The Yokohama B-Corsairs delivered a gritty performance to close out the weekend, beating the host Akita Northern Happinets 81-75 on Sunday.
As a result, first-year B-Corsairs bench boss Taketo Aoki’s club improved to 6-6 and salvaged a series split after Akita won the weekend opener by 20 points.
Carl Hall had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Cory Johnson contributed 19 points points for Yokohama, with longtime B-Corsairs guard Kenji Yamada adding 15 points.
Richard Roby continued his spirited play for Akita (6-4) with 21 points, 11 boards and five steals, while teammate Ray Turner had 19 points and four blocks.
Albirex BB 85, Brave Warriors 74
In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, after dropping a double-overtime game to open their weekend series against Shinshu, the hosts came back strong to earn a split.
Faye Pape Mour paced Eastern Conference-leading Niigata (10-2) with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Kimitake Sato added 19 points and four steals.
The Albirex offense clicked as passes found their intended targets. Niigata finished with 28 assists and 10 turnovers.
For the Brave Warriors (4-6), Wesley Witherspoon was the high scorer with 27 points and Mike Bell had 20.
Golden Kings 85, Rizing 80
In Okinawa City, Ryukyu converted 58.5 percent of its shots from 2-point range and defeated Fukuoka for the second time in as many days.
Evan Ravenel had a team-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Western Conference-leading Golden Kings (10-2). Teammate Draelon Burns had 12 points and seven assists and Shigeyuki Kinjo and Ryuichi Kishimoto both scored 11 points.
Josh Peppers led the Rizing (5-7) with 19 points.
Bambitious 80, Hannaryz 63
In Nara, the hosts sank 13 of 27 3s in a rout of Kyoto, recovering from a 47-point offensive performance in the series opener.
Josh Ritchart scored 17 points for Nara (4-8) and Taishi Kasahara and Tatsuya Suzuki each had 16. Suzuki also handed out nine assists.
Kevin Kotzur scored 30 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Hannaryz (7-3). Larry Owens added 12 points and 12 boards and Koki Yabuuchi had 11 points and seven assists.
Evessa 83, Five Arrows 75
In Osaka, Olu Ashaolu dominated in the Evessa’s second weekend win over Takamatsu.
Ashaolu’s stat line included 29 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Narito Namizato had nine points and nine assists for Osaka (9-3). Takuya Soma scored 14 points.
For Takamatsu (4-8), Jarvis Williams put 20 points on the board and Nino Johnson scored 17.
Crane Thunders 89, 89ers 87
In Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture, the Crane Thunders ended the weekend on a positive note, edging Sendai.
Kosuke Taneichi scored 19 points, Yosuke Sugawara poured in 18 and Masashi Obuchi had six assists for Gunma (5-7).
Wendell White made his mark for the 89ers (9-3), providing 26 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists. Masaharu Kataoka added 22 points.
Big Bulls 93, Cinq Reves 76
In Shizukuishi, Iwate Prefecture, Patrick Sanders canned four 3-pointers in a 21-point effort and Alandise Harris added 17 points and 10 rebounds against Tokyo.
Iwate improved to 7-5 under first-year coach Geoffrey Katsuhisa.
Chihiro Sawagashira scored 19 points for the Cinq Reves (1-11).
Phoenix 89, Lightning 88
In Hamamatsu, Hiroshima rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit and scored 32 in the fourth quarter, but fell by the slimmest of margins.
Reggie Warren notched a double-double (20 points, 18 rebounds) and dished out seven assists and Terrance Woodbury erupted for 36 points for Hamamatsu (9-3). Shingo Okada contributed 12 points.
Adam Herman led the Lightning (1-11) with 30 points on 12-for-17 shooting, Andre Murray scored 17 and Kensei Jikuri 15.
Firebonds 100, Wat’s 85
In Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, the Firebonds outscored the visitors 33-16 in the third quarter to seize control of the game and secure a series split.
Le’Bryan Nash scored 22 points for Fukushima (7-3), Stephan Van Treese, a University of Louisville product, had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Joseph Taylor pumped in 15 points and Masaya Karimata threaded the needle on six assists.
Nile Murry had 28 points for Aomori (4-6) and Yuki Kitamuki added six assists.
Lakestars 67, Samuraiz 61
In Kanazawa, Shiga’s tenacious defense forced 25 turnovers and the Lakestars bounced back from a defeat from the previous day.
Masahiro Kano collected a team-best five steals for the Lakestars (7-3). Julian Mavunga scored 19 points and Kejuan Johnson had 10.
Kanazawa (6-6) shot 2-for-15 from beyond the arc.
Andrew Fitzgerald led the Samuraiz with 16 points and Marshall Brown scored 14.
HeatDevils 82, Susanoo Magic 73
In Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Patrick Simon had 25 points and Chehales Tapscott added 17 points and 16 rebounds as the hosts defeated Shimane, snapping a nine-game slide.
Oita Ehime improved to 2-10.
Jun Abe finished with 19 points for the Susanoo Magic (6-6).
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