The Toyama Grouses dominated in all facets of their weekend series against the host Tokyo Cinq Reves.
Not only did the Grouses crush the Cinq Reves 93-65 on Sunday afternoon in Inagi, they also blasted the hosts by a stunning 63 points a day earlier (see below).
Veteran star Masashi Joho led Toyama (8-4) with 27 points on 11-for-13 shooting, including five 3-pointers, and dished out six assists. Big man Sam Willard finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Takeshi Mito matched Willard’s scoring output. Duke Crews and Daichi Tanaka both had four steals in the rout.
The Cinq Reves (1-13) turned the ball over 25 times.
After the game, Nash told reporters that he was pleased with his team’s effort.
As a coaching staff, he added, according to a league-issued statement, “we are always talking to the players, (saying) play hard, play smart, and, play together.” He noted that those three things “appeared very well” in the series finale.
For Tokyo, newcomer Marvin Williams had 16 points and 16 rebounds and Chihiro Sawagashira scored 14 points.
B-Corsairs 85, Crane Thunders 64
In Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Cory Johnson scored 19 points, hauled in 11 rebounds and led a balanced Yokohama scoring attack against Gunma.
Carl Hall and Kenji Yamada added 16 points apiece and Masayuki Kabaya had 10 as the B-Corsairs (7-7) bounced back from a Saturday defeat.
Thomas Kennedy had 21 points for the Crane Thunders (6-8).
Phoenix 65, Lakestars 58
In Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Terrance Woodbury lit up the scoreboard with 29 points and Reggie Warren made his mark with 16 points, seven rebounds plus a pair of blocks and two steals as Hamamatsu Higashimikawa completed a sweep of the Lakestars.
Masahiro Oguchi sank four 3s in a 12-point effort the Phoenix (11-3).
Yu Okada finished with 19 points for Shiga (7-5). Jeff Parmer and Julian Mavunga had 14 and 10, respectively.
Samuraiz 75, Bambitious 74 (OT)
In Tenri, Nara Prefecture, Gyno Pomare energized the visitors with 24 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks and first-year franchise Kanazawa edged the Bambitious in overtime, winning for the second time in as many days.
Marshall Brown scored 14 points for the Samuraiz (8-6).
Charles Hinkle was Nara’s top scorer with 19 points and Daiki Terashita had 16.
Susanoo Magic 76, Rizing 65
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, the hosts scored 30 fourth-quarter points and held a sizable advantage in free-throw attempts in a victory over Fukuoka.
Shimane made 18 of 33 foul shots; Fukuoka converted 14 of 17.
In earning a sweep on Sunday, the Magic (8-6) received 15 points and 17 rebounds from Josh Davis. Naoto Takushi had a 14-point game and Wayne Marshall scored 13 and collected 11 rebounds.
Big Bulls 88, 89ers 71
In Sendai, Alandise Harris scored 32 points on 12-for-17 shooting and Abdullahi Kuso had 19 points, including 10-for-10 at the charity stripe as Iwate salvaged a series split.
Hayato Kantake provided 11 points for the Big Bulls (8-6).
Wendell White (28 points, 18 rebounds) and Jamal Boykin (27 points, 13 boards, six assists) supplied the bulk of the offense for the 89ers (10-4), making 19 of the team’s 22 2-point field goals.
Wat’s 70, Broncos 61
In Fujisaki, Aomori Prefecture, the productive trio of Nile Murry, Jesse Perry and Makoto Sawaguchi carried the hosts past lowly Saitama.
Murry finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, with Perry adding 17 and 11. Sawaguchi scored 15 points for the Wat’s (6-6).
Seth Tarver and Paul Butorac both had 11 points for the Broncos (1-11), who have lost four straight games.
Northern Happinets 93, Brave Warriors 78
In Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, sharpshooter Shigehiro Taguchi sank five 3s in a 27-point performance and Richard Roby had 24 as Akita swept struggling Shinshu.
Scott Morrison contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots and Yuto Otsuka doled out seven assists for the Northern Happinets (8-4).
Xavier Gibson scored 28 points and Mike Bell had 21, Yosuke Saito 14 for the Brave Warriors, who have lost three straight and six of their last seven.
Firebonds 77, Albirex BB 67
In Niigata, Fukushima prevailed against the hosts, rebounding from a nine-point defeat to open the weekend.
