Through all the ups and downs since the Sendai 89ers joined the bj-league for its inaugural season in 2005, Hikaru Kusaka has been a part of the Tohoku team.

Sendai has had a shaky start, losing four of five games entering Sunday’s series finale against the host Toyama Grouses. But Kusaka, a three-time All-Star, and the 89ers found a way to bounce back with a victory, topping Toyama 90-69.

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