Guard Joe Chapman was an important acquisition for the Shimane Susanoo Magic during the offseason. An experienced veteran, the 30-year-old Marquette University alum has been a key on-court leader for the revamped Western Conference squad.

When he has big games, his team usually follows with quality performances.

Case in point: Chapman scored a game-high 26 points on Sunday, guiding the Susanoo Magic to an 83-80 win over the Oita HeatDevils and a series sweep.

He had 30 points a day earlier in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, and ended the weekend 9-for-17 from 3-point range.

Chapman’s shooting ability and on-court confidence have sparked his team’s rise. After a dreadful 1-16 start that saw head coach Reggie Hanson lose his job and Tomohiro Moriyama replace him on Nov. 9, Shimane (16-26 overall) has found a way to make a steady climb in the bj-league standings.

The Susanoo Magic now sit in sixth place in the 10-team Western Conference.

Shimane’s Wesley Witherspoon added 17 points for the hosts, including 11-for-14 at the free-throw line. Edward Yamamoto poured in 12 points and Tatsuhiro Yokoo had 10.

For Oita (15-27), six players scored in double figures, led by Kellen Thornton and Todd O’Brien with 13 apiece. Demetri McCamey and Kazuya Hatano both had 12.

Rizing 73, Bambitious 67

In Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, Josh Peppers and Cyrus Tate notched double-doubles and balanced scoring helped Fukuoka secure a series split.

Peppers had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Rizing (11-31), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Tate finished with 17 points and 11 boards, Keisuke Takabatake poured in 14 points, Cohey Aoki had 12 and John Humphrey seven.

The Rizing out-rebounded the Bambitious 48-45. They sank 15 of 17 free throws.

For Nara (12-30), Chehales Tapscott score 29 points and Michael St. John chipped in with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Tatsuya Suzuki dished out 12 assists with one turnover.

Albirex BB 91, B-Corsairs 81

In Yokohama, Kimitake Sato and Russell Carter combined for 42 points to ignite the Niigata offense in a bounce-back win over the hosts.

Sato canned four 3s in a 23-point, seven-assist effort, while Carter drained five 3s in his 19-point afternoon.

Thomas Kennedy scored 14 points for the Albirex (27-15).

Carl Hall had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Yokohama (11-29) and Warren Niles scored 20 points. Kenji Yamada had 11 points and six assists, with Dzaflo Larkai and Wayne Marshall each putting 10 points on the board.

89ers 87, Crane Thunders 72

In Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, Jeral Davis scored 23 points on 10-for-13 shooting and blocked five shots as Sendai rolled to its sixth straight victory.

Davis had four dunks in the rout. Frontcourt mate Wendell White chipped in with 12 points, eight boards and seven assists. Kejuan Johnson and Adrian Moss both scored 15 points.

Carlos Dixon paced Gunma with 21 points. Melvin Ely and Daniel Northern Jr. both contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for the Crane Thunders (15-25), and Masashi Obuchi added seven points and six assists.

Firebonds 91, Broncos 77

In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Masaya Karimata’s 23-point, seven-assist performance helped Fukushima earn its second win in as many days over the Broncos.

James Hughes chipped in with 21 points and eight rebounds for the Firebonds, a first-year franchise. Edward Morris added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Verdell Jones III had 15 points and five assists.

Nyika Williams led Saitama (4-36) with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Gary Johnson and Koji Nagata had 18 and 16 points, respectively.

Lakestars 76, Hannaryz 62

In Kyoto, Shiga dominated the second and third quarters en route to a triumph over its Kansai rival.

The Lakestars (25-15) outscored the hosts 48-26 in the middle two periods.

Shiga’s Yu Okada scored 26 points and collected four steals, Terrance Woodbury had 23 points and Chris Holm added 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Ryan Forehan-Kelly led Kyoto (35-7) with 15 points, Reggie Warren had 13 points and eight rebounds and Shingo Utsumi scored 12 points in the loss.

The Hannaryz were held to 31 percent shooting from 2-point range.

Golden Kings 67, Five Arrows 55

In Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, the reigning champions took a 24-point lead into the fourth quarter and improved to 19-3 at home this season.

Sharpshooter Ryuichi Kishimoto paced Ryukyu (35-7) with 18 points and Kibwe Trim had 11 points and nine rebounds. Rookie Shota Tsuyama poured in 10 points in 12-plus minutes and Anthony McHenry contributed eight points, 10 boards and five assists.

Justin Watts had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Takamatsu (11-31), which has dropped its last three games. Hiroyuki Kikuchi and Andrais Thornton scored 10 points apiece.

The Five Arrows shot 20-for-60 from the floor.

Phoenix 73, Evessa 65

In Osaka, MVP candidate Mo Charlo delivered a 22-point, nine-rebound, seven-assist effort for Hamamatsu in the series finale.

The Phoenix (34-8) completed the two-game sweep, getting 18 points from Nile Murry and 12 from Shinnosuke Oishi. Olu Ashaolu energized the Hamamatsu defense with four steals.

Takuya Soma had 16 points for Osaka (23-19 overall, 9-11 home) and Seth Tarver supplied 15 points and 12 rebounds. Gary Hamilton added 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Northern Happinets 101, Cinq Reves 60

In Akita, coach Makoto Hasegawa’s squad ran its offense with the precision of a high-performance sports car.

The Eastern Conference-leading Northern Happinets (34-8) dished out 29 assists against nine turnovers. They buried 13 of 25 3s.

Akita outscored Tokyo 64-32 in the second half.

Shigehiro Taguchi had 18 points and Richard Roby finished with 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Yuto Otsuka and Deshawn Stephens both scored 16 points, the latter also hauled in 15 rebounds. Ruben Boykin supplied 10 points and seven assists for the hosts.

Zane Knowles paced the Cinq Reves (5-35) with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Yuji Ide scored 13 and Will Foster had eight points and 13 boards.

Wat’s 84, Brave Warriors 65

In Fujisaki, Aomori Prefecture, excellent rebounding played a pivotal role for the hosts, who salvaged a series split against Shinshu.

The Wat’s pulled down 54 rebounds and limited the Brave Warriors to 38.

Aomori big man Paul Williams had a team-high 15 rebounds along with 12 points. Gyno Pomare scored 16 points and snatched eight rebounds and three steals. Gordon Klaiber had 13 points and Yuki Kitamuki nine for the Wat’s (21-21).

Mohamed Abukar was the high scorer for Shinshu (18-22), finishing with 27 points. Terrance Jennings added 13 points and 10 boards.

Grouses 81, Big Bulls 79

In Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, in a clash of Eastern Conference heavyweights, Toyama emerged victorious for the second straight day.

Takeshi Mito and Sam Willard both scored 19 points for the Grouses (29-13), Jamelle Horne had 11 and Tatsunori Fujie and Joe Werner both poured in 10. On a day when his shot was off the mark (2-for-12, five points), 2013-14 regular-season MVP Masashi Joho contributed four steals and three assists.

Lawrence Blackledge had a game-high 28 points with 11 rebounds for Iwate (33-9) and Scootie Randall scored 17 points. Masato Tsukino added 15.

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