• The Japan Times

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Gary Hamilton’s all-around dominant play (20 points, 27 rebounds, eight assists) and Lamar Rice’s 24-point performance sparked the Shiga Lakestars to a 99-73 road win over the Oita HeatDevils on Monday in the bj-league.

The Lakestars blew away Oita in the fourth quarter, putting 38 points on the board and holding the hosts to 17 points.

Mikey Marshall scored 16 points and Yu Okada had 10 for Shiga (8-3), which took over sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.

Taj Finger paced the HeatDevils (5-6) with 24 points and 12 boards and Kimitake Sato added 14.

The HeatDevils, who played before a meager crowd of 505 fans, were 6-for-22 from 3-point range. Oita has struggled from 3-point range all season.

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