Seven days after making 11 of 11 shots from the field in a game against the Kanazawa Samuraiz, forward Duke Crews delivered another jaw-dropping offensive performance for the Toyama Grouses.
On Sunday, Crews made all 10 of his shots, including a trio of crowd-pleasing dunks, in the Grouses’ 94-80 home victory over the Oita Ehime HeatDevils.
Crews, a Bowie State alum, is averaging 17.4 points per game and emerging as one of the best newcomers in the bj-league this season.
Toyama (16-8) has won four straight games.
It wasn’t a one-man Toyama show in the series finale, though. Far from it.
Big man Sam Willard contributed 12 points, 23 rebounds and seven assists. Masashi Joho had 18 points and former No. 1 overall league draft pick Takanori Goya scored 13.
The HeatDevils (6-18) trailed 76-46 after three quarters.
Oita’s Chehales Tapscott and Patrick Simon had 26 and 21 points, respectively.
Susanoo Magic 79, Brave Warriors 68
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Scootie Randall was a force at the free-throw line as the hosts completed a series sweep.
Randall drained 17 of 20 foul shots in a 30-point night. Josh Davis added 12 points and 15 rebounds and Edward Yamamoto had 12 points and seven steals for Shimane (19-7).
Junki Kano paced Shinshu (8-16) with 19 points, including four 3s. Xavier Gibson added 13 points.
Five Arrows 73, Albirex BB 69
In Takamatsu, Yusuke Kainuma knocked down five 3s to account for all of his points and the hosts bounced back from a series-opening loss.
Jarvis Williams finished with 14 points and 10 boards and Kazuki Yamashita scored 13 points for the Five Arrows (8-16).
Ryan Reid had 29 points and 15 rebounds for Niigata (16-8). Faye Pape Mour added 17 points and 13 boards.
Northern Happinets 88, Rizing 67
In Akita, Richard Roby, former NBA big man Kenyon Martin’s brother, ignited the hosts with a 26-point, 10-rebound, five-assist outing as they salvaged a series split.
Noriyuki Sugasawa scored 14 points for Akita (17-7) and Shigehiro Taguchi poured in 11. Yuto Otsuka dished out a team-high six assists.
Donnavan Kirk paced Fukuoka (11-15) with 24 points and Bingo Merriex had 15.
Lakestars 88, Wat’s 55
In Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Shiga took a 19-point advantage into the third quarter and completed a series sweep.
Julian Mavunga had 26 points for the Lakestars (15-7) and Jeff Parmer scored 16, followed by Yu Okada with 11.
Jesse Perry led Aomori (10-14) with 17 points. The Wat’s misfired on 20 of their 24 3-point shots.
Hannaryz 85, Big Bulls 75 (OT)
In Kitamaki, Iwate Prefecture, in an intense showdown, Kyoto sealed the overtime victory at the free-throw line.
The Hannaryz (19-5) made 27 of 35 foul shots; the Big Bulls converted 12 of 16.
Tyren Johnson had 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the visitors, while Kevin Kotzur provided 24 points and 15 boards. Shingo Utsumi scored 12 points.
Tatsunori Fujie led Iwate (11-13) with 20 points, Patrick Sanders had 10 and Alandise Harris nine. Abdullahi Kuso blocked four shots.
Bambitious 91, Broncos 70
In Nara, floor leader Tatsuya Suzuki ended 2015 on a high note, guiding the hosts to their second win of the holiday weekend over Saitama.
Suzuki contributed 17 points, nine assists and four steals. Charles Hinkle had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bambitious (9-17), who had five double-digit scorers.
For the Broncos (3-21), Seth Tarver was the high scorer with 22 points.
Firebonds 68, Evessa 65
In Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, a dominant rebounding effort lifted Fukushima past the hosts.
The Firebonds (14-10) out-rebounded the Evessa 52-44 to earn a two-game split.
Fukushima’s Le’Bryan Nash had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Stephan Van Treese chipped in with 14 points and nine boards. Masaya Karimata added 12 points.
For Osaka (15-9), which shot 4-for-12 at the charity stripe, Olu Ashaolu had 17 points and 13 rebounds with four assists and two blocks. Narito Namizato added 16 points and Michael Singletary scored 10 points.
Phoenix 79, Crane Thunders 76
In Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Terrance Woodbury had the hot hand on offense with 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting and reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa edged the hosts to complete the sweep.
Kejuan Johnson scored 16 points and Shingo Okada and Reggie Warren each had 11 for the Phoenix (19-5). Warren grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds.
Thomas Kennedy led Gunma (11-13) with 27 points and Masashi Obuchi doled out nine assists.
89ers 91, Samuraiz 70
In Sendai, the dynamic one-two punch of Wendell White and Jamal Boykin was the winning formula for Sendai for the second straight day.
White, a UNLV alum, had 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Boykin, a former University of California player, provided 22 points, 12 boards, four steals and a pair of blocks for the Eastern Conference-leading 89ers (20-6).
Sendai made 25 of 41 shots from inside the 3-point arc.
Kanazawa trailed by 17 points after the opening quarter.
Gyno Pomare had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Samuraiz (12-14).
