/

Lakestars thrash Lightning

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

The Shiga Lakestars overwhelmed the undermanned Hiroshima Lightning in their series finale on Sunday.

It was a comprehensive thrashing of epic proportions.

Seven Lakestars players scored in double figures in the 125-58 rout in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, with Shuto Mizoguchi draining seven 3-pointers in a 23-point performance. Yuki Suzuki contributed 19 points and Julian Mavunga had 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Shiga made 72.9 percent of his 2-point shots, and Ryota Kobayashi conducted the offense with splendid precision, dishing out 13 assists with no turnovers.

Hiroshima center Gijo Bain was sidelined with an injury sustained in Saturday’s game.

The Lakestars (11-5) were in control from the get-go. They outscored the visitors 35-9 in the first quarter. They led 62-24 at halftime and 100-36 entering the final stanza.

A quick recap: Shiga outscored Hiroshima 73-21 in the first and third quarters.

Adam Herman paced the expansion Lightning (1-15) with 20 points.

Phoenix 62, Evessa 57

In Osaka, veteran poise powered defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa to its 11th straight triumph.

Terrance Woodbury scored a team-best 16 points for the Phoenix (15-3). Shinnosuke Oishi had 11 points and five assists and Reggie Warren scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Big man Atsuya Ota added nine points.

Lawrence Blackledge paced the Evessa (10-8) with 20 points, Olu Ashaolu scored 13 and Takuya Soma had 10.

Firebonds 89, Broncos 73

In Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture, the Firebonds heaped more misery on hapless Saitama, winning for the second time in as many days.

Le’Bryan Nash had 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Fukushima (11-5) and Stephan Van Treese chipped in with 19 points and three blocks. Masaya Karimata added 16 points.

The Firebonds sealed the victory at the free-throw line, knocking down 23 of 26 shots.

Seth Tarver led the Broncos (1-15) with 33 points.

Albirex BB 86, Grouses 73

In Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, Kimitake Sato scored a game-high 30 points and Ryan Reid finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and four steals as the Albirex bounced back from a series-opening defeat.

Niigata (12-6) had 28 assists and nine turnovers.

Duke Crews led Toyama (11-5) with 22 points and collected 13 rebounds. Masashi Joho added 17 points and Sam Willard had 12 points and 13 boards.

The Grouses were held to 3-for-16 shooting from 3-point range and committed 20 turnovers.

Brave Warriors 76, Cinq Reves 65

In Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Mike Bell and Xavier Gibson notched double-doubles as Shinshu completed a series sweep of Tokyo.

Bell supplied 20 points and 16 rebounds and Xavier Gibson added 19 and 11 for the Brave Warriors (6-10).

Marvin Williams Jr. scored 35 points for the Cinq Reves (1-17) and John Florveus hauled in 21 rebounds.

Golden Kings 69, Samuraiz 56

In Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, Anthony McHenry’s 16-point, 13-rebound effort and Evan Ravenel’s 13 points guided Ryukyu past the hosts.

Shuhei Kitagawa scored 11 points for the Golden Kings (12-4), who won both weekend games.

For Kanazawa (9-9), Yuji Ide had 19 points and Gyno Pomare contributed 13 points and 12 boards.

Wat’s 70, Crane Thunders 66

In Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Daichi Shimoyama buried five 3-pointers en route to 17 points as the hosts salvaged a series split.

Nile Murry supplied 16 points and three steals for the Wat’s (7-9) and Jesse Perry had 10 points.

For Gunma (9-9), Thomas Kennedy had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Patrick Sullivan provided 19 points and 10 boards. Kosuke Taneichi added 11 points.

Northern Happinets 94, Big Bulls 77

In Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, Akita outscored the hosts 34-14 in the final quarter to earn the victory and avenge Saturday’s loss.

Richard Roby had a team-high 21 points for the Northern Happinets (11-5) and Noriyuki Sugasawa added 17 points.

Shigehiro Taguchi scored 15 points, Ray Turner added 13 and Scott Morrison 12 for the visitors.

Hayato Kantake scored 20 points for Iwate (10-8) and Abdullahi Kuso had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

B-Corsairs 97, 89ers 88

In Sendai, Yokohama’s Masayuki Kabaya sparked his club with 24 points on 8-for-10 shooting and seven assists and backcourt mate Kenji Yamada poured in 21 points, leading the B-Corsairs to a series split.

Carl Hall added 19 points and nine boards and Jordan Henriquez-Roberts had 13 points and corralled 15 rebounds for Yokohama (10-8). In addition, Satoshi Hisayama had game to remember, finishing with 16 points on 5-for-5 shooting, including 4-for-4 on 3s, and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe.

For the 89ers (13-5), Wendell White provided 27 points, 14 rebounds and five assists and Jamal Boykin had 16 points and 10 boards.

Susanoo Magic 106, Five Arrows 54

In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, the hosts dominated the second and three quarters in a runaway victory over Takamatsu.

The Susanoo Magic (12-6) had 60 points over the middle two periods and held the Five Arrows to 20.

Josh Davis led Shimane with 29 points and 15 rebounds and Scootie Randall had 26 points, 11 boards and six assists. Tatsuhiro Yokoo chipped in with 18 points.

Takamatsu (5-11) struggled on offense, making 21 of 74 shots.

Jarvis Williams paced the Five Arrows with 15 points.

HeatDevils 87, Bambitious 85

In Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, Chehales Tapscott had 32 points and 10 rebounds and Patrick Simon canned six 3-pointers in a 27-point performance as Oita Ehime earned a weekend sweep.

For the HeatDevils (4-12), Tatsuhiko Toshino had 16 points in the series finale after a 41-point night on Saturday.

Josh Ritchart finished with 24 points and 20 rebounds, while Daiki Terashita had 23 points for Nara (4-14).

Hannaryz 83, Rizing 63

In Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, Kevin Kotzur supplied 22 points and 15 rebounds and Shingo Utsumi poured in 18 points as the Hannaryz hammered Fukuoka.

Larry Owens and David Palmer scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Kyoto (13-3).

Josh Peppers had 14 points for the Rizing (6-12) and Keisuke Takabatake had 13.