Basketball / BJ-League

89ers heap more misery on Cinq Reves

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

The Sendai 89ers hammered the visiting Tokyo Cinq Reves on Saturday night, recording a 108-52 victory.

The 89ers took a 28-14 lead into the second quarter and piled on the points as the game progressed.

Tokyo, which lost 47 of 52 games last season, trailed 93-41 entering the final period.

Led by Wendell White’s 18-point, 19-rebound effort and Masaharu Kataoka’s 16 points, seven Sendai players scored in double figures. Takehiko Shimura added 13 points, eight assists and four steals, while Jamal Boykin chipped in with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Cinq Reves had more turnovers (25) than field goals (22). Chihiro Sawagashira paced Tokyo with 13 points.

In their first three games of the new season, the Cinq Reves have lost by 43, 33 and 57 points in succession.

Evessa 85, Bambitious 48

In Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, Lawrence Blackledge’s 19-point effort and Narito Namizato’s eight assists sparked Osaka in a runaway victory over the hosts.

Yutaro Nishi contributed 16 points for the Evessa, Olu Ashaolu delivered a 13-point, 13-rebound performance and Naoki Hashimoto had 11 points.

Josh Ritchert led Nara with 12 points and Taishi Kasahara had nine.

The Bambitious were held to 19-for 60 shooting.

Big Bulls 87, Broncos 55

In Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, balanced scoring carried the hosts past Saitama.

Big man Abdullahi Kuso paced the Big Bulls with 16 points and 10 rebounds and shared the team lead in steals (four) with Isamu Omori. James Siakam added 14 points and Shota Onodera drained three 3-pointers in a 13-point effort.

Iwate out-rebounded the visitors 56-37.

The Broncos trailed 25-6 after the opening quarter and never recovered.

Saitama’s Mitsuhiro Yamezaki scored a team-high 16 points.

Firebonds 76, Grouses 73

In Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, newcomer Le’Bryan Nash scored 31 points, topping the 30-point plateau for the third time in as many games, and Stephan Van Treese added 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the hosts to a narrow win over Toyama in their home opener.

Fukushima forward Atsushi Nogami scored nine points and Masaya Karimata finished with seven points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.

The Grouses’ Sam Willard and Duke Crews scored 25 points apiece.

Albirex BB 88, B-Corsairs 62

In Niigata, the hosts’ opportunistic defense fueled their lopsided win over Yokohama.

The Albirex made 20 steals and pressured the B-Corsairs into making 28 turnovers.

Ryan Reid was Niigata’s high scorer with 19 points, Shuhei Komatsu added 17, Charles Hinkle had 16 and Kimitake Sato 15. Faye Pape Mour made his mark with six points, 14 rebounds, six assists and five steals.

The run-and-gun Niigata squad took 37 3-point shots, just seven less attempts than it took from inside the arc.

Cory Johnson had 17 points for Yokohama, which got 11 points and 10 rebounds from Emanuel Willis. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts added 10 points and 11 boards, and Kenji Yamada had eight points and five assists.

Crane Thunders 86, Northern Happinets 77

In Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture, Patrick Sullivan’s 17 points and Thomas Kennedy’s 15 helped carry the hosts past Akita.

Michael St. John added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Masashi Obuchi supplied 13 points and five assists for Gunma.

Ray Turner paced the Happinets with 32 points and 10 rebounds.

Akita had a poor shooting night from the perimeter, making 4 of 24 3s. Shigehiro Taguchi was 0-for-7 from long range.

Golden Kings 95, Lakestars 71

In Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Ohio State alum Evan Ravenel was an inside force for Ryukyu with 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting and 17 rebounds and Shuhei Kitagawa poured in 18 points in an impressive triumph over the Lakestars.

Ryuichi Kishimoto had 13 points and dished out 10 assists for the Golden Kings, and Hiromasa Omiya and Anthony McHenry added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Ryukyu’s offensive clicked throughout the game, with 31 assist on 38 field goals as a tell-tale sign.

Shiga’s Yu Okada scored 24 points.

Hannaryz 86, Phoenix 64

In Kyoto, the Hannaryz dominated the opening half en route to a convincing victory over defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa.

Kevin Kotzur led Kyoto with 22 points on 10-for-11 shooting and 12 rebounds and Larry Owens chipped in with 15 points and five assists. Steady David Palmer added 14 points, nine boards, three helpers and three steals.

The Phoenix trailed 47-25 at halftime.

Addison Spruill was Hamamatsu’s high scorer with 18 points, followed by Shingo Okada, who had a 13-point night.

Susanoo Magic 124, Samuraiz 119 (2OT)

In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, coach Michael Katsuhisa’s squad outlasted Kanazawa in the league’s first double-OT game of the season.

Scootie Randall’s 28-point, five-steal outing and Josh Davis’ 19-point, 21-rebound night were key factors for the Susanoo Magic, who trailed 71-66 after three quarters.

Edward Yamamoto added 24 points, Naoto Takushi had 18 points and 10 assists and Wayne Marshall scored 17 for Shimane.

For the Samuraiz, Andrew Fitzgerald led the way with 38 points and Yusuke Kodera sank all six of his 3-point attempts in an electrifying 22-point effort. Yuji Ide scored 18 points, Masato Tsukino had 17 and Gyno Pomare (16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists) delivered a strong all-around effort.

Five Arrows 95, HeatDevils 89

In Takamatsu, Nino Johnson had 34 points and 17 rebounds and Kazuki Yamashita scored 22 as the Five Arrows edged Oita Ehime.

Chehales Tapscott finished with 35 points for the HeatDevils.

Rizing 101, Lightning 74

In Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, the hosts controlled the third quarter, turning a close contest into a blowout win.

Hiroshima, a first-year franchise, trailed 44-42 at halftime. Then the Rizing outscored the visitors 33-17 over the next 10 minutes to change the tone.

Josh Peppers, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds, was one of six Fukuoka players to score in double figures. Taishiro Shimizu added 15 points and Cohey Aoki added 14, with both veteran guards dishing out five assists.

For the Lightning, Andre Murray scored 20 points and Adam Herman had 16. Point guard Keishiro Tsutsumi handed out six assists.