Basketball / BJ-League

Toyama earns road sweep against Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

Led by newcomer Keyon Carter’s 20-point performance and Masashi Joho’s 15 points, the visiting Toyama Grouses defeated the Tokyo Cinq Reves 77-71 on Monday to complete a series sweep.

The Grouses, the reigning Eastern Conference regular-season bj-league champion, held Tokyo to nine fourth-quarter points and improved to 3-1.

Carter, an Old Dominion product, shot 9-for-12 from the field. Joho drained 3 of 7 3-pointers. Takeshi Mito and Joe Werner each scored 11 points, the latter adding nine rebounds and two steals. Tatsunori Fujie poured in eight points in Hachioji, Tokyo Prefecture.

Jemal Farmer and Will Foster scored 18 points apiece for Tokyo (2-2). Foster, a former Gonzaga University player, had seven dunks along with eight rebounds.

Farmer, a University of Arkansas alum, struggled from the perimeter, missing nine of 11 3-point attempts. He was 6-for-7 at the foul line and dished out five assists.

Cinq Reves guard Yuji Ide added 16 points and six assists, and Michael Hart finished with 14 rebounds, including seven offensive boards.

Tokyo took a 24-13 lead into the second quarter, but the visitors stayed poised and finished the game strong.

After the game, Grouses coach Bob Nash, in his third season at the helm, credited Tokyo for a “great start,” but the former NBA forward said that his team’s strong rebounding (47-44 advantage) and overall teamwork contributed to the victory.

Toyama won the series opener by a 79-70 score on Sunday.

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In the paint: The regular season resumes with a pair of games on Friday: Fukushima Firebonds vs. Akita Northern Happinets and Kyoto Hannaryz vs. Bambitious Nara. … Guard forward John “Helicopter” Humphrey, who starred for the Tokyo Apache and Saitama Broncos in two bj-league stints (2005-09 and 2011-14) has left the Iraq Premier League’s Nift Al-Janoub before the regular season tips off. The team wanted him to play point guard, which is not his preferred position. Humphrey has returned to the United States and is looking for a new team to join.