The Sendai 89ers ended a four-game slide on Saturday and halted the Iwate Big Bulls’ eight-game winning streak at the same time.
Forward Wendell White sparked the 89ers with 32 points and 12 rebounds in a 93-85 victory over the hosts in Kuji, Iwate Prefecture.
White converted 11 of 17 shots from the field. Sendai (26-13) sank 9 of 17 3-pointers and made 21 of 42 from inside the arc.
Veteran floor leader Takehiko Shimura had an impressive performance directing the 89ers offense, scoring 17 points and dishing out nine assists against one turnover. Fumiya Sato chipped in with 10 points.
Sendai outscored Iwate 30-22 in the fourth quarter.
For the Big Bulls (21-16), Alandise Harris had 32 points, while Abdullahi Kuso added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Kaito Ishikawa also scored 11 points.
Northern Happinets 91, Brave Warriors 65
In Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, balanced scoring ignited the hosts in a rout of Shinshu.
Five Northern Happinets players scored in double figures, including Richard Roby (21 ponits) and Yuto Otsuka (15, all on 3-pointers). Ray Turner added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Akitomo Takeno dished out six assists for Akita (26-11).
Xavier Gibson paced the Brave Warriors (18-21) with 21 points.
Shinshu shot 4-for-24 from 3-point range.
The Happinets turned the game into a rout in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 29-12 in the period.
Firebonds 88, Albirex BB 86
In Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Le’Bryan Nash had 21 points and Shota Kanno drained 5 of 7 3s in a 15-point night as the Firebonds edged Niigata, ending the visitors’ nine-game win streak.
Masaya Karimata chipped in with 14 points for Fukushima (23-14) and newcomer Bingo Merriex had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Wayne Arnold led Niigata (26-13) with 31 points and six assists. Faye Pape Mour added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Grouses 86, Cinq Reves 66
In Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture, Sam Willard’s 22-point, 29-rebound performance helped the Grouses heap more misery on Tokyo.
The Cinq Reves (1-36) lost their 30th straight game.
Masashi Joho added 16 points and five steals for Toyama (25-12) and Duke Crews poured in 14 points.
For Tokyo, Du’Vaughn Maxwell finished with 16 points and 11 boards and John Florveus matched Maxwell’s scoring total and pulled down 16 rebounds (13 offensive).
Crane Thunders 85, B-Corsairs 81
In Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, former Yokohama star Thomas Kennedy scored 31 points and collected 10 rebounds as the hosts held on to beat the B-Corsairs.
Gunma’s Takamichi Fujiwara contributed 12 points and Gary Hamilton made his mark with 12 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals, and Hirotaka Kondo scored 10 points for the Crane Thunders (18-21).
Jordan Henriquez-Roberts had 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for Yokohama (17-22) and Cory Johnson poured in 18 points with nine boards. Carl Hall and Satoshi Hisayama added 15 points apiece.
Lakestars 84, Phoenix 70
In Hamamatsu, Shiga rolled past the defending champions in the series opener and shot a solid 55 percent from 2-point range to secure the win.
Julian Mavunga led the Lakestars (25-12) with 23 points and nine rebounds, Yu Okada put 14 points on the board and Jeff Parmer and Jamelle Horne both had 12.
DeAngelo Kirkland and Atsuya Ota scored 12 points apiece for the Phoenix (26-11) and Reggie Warren and Masahiro Oguchi both had nine. Warren was the team leader in rebounds (16).
Evessa 66, Hannaryz 57
In Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, the Evessa delivered an impressive defensive performance and forced 26 turnovers in a battle of Western Conference heavyweights.
Shota Konno scored 16 points and made four steals for Osaka (28-11) and DeAngelo Hamilton added 15 points.
Olu Ashaolu and Lawrence Blackledge both scored nine points, with Blackledge also filling the stat sheet with seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks.
Tyren Johnson led Kyoto (28-9) with 23 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. He also committed eight turnovers. Kevin Kotzur added 12 points and 10 boards.
HeatDevils 124, Lightning 58
In Oita, the HeatDevils rang up 40 first-quarter points and held Hiroshima to 18, setting the tone for a runaway victory.
Chehales Tapscott paced Oita Ehime (11-27) with 20 points.
The Lightning (1-35), losers of 30 straight games, trailed 62-28 at halftime.
Daichi Tomioka, Takuya Nakashima and Sei Koshiba all scored 15 points for Hiroshima.
Wat’s 84, Broncos 58
In Saitama, Aomori outscored the hosts 43-16 over the middle two quarters in the series opener.
Alif Bland paced the Wat’s (16-23) with 22 points and corralled 11 rebounds. Jesse Perry had 14 points and 11 rebounds with four assists and two steals. Yuki Kitamuki canned all four of his 3-point shots in a 14-point outing.
Seth Tarver finished with 16 points, 12 boards and six assists for the Broncos (4-33).
Samuraiz 70, Bambitious 67
Susanoo Magic 80, Rizing 75
Golden Kings 77, Five Arrows 65