Kejuan Johnson, the bj-league’s 2014-15 regular-season MVP while playing for the Sendai 89ers, delivered a big, bold reminder of his talent and impact on Saturday night.
Now an integral part of the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s lineup, Johnson had team-high totals in points (20), rebounds (10) and assists (five) in a 65-57 victory over the Kyoto Hannaryz.
Toshifumi Kawamitsu chipped in with 12 points and Reggie Warren and DeAngelo Kirkland both had nine for the Phoenix (30-13) in Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture.
Tyren Johnson paced the Hannaryz (32-11) with 13 points and dished out five assists. Moses Ehambe and Koki Yabuuchi scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Kevin Kotzur grabbed 12 rebounds.
In a defensive battle, neither team scored more than 18 points in any of the four quarters.
Evessa 77, Bambitious 65
In Osaka, Takuya Soma buried 7 of 12 3-point attempts en route to a team-best 25 points and Lawrence Blackledge added 24 points as the hosts defeated Nara.
DeAngelo Hamilton finished with seven points, 11 rebounds and five assists for Osaka (31-14). Shun Watanuki scored eight points.
Soma and Narito Namizato both handed out five assists for the Evessa. Shota Konno registered five steals.
For the Bambitious (15-30), Julius Ashby had 25 points and 13 rebounds. Jumpei Honda and Josh Ritchart scored 13 points apiece.
Tatsuya Suzuki, the league leader in assists (6.8 per game), was held to three assists. He finished with seven turnovers.
HeatDevils 98, Five Arrows 84
In Shikokuchuo, Ehime Prefecture, Chehales Tapscott’s 34-point, 10-rebound, six-steal performance sparked the hosts to their second victory in as many days over Takamatsu.
Patrick Simon scored 17 points for Oita Ehime (13-31).
Anthony Kent led Takamatsu (11-33) with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Jarvis Williams contributed 24 points and 12 boards and Shuichi Takada sank a trio of 3-pointers in an 11-point effort.
The Five Arrows yielded 35 first-quarter points and faced a 16-point hole entering the second period.
Golden Kings 98, Lakestars 86
In Tomigusuku, Okinawa Prefecture, Ryukyu’s Draelon Burns was the high scorer with 24 points and four teammates also reached double figures in points in a well-rounded win over Shiga.
Trailing 23-15 after the first quarter, the Golden Kings (33-10) outscored the visitors 33-16 in the second quarter to gain control of the game.
Ryuichi Kishimoto added 17 points and seven assists for the hosts, Anthony McHenry poured in 16 points, Shigeyuki Kinjo had 12 and Evan Ravenel added 10 with 14 rebounds.
Julian Mavunga scored 17 points for Shiga (30-13). Jeff Parmer had 16 points and 11 boards for the Lakestars and Yutaka Yokoe and Yu Okda both scored 14.
Ryukyu held Okada to 1-for-8 shooting from 3-point range.
Big Bulls 79, Grouses 71
In Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture, the hosts sealed the victory at the free-throw line in the series opener against Toyama.
The Big Bulls converted 14 of 16 shots from the line, including Abdullahi Kuso’s 5-for-5.
Kuso finished with 17 points and 18 rebounds plus three assists and a blocks. Teammate Alandise Harris added 19 points. Hayato Kantake scored 13 for Iwate (25-18) and Tatsunori Fujie had 12.
Duke Crews paced the Grouses (30-13) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sam Willard had 14 points and Masashi Joho and Takeshi Mito scored 13 and 12, respectively.
89ers 101, Wat’s 86
In Sendai, Terrance Shannon had 30 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and Wendell White supplied 29 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists as the 89ers prevailed against Aomori.
Shannon and White combined for 24 of the 89ers’ 35 baskets from inside the arc.
Takehiko Shimura added 12 points and Fumiya Sato had 11 for Sendai (32-13).
Nile Murry led the Wat’s (20-25) with 37 points on 13-for-20 shooting. Jesse Perry had 15 points and Makoto Sawaguchi scored 11 off the bench.
Firebonds 73, B-Corsairs 67
In Fukushima, guard Masaya Karimata put 21 points on the board as the Firebonds outplayed Yokohama in the series opener.
Le’Bryan Nash scored 19 points and dished out five assists for Fukushima (27-16). Big man Stephan Van Treese added nine points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
Carl Hall had 21 points and nine rebounds for the B-Corsairs (18-27) and Jordan Henriquez-Roberts added 16 points and 18 rebounds. Masayuki Kabaya had 13 points.
Yokohama shot 4-for-16 from beyond the arc.
Albirex BB 91, Cinq Reves 63
In Seiro, Niigata Prefecture, Wayne Arnold knocked down six 3-pointers in a 24-point night and Ryan Reid had 18 points as the hosts mauled Tokyo.
Kimitake Sato scored 13 points and Faye Pape Mour and Ryota Kato added 10 apiece for the Albirex (29-16).
Andre Murray was the high scorer for the Cinq Reves, finishing with 21 points.
Tokyo (1-40) extended its losing streak to 34 games.
Brave Warriors 90, Crane Thunders 64
In Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, Xavier Gibson had 28 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks as Shinshu routed Gunma.
Joe Wolfinger and Sho Uesugi chipped in with 13 points apiece for the Brave Warriors (22-23) and Mike Bell notched a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds). Yosuke Saito doled out eight assists.
Thomas Kennedy scored 27 points for the Crane Thunders (19-24). Gary Hamilton was the team leader in rebounds (14).
Gunma missed 21 of 24 3-point shots.
Northern Happinets 88, Broncos 65
In Saitama, Ray Turner’s 21-point, 13-rebound performance ignited Akita in a win over the hosts.
Richard Roby scored 14 points and Scott Morrison and Noriyuki Sugasawa had 11 apiece for the Northern Happinets (28-15).
Seth Tarver paced the Broncos (4-39) with 21 points.
Samuraiz 81, Susanoo Magic 64
In Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, Andrew Fitzgerald’s game-high 25 points guided the hosts past Shimane.
Masato Tsukino had 18 points and five assists for the Samuraiz (26-19). Teammate Gyno Pomare contributed 13 points, 10 boards and four blocks.
Scootie Randall had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Susanoo Magic (33-12) and Naoto Takushi and Tatsuhiro Yokoo both scored 10 points. Josh Davis grabbed 17 rebounds.
Rizing 91, Lightning 76
In Yamaguchi, Fukuoka’s balanced scoring carried the team past struggling Hiroshima to complete a series sweep.
Joseph Taylor had 18 points and 14 rebounds and four teammates also scored in double figures, including Satoshi Ishitani (14 points).
The Rizing (16-30) out-rebounded the Lightning 56-36.
Hiroshima (1-41) lost its 36th straight game.