Michael Parker’s business card should have a simple title below his name.
It ought to say “professional scorer.”
Parker’s scoring prowess is a major component of the Rizing Fukuoka’s success this season, including Sunday’s 84-79 home win over the Oita HeatDevils.
Parker had a team-high 29 points and 14 rebounds in the series finale as the Rizing (22-14) completed a weekend sweep. In Saturday’s contest, the bj-league’s reigning scoring champion had 41 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
Kohei Mitomo, Marlyn Bryant and Thiago Cordeiro each scored 13 points apiece for Fukuoka, the Western Conference’s second-place team. Mitomo deftly dished out seven assists and Tsuyoshi Kawazura handed out six.
For Oita (16-22), Mike Bell scored 28 points and Matt Lottich had 21. Ricky Woods, who scored a league-record 52 points on Feb. 28, missed his second straight game with an ankle sprain.
Elsewhere Sunday, the Shiga Lakestars extended their winning streak to four games, beating the Tokyo Apache 86-77 in Yokohama.
Masashi Joho paced Shiga (20-18) with 17 points. Newcomer Mikey Marshall had 16 in his second game with the Lakestars. Gary Hamilton finished with 14 points and 19 rebounds, while center Ray Schafer scored 13 and had a team-high six assists. Takamichi Fujiwara also scored 13.
In a showdown of the league’s top two teams, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix beat the host Ryukyu Golden Kings 74-66 to earn a series split.
Hamamatsu’s 14-for-16 effort at the free-throw line sealed the win.
Wayne Arnold led the Phoenix (29-7) with 18 points and Wendell White scored 17, including 9-for-10 at the line, and pulled down 12 boards.
Jason Klotz scored 21 points and raked in 13 rebounds and Nile Murry added 18 points and seven assists in the Osaka Evessa’s 86-68 road win over the Toyama Grouses.
Osaka (20-16) canned 7 of 12 3-point shots. Conversely, the Grouses (13-21) had a horrendous shooting game, going 4-for-22 on 3s, 22-for-60 from inside the arc and 12-for-27 at the line.
Veteran forward Kirby Lemons’ 23-point, 22-rebound, three-block, two-steal effort sparked the Saitama Broncos to a 93-61 home win over the Takamatsu Five Arrows.
Mario Jointer added 16 points for Saitama, which improved to 13-21.
Antonio Burks’ 21-point performance and Tyrone Levett’s 18-point afternoon guided the Niigata Albirex BB to an 80-71 road win over the Kyoto Hannaryz.
The Abirex (18-18) secured a series split by making 24 of 30 free throws.