The Kyoto Hannaryz have had an up-and-down season. They also have the league’s reigning MVP, Wendell White, to provide inspiration and all-around excellence at any time.
On Sunday, White notched a triple double — 29 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists, as well as two steals and two blocks — in the Hannaryz’s 105-84 home triumph over the Shiga Lakestars.
Kyoto enters the All-Star break with a 13-13 record and sits in fifth place in the bj-league’s ultra-tough Western Conference.
Kibwe Trim added 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting and 14 rebounds for the Hannaryz and Sunao Murakami scored 17 and had six assists. Naoto Nakamura scored 16, including four 3-pointers, and Taizo Kawabe added 12.
Mikey Marshall scored a team-high 24 points for Shiga (16-10), which won the series opener. Masashi Joho poured in 21 points, Lamar Rice had 13 and Yu Okada 10. The Lakestars hurt their opportunity to win by shooting 10-for-21 at the charity stripe.
Broncos 79, Evessa 77
In Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Kenny Satterfield’s 31 points and seven assists and Gordon Klaiber’s 14 points and 13 rebounds helped the hosts win their seventh straight game.
Backup center Bruce Brown continued his inspired play of late, scoring nine points along with 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists in nearly 18 minutes on the court.
Daiki Terashita and Kazuya Hatano each scored eight points for Saitama (11-15). Hatano, an All-Star forward, added eight rebounds and four assists.
The Broncos led 65-64 after three quarters.
Saitama’s Bobby Nash scored the game’s last point on a free throw with 4 seconds remaining. The Evessa then called a timeout to draw up a final play, but Billy Knight’s 3-pointer was off the mark and the Western Conference leaders dropped their fourth straight game.
Wayne Marshall paced Osaka (17-8) with 25 points, while Knight and Lawrence Blackledge each had 16 points. Blackledge had 14 rebounds, five assists and two blocks while playing an expanded role for the short-handed Evessa. Knight added 12 rebounds, but committed six turnovers.
Albirex BB 72, HeatDevils 62
In Niigata, Zach Andrews’ 18-point, 20-rebound effort helped the hosts complete a two-game sweep against Oita.
Julius Ashby added 14 points, Shuhei Komatsu scored 11 and Willie Veasley had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals for Niigata (13-11) before a packed house of 3,110.
For Oita (12-16), Rolando Howell was the top scorer, finishing with 14 points and 10 boards. Taj Finger and Matt Lottich added 11 points apiece.
The HeatDevils were 7-for-17 at the free-throw line. The Albirex made 18 of 30 foul shots.
Phoenix 107, Five Arrows 80
In Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, Hamamatsu Higashimikawa closed out the first half of the season with another sweep, improving to 24-2 by clobbering lowly Takamatsu.
Kazutoshi Ota and Dzaflo Larkai led the Phoenix with 15 points apiece and Ray Nixon and Jeffrey Parmer each contributed 13. Jermaine Dixon scored 11 and handed out nine assists for Hamamatsu, which made 61.1 percent of its 2-point shots.
Terrance Farley paced the Five Arrows (6-18) with 19 points and Jeffrey Price scored 18. Satoshi Takeda had a 15-point effort in the loss.
Susanoo Magic 84, Grouses 75
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Edward Yamamoto, who’s averaging 2.2 points per game, came off the bench and sparked the hosts with 15 points and Jeral Davis added 14 points, nine rebounds and six blocks in a sweep over the Grouses.
Reggie Golson had 13 points, Takumi Ishizaki scored 12 and dished out a game-high seven assists and Forrest Ray Fisher III chipped in with 10 points for Shimane (11-15).
Brian Harper scored 17 points for Toyama (7-17).
The Grouses were 2-for-15 from 3-point range.
Rizing 115, Happinets 90
In Fukuoka, Michael Parker’s 40-point outburst and Thiago Cordeiro’s 22-point, 11-rebound effort carried the Rizing to a one-sided win, and the hosts salvaged a series split.
Nile Murry scored 19 and Jun Nakanishi and Akitomo Takeno each had 11 for Fukuoka (16-12).
Parker played 38-plus minutes, tying his season low in that category. It was his fourth game of 40 or more points this season. He was 11-for-20 on 2s, 4-for-6 on 3s and 6-for-7 at the line. He leads the league with 28.6 points per game. Osaka’s Lynn Washington is No. 2 at 21.2
For Akita (9-17), Sek Henry scored 27, Dokun Akingbade had a double-double (19 points, 14 boards), Paul Butorac added 15 and Antonio Burks had 11. Teenager Makoto Sawaguchi added nine points in 21 minutes off the bench.
Golden Kings 98, 89ers 96 (OT)
In Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, Ryukyu outlasted Sendai in overtime, bouncing back from a loss on Saturday.
In the well-played series, the two games were decided by a combined five points.
Georgia Tech product Anthony McHenry and Carlos Dixon led the Golden Kings with 18 points apiece in the series finale and Tsubasa Yonamine netted 17, while Shigeyuki Kinjo scored 16, including 8-for-8 at the foul line. Jeff Newton finished with 11 points and 10 boards and Yasufumi Takushi added 10 points for the Golden Kings (15-11).
Mac Hopson was Sendai’s top scorer with 28 points, followed by Chris Holm’s 25 and Mike Bell’s 22 and Kenichi Takahashi’s 13. Holm raked in 15 rebounds and Bell had 14.
The 89ers fell to 15-9.
Holm’s free throw tied it at 88-88 with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.
In OT, McHenry scored the first basket at the 4:49 mark, and Ryukyu led the rest of the way.
Apache 89, Shining Suns 74
In Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture, balanced scoring and sharp ball movement propelled Tokyo to its second win over the hosts in as many days.
The Apache, led by Jumpei Nakama’s 20-point outing, had 24 assists on 38 baskets. Byron Eaton, who scored 17, led the team with six assists and Nakama and Cohey Aoki each had five. Aoki added 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting, while Robert Swift scored 14 and Michael Chappell had 10.
Tokyo (10-8) plays host to Takamatsu on Tuesday and Wednesday at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 in the league’s final games before the All-Star break. Apache coach Bob Hill will serve as the Eastern Conference’s coach in the league’s fifth annual midseason showcase.
For the expansion Shining Suns (7-19), Elijah Palmer led the way with 20 points. Jackie Manuel and Brandon Cole had 16 apiece and Taishiro Shimizu scored 11.
Osaka forward Lynn Washington and Kyoto guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf served one-game suspension on Sunday, the league announced.
Washington, the league’s second-leading scorer, was handed a one-game ban for destroying a container in the team locker room after the Evessa’s 12-point road loss on Saturday.
Abdul-Rauf was punished for a punching foul against Shiga’s Takamichi Fujiwara at the 2:19 mark of the second quarter on Saturday.
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