Basketball / BJ-League

Davis notches double-double in victorious debut for Sendai

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

Jeral Davis enjoyed a successful debut with the Sendai 89ers on Saturday.

The 216-cm big man produced a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in 21-plus minutes, swatted two shots and helped the Sendai 89ers thump the visiting Bambitious Nara 91-67.

Davis, a Talladega College alum, spent the previous four seasons with the Shimane Susanoo Magic, and got a late start to the current campaign while recovering from a hip injury last season.

“Feels good to get a win my first game back. Just have to thank God for getting me back to doing what I love,” Davis wrote on his Facebook page after the game.

Kejuan Johnson had 20 points to lead Sendai (13-6 overall, 8-3 at home) in that statistical category and Adrian Moss chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds. Wendell White finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Manato Kikuchi had 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting.

Chehales Tapscott and Andre Murray scored 16 points apiece for Nara (5-10). Michael St. John added 12 points, 18 boards and seven assists.

Big Bulls 96, Broncos 59

In Saitama, Iwate crushed the winless Broncos and extended their league-record winning streak to 17 games.

Wayne Arnold had a team-high 26 points and hauled in nine rebounds and Scootie Randall scored 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. Lawrence Blackledge contributed a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) for the Big Bulls (18-1). Shota Onodera had an eight-point night.

The Broncos (0-15) trailed 57-22 at halftime.

Gary Johnson led Saitama with 20 points and 11 boards and Ari Stewart scored 19 points. Koji Nagata had five assists.

The Broncos were held to 19-for-73 shooting (26 percent).

Golden Kings 108, Firebonds 75

In Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, team catalysts Draelon Burns and Anthony McHenry scored 18 points apiece and the defending champions overwhelmed Fukushima.

Ryuichi Kishimoto poured in 14 points for Ryukyu (15-2), which has won nine straight games, and Naoto Kosuge buried all three of his 3-point shots in a vintage 11-point effort. Kibwe Trim had 12 points for the Golden Kings, who put their stamp on the game with a 33-point first quarter.

Ryukyu shot 60.9 percent from inside the arc and drained 12 of 21 3s, with Burns dishing out five assists for the high-octane offense.

Masaya Karimata scored 15 points for the Firebonds (6-13) and Terrance Shannon and Verdell Jones III each had 14.

Phoenix 74, Rizing 65

In Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Mo Charlo’s 19-point effort and Olu Ashaolu’s 18 points guided Hamamatsu Higashimikawa to a road win over the Rizing.

Steady floor leader Nile Murry added 11 points and Masahiro Oguchi and Jermaine Green both scored seven for the Phoenix (14-3).

Former University of Iowa forward Cyrus Tate played his first game for Fukuoka (4-15), He had a game-high 21 points, shooting 7-for-12 from the field and 7-for-7 at the foul line. Teammates Kirk Van Slyke and Josh Peppers added 17 and 12 points, respectively.

Crane Thunders 96, B-Corsairs 63

In Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Gunma chalked up 29 assists, shot 63 percent from 2-point range and trounced injury-depleted Yokohama.

Masanobu Ito sank four 3s in a 16-point effort and five teammates also scored in double figures, including Melvin Ely (15 points), Carlos Dixon (14 points) and Daniel Northern Jr. (13 points, 18 rebounds). Kenya Tomori doled out seven assists.

Warren Niles paced the B-Corsairs (4-15) with 21 points and newcomer Khyle Marshall, who played college ball at Butler University, had 17 points on 6-for-18 shooting with eight rebounds.

Gunma (3-14) out-rebounded the hosts 52-32.

Susanoo Magic 70, Wat’s 60

In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Edward Yamamoto’s 15 points and five assists helped steer the Susanoo Magic to their first home victory of the season.

Bingo Morriex scored 13 points and Joe Chapman and Shuichi Takada added 10 apiece for Shimane (3-16), which has won two in a row.

