After consecutive defeats to the rival Kyoto Hannaryz on Feb. 20 and 21, the Shiga Lakestars have quietly strung together an eight-game winning streak.
The Lakestars recorded their latest victory, a 77-67 decision against the Bambitious Nara, on Sunday in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture.
Veteran sharpshooter Yu Okada drained six 3-pointers in a 22-point, six-assist performance and Julian Mavunga had 20 points and nine rebounds for Shiga (30-12). Ryota Kobayashi contributed 10 points and five assists and former league MVP Jeff Parmer added nine points and six assists.
Coach Koto Toyama’s club held Nara (15-29) to less than 20 points in three of the four quarters.
Charles Hinkle paced the Bambitious with 21 points. Julius Ashby scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Daiki Terashita finished with nine points.
Shiga, which has 10 games remaining in the regular season, now sits in fourth place in the 12-team Western Conference.
Wat’s 84, Crane Thunders 75
In Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, Aomori star Nile Murry scored a game-high 27 points and Jesse Perry had 20 points and 13 boards as the Wat’s completed a series sweep of the hosts.
Yuki Kitamuki knocked down 5 of 7 3-point shots and added 17 points for Aomori (20-24), which sank 16 of 20 foul shots.
Gary Hamilton led Gunma (19-23) with 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. Thomas Kennedy added 16 points and five assists and Michael St. John scored 10 points.
89ers 80, B-Corsairs 75
In Yokohama, Sendai improved to 20-4 on the road by beating the B-Corsairs for the second time in as many days.
Wendell White, the league’s second-leading scorer (25.0 points per game), had 26 points and hauled in 11 rebounds. Jamal Boykin added 17 points and eight rebounds, Terrance Shannon scored 13 points and Fumiya Sato 11. Takehiko Shimura dished out six assists.
Sendai (31-13) finished with 20 assists and eight turnovers.
Carl Hall was Yokohama’s top scorer with 17 points and pulled down 10 boards. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts added 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks and Kenji Yamada scored 14 points with seven assists. Cory Johnson contributed 13 points for the B-Corsairs (18-26).
Yokohama shot 3-for-17 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Big Bulls 77, Northern Happinets 64
In Akita, Alandise Harris scored a team-best 22 points and Tatsunori Fujie chipped in with 20 points, seven assists and three steals to help Iwate sweep the hosts.
Patrick Sanders added 19 points and 13 boards for the Big Bulls (24-18) and Abdullahi Kuso provided 10 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Brave Warriors 97, Cinq Reves 90
In Hino, Tokyo Prefecture, Mike Bell sparked Shinshu with 25 points and 18 rebounds against the lowly Cinq Reves.
Yasuhiko Wada poured in 19 points and Xavier Gibson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks for the Brave Warriors (21-23). Junki Kano added 16 points for the visitors.
Andre Murray paced Tokyo (1-39) with 30 points and Tomoyuki Shinzato had 21.
The Cinq Reves lost their 33rd straight game.
Golden Kings 83, HeatDevils 73
In Iyo, Ehime Prefecture, Anthony McHenry, a great all-around player, delivered one of his finest all-around games as a pro in the series finale.
McHenry, a star for Ryukyu since 2008, had 10 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocks and five steals as the Golden Kings wrapped up a weekend sweep of Oita Ehime.
Shigeyuki Kinjo scored 20 points and Shuhei Kitagawa netted 19 for Ryukyu (32-10). Ryuichi Kishimoto scored 16 points and Evan Ravenel finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks,
Patrick Simon led the HeatDevils (11-31) with 28 points, including six 3-pointers, and 19 rebounds. Tatsuhiko Toshino canned five 3s in a 15-point outing.
Hannaryz 77, Susanoo Magic 71
In Yonago, Shimane Prefecture, Kyoto bounced back from a 29-point Saturday loss to salvage a series split.
Kevin Kotzur had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Hannaryz (32-10) and Tyren Johnson scored 14. Sunao Murakami and Shingo Utsumi each had 11.
Scootie Randall scored 30 points and hauled in 15 rebounds for Shimane (33-11). Josh Davis, who had 22 boards in the series opener, added 14 points and five rebounds, and Jun Abe scored 11 points.
Samuraiz 96, Five Arrows 69
In Okayama, Yuji Ide scored 26 points, Andrew Fitzgerald notched a double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Masato Tsukino dished out seven assists as Kanazawa handed Takamatsu their second loss of the weekend.
Gyno Pomare added 13 points and 10 boards for the Samuraiz (25-19) and Marshall Brown and Yusuke Takamatsu each had 10 points.
Nino Johnson poured in 17 points with 11 rebounds and five steals for the Five Arrows (11-31). Anthony Kent and Shuhei Takada scored 13 points apiece, while Masaaki Suzuki had 11 points and six assists.
Firebonds 87, Broncos 68
In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, LeBryan Nash’s 25-point, 12-rebound performance ignited Fukushima in the series finale.
Nash, the league’s No. 1 scorer (26.0 ppg), added three assists and two steals.
Masaya Karimata chipped in with 21 points, including 5-for-10 shooting from 3-point range and Stephan Van Treese had 19 points and 10 boards. Bingo Merriex added nine points and 10 rebounds for Fukushima (26-16).
Edward Morris had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Saitama (4-38) and Evan Harris scored 10 points.
The Broncos suffered their seventh straight defeat.
Grouses 72, Albirex BB 59
In Toyama, the Grouses dominated at home in a convincing victory over Niigata.
Masashi Joho scored 22 points and collected eight rebounds for East-leading Toyama (30-12). Drew Viney and Ryo Yamazaki scored 12 points apiece and Sam Willard had 11 points and 13 rebounds for coach Bob Nash’s squad, which improved to 18-4 at home.
Niigata (28-16) was held to nine third-quarter points.
The Albirex were 5-for-27 on 3s.
Wayne Arnold, who shot an uncharacteristic 0-for-9 from beyond the arc, had 15 points and Ryan Reid scored 14. Kimitake Sato added 11.