutive loss.

Takuya Soma sank five 3s in a 21-point outing for Osaka (19-10) and Naoki Hashimoto had four treys in an 18-point performance. Michael Singletary and Olu Ashaolu both scored 16 points and Lawrence “Trend” Blackledge provided 12 points and 10 assists.

The Evessa held the Lightning (1-24) to 29 second-half points.

Adam Herman was Hiroshima’s high scorer with 23 points.

Golden Kings 101, HeatDevils 80

In Okinawa City, Shuhei Kitagawa buried six 3s in a 29-point effort and Draelon Burns doled out 10 assists as the hosts routed Oita Ehime.

Anthony McHenry finished with 14 points, nine boards and seven assists and Shigeyuki Kinjo matched McHenry’s scoring total. Burns had 12 points on the night for Ryukyu (22-7).

The Golden Kings shot 63.2 percent from 2-point range.

Yoshihiko Toshino scored 22 points for the HeatDevils (7-20) and Patrick Simon and Chehales Tapscott added 20 apiece.

Samuraiz 83, Five Arrows 68

In Kanazawa, the hosts jumped out to a 17-point advantage by the end of the first quarter and held on for a comfortable victory over Takamatsu.

Andrew Fitzgerald had 18 points and Gyno Pomare contributed 14 with 10 rebounds and five assists for the Samuraiz (16-15). Masato Tsukino scored 13 points and Marshall Brown 12.

Nino Johnson led the Five Arrows (8-19) with 15 points.

Lakestars 77, Bambitious 64

In Nara, Julian Mavunga’s 29-point, 15-rebound performance sparked Shiga in a win against the hosts.

Yu Okada had 17 points, five steals and four assists for the Lakestars (18-9).

Julius Ashby scored 15 points for the Bambitious (11-18), Charles Hinkle added 14 points and Josh Ritchard had 13 points and 15 rebounds. Tatsuya Suzuki dished out nine assists.