The Sendai 89ers ended the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s 11-game winning streak on Saturday night, defeating the defending champions 75-64.
Former Phoenix star Wendell White had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Sendai (16-5), and Jamal Boykin chipped in with 19 points and five steals. Fumiya Sato added 17 points and Takehiko Shimura handed out six assists.
Terrance Woodbury led Hamamatsu (15-4) with 16 points and Kejuan Johnson scored 13. Reggie Warren finished with 12 points and nine boards.
The Phoenix committed 21 turnovers in defeat.
Sendai outscored the visitors 47-29 in the second half.
Broncos 104, Lightning 92
In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, big man Evan Harris had 26 points and 16 rebounds and Mitsuhiro Kamezaki added 25 points as the hosts beat Hiroshima in the series opener.
Seth Tarver contributed 22 points, 10 rebounds and five steals for Saitama (2-17).
Adam Herman scored 22 points for the Lightning (1-18), a first-year franchise. Andre Murray had 21 points, 14 boards and 10 assists, while Ayumu Osawa provided 15 points.
Samuraiz 108, Brave Warriors 76
In Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, Andrew Fitzgerald had a 22-point effort on 9-for-14 shooting and Marshall Brown scored 21 points and added nine rebounds and six assists as Kanazawa routed Shinshu.
Yusuke Kodera drained 4 of 5 3-pointers in a 16-point night for the Samuraiz (11-10) and Yusuke Takamatsu and Gyno Pomare both scored 12 points. Pomare grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
Xavier Gibson paced the Brave Warriors (6-13) with 33 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and Yasuhiko Wada scored 14 points.
Albirex BB 100, Lakestars 88
In Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, sharpshooter Shuhei Komatsu canned 8 of 11 3s for all of his team-best 24 points and Chris Oliver put 23 points on the board as Niigata rolled past the hosts.
Kimitake Sato and Faye Pape Mour added 19 points apiece for the Albirex (14-7), while Ryan Reid had 15.
Yu Okada drained 7 of 16 3s in a 33-point outing and Shiga teammate Julian Mavunga had 21 points. Jeff Parmer scored 18 points for the Lakestars (13-6).
Evessa 92, Big Bulls 77
In Osaka, Olu Ashaolu had a 20-point, 10-rebound performance and Takuya Somo poured in 18 points as the hot-shooting Evessa topped Iwate.
Osaka coach Dai Oketani defeated his former club in his first contest against the Big Bulls, the team he coached for the previous three seasons, since taking the helm in Kansai.
It was an efficient offensive game for the Evessa (13-8), who converted 9 of 18 shots from beyond the 3-point arc and 24 of 44 from 2-point range.
Shun Watanuki added 12 points, Narito Namizato had 11 and Shota Konno and Lawrence Blackledge 10 apiece for Osaka. Blackledge dished out a team-high eight assists.
For Iwate (10-9), forward Alandise Harris was the high scorer with 30 points and hauled in 10 rebounds and Tatsunori Fujie supplied 17 points.
Bambitious 80, B-Corsairs 74
In Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, veteran center Julius Ashby delivered a vintage 26-point, 11-rebound, three-block effort to steer the hosts past Yokohama.
Josh Ritchart scored 17 points, Jumpei Honda had 14 and floor leader Tatsuya Suzuki added nine points and seven assists for Nara (5-16).
Cory Johnson paced the B-Corsairs (11-10) with 15 points, Keni Yamada added 14 and Satoshi Hisayama 11.
Hannaryz 91, Crane Thunders 88 (OT)
In Kyoto, Kevin Kotzur’s 26-point, 15-rebound effort sparked the Hannaryz to an overtime triumph over Gunma in their first game since veteran forward David Palmer’s retirement.
Takuya Komoda and Hikaru Kusaka scored 12 points apiece for the Hannaryz (16-3), who won their ninth straight game. Koki Yabuuchi had 10 points and Sunao Murakami contributed nine points and seven assists.
Thomas Kennedy had 25 points for the Crane Thunders (11-10) and Kosuke Taneichi scored 17.
Rizing 77, Cinq Reves 56
In Kamashi, Fukuoka Prefecture, Josh Peppers scored 21 points and Cohey Aoki had 12 as the hosts pounded Tokyo.
Jun Nakanishi and Yoshimasa Ohara finished with eight points apiece for the Rizing (8-13).
For the Cinq Reves (1-20), Kodai Takahashi had 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
Golden Kings 93, Grouses 77
In Okinawa City, Draelon Burns’ game-high 24 points helped Ryukyu prevail against Toyama in the series opener.
Burns secured the victory at the charity stripe, knocking down 10 of 11 shots.
Shuhei Kitagawa and Anthony McHenry scored 13 points apiece for the Golden Kings (14-5). Evan Ravenel added 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Sam Willard had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Grouses (12-7) and Masashi Joho and Drew Viney both had 12 points. Duke Crews had seven turnovers on the night.
Susanoo Magic 75, Wat’s 66
In Kuroishi, Aomori Prefecture, balanced scoring carried Shimane past the hosts.
The Susanoo Magic (15-6) had five double-digit scorers: Josh Davis (17 points, 17 rebounds), Naoto Takushi (16 points), Scootie Randall (15) and Wayne Marshall and Edward Yamamoto (12 apiece).
Nile Murry had an up-and-down game for the Wat’s (9-10), missing all 11 of his 3-point attempts. He made 8 of 13 shots from inside the arc in a 17-point outing.
Northern Happinets 82, Five Arrows 64
In Odate, Akita Prefecture, Ray Turner’s 27-point, 13-rebound effort provided a big spark for the hosts in their rout of Takamatsu.
Scott Morrison finished with 18 points and 10 boards and Shigehiro Taguchi scored 11 points. Yuto Otsuka dished out seven assists for Akita (13-6) and Ryosuke Mizumachi had six.
Jarvis Williams led the Five Arrows (5-14) with 26 points and 13 rebounds and Anthony Kent had 18 points.
HeatDevils 105, Firebonds 94
In Oita, Chehales Tapscott’s game-high 44 points and 17 rebounds proved vital for the HeatDevils in a win over Fukushima.
Tapscott, a Portland State alum, was 16-for-24 from the field and sank 10 of 13 free throws. Takato Hara scored 26 points for Oita Ehime (6-13), with Patrick Simon providing 22 points and 17 boards.
For the Firebonds (11-8), Le’Bryan Nash had 34 points and 14 rebounds and Stephan Van Treese added 19 points and 15 rebounds. Masaya Karimata scored 15 points.
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