After getting waxed by 20 points in the series opener, the Kanazawa Samuraiz avenged Saturday’s defeat by thrashing the reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix.
Coach Yukinori Suzuki’s Samuraiz set the tone for the game from the get-go in Kanazawa.
After one quarter, Kanazawa led 26-7, and Hamamatsu never recovered.
The final score: Samuraiz 92, Phoenix 52.
University of Missouri alum Marshall Brown paced Kanazawa, a first-year franchise, with 28 points on 11-for-15 shooting. He added seven rebounds and three assists in the series finale.
Frontcourt mate Gyno Pomare had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Yusuke Takamatsu and Masato Tsukino both scored 11 points, and Yuji Ide chipped in with seven points and five assists.
The Samuraiz (23-19) caused fits for the Hamamatsu offense throughout the game, with the Phoenix converting just 19 of 68 shots.
Kejuan Johnson paced Hamamatsu (27-13) with 16 points and Reggie Warren had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
“Yesterday we came out flat,” Pomare told The Japan Times. “I knew Hamamatsu would be hungry for a win after losing two last week.
“Today we were aggressive and played hard defense. . . .
“Coach made great adjustments to our defense and we were able to get the win,” added Pomare, who praised Tsukino’s defensive effort against Johnson, calling it “fantastic.”
Grouses 84, Brave Warriors 73
In Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, star guard Masashi Joho had a game-high 31 points and six assists to ignite Toyama to its second victory in as many days over Shinshu.
Joho sank 10 of 16 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers.
Sam Willard added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Grouses (28-12). Duke Crews scored 12 points and Takeshi Mito had 11 points and four assists.
For the Brave Warriors (19-23), Xavier Gibson scored 26 points and Mike Bell supplied 21 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Yasuhiko Wada contributed 11 points and Yosuke Saito dished out eight assists.
Shinshu made 9 of 19 free throws.
Big Bulls 91, Firebonds 75
In Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Abdullahi Kuso’s 23-point, 18-rebound effort and Tatsunori Fujie’s 21 points were key factors in Iwate’s second weekend win over its Tohoku rival.
Alandise Harris chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds for Iwate (23-17) and Patrick Sanders scored 13 points.
Le’Bryan Nash led Fukushima (24-16) with 22 points. Masaya Karimata and Bingo Merriex scored 14 and 13, respectively, for the Firebonds. Stephan Van Treese added 11 points and eight rebounds.
“I think the reason we were successful this weekend was teamwork,” Kuso told The Japan Times. “Fukushima is very well coached, they have the league’s top scorer (Nash), excellent shooters on the perimeter and very physical bigs. All week long we knew in order for us to be successful we not only had to match their intensity but also defend as a team from tipoff to the final whistle.”
Iwate coach Geoffrey Katsuhisa inspired his players before the series opener on Saturday, according to Kuso.
“Before the game on Saturday, Coach Katsuhisa gave us a speech about the importance of the weekend,” Kuso said, “commemorating the earthquake (March 11, 2011) — how both prefectures where affected and whatnot.”
89ers 81, Broncos 69
In Sendai, Wendell White’s 26-point, 12-rebound, five-assist performance helped the hosts complete a series sweep of Saitama.
White notched his 12th consecutive double-double. He is the league’s second-leading scorer (25.2 per game) and No. 5 rebounder (12.3).
Jamal Boykin chipped in with 16 points, seven boards and six assists for the 89ers (29-13) and Terrance Shannon added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Fumiya Sato had 11 points.
Edward Morris led the Broncos (4-36 overall, 2-20 away) with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Evan Harris finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Albirex BB 81, Northern Happinets 70
In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, Ryan Reid scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Wayne Arnold sparked the Albirex offense with 20 points and nine assists against Akita.
Kimitake Sato poured in 22 points, knocking down four 3s for Niigata (28-14). Faye Pape Mour had five steals as bench boss Kazuo Nakamura’s club earned a sweep against his former team.
The Albirex are 8-2 since Arnold joined the team in mid-February.
Scott Morrison scored 16 points and hauled in 16 boards for Akita (26-14), which committed 18 turnovers. Shigehiro Taguchi added 14 points and Ray Turner and Richard Roby both had 10.
Lakestars 71, Rizing 59
In Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, Yu Okada and Julian Mavunga continued their strong play of late and combined for 37 points as the Lakestars prevailed against Fukuoka for the second time in less than 24 hours.
Okada had 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Mavunga added 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Jamelle Horne scored 10 points and Jeff Parmer snatched 10 boards for Shiga (28-12).
Donnavan Kirk had 14 points for the Rizing (14-28) and Taishiro Shimizu scored 11. Joseph Taylor and Cohey Aoki followed with nine and eight points, respectively. Taylor was the team leader in rebounds (11).
Golden Kings 91, Bambitious 81
In Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, Ryukyu’s spread-the-wealth offense proved too much for the Bambitious a day after the hosts got pounded by 20 points.
Morihisa Yamauchi and Shuhei Kitagawa scored 19 points apiece for the Golden Kings (30-10). Ryuichi Kishimoto chipped in with 16 points and five assists and Evan Ravenel had 13 points.
Ryukyu has won 16 of its 20 road games this season.
Charles Hinkle paced Nara (15-27) with 21 points, Daiki Terashita had 16 on 8-for-10 shooting and Julius Ashby scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Tatsuya Suzuki handed out seven assists.
Five Arrows 101, Lightning 65
In Kitajima, Tokushima Prefecture, Anthony Kent and Jarvis Williams had 17 points apiece and four teammates also reached double figures in points in Takamatsu’s rout of Hiroshima.
The Five Arrows (11-29) handed the Lightning their 32nd straight loss.
Ayumu Osawa paced Hiroshima (1-37) with 21 points.
B-Corsairs 89, Wat’s 77
In Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture, Jordan Henriquez-Roberts put 25 points on the board and collected 15 rebounds as Yokohama bounced back from a series-opening loss.
Carl Hall had 19 points and Cory Johnson delivered an 18-point, 10-rebound effort for the B-Corsairs (18-24), who snapped a three-game slide. Kenji Yamada contributed 10 points and five assists.
Jesse Perry had a game-high 37 points for the Wat’s (18-24). Yuki Kitamuki scored 16 points and added four steals, while Nile Murry poured in 14 points.
Hannaryz 93, HeatDevils 81
In Ise, Mie Prefecture, Kevin Kotzur’s all-around excellence led Kyoto to its third consecutive victory.
Kotzur scored 20 points, including 9-for-9 shooting from the field, with 20 rebounds and five assists. Hannaryz teammate Tyren Johnson added 17 points, seven assists and four steals. Shingo Utsumi matched Johnson’s scoring total and sank 5 of 7 3-point shots. Genki Kojima scored 10 points for Kyoto (31-9).
Chehales Tapscott had 31 points and 15 rebounds for Oita Ehime (11-29) and Patrick Simon scored 20 points.
Susanoo Magic 67, Evessa 52
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, the hosts extended their winning streak to six games by trouncing Osaka.
Shimane (32-10) shot 50 percent from both 2-point range and beyond the arc.
Scootie Randall had 21 points and Josh Davis scored eight and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Magic. Edward Yamamoto added 11 points and Jun Abe 10. Veteran center Wayne Marshall finished with 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Shota Konno scored 21 points for the Evessa (28-14) and Shun Watanuki had nine.