The Akita Northern Happinets’ offense was relatively quiet for three quarters in Saturday’s clash with the Kyoto Hannaryz.

Akita turned it up a notch in the pivotal fourth quarter, scoring 37 points to seal an 80-76 triumph in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.

The Northern Happinets (15-6) had five double-digit scorers: Ray Turner (19 points), Yuto Otsuka and Richard Roby (15 apiece), Scott Morrison (12) and Shigehiro Taguchi (11). Roby hauled in a team-best 13 rebounds.

Akita pounded Kyoto on the boards, out-rebounding the hosts 49-22.

Western Conference-leading Kyoto (17-4) took a 33-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Hannaryz newcomers Moses Ehambe and Tyren Johnson, a pair of NBA Development League veterans, made their bj-league debuts. Johnson scored 24 points and Ehambe added 14, including four 3s. Kevin Kotzur matched Ehambe’s scoring total, while Sunao Murakami chipped in with eight points.

Susanoo Magic 88, Big Bulls 72

In Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, Shimane extended its win streak to 11 games in the series opener.

Susanoo Magic coach Michael Katsuhisa, 32, also won his first head coaching showdown against his older brother, 34-year-old Iwate bench boss Geoffrey Katsuhisa. Both men are in their first seasons with their respective teams.

Scootie Randall paced the hosts with 34 points, including 17-for-20 at the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Fellow Temple University alum Wayne Marshall chipped in with 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for Shimane (17-6). Jun Abe scored 11 points and Edward Yamamoto and Tatsuhiro Yokooo had 10 apiece. Naoto Takushi dished out five assists.

For Iwate (10-11), Alandise Harris scored 23 points and pulled down nine boards. Kaito Ishikawa added 13 points and Patrick Sanders scored 10. Abdullahi Kusho grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds.

Firebonds 90, Golden Kings 81

In Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Le’Bryan Nash scored a game-high 28 points and Stephan Van Treese blocked five shots as the hosts handed Ryukyu a loss in the series opener.

Nash sank 4 of 5 3-point shots and added eight boards and seven assists in 30-plus minutes.

Masaya Karimata had 22 points and six assists for Fukushima (13-8). Joseph Taylor led the Firebonds with 11 rebounds. Van Treese provided 16 points in addition to his aforementioned defensive stops.

Evan Ravenel paced the Golden Kings (15-6) with 19 points and 11 boards. Anthony McHenry and Draelon Burns scored 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Brave Warriors 108, Lightning 73

In Okaya, Nagano Prefecture, newcomer Joe Wolfinger had 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting and Yosuke Saito buried 6 of 7 3s in a 20-point night as Shinshu rolled past Hiroshima.

Xavier Gibson added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Brave Warriors (7-14), who led 61-34 at halftime.

Adam Herman led the Lightning (1-20) with 20 points.

Five Arrows 69, Broncos 67

In Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Nino Johnson energized Takamatsu with a 21-point, 23-rebound performance in a narrow victory over the hosts.

Johnson, a Southeast Missouri State alum, also chipped in with six assists, four steals and three blocks for Takamatsu (6-15). Tsubasa Yonezawa scored 11 points and Kazuki Yamashita had 10 for the Five Arrows. Anthony Kent made his mark around the rim, finishing with 14 rebounds.

Seth Tarver had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Saitama (3-18) and Evan Harris contributed 16 points, 12 boards and three rejections.

Bambitious 82, Cinq Reves 69

In Tachikawa, Julius Ashby scored 18 points and pulled down eight boards to lead Nara past Tokyo.

The Bambitious (7-17) got 13 points from Jumpei Honda and 12 from Charles Hinkle. Josh Ritchart had an 11-point game and Tatsuya Suzuki poured in 10.

Malcolm Lemmons paced the Cinq Reves (1-23) with 20 points and John Florveus had 15.

Tokyo extended its losing streak to 17 games. Dating back to last season, the Cinq Reves have dropped 59 of 61 games.

Grouses 71, Samuraiz 68

In Kanazawa, Duke Crews put 28 points on the board and collected 11 boards to complete the double-double, and Toyama earned a narrow victory over the Samuraiz.

Crews led all players with three blocks.

Sam Willard finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Grouses (13-8) and Masashi Joho doled out a team-high four assists.

For Kanazawa (12-11), Yuji Ide and Tsubasa Yonamine had 15 points apiece.

B-Corsairs 75, Phoenix 65

In Hamamatsu, a strong second-half offensive performance guided Yokohama past the hosts.

Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (17 points, nine rebounds, four blocks) and Cory Johnson (17 points, 11 boards) were the top overall performers for the B-Corsairs (13-11). Carl Hall added 11 points and Kenji Yamada had 10.

Reggie Warren and Terrance Woodbury led the Phoenix (16-5) with 13 points apiece. Warren was the hosts’ top rebounder with 15.

The reigning champion Phoenix were held to 9-for-40 shooting from 3-point range.

89ers 81, HeatDevils 74

In Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, frontcourt mates Wendell White and Jamal Boykin powered Sendai past the hosts.

White, a UNLV alum, finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds and six assists and Boykin, a University of California product, delivered 22 points, 25 rebounds and four boards for the Eastern Conference-leading 89ers (17-6).

Tatsuhiko Toshino canned four 3s in a 22-point effort for Oita Ehime (6-15) and Chehales Tapscott had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Wat’s 79, Rizing 69

In Tagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, Aomori found its offensive rhythm early and that proved the difference against the Rizing.

The Wat’s (10-11) shot 27-for-45 (60 percent) from inside the arc and five players posted double-digit scoring efforts: Daichi Shimoyama (25 points), Jesse Perry (14), Nile Murry (11) and Makoto Sawaguchi and Yuta Kojima (10 apiece).

Josh Peppers finished with 19 points for Fukuoka (9-14) and Donnavan Kirk had 14. Bingo Merriex added 10.

The Rizing missed 25 of 30 3-point attempts, including Cohey Aoki’s 0-for-8.

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