Reggie Warren struggled on offense in Sunday’s series finale. He took 14 shots from the field and missed them all.
But the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s veteran power forward made a big impact in other facets of the game in an 83-79 bounce-back home victory over the Yokohama B-Corsairs, contributing 16 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals. He made 1 of 2 free throws to account for his lone point. (Warren, a longtime star in the bj-league, is averaging 14.9 points in 22 games.)
Defending champion Hamamatsu (17-5, tied for the best record in the Western Conference with the Kyoto Hannaryz) had plenty of scoring, with Terrance Woodbury and Toshifumi Kawamitsu each having 19-point performances. Shingo Okada and Kejuan Johnson added 14 points apiece.
Carl Hall paced the B-Corsairs (13-11) with 25 points and Cory Johnson added 18. Kenji Yamada scored 14 and Masayuki Kabaya 12.
“Man, just an awful game for me offensively,” Warren told The Japan Times. “I can’t remember a time in my career where I have went without a field goal.
“I am just thankful my teammates had my back offensively and I just played hard on defense and rebounding — just (did) all I could to help the team.”
Brave Warriors 118, Lightning 87
In Okaya, Nagano Prefecture, Mike Bell’s 26-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist, three-block effort sparked Shinshu in its second win in as many days over Hiroshima.
Big man Joe Wolfinger added 25 points and 15 boards and Xavier Gibson had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Brave Warriors (8-14).
Adam Herman scored 33 points and Andre Murray, who was 2-for-14 from 3-point range, added 21 for the Lightning (1-21).
Five Arrows 70, Broncos 67
In Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Anthony Kent’s double-double (21 points, 15 rebounds) and Nino Johnson’s 16 points and 17 boards carried Takamatsu past the Broncos, giving the visitors a weekend sweep.
Entering the series, the Five Arrows (7-15) had lost seven straight games.
Tsubasa Yonezawa chipped in with 10 points for Takamatsu.
Seth Tarver finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Broncos (3-19) and Masaomi Toi added a season-high 14 points.
Northern Happinets 79, Hannaryz 67
In Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Richard Roby, who had a 24-point, nine-rebound, five-assist afternoon, was the Akita catalyst in a triumph over the Hannaryz.
The Happinets (16-6) have won five straight.
Kenichi Takahashi poured in 14 points for Akita, with Shigehiro Taguchi and Ray Turner contributing 13 apiece.
Moses Ehambe and Koki Yabuuchi both scored 14 points for Kyoto (17-5) and Shingo Utsumi added 13. Kevin Kotzur finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.
Rizing 71, Wat’s 66
In Tagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, veteran guards Taishiro Shimizu and Cohey Aoki, who have played in the bj-league since its inception in 2005, led the Rizing past Aomori as the hosts salvaged a weekend split.
Shimizu scored 15 points and Aoki had 12. Donnavan Kirk chipped in with 11 points and 16 rebounds for Fukuoka (10-14).
Jesse Perry paced the Wat’s (10-12) with 21 points and Makoto Sawaguchi and Nile Murry both had 12.
Big Bulls 69, Susanoo Magic 65
In Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, the Big Bulls overcame a 16-point deficit entering the fourth quarter and earned a series split.
Iwate (11-11) trailed 54-38 after three quarters, then outscored Shimane the rest of the way.
Tatsunori Fujie led the Big Bulls with 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting. Abdullahi Kuso added 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Patrick Sanders had a 12-point outing.
Jun Abe scored a team-best 18 points for the Susanoo Magic (17-7) and Scootie Randall added 14 points and 11 boards. Wayne Marshall contributed 11 points.
Golden Kings 93, Firebonds 78
In Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Evan Ravenel posted his 10th double-double of the season with a 25-point, 19-rebound game, and Ryukyu rolled past the hosts to avenge Saturday’s loss.
Ravenel, an Ohio State product, made 11 of 12 free throws. Anthony McHenry and Morihisa Yamauchi each scored 13 points for the title-chasing Golden Kings (16-6). Draelon Burns added 12 points and Ryuichi Kishimoto scored 11. Yamauchi dished out a team-high six assists.
Stephan Van Treese had 21 points and nine rebounds for Fukushima (13-9) and Kenya Tomori scored 18 points and handed out five assists. Le’Bryan Nash added 14 points and Masaya Karimata had 10 points and five assists.
89ers 96, HeatDevils 80
In Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, Jamal Boykin was a dominant force for Eastern Conference-leading Sendai, which completed a series sweep.
Boykin put 32 points on the board on 13-for-16 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. Wendell White added 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the 89ers (18-6). Yunosuke Yanagawa poured in a season-high 13 points and Fumiya Sato had 12.
Patrick Simon and Chehales Tapscott both scored 24 points for Oita Ehime (6-16). Tapscott also hauled in 13 rebounds.
Grouses 76, Samuraiz 71 (OT)
In Kanazawa, Bowie (Maryland) State alum Duke Crews had 27 points on 11-for-11 shooting (including two dunks) and grabbed 11 rebounds in Toyama’s overtime victory over the Samuraiz.
Sam Willard finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Masashi Joho had 12 points and four assists for the Grouses (14-8), who also triumphed on Saturday. Takeshi Mito added eight points and six assists for the visitors.
Marshall Brown had a strong game for Kanazawa (12-12) with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Yuji Ide provided 15 points and six assists. Gyno Pomare chipped in with 13 points, 16 boards, five steals and a pair of blocks, while Tsubasa Yonamine scored 10 points.
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