Basketball / BJ-League

Takamatsu snaps 14-game losing streak

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

The Takamatsu Five Arrows collected their first victory since Nov. 16 on Saturday, topping the visiting Rizing Fukuoka 88-86.

Takamatsu (8-21) ended a 14-game slide in the bj-league.

The Five Arrows had the game’s highest scoring quarter by either team in the final stanza (30 points), and they held the Rizing to 20 points over the last 10 minutes to secure the victory.

Fukuoka led 66-58 entering the fourth quarter.

Andrais Thornton, who was 4-for-4 from 3-point land, paced the Five Arrows with 23 points and eight rebounds. He was one of five Takamatsu players with two steals; the others were Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Dexter Lyons, B.J. Puckett and Tsubasa Yonezawa.

Lyons added 19 points, Puckett scored 13 and Koki Yabuuchi had 10 with five assists.

Josh Peppers scored 30 points and dished out seven assists for the Rizing (7-22), who sit in last place in the 10-team Western Conference. Kirk Van Slyke had 18 points and nine rebounds, Rintaro Tokunaga poured in 13 points and handed out six assists and Cyrus Tate chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

It was Joe Bryant’s third game in charge since taking over as Fukuoka head coach. The Rizing are 1-2 in that span.

Grouses 93, Broncos 74

In Toyama, center Sam Willard’s 24-point, 21-rebound performance and Masashi Joho’s 23 points guided the Grouses to their eighth straight win.

Joe Warner finished with 18 points and 11 boards for Toyama (22-7) and Takeshi Mito added 14 points.

Gary Johnson and Ari Stewart had 18 and 17 points, respectively, for Saitama (1-28).

89ers 83, Albirex BB 80 (OT)

In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, Sendai calmly made 22 of 25 free throws and outlasted the Albirex in overtime.

Kejuan Johnson was the 89ers’ high scorer with 21 points and Wendell White supplied 18 points and nine rebounds. Takehiko Shimura had 12 points, five assists and three steals, and Fumiya Sato scored nine points for Sendai (19-10).

Niigata’s Thomas Kennedy put 33 points on the board, including six 3s. He had seven rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocks. Kimitake Sato buried four 3s for all of his 12 points. and Patrick Sullivan notched a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds). Yuichi Ikeda dished out seven assists.

The teams combined for 61 3-point attempts.

B-Corsairs 69, Wat’s 58

In Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Carl Hall had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Warren Niles and Masayuki Kabaya both poured in 12 points for Yokohama against second-year club Aomori.

Kabaya led all players with nine assists, and teammate Wayne Marshall finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 18-plus productive minutes.

The B-Corsairs (7-22) have won back-to-back games for the first time since their fourth and fifth contests of the season in October.

Yuki Kitamuki scored a team-best 15 points for the Wat’s (15-14) and Gyno Pomare had 11 points and 14 boards.

Aomori coach Koju Munakata used 13 players in the game.

HeatDevils 82, Phoenix 74

In Hamamatsu, Todd O’Brien’s 28 points and 16 rebounds guided Oita past the Phoenix.

Demetri McCamey added 18 points and Kellen Thornton scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the HeatDevils (10-19).

Oita held Hamamatsu (24-5) to 11-for-37 shooting from inside the arc.

Nile Murry had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Phoenix and Jermaine Green added 21 points and 13 boards. Olu Ashaolu had an 11-point night and Masahiro Oguchi scored seven points.

Golden Kings 75, Lakestars 54

In Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, Anthony McHenry delivered 18 points and 14 rebounds as the reigning champions pounded the Lakestars.

Narito Namizato scored 10 points and Draelon Burns and Anthony Kent each had eight for the Western Conference-leading Golden Kings (25-4), who pulled a game ahead of Hamamatsu in the standings.

Kent added three steals and two blocks. Teammate Hiromasa Omiya also blocked shots.

Shigeyuki Kinjo and Naoto Kosuge both had seven points for Ryukyu, which outscored Shiga 28-7 in the third quarter.

Ray Nixon and Jeff Parmer were the Lakestars’ top scorers (11 points apiece) and Yutaka Yokoe had 10.

Shiga (18-9) was 3-for-23 from 3-point range and 14-for-41 inside the arc.

Ex-Golden King Terrance Woodbury, who’s averaging 18.0 points a game, was held to six points on 2-for-12 shooting, and Yu Okada had four points and was 1-for-12 from the field.

Bambitious 85, Susanoo Magic 84

In Nara, Chehales Tapscott’s 25-point, 12-rebound night, Michael St. John’s 20-point, 10-rebound effort and Tatsuya Suzuki’s 17 assists powered the hosts past Shimane.

Ryo Yamazaki scored 13 points and Taishi Kasahara pumped in 12 points for Nara (10-19).

Suzuki’s assist total broke the league record of 16 set by Kevin Galloway of Hamamatsu on Nov. 4, 2012, against the now-defunct Miyazaki Shining Suns.

Joe Chapman had 23 points for the Susanoo Magic (9-20), including 5-for-6 from long range. Bingo Morriex scored 15 points, Satoshi Kawai added 13 points and Isiah Brown had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Wesley Witherspoon and Jun Abe both handed out five assists.

Hannaryz 70, Evessa 58

In Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto held the hosts to 36.2 percent shooting from inside the arc and 24 second-half points.

The Hannaryz (24-5) made 23 of 40 shots (57.5 percent) from 2-point range.

David Palmer paced Kyoto with 15 points and Kevin Kotzur scored 14, Reggie Warren had 11, Ryan Forehan-Kelly added 10 and Shun Watanuki contributed nine in the first meeting between the Kansai rivals this season.

Shota Konno, who was 3-for-3 from 3-point range, led Osaka (17-12) with 17 points. Seth Tarver added 14 points and Takuya Soma and Shunki Hatakeyama both scored nine.

In the past three games, Konno has drained 11 of 15 3-point attempts.

Big Bulls 91, Crane Thunders 74

In Ninohe, Iwate Prefecture, Lawrence Blackledge scored 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots to energize the Big Bulls in a victory over Gunma.

Scootie Randall added 23 points, including 10-for-10 at the free-throw line, for Iwate (24-5). Jun Nakanishi had nine points, while Masato Tsukino and Shota Onodera both scored seven.

The Crane Thunders (9-18) led 41-40 at halftime.

The Big Bulls took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 29-15.

Marcus Morrison and Carlos Dixon had 15 points apiece and Melvin Ely scored 14 for Gunma. Kenya Tomori finished with eight points.

Northern Happinets 90, Firebonds 66

In Akita, sharpshooter Shigehiro Taguchi was 10-for-13 from the floor in a season-high 27-point performance and Richard Roby contributed 20 points as the hosts trounced Fukushima.

Ruben Boykin added 10 points and seven rebounds with four assists. Veteran post player Travon Bryant, a 31-year-old University of Missouri product, had nine points and seven boards in his first game in an Akita uniform.

Akitomo Takeno chipped in with seven points and four assists for the Northern Happinets (26-5).

Akita was in front 55-34 at intermission.

Verdell Jones III paced Fukushima (9-20) with 25 points, Shinya Murakami scored 10, Masaya Karimata nine and Terrance Shannon and Takumi Masuko eight.

The Happinets controlled the glass and out-rebounded the Firebonds 52-37.