Johnson sparks Kyoto in rout of Fukuoka


Staff Writer

Tyren Johnson, who made his debut with the Kyoto Hannaryz a few days before Christmas, delivered an all-around performance that helped carry the Western Conference leaders to a 71-58 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Saturday.

Johnson, a 2012 NBA Development League All-Star while representing the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, finished with a team-high 13 points, eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks in 32 minutes in Fukuoka.

Fittingly, it’s All-Star Weekend for the NBA in Toronto.

Meanwhile, the Hannaryz (24-7 overall) improved to 7-4 since Johnson, a Louisiana-Lafayette alum, joined the team.

The Rizing (14-19) trailed 31-24 at halftime.

Moses Ehambe and Kevin Kotzur scored 12 points apiece for Kyoto, which out-rebounded the hosts 40-26. Takuya Sato, Sunao Murakami and Takuya Komoda all had nine points for the Hannaryz.

Kotzur added 13 rebounds and six assists.

Fukuoka’s Josh Peppers and Donnavan Kirk had 14 points apiece and Cohey Aoki scored 13.

Bambitious 81, HeatDevils 68

In Toon, Ehime Prefecture, Charles Hinkle’s 20-point effort and Jumpei Honda’s 15 points led Nara past the hosts.

Veteran big man Julius Ashby chipped in with 14 points, seven assists and two blocks for the Bambitious (12-21), while Tatsuya Suzuki poured in 11 points with four assists and three steals, and Daiki Terashita had eight points.

For Oita Ehime (9-22), Chehales Tapscott recorded a double-double (20 points, 13 rebounds), Tatsuhiko Toshino scored 14 points and Yoshihiko Toshino had 13.

Brave Warriors 79, Wat’s 71

In Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Xavier Gibson had 36 points on 13-for-20 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds to guide Shinshu to a series-opening triumph over the Wat’s.

Mike Bell contributed 14 points and 11 boards and Junki Kano matched Bell’s scoring output. Joe Wolfinger added seven points for the Brave Warriors (14-19).

Aomori (15-18) shot 4-for-27 from 3-point range.

Nile Murry led the Wat’s with 28 points, and his shooting fortunes mirrored his team’s. Murry made 11 of 14 shots from inside the arc, but was 2-for-9 from long range. Jesse Perry added 13 points for the hosts and center Alif Bland had nine points, seven rebounds and five blocks.

Northern Happinets 78, Crane Thunders 68

In Yokote, Akita Prefecture, Ray Turner’s 31-point, 18-rebound performance powered the Northern Happinets past Gunma.

Shigehiro Taguchi had 17 points and Yuto Otsuka scored 12 for Akita (21-10).

The hosts sank 20 of 27 free throws; the visitors made 6 of 12.

Thomas Kennedy paced the Crane Thunders (14-19) with 20 points and newcomer Gary Hamilton had 10 points and 11 boards.

Grouses 98, Firebonds 81

In Toyama, Bowie State product Duke Crews had a season-high 36-point performance, including four dunks, and hauled in 17 rebounds as the hosts outplayed Fukushima.

Crews made 15 of 28 shots in 40 electrifying minutes of court time. He also contributed three assists and two blocks.

Sam Willard finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Grouses (22-9) and Masashi Joho had 13 points. Takeshi Mito added 10.

Le’Bryan Nash paced the Firebonds (18-13) with 31 points and collected eight rebounds. Stephan Van Treese had 16 points and 13 boards and Masaya Karimata scored 12 points and handed out six assists. Joseph Turner raked in 12 rebounds (seven offensive).

Inside the arc, Toyama made 40 of 74 shots; Fukushima converted 17 of 43.

Big Bulls 89, Broncos 72

In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, balanced scoring lifted Iwate to a convincing win over the hapless hosts.

Patrick Sanders paced the Big Bulls (16-15) with 21 points, Hayato Kantake had 17 and Abdullahi Kuso 16 with 12 rebounds. Kaito Ishikawa dished out a season-high 14 assists without a turnover.

Mitsuhiro Kamezaki scored 24 points and Seth Tarver had 23 for Saitama (3-28).

89ers 102, Cinq Reves 89

In Inagi, MVP candidate Wendell White sparked East-leading Sendai with 35 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and five steals in a victory over Tokyo.

Jamal Boykin chipped in with 19 points and seven assists and Fumiya Sato scored 15 points, including four 3s. Ryunosuke Yanagawa had an 11-point night for the 89ers (24-9).

For the Cinq Reves (1-30), Andre Murray had 30 points and John Florveus scored 28.

Albirex BB 87, B-Corsairs 58

In Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, a fast start ignited Niigata in a runaway win over Yokohama.

The Albirex took a 20-9 advantage into the second quarter and led 61-45 after three quarters.

Newcomer and perimeter marksman Wayne Arnold had a game-high 24 points in his Niigata debut, including four 3-pointers. Arnold dished out four assists four good measure.

Shuhei Komatsu added 17 points and Ryan Reid had 12 points, 13 boards and five assists for the Albirex (21-12), who got 10 points from Kimitake Sato and a nine-point, 11-rebound effort by Faye Pape Mour against his former team.

Cory Johnson led the B-Corsairs (16-17) with 16 points and collected 11 rebounds.

Evessa 68, Phoenix 53

In Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Osaka outscored the defending champions 16-5 in the fourth quarter to wrap up an impressive defensive effort.

Olu Ashaolu led the Evessa (22-11) with 16 points and nine rebounds. Takuya Soma and Lawrence “Trend” Blackledge had 11 points apiece.

Reggie Warren paced Hamamatsu Higashimikawa (22-9) with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Atsuya Ota scored 11 points.

Susanoo Magic 75, Five Arrows 55

In Takamatsu, Shimane routed the hosts to improve to 24-9. The Five Arrows fell to 8-23.