Le’Bryan Nash, the league’s leading scorer (30.3 points per game), had 24 points, 11 rebounds, a season-best four steals and three assists for the Firebonds (8-4), who have emerged as one of the East’s best teams in the franchise’s second season.
Stephan Van Treese provided 13 points and 12 boards and Masaya Karimata had 12 points and eight assists.
For the East-leading Albirex (11-3), Chris Oliver scored 20 points, Kimitake Sato had 17 and Ryan Reid added 16 and 12 boards. Niigata’s poor free-throw shooting (7 of 14) was a factor in its defeat.
Grouses 105, Cinq Reves 42
In Inagi, Toyama had 80 points over the final three quarters and held the hosts to 30 in that span.
Drew Viney, a Loyola Marymount product, led the Grouses with 20 points and Duke Crews, Masashi Joho and Sam Willard had 18 apiece.
The Cinq Reves had 32 turnovers.
Susanoo Magic 82, Rizing 71
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Scootie Randall drained 10 of 15 shots in a 23-point performance to lead the hosts past Fukuoka.
Jun Abe added 15 points for Shimane, Tatsuhiro Yokoo had 15 and Edward Yamamoto 11.
Keisuke Takabatake had a team-high 22 points with six 3s for the Rizing. Josh Peppers added 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while Bingo Merriex pulled down 10 rebounds.
Wat’s 87, Broncos 80
In Fujisaki, Aomori Prefecture, the hosts outscored Saitama 22-9 in the third quarter en route to a series-opening win.
Makoto Sawaguchi paced the Wat’s with 24 points. Jesse Perry added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Nile Murry poured in 15 points.
Seth Tarver was the Broncos’ high scorer with 20 points and grabbed 14 boards.
89ers 75, Big Bulls 70
In Sendai, Wendell White and frontcourt mate Jamal Boykin guided the 89ers past Iwate.
White finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, with Boykin supplying 13 points, 17 boards and six helpers.
For the Big Bulls, Alandise Harris, a University of Arkansas product, had 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Albirex BB 83, Firebonds 74
In Niigata, Chris Oliver had 20 points and Faye Pape Mour chipped in with 14 as the hosts prevailed against Fukushima on a night when Firebonds forward Le’Bryan Nash, the league’s leading scorer, was booted from the game in the second half after picking up his second technical foul.
Albirex forward Ryan Reid added 12 points and 19 rebounds.
Nash had a 25-point night in 28-plus minutes. Stephan Van Treese added 16 points and 12 boards and Masaya Karimata had 11 points and four steals.
Northern Happinets 84, Brave Warriors 76
In Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, Richard Roby put 31 points on the board and hot-shooting Akita defeated Shinshu.
The Happinets drained 55.6 percent of their attempts from inside the arc, including Roby’s 12 of 17. He also dished out seven assists.
Xavier Gibson had a game-high 32 points and 14 rebounds and Mike Bell added 14 points, 12 boards and five steals for the Brave Warriors.
Crane Thunders 73, B-Corsairs 72
In Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Thomas Kennedy and Patrick Sullivan each scored 20 points and Masashi Obuchi handed out seven assists as Gunma edged Yokohama.
Cory Johnson scored 22 points for the hosts.
Phoenix 76, Lakestars 68
In Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Reggie Warren’s double-double (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Terrance Woodbury’s 22-point night guided Hamamatsu Higashimikawa past the Lakestars.
Yu Okada had 21 points the Shiga and Jeff Parmer scored 13.
Samuraiz 75, Bambitious 72
In Tenri, Nara Prefecture, Marshall Brown and Yuji Ide combined for 55 points to ignite the Kanazawa offense against the hosts.
Brown had 29 points and Ide buried 6 of 10 3s in a 26-point outing.
Julius Ashby led Nara with 20 points.
Hannaryz 77, Evessa 58
In Kyoto, Larry Owens’ 21-point, 11-rebound performance helped the Hannaryz complete a two-game series sweep over Kansai rival Osaka.
Kevin Kotzur contributed 16 points, 13 boards and three blocks for Kyoto (9-3) and David Palmer had 12 points.
Olu Ashaolu and Takuya Soma both had 13 points for the Evessa (9-5), who shot 20-for-62.
The series got underway on Friday.