The Kanazawa Samuraiz climbed above .500 with a series-opening, 83-64 victory over the Shiga Lakestars on Saturday.
The Samuraiz (6-5), a first-year franchise, received strong efforts from several players to rout Shiga in Kanazawa.
Andrew Fitzgerald paced the hosts with 21 points and Gyno Pomare contributed 18 points and seven rebounds. Masato Tsukino added 15 points, seven boards and two blocks, Marshall Brown supplied 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and Yuji Ide handed out seven assists.
The Samuraiz defense held the Lakestars (6-3) to less than 20 points in each of the first three quarters, taking a 56-43 lead into the final stanza.
Jeff Parmer led Shiga with 18 points and Kejuan Johnson had 14. Sharpshooter Yu Okada was 0-for-12 from the floor in a three-point outing.
Phoenix 101, Lightning 59
In Hamamatsu, Reggie Warren had 24 points and 10 boards and Terrance Woodbury finished one assist shy of a triple-double in the hosts’ rout of Hiroshima.
Woodbury contributed 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for reigning champion Hamamatsu (8-3).
Andre Murray led the expansion Lightning (1-10) with 26 points.
Evessa 81, Five Arrows 60
In Osaka, 23-year-old point guard Naoaki Hashimoto scored a season-high 19 points, Lawrence Blackledge added 11 with nine assists and the Evessa rolled to their third straight victory.
Osaka (8-3) shot 53.8 percent from inside the arc and finished with six double-digit scorers.
For Takamatsu (4-7), Anthony Kent was the top scorer with 16 points.
Hannaryz 94, Bambitious 47
In Nara, Larry Owens sank four 3-pointers and Kyoto outscored the hosts 31-7 in the third quarter in a runaway victory.
The Bambitious (3-8) faced a 78-33 deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Owens was Kyoto’s high scorer with 20 points and Sunao Murakami and Koki Yabuuchi poured in 14 apiece for the Hannaryz (7-2).
Susanoo Magic 96, HeatDevils 67
In Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Scootie Randall’s 26-point, 13-rebound performance sparked Shimane in a victory over the lowly HeatDevils.
Josh Davis chipped in with 14 points and 16 boards and Edward Yamamoto nailed 4 of 5 3s in a 14-point effort for the Magic (6-5).
Patrick Simon led Oita Ehime (1-10) with 17 points.
Golden Kings 84, Rizing 67
In Okinawa City, strong roster depth steered Ryukyu past Fukuoka in the series opener, and the hosts closed the game with an exclamation point, outscoring their guests 28-6 in the fourth quarter.
Evan Ravenel had 14 points and nine boards for the Golden Kings (9-2), Anthony McHenry added 13 with 10 rebounds. Ryuichi Kishimoto poured in 12 points, while three teammates also reached double figures in points.
Josh Peppers and Donnavan Kirk each had 16 points for the Rizing (5-6).
Big Bulls 90, Cinq Reves 64
In Shizukuishi, Iwate Prefecture, newcomer Patrick Sanders had 18 points and Abdullahi Kuso finished with a double-double (14 points, 10 boards) and three blocks as the hosts hammered Tokyo.
Iwate (6-5) took a 41-28 lead into halftime.
Tomoyuki Shinzato had 17 points for the Cinq Reves (1-10).
Northern Happinets 101, B-Corsairs 81
In Akita, Richard Roby’s 31-point, 11-rebound, five-assist, four-steal night sparked the hosts against Yokohama.
Roby converted 13 of 19 shots from the floor, including all four of his attempts from 3-point range.
Shigehiro Taguchi added 23 points for Akita (6-3) and Ray Turner swatted five shots.
For the B-Corsairs (5-6), Cory Johnson was the top scorer with 18 points. Kenji Yamada finished with 15 points and nine assists.
Wat’s 81, Firebonds 71
In Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, Nile Murry had a team-best 25 points and Makoto Sawaguchi added 14 as Aomori won its third straight game.
The Wat’s (4-5) made 23 of 32 free throws; the Firebonds shot 5-for-14.
Le’Bryan Nash paced Fukushima (6-3) with 28 points and 10 boards. Masaya Karimata chipped in with 18 points, nine assists and five steals.
Brave Warriors 76, Albirex BB (2OT)
In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, Shinshu outlasted the hosts in double overtime, and no player from either team fouled out.
Mike Bell finished with 27 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for the Brave Warriors (4-5), and teammates Yasuhiko Wada and Wesley Witherspoon scored 17 and 15 points, respectively.
Ryan Reid led Niigata (9-2) with 25 points and 24 rebounds and Chris Oliver scored 21.
89ers 98, Crane Thunders 88
In Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture, Sendai won the battle on the boards (46-31 rebounding edge) and prevailed in the series opener.
Wendell White had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the 89ers (9-2) and Manato Kikuchi delivered a 22-point game game on 11-for-13 shooting. Jamal Boykin contributed 14 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists and Masaharu Kataoka scored 14 points.
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