Lakestars 86, Wat’s 81
In Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, despite Jesse Perry’s career-high 47-point effort, the hosts fell to Shiga.
Perry, a former University of Arizona player, made 18 of 22 shots from the field, converting 12 of 13 from inside the arc and 6 of 9 from beyond. He added eight rebounds and three steals.
Michael Parker set the bj-league single-game scoring record of 53 points on Nov. 7, 2010, while playing for the Rizing Fukuoka against the Takamatsu Five Arrows.
For Perry, the scoring outburst was a combination of things.
“What went well for me is that I was just being aggressive and confident,” Perry told The Japan Times after the game. “I also felt good about the shots I took. I knew they where going in and I wish I could have broken the bj-league record tonight.”
Perry said he recalled scoring 35 points in past seasons as a pro player, but Saturday’s performance was new territory for him. The 26-year-old forward added that “in high school maybe I have scored close to 47.”
Julian Mavunga paced the Lakestars with 28 points. Jeff Parmer poured in 21 points and Yu Okada had 14 points and nine assists.
Golden Kings 92, B-Corsairs 83
In Yokohama, Evan Ravenel and Shuhei Kitagawa scored 22 points apiece and Ryukyu defeated the hosts on Boxing Day to complete a series sweep.
Kitagawa sank 9 of 10 free throws. Ravenel made 8 of 12 shots from the field and hauled in nine rebounds. Draelon Burns added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the perennial power.
B-Corsairs big men Carl Hall (23 points, 10 boards) and Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (21 points, 14 rebounds) finished with double-doubles.
Hannaryz 75, Big Bulls 68
In Kitamaki, Iwate Prefecture, Moses Ehambe had 17 points and Kevin Kotzur supplied 14 points and 16 boards to lead Kyoto past the hosts.
Hannaryz forward Tyren Johnson finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds and Sunao Murakami scored 13 points.
Iwate’s Alandise Harris scored 17 points and Tatsunori Fujie had 12. Abdullahi Kuso chipped in with nine points and nine boards.
Rizing 80, Northern Happinets 70
In Akita, Josh Peppers’ team-high 23 points sparked Fukuoka in the series opener.
Josei Maniwa added 18 points and Taishiro Shimizu had 14 points and five assists for the Rizing, with Donnavan Kirk adding 10 points, 12 boards and four blocks.
Shigehiro Taguchi led Akita with 18 points and Scott Morrison had 15 points and nine boards.
The Northern Happinets were 3-for-20 on 3-point shots.
89ers 83, Samuraiz 76
In Sendai, Wendell White and Jamal Boykin powered the hosts past Kanazawa.
The frontcourt stars made 20 of the 89ers’ 26 2-point baskets, converting 10 apiece.
White, a league MVP candidate, had 34 points and 11 rebounds. He also knocked down 4 of 5 3-point attempts. Boykin added 25 points and nine boards. Takehiko Shimura dished out eight assists.
For the Samuraiz, Andrew Fitzgerald had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Gyno Pomare added 18 points, 10 boards and three blocks.
Grouses 96, HeatDevils 73
In Toyama, Duke Crews continued his impressive play of late with a 22-point, 14-rebound effort and three teammates also reached double figures in scoring in a rout of Oita Ehime.
Grouses fan favorite Masashi Joho put 18 points on the board.
The HeatDevils’ Chehales Tapscott scored 21 points and collected six steals. Tatsuhiko Toshino had 12 points and 10 turnovers.
Phoenix 82, Crane Thunders 61
In Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Terrance Woodbury had 15 points and Shingo Okada and Kejuan Johnson scored 13 apiece for the defending champions.
Johnson added 12 rebounds and shared the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa team lead in assists (five) with Reggie Warren.
Gunma’s Thomas Kennedy had a team-high 19 points.
Evessa 85, Firebonds 55
In Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, the hosts held Fukushima to 39 points over the final three quarters.
Lawrence “Trend” Blackledge paced Osaka with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Olu Ashaolu had 21 points and five assists. Michael Singletary added eight points in his Evessa debut.
Le’Bryan Nash, who had 22 points, was the Firebonds’ lone double-digit scorer.
Bambitious 85, Broncos 81
In Nara, Josh Ritchart canned five 3s in a 28-point effort and pulled down 10 rebounds against Saitama.
Charles Hinkle added 27 points for the hosts.
Evan Harris led the Broncos with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Seth Tarver dished out 11 assists.
Susanoo Magic 86, Brave Warriors 65
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, balanced scoring carried the hosts past Shinshu.
Shimane star Scootie Randall filled the stat sheet with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Josh Davis (16 points, 16 boards), Jun Abe (15 points) and Edward Yamamoto (14 points) also had big offensive games. Wayne Marshall swatted four shots and Davis had three.
Xavier Gibson scored 18 points for the Brave Warriors.
Albirex BB 76, Five Arrows 65
In Takamatsu, Ryan Reid energized Niigata with a 26-point, 16-rebound, five-assist night and Shuhei Komatsu poured in 19 points against the hosts.
Jarvis Williams led the Five Arrows with 20 points.
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