Ryukyu’s Kishimoto shines in triumph over Kyoto


Staff Writer

Ryuichi Kishimoto ignited the Ryukyu Golden Kings on offense on Saturday.

The perimeter marksman sank 4 of 9 3s and shot 4-for-4 from inside the arc and 5-for-5 at the free-throw line in a 25-point effort in Ryukyu’s 84-78 triumph over the host Kyoto Hannaryz.

Evan Ravenel contributed 17 points and Draelon Burns and Anthony McHenry had 12 points apiece. Morihisa Yamauchi dished out six assists for Ryukyu.

The title-chasing Golden Kings (23-8) received a big boost on defense from longtime star McHenry, who collected six steals.

Kyoto (22-7) finished with an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers.

Tyren Johnson was the Hannaryz’s top scorer with 16 points, while Shingo Utsumi and Koki Yabuuchi had 13 and 12, respectively.

Susanoo Magic 139, Lightning 63

In Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, the Susanoo Magic blasted an undermanned Hiroshima squad, tying a league record for points in a game.

The hosts matched Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s scoring total on Nov. 4, 2012. On that day, the Phoenix routed the now-defunct Miyazaki Shining Suns 139-83.

Shimane (22-9), which led 31-23 after one quarter, erupted for 41 second-quarter points, then outscored the visitors 67-32 in the third and fourth periods.

Seven Magic players scored in double figures, including Scootie Randall, who had a game-high 36 points. Naoto Nakamura knocked down six 3s in a vintage 21-point performance and Josh Davis finished with 20 points, 25 rebounds and five assists.

The expansion Lightning (1-26) didn’t use a foreign player in the game. They lost their 21st straight game.

Shimane held a 56-16 advantage in rebounds.

Tetsuya Maemura led Hiroshima with 28 points, including six 3-pointers.

Northern Happinets 114, Firebonds 111 (2OT)

In Fukushima, Richard Roby’s season-high 40 points helped Akita outlast the Firebonds in double overtime.

Fukushima rookie star Le’Bryan Nash had 39 points, including 12 of 14 at the free-throw line. He also had eight of the team’s 17 turnovers.

Shigehiro Taguchi and Scott Morrison both scored 18 points for the Northern Happinets (20-9) and Ray Turner added 17 points in the entertaining game. Morrison led Akita with 11 rebounds, and Roby and Turner each had nine.

Roby also filled the stat sheet with four assists, four steals and three blocks in 42-plus minutes.

For Fukushima (17-12), Masaya Karimata scored 24 points and doled out eight assists and Stephan Van Treese had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Rizing 63, Five Arrows 60

In Takamatsu, Josh Peppers scored 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting and Donnavan Kirk supplied 16 points and 15 rebounds as Fukuoka defeated the Five Arrows.

Cohey Aoki poured in 12 points for the Rizing (13-18).

Nino Johnson led Takamatsu (8-21) with 21 points and 22 rebounds.

Big Bulls 73, Crane Thunders 64

In Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture, in a showdown of evenly matched teams, the hosts made a few more big plays and emerged victorious against Gunma.

Iwate’s Tatsunori Fujie had 28 points on the night and Patrick Sanders scored 11 for the Big Bulls (14-15).

Thomas Kennedy led the Crane Thunders (14-17) with 28 points.

Wat’s 79, Cinq Reves 69

In Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture, Jesse Perry poured in 29 points and raked in 11 rebounds to energize the hosts in a victory over Tokyo, which suffered its 22nd straight loss.

Perry also blocked three shots for the Wat’s (14-17).

Aomori big man Alif Bland chipped in with 14 points, nine boards and three blocks, while Nile Murry added 12 points and swatted two shots.

Newcomer Andre Murray, who began the season with the Hiroshima Lightning, paced the Cinq Reves (1-28) with 23 points and John Florveus had 22 points and 20 boards.

89ers 83, Grouses 77

In Sendai, Wendell White and Jamal Boykin teamed up for 48 points in a series-opening triumph over Toyama that ended the Grouses’ eight-game winning streak.

White paced the hosts with 28 points, hauled in 14 rebounds and dished out four assists. Fellow MVP candidate Boykin had a 20-point, 18-rebound, four-assist outing.

Fumiya Sato scored 12 points, all on 3s, for the 89ers (23-8).

Sendai out-rebounded its Eastern Conference rival 56-44.

Duke Crews led the Grouses (20-9) with 19 points and 15 boards. Masashi Joho scored 15 points and Sam Willard had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Albirex BB 92, Broncos 74

In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, the Albirex offensive clicked in an impressive victory over Saitama.

Coach Kazuo Nakamura’s squad handed out 26 assists against nine turnovers and shot 56.6 percent from inside the arc.

Kimitake Sato scored a team-high 25 points for Niigata (19-12) and Ryan Reid finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Faye Pape Mour contributed 18 points, 18 rebounds and five assists.

For the Broncos (3-26 overall, 1-14 away), Mitsuhiro Kamezaki scored 21 points and Seth Tarver and Evan Harris both had 17.

Brave Warriors 92, B-Corsairs 79

In Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Xavier Gibson lifted the hosts with 27 points and 14 rebounds and frontcourt mate Mike Bell chipped in with 18 points, 15 boards and five big blocks against Yokohama.

Yosuke Saito added 15 points for the Brave Warriors (12-19).

Cory Johnson led the B-Corsairs (16-15) with 21 points and Kenji Yamada scored 19. Carl Hall added 14 points and 11 boards.

Evessa 78, Samuraiz 56

In Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, Osaka took an 18-point lead into halftime and cruised past the hosts.

Lawrence “Trend” Blackledge had 18 points for the Evessa (21-10), Shota Konno scored 16 and Takuya Soma poured in 14. Michael Singletary added nine points.

Gyno Pomare had 13 points for Kanazawa (17-16) and Yuji Ide scored 12.

The Samuraiz, a first-year club, shot 22-for-64 from the field.

Lakestars 84, HeatDevils 83

In Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, Julian Mavunga’s 30-point, 15-rebound, five-assist, three-block performance helped the Lakestars beat Oita Ehime by the narrowest of margins.

Yu Okada finished with 22 points and Jeff Parmer and Wayne Arnold scored 10 apiece for Shiga (20-9). Parmer also contributed 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Chehales Tapscott had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the HeatDevils (8-21) and Patrick Simon and Yoshihiko Toshino scored 16 points apiece.

Phoenix 68, Bambitious 57

In Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa held the Bambitious to under 20 points in each of the four quarters.

Kejuan Johnson led the Phoenix (21-8) in scoring with 17 points and dished out a team-high eight assists. Macho forward Reggie Warren added 14 points, eight boards and four assists. Atsuya Ota and Shingo Okada both had eight points.

Charles Hinkle scored 18 points and Tatsuya Suzuki had 11 for Nara (11-20).