Veteran forward Wendell White had 41 points and 10 rebounds as the Sendai 89ers edged the Fukushima Firebonds 97-95 in Saturday’s series opener.
White sank five 3-pointers and 10 of 13 shots from the free-throw line in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, helping the 89ers improve to 7-0.
Jamal Boykin added 29 points and eight rebounds for the hosts. Takehiko Shimura contributed five steals.
The Firebonds (5-2) trailed 33-17 after the opening quarter, but chipped away at the lead. They scored 33 fourth-quarter points to account for the final score.
Le’Bryan Nash led Fukushima with 36 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes, Stephan Van Treese had 18 points and Masaya Karimata chipped in with 15 points, with five assists and three steals.
Albirex BB 92, Crane Thunders 53
In Niigata, the hosts outscored Gunma 29-9 in the third quarter to secure a runaway victory and remain tied with Sendai for the Eastern Conference lead.
Charles Hinkle had 29 points for the Albirex (7-0) and Faye Pape Mour supplied 19 with nine boards. Three teammates also reached double figures in points, while Kimitake Sato handed out seven assists.
On the night, coach Kazuo Nakamura’s squad doled out 30 assists against six turnovers.
Patrick Sullivan scored 13 points for the Crane Thunders (3-4), who were 2-for-17 from 3-point range.
Grouses 82, B-Corsairs 64
In Toyama, Sam Willard and Drew Viney posted double-doubles to guide the Grouses past Yokohama.
Sam Willard had 28 points and 14 rebounds for Toyama (4-3) and Viney added 21 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Takeshi Mito finished with 14 points.
Cory Johnson had 14 points for the B-Corsairs (3-4) and Masayuki Kabaya added 13. Carl Hall provided 11 points and 13 rebounds in his first game of the season for Yokohama.
Brave Warriors 83, Big Bulls 76
In Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, a dominant performance on the boards helped push Shinshu past Iwate.
The hosts grabbed 49 rebounds and held the Big Bulls to 34.
Jaye Crockett led the Brave Warriors (3-2) with 21 points with 12 rebounds. Mike Bell also hauled in 12 boards to shared the team lead.
Shinshu secured the victory at the line, knocking down 24 of 29 shots.
Alandise Harris paced Iwate (2-5) with 18 points and Tatsunori Fujie added 16.
Cinq Reves 76, Broncos 70
In Tachikawa, in a meeting of winless clubs, Tokyo rode 20-point performances from Tomoyuki Shinzato and Kodai Takahashi to heap more misery on Saitama.
Du’Vaughn Maxwell led the Broncos (0-7) with 24 points.
Tokyo (1-6) received big rebounding efforts from center Hadji Ndieguene (17 boards) and John Florveus (15 rebounds) on the night.
Northern Happinets 96, Wat’s 89
In Aomori, Richard Roby scored a team-high 25 points and Shigehiro Taguchi poured in 20 to lead Akita past the hosts.
Nile Murry paced Aomori with 34 points, including 7-for-10 from 3-point range. The Wat’s turned the ball over 19 times in the loss.
Susanoo Magic 64, Phoenix 62
In Hamamatsu, Wayne Marshall had 15 points, Scootie Randall added 13 and Josh Davis hauled in 14 rebounds as Shimane eked out a win over the defending champions.
Tatsuhiro Yokoo and Edward Yamamoto added 12 points apiece for the Susanoo Magic (5-2).
Terrance Woodbury was Hamamatsu’s leading scorer with 15 points. He finished 1-for-8 from beyond the arc, while Reggie Warren had 13 points and 15 boards for the Phoenix (4-3).
Hannaryz 86, Lightning 59
In Miyazu, Kyoto Prefecture, Takuya Komoda scored a game-high 17 points and Sunao Murakami and Larry Owens each had 14 as the Hannaryz pounded Hiroshima.
Owens grabbed 17 rebounds for Kyoto (5-2).
Adam Herman paced the Lightning (1-6) with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Evessa 89, Golden Kings 72
In Osaka, Olu Ashaolu had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Narito Namizato scored 19 and dished out seven assists against his former team as the Evessa outplayed rival Ryukyu.
Takuya Soma scored 14 points and Lawrence Blackledge and Shun Watanuki had 10 apiece for Osaka (5-2).
Ryuichi Kishimoto was the Kings’ top scorer with 16 points. Evan Ravenel added 14 points and 15 boards. Anthony McHenry had 12 points for Ryukyu (5-2), while Draelon Burns was held to six on 2-for-11 shooting.
Bambitious 72, Rizing 60
In Heguri, Nara Prefecture, Julius Ashby scored 18 points, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out six assists and Tatsuya Suzuki dished out 10 assists as the Bambitious earned their first victory of the season by beating Fukuoka.
Josh Ritchert added 16 points for Nara (1-6).
For the Rizing (4-3), Josh Peppers sank five 3s in a 21-point night, Taishiro Shimizu scored 14 points and Cohey Aoki had 13.
Fukuoka shot 22.2 percent (8-for-36) from 2-point range, while converting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Lakestars 112, Five Arrows 55
In Takamatsu, the Five Arrows trailed by 17 points after one quarter, and they never recovered.
Shiga (5-2) took an 83-37 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Kejuan Johnson led the Lakestars with 22 points and Yu Okada scored 20. Julian Mavunga had 19 points, 17 boards and six assists with two blocks.
Takamatsu (4-3) missed 19 of its 20 3-points attempts.
Samuraiz 85, HeatDevils 62
In Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, Andrew Fitzgerald and Marshall Brown scored 19 points apiece and Yusuke Kodera and Yuji Ide each had 13-point efforts as the hosts routed Oita Ehime.
Kanazawa, a first-year franchise improved to 2-5.
Chehales Tapscott led the HeatDevils (1-6) with 26 points and 16 rebounds.
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