Toyama whips Shinshu in series opener


Staff Writer

The hot-shooting Toyama Grouses trounced the Shinshu Brave Warriors in their series opener on Saturday, winning 84-60.

Grouses coach Bob Nash’s team shot 58.5 percent from inside the 3-point arc, converting 31 of 53 shots. Toyama (27-12) only attempted 12 3s and made four of them.

Drew Viney and Sam Willard had 13 points apiece for the Grouses in Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture. Willard grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Daichi Tanaka and Masashi Joho both had 11 points for Toyama.

The Grouses held Shinshu to 26 second-half points.

Xavier Gibson paced the hosts with 16 points and 10 boards. Mike Bell and Yosuke Saito each scored 11 points for the Brave Warriors (19-22).

Golden Kings 81, Bambitious 61

In Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, Evan Ravenel scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Ryuichi Kishimoto chipped in with 13 points and seven assists to lead Ryukyu past the hosts.

Draelon Burns finished with 12 points and six assists for the Golden Kings (29-10). Anthony McHenry added 10 points.

Julius Ashby had 17 points and 10 boards for Nara (15-26). Teammate Tatsuya Suzuki dished out eight assists.

Hannaryz 100, HeatDevils 86

In Ise, Mie Prefecture, Kevin Kotzur’s 20-point, 17-rebound performance carried Kyoto past Oita Ehime.

Tyren Johnson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hannaryz (30-9). Koki Yabuuchi poured in 13 points off the bench.

Kyoto out-rebounded the HeatDevils 57-32.

Chehales Tapscott paced Oita (11-28) with 27 points.

Lakestars 84, Rizing 73

In Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, Julian Mavunga sank 13 of 17 free throws in a 28-point night as the Lakestars held off Fukuoka.

Yu Okada added 16 points and Jamelle Horne scored 11 for Shiga (27-12). Ryota Kobayashi dished out a team-high six assists.

The Lakestars shot 50 percent (8-for-16) from 3-point range.

Donnavan Kirk led the Rizing (14-27) with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Cohey Aoki scored 17 points.

Albirex BB 79, Northern Happinets 71

In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, balanced scoring carried the hosts past rival Akita.

Faye Pape Mour and Ryan Reid each had 17 points for the Albirex (27-14) and Wayne Arnold finished with 15 points and seven assists. Kimitake Sato scored 14 points and Shuhei Komatsu had 10.

Shigehiro Taguchi had a team-best 21 points for the Happinets (26-13) and Richard Roby poured in 16. Ray Turner added 15 points and 11 boards.

Big Bulls 69, Firebonds 67

In Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Alandise Harris had 23 points and Abdullahi Kuso notched a double-double (20 points, 14 rebounds) as Iwate edged the hosts.

Hayato Kantake scored 10 points and Tatsunori Fujie contributed nine with five assists and a pair of steals for the Big Bulls (22-17).

Le’Bryan Nash scored 23 points for Fukushima (24-15) and Stephan Van Treese had 14 and 13 boards.

Iwate led 34-26 at halftime.

89ers 90, Broncos 62

In Sendai, the 89ers seized control in the third quarter en route to a runaway victory.

Sendai put 29 points on the board in the pivotal period and held the Broncos to 12.

Wendell White led the 89ers (28-13) with 17 points and Terrance Shannon poured in 15, Jamal Boykin 14 and Fumiya Sato 11. Takehiko Shimura doled out seven assists.

Evan Harris had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Saitama (4-35).

Wat’s 92, B-Corsairs 85 (OT)

In Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture, former University of Arizona player Jesse Perry scored 31 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Yuki Kitamuki had 17 points in the hosts’ overtime victory over Yokohama.

Yuki Yamaguchi added 16 points, seven boards, five assists and five steals for the playoff-chasing Wat’s (18-23).

Carl Hall paced the B-Corsairs (17-24) with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Cory Johnson scored 14 points.

Five Arrows 116, Lightning 48

In Kitajima, Tokushima Prefecture, Takamatsu handed Hiroshima its 31st straight loss.

Susanoo Magic 61, Evessa 51

In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, much-improved Susanoo Magic (31-10) prevailed against Osaka (28-13).

Phoenix 75, Samuraiz 55

In Kanazawa, reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa (27-12) routed the Samuraiz (22-19).