Phoenix consign Lightning to 28th straight loss


Staff Writer

The reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix used their bench early and often in a 119-57 thrashing of the host Hiroshima Lightning on Saturday.

Phoenix coach Tomoya Higashino only used one player for more than 25 minutes in the series finale in Yamaguchi.

Big man Atsuya Ota, a Japan national team center, logged 33 minutes, 24 seconds of court time, contributing 18 points and 13 rebounds.

DeAngelo Kirkland, who scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, was one eight Hamamatsu players to reach double figures in scoring. Shinnosuke Oishi poured in 15 points and Tasuku Namizato had 14. Star forward Reggie Warren sat out the series.

The Phoenix (26-10) out-rebounded Hiroshima 58-30.

Daichi Tomioka had 20 points for the Lightning (1-33), who have lost 28 straight games.

Big Bulls 65, Wat’s 54

In Towada, Aomori Prefecture, Alandise Harris scored 18 points and Abdullahi Kuso added 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead Iwate past the hosts.

Hayato Kantake and Patrick Sanders both scored eight points for the Big Bulls (20-15).

Iwate out-rebounded the Wat’s 52-37.

Yuki Kitamuki paced Aomori (15-22) with 18 points and Yuki Yamaguchi poured in 11.

Albirex BB 94, 89ers 84

In Shiroishi, Miyagi Prefecture, Kimitake Sato knocked down six 3-pointers in an electrifying 32-point performance and Wayne Arnold had 24 points and five steals as Niigata extended its winning streak to eight games.

Sendai (25-12) dropped its third straight game and lost for the six time in its last 10.

Ryan Reid added 15 points and 10 boards and Shuhei Komatsu scored 12 for the Albirex (25-12), who led 29-11 after the opening quarter. Faye Pape Mour had nine points and 13 boards.

Wendell White finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds for the 89ers. White was 0-for-8 from 3-point range. Teammates Fumiya Sato and Jamal Boykin scored 18 points apiece, with Sato canning 6 of 10 3s. Boykin added 12 boards and eight assists.

Crane Thunders 87, Grouses 82

In Toyama, Gunma held off the hosts’ fourth-quarter comeback attempt to secure a series-opening win.

Thomas Kennedy led the Crane Thunders (17-20) with 28 points and Gary Hamilton and Michael St. John had 15 apiece. Hamilton grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Masashi Obuchi handed out six assists.

Duke Crew paced the Grouses (23-12) with 23 points, Masashi Joho scored 19 and Daichi Tanaka had 11.

Brave Warriors 99, Firebonds 89

In Ina, Nagano Prefecture, Xavier Gibson scored 34 points, including 11-for-14 at the free-throw line, and Mike Bell contributed 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Shinshu to its seventh straight victory.

The Brave Warriors (18-19) have won nine of their last 10 games.

Shinshu took a 53-40 lead into halftime.

Junki Kano, who’s averaging 10.1 points per game, added 13 points for the hosts and Yosuke Saito had 12 with five assists.

Gibson swatted four shots and Joe Wolfinger had two. All told, the hosts had eight blocks to Fukushima’s two.

Le’Bryan Nash scored 34 points for the Firebonds (21-14) and Bingo Merriex added 17.

Northern Happinets 103, Cinq Reves 88

In Hachioji, hot-shooting Akita rolled past Tokyo to complete a series sweep.

The Northern Happinets (25-11) improved to 12-6 on the road.

Tokyo (1-35) extended its bj-league record losing streak to 29 games.

Richard Roby (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Ray Turner (15 points, 10 boards) notched double-doubles for the visitors. Guard Akitomo Takeno, playing his fourth game after missing a year of court time (after tearing the ACL in his left knee and undergoing surgery), chipped in with 19 points, draining four 3s. Scott Morrison and Yuto Otsuka had 17 and 13 points, respectively.

Du’Vaughn Maxwell had 26 points for the Cinq Reves and Andre Murray scored 21.

Broncos 76, B-Corsairs 70

In Yokohama, 19 was the lucky number for Saitama in the series opener.

The Broncos scored 19 points in each of the four quarters and snapped a 14-game losing streak.

Mitsuhiro Kamezaki paced the Broncos (4-31) with a game-high 28 points. He sank 10 of 11 free throws. Seth Tarver added 15 points and handed out five assists. Evan Harris had nine points, nine boards and four blocks, while Edward Morris scored eight points and hauled in 11 rebounds.

For the B-Corsairs (16-21), Carl Hall was the top scorer with 20 points and Jordan Henriquez-Roberts supplied 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cory Johnson added 11 points and 16 rebounds. Kenji Yamada dished out five assists.

Yokohama shot 4-for-26 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Lakestars 73, Samuraiz 71

In Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, the Lakestars edged Kanazawa in a game that went down to the wire.

Jeff Parmer and Julian Mavunga scored 15 points apiece for Shiga (23-12), which had four players with three or more assists. Yutaka Yokoe added 14 points and Ryota Kobayashi had 12. Parmer was the team leader in assists (five).

Gyno Pomare paced the Samuraiz (20-17) with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Masato Tsukino added 14 points.

Kanazawa struggled at the free-throw line, making 11 of 20 shots.

Hannaryz 80, Bambitious 74

In Kyoto, the Hannaryz held Nara to 34 first-half points and strong defense fueled their win over the Bambitious.

Tyren Johnson led Kyoto (28-7) with 23 points and Moses Ehambe added 17.

The Hannaryz have won six straight.

Julius Ashby scored 16 points for Nara (14-23) and Jumpei Honda had 14. Tatsuya Suzuki finished with 11 points and seven assists.

Susanoo Magic 87, HeatDevils 69

In Unnan, Shimane Prefecture, Jun Abe’s 20-point effort and Scootie Randall’s 19 points sparked the hosts in a victory over Oita Ehime.

Josh Davis added 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting and 19 rebounds for the Susanoo Magic (27-10). Tatsuhiro Yokoo scored 12 points. Naoto Takushi doled out four assists.

Chehales Tapscott led the HeatDevils (9-26) with 24 points, 13 rebounds and five steals.

Golden Kings 88, Rizing 71

In Fukuoka, Evan Ravenel’s 21-point, 15-rebound performance sparked Ryukyu in a convincing win over the hosts.

Shuhei Kitagawa added 19 points, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Draelon Burns had 15 points and six assists for the Golden Kings (25-10) and Anthony McHenry and Ryuichi Kishimoto each scored eight points.

Josei Maniwa had 17 points for Fukuoka (14-23) and Joseph Taylor added 14 points and 19 rebounds. Taishiro Shimizu scored 12 points and handed out eight assists.

Evessa 67, Five Arrows 61

In Takamatsu, Osaka star Lawrence Blackledge swatted six shots, erasing critical scoring opportunities for the Five Arrows.

Blackledge, a Marquette University product, had a game-high 18 points with eight rebounds and four assists. His Saturday performance was a reminder of his all-around versatility.

DeAngelo Hamilton added 10 points and 11 boards for the Evessa (26-11). Takuya Soma scored nine points and Shun Watanuki and Narito Namizato had eight apiece.

Jarvis Williams led Takamatsu (9-26) with 16 points. Nino Johnson collected 18 rebounds.