Sunday’s bj-league competition highlighted the two-time reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s standard of excellence — a 100-86 win over the host Chiba Jets that improved their record to 29-13 — as they became the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff berth this season.

On Sunday, the Takamatsu Five Arrows’ atrocious season also grabbed the spotlight. The Five Arrows (2-38) lost their 13th consecutive game, a 109-64 decision to the visiting Rizing Fukuoka.

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