Playing on the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Sendai 89ers gave their rabid Tohoku fans a heart-warming 73-65 victory to savor, and they salvaged a series split on Sunday in the bj-league.

Johnny Dukes poured in 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting and Dan Fitzgerald added 19 points as the fifth-place 89ers improved to 19-19 and completed a four-game road trip in Kyushu.

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