Playing their second overtime contest in as many days, coach Kazuo Nakamura’s club found the energy, focus and smarts to pull out another big win over the pesky Rizing Fukuoka.
On Sunday, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix prevailed 111-105 after staging a big comeback in the fourth quarter of a well-played bj-league series.
The Phoenix (39-5) trailed 73-60 after Fukuoka guard Akitomo Takeno’s basket with 9:46 left in the fourth quarter.
Hamamatsu rallied back, taking an 81-80 lead on a Wayne Arnold field goal with 3:02 to play.
The teams exchanged leads until Phoenix forward Ray Nixon nailed a 3-pointer to tie it at 89-89 with 7 seconds to play. That sent the game into overtime, where the Phoenix scored 22 more points to wrap up another win in Hamamatsu.
Nakamura’s squad converted 15 of 33 3-point attempts, getting four apiece from Jeffrey Parmer (39 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals; a performance that might’ve locked up the MVP award for him) and Wayne Arnold (25 points) and three from both Nixon (12 points) and Masahiro Oguchi (10 points, 3-for-4 from downtown). Dzaflo Laraki aided the Phoenix cause with 14 points and eight boards, while Kenya Tomori matched a season high with six assists.
For Fukuoka (29-19), who entered the series with eight straight wins, Michael Parker finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds, Nile Murry scored 23 and handed out five assists, Abdullahi Kuso added 20 points and 11 boards and Takeno scored 15.
Sunday’s spirited series finale featured 157 shots from the field, 59 free throws and a valuable playoff-like tuneup for both clubs.
Evessa 86, Five Arrows 69
In Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture, Lynn Washington and Billy Knight each scored 16 points and Wayne Marshall poured in 15 as the hosts completed a series sweep over Takamatsu and pulled within a game of first place in the Western Conference with one week remaining in the regular season.
Washington’s stellar game included 15 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Marshall added three blocked shots.
Shota Konno scored 12 points and Kenny Satterfield had 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists as the Evessa improved to 31-17.
Terrance Farley paced Takamatsu (10-36) with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Jeffrey Price scored 13, Masaaki Suzuki had 12 and Satoshi Takada 10.
Hannaryz 93, Golden Kings 79
In Okinawa City, Kibwe Trim’s 20-point, 13-rebound outing and Reggie Warren’s 18-point, 16-rebound effort carried Kyoto to a victory and a series split.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf supplied 17 points and five assists for the Hannaryz’s cause, while Gordon Klaiber scored 12 and Rysouke Setoyama had eight as Kyoto improved to 26-20, including 4-2 vs. Ryukyu.
For the West-leading Golden Kings (32-16), Carlos Dixon was the leading scorer (17 points), followed by David Palmer’s 13, 12 apiece from Shigeyuki Kinjo and Naoto Kosuge and Tsubasa Yonamine’s 11. Former league MVP Jeff Newton was held to five points on 2-for-9 shooting. A day after he scored 24 points on his 28th birthday, Anthony McHenry had six points and four fouls in 18 minutes.
Happinets 75, Grouses 69
In Akita, Sek Henry and Will Graves had 20 points apiece in the hosts’ second win in as many days over Toyama.
Dokun Akingbade notched a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) and Makoto Hasegawa, who turned 40 on April 2, turned back the clock with a 12-point effort.
Henry dished out eight assists for Akita (17-31) and Graves hauled in 10 rebounds.
John Davis led the Grouses (12-30) with 19 points and Jerrell Smith scored 14.
Lakestars 107, Shining Suns 79
In Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, Mikey Marshall did a little bit of everything in a one-sided win over Miyazaki.
The former Texas Tech standout’s 25-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist, six-steal, three-block performance put Shiga (28-20) in the victory column. Gary Hamilton added 10 points, 13 boards and eight assists, while the Lakestars also received ample offensive output from Lamar Rice (15 points), Yu Okada (13), Takamichi Fujiwara (12) and Masashi Joho (10).
For Miyazaki (13-35), Brandon Cole had 28 points and 13 rebounds and Taishiro Shimizu scored 23.
Magic 86, HeatDevils 84
In Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Shimane’s Reggie Golson scored 27 points and Jeral Davis had 17 as the expansion club raised its winning percentage to .500.
Center Will Caudle chipped in with 13 points for the Susanoo Magic, who had seven players with two or more assists, including Takumi Ishizaki and Shoji Nakanishi with four apiece.