The defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix rode the one-two punch of Terrance Woodbury and Reggie Warren to a 102-88 victory over the Oita Ehime HeatDevils on Saturday night.
Woodbury sank 6 of 10 3-pointers en route to a game-best 32 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds for the Phoenix (6-3).
Warren scored 26 points, grabbed 26 rebounds and made three steals.
Hamamatsu’s Shinnosuke Oishi added 12 points and Toshifumi Kawamitsu and Hiroshi Inoue had 10 apiece.
Oita (1-8) trailed 55-43 at halftime. The Phoenix erupted for 32 third-quarter points and held the hosts to 18 in the third quarter to seize control.
Chehales Tapscott had 22 points for the HeatDevils.
Golden Kings 79, Susanoo Magic 72
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Ryukyu star Anthony McHenry delivered a stellar all-around effort — 14 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks — to lead his team past the hosts.
Shuhei Kitagawa and Shigeyuki Kinjo added 16 points apiece for the Golden Kings (7-2).
Edward Yamamoto was Shimane’s high scorer with 16 points, while Scootie Randall had 15 for the Susanoo Magic (5-4).
Big Bulls 81, Crane Thunders 80
In Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, former University of Arkansas forward Alandise Harris paced Iwate with 22 points and big man Abdullahi Kuso delivered a 16-point, 19-rebound effort in a win over the Crane Thunders.
Tatsunori Fujie added 15 points for the Big Bulls (4-5).
Thomas Kennedy led Gunma (4-5) with 23 points and Michael St. John scored 13.
89ers 86, Grouses 83
In Kamiichi, Toyama Prefecture, Sendai held the hosts to 1-for-19 shooting from 3-point range and recorded a narrow victory in the series opener.
Jamal Boykin had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the 89ers, Wendell White scored 23 points, grabbed 12 boards and doled out six assists. Masaharu Kataoka added 13 points and Takehiko Shimura had four steals for Sendai (8-1).
Duke Crews finished with 29 points on 12-for-15 shooting for Toyama (5-4) and Sam Willard had 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.
Albirex BB 95, Broncos 71
In Tokorozawa, Niigata manhandled the hosts on the boards and finished with five double-digit scorers in a runaway victory.
The Albirex (8-1) out-rebounded Saitama 56-29.
Leading the Niigata scoring attack, newcomer Chris Oliver, a Radford University alum, had 20 points with six assists, while Kimitake Sato chipped in with 19 points and Shuhei Komatsu poured in 18 with six assists. Ryotaro Honma had 14 points and Ryan Reid scored 11 and grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds.
Evan Harris paced the Broncos (1-8) with 21 points and Paul Butorac added 16.
Wat’s 94, Cinq Reves 76
In Inagi, former University of Arizona forward Jesse Perry scored 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting and center Paul Willams contributed 20 points and 15 rebounds as Aomori routed Tokyo.
Nile Murry had 19 points and Makoto Sawguchi added 15 for the Wat’s (2-5).
John Florveus led the Cinq Reves (1-8) with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
B-Corsairs 72, Brave Warriors 71
In Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Carl Hall scored several key baskets for the hosts and made 10 of 13 shots on Halloween night in a 23-point performance against Shinshu.
Cory Johnson added 18 points for Yokohama (4-5).
Mike Bell led the Brave Warriors (3-4) with 25 points and 14 boards along with five assists and four steals.
Bambitious 73, Five Arrows 60
In Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, Charles Hinkle, who joined Nara this week after a short stint with Niigata to open the season, had a team-high 17 points and Josh Ritchert added 13 in a victory over Takamatsu.
Julius Ashby handed out six assists for the Bambitious (2-7).
Jarvis Williams paced the Five Arrows (4-5) with 18 points and Nino Johnson scored 11 points.
Evessa 96, Rizing 69
In Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Osaka’s Takuya Soma drained six 3-pointers in an electrifying 26-point performance and the Evessa routed the hosts.
Naoki Hashimoto added 15 points, Narito Namizato and Shota Konno scored 11 apiece and Olu Ashaolu finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Osaka (6-3).
Keisuke Takabatake had 17 points and Cohey Aoki scored 13 for the Rizing (5-4).
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