Aomori (10-9) struggled all game to make shots. The Wat’s were 3-for-14 on 3s, 19-for-51 from inside the arc and 13-for-22 at the line.

Paul Williams and Gyno Pomare had 16 points apiece for the Wat’s, while Kenichi Takahashi added nine. Williams raked in 14 rebounds and Damian Saunders had 13.

Hannaryz 68, HeatDevils 53

In Usa, Oita Prefecture, Reggie Warren had 22 points and 11 rebounds, David Palmer scored 14 points and Kyoto’s defense caused fits for the hosts.

The HeatDevils were held to 34.7 percent shooting on 2s, and point guard Naoto Takushi finished with seven turnovers.

For Kyoto (17-2), Ryan Forehan-Kelly provided 10 points in the win and Takuya Komoda had nine.

Kellen Thornton scored 20 points for Oita (6-11).

Northern Happinets 90, Lakestars 78

In Yokote, Akita Prefecture, Richard Roby scored 28 points and eight Happinets players dished out assists as the offense clicked in a victory over Shiga.

Deshawn Stephens pumped in 19 points and Shigehiro Taguchi canned four 3s in an 18-point outing. Akitomo Takeno and Ruben Boykin both had four assists and Yuto Otsuka and Shoya Uchimura each handed out three.

Trailing 19-13 after the opening quarter, the Happinets (15-4) put 29 points on the board in the second quarter to take a 42-33 advantage entering the second half.

Terrance Woodbury scored 24 points for Shiga (11-4), Jeff Parmer had 16 points and 11 boards and Yu Okada scored 10 points, but was 0-for-8 from 3-point range.

The Lakestars shot 4-for-25 from beyond the arc.

Shiga big man Chris Holm pulled down 14 rebounds.

Evessa 88, Cinq Reves 57

In Hachioji, Osaka outscored the hosts 38-17 in the second and fourth quarters and turned the ball over just three times in a runaway victory to complete a series sweep.

Jon Kreft had 23 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals for the Evessa (13-7), Josh Dollard contributed 19 points and 13 rebounds and Shota Konno was 7-for-8 shooting in an 18-point effort with four steals.

Seth Tarver had 17 points for Osaka and Shunki Hatakeyama finished with eight points and six assists.

Yuji Ide led Tokyo (4-16) with 13 points and Will Foster, Jemal Farmer and Kenji Kanai had 10 points apiece.

Albirex BB 101, Five Arrows 83

In Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, Thomas Kennedy scored a season-high 29 points and Shuhei Komatsu made six 3s to account for all but two of his 20 points as the Albirex sent Takamatsu to its fifth straight loss.

Yuichi Ikeda had 17 points, Patrick Sullivan scored 14 and Russell Carter sparked the offense with 10 points and eight assists.

Niigata (10-9) converted 13 of 24 3-pointers.

Dexter Lyons had 28 points for the Five Arrows (7-12) and Justin Watts scored 27. B.J. Puckett, the team’s leading scorer, is sidelined with a sprained knee ligament. He’s expected to be back in the lineup in three weeks, the team announced.

Brave Warriors 87, Grouses 72

In Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, Patrick Sanders had 35 points to lead Shinshu to a victory over East rival Toyama.

DeVaughn Washington finished with 13 points and Carl Hall added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Brave Warriors (6-9). Takato Saito supplied five assits.

Takeshi Mito scored 16 points with six assists for the Grouses (14-5), who were 9-for-22 at the charity stripe. Tatsunori Fujie had 15 points and Sam Willard contributed 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Evessa 84, Cinq Reves 65 (Friday’s game)

In Hachioji, Seth Tarver scored 20 points, Josh Dollard had 18 and three teammates also reach double figures in points as Osaka routed the hosts.

Jon Kreft poured in 16 points for the Evessa, who outscored Tokyo 26-13 in the fourth quarter.

Jemal Farmer paced the Cinq Reves with 20 points, knocking down four 3s, and Yuji Ide had 18.