Strong 3-point shooting carried the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix past the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday night.

The Phoenix recorded a 69-68 victory in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture.

The defending champions (31-14) shot 12-for-27 from beyond the arc. Seven Phoenix players made at least one 3-pointer. DeAngelo Kirkland was the team leader in that category with three 3s. He finished with 12 points.

Kejuan Johnson paced Hamamatsu with 19 points and Reggie Warren added 12 with 11 rebounds and four assists. Big man Atsuya Ota contributed seven points and 10 rebounds.

Patrick Sanders led Iwate (25-20) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Alandise Harris chipped in with 15 points and Abdullahi Kuso had 12 points and four steals.

The Big Bulls struggled from the perimeter, making 4 of 18 3-point shots.

Hannaryz 76, Lakestars 63

In Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, Kevin Kotzur and Tyren Johnson powered Kyoto past its Kansai rival.

Kotzur finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds and Johnson supplied 23 points, 17 boards and five assists for the Hannaryz (34-11), who are 3-0 against Shiga this season.

Genki Kojima contributed 11 points for Kyoto, which led 33-30 at halftime. Hannaryz point guard Koki Yabuuchi dished out eight assists.

Shiga’s Julian Mavunga scored 17 points. Yu Okada added 12 points for the Lakestars (30-15) and Jamelle Horne had 11, while Yutake Yokoe scored nine.

Kyoto out-rebounded the hosts 54-32.

Susanoo Magic 70, Bambitious 58

In Nara, Scootie Randall scored 25 points, including an 11-for-13 effort at the charity stripe, and pulled down 15 rebounds, and Josh Davis grabbed a game-high 19 boards (nine offensive) as Shimane outplayed the hosts.

Nara (15-32) lost its ninth game in a row.

The Susanoo Magic (35-12) won the rebounding battle by a 59-37 margin.

Davis added 10 points and Wayne Marshall and Tatsuhiko Yokoo had nine apiece.

Charles Hinkle paced Nara with 16 points and Josh Ritchart scored 13.

HeatDevils 110, Lightning 54

In Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Oita Ehime jumped out to a 58-24 lead by halftime and cruised past Hiroshima.

The Lightning (1-42) extended their losing streak to 37 games.

Chehales Tapscott led the HeatDevils (14-31) with 20 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Six teammates also scored in double figures, including Koki Wada, who finished with 17 points.

Daichi Tomioka had 20 points for Hiroshima.

Oita finished with a 75-44 advantage in rebounding.

Northern Happinets 75, Firebonds 63

In Akita, Richard Roby’s 20-point, 11-rebound, five-assist, four-steal effort spark the hosts in a triumph over Tohoku rival Fukushima.

Shigehiro Taguchi, Yuto Otsuka and Akitomo Takeno all scored 11 points for Akita (30-15), and Scott Morrison had 10 points and 10 boards. Kenichi Takahashi dished out six assists with zero turnovers in the series opener.

For the Firebonds (28-17), Le’Bryan Nash had a game-high 29 points and Stephan Van Treese added 10 points. Bingo Merriex added nine points and nine rebounds and Masaya Karimata scored seven points.

Grouses 93, Broncos 69

In Saitama, Toyama had an efficient game on offense, doling out 23 assists and converting 60.4 percent of its shots from 2-point range in a victory over the lowly Broncos.

Duke Crews paced the Grouses (32-13) with 19 points and Takeshi Mito scored 18. Sam Willard added 14 points and Drew Viney had 12 and 10 rebounds. Ryo Yamazaki also scored 12 points. Kensuke Tanaka led the team with eight assists and Masashi Joho handed out five.

Saitama (4-41) trailed 24-6 entering the second quarter.

Edward Morris scored 20 points for the Broncos and grabbed 13 rebounds. Masaya Ueda chipped in with 16 points.

Golden Kings 93, Five Arrows 80

In Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, Ryukyu delivered a 31-point third quarter to secure a victory over Takamatsu.

The Western Conference-leading Golden Kings (35-10) improved to 19-4 on the road and won their 12th consecutive game.

The Five Arrows fell to 11-34.

Crane Thunders 94, Cinq Reves 82

In Tachikawa, Gunma handed Tokyo its 37th consecutive defeat and completed a series sweep.

Thomas Kennedy paced the Crane Thunders (21-25) with 47 points on 18-for-26 shooting. He had nine rebounds and three steals. Teammate Kosuke Taneichi scored 11 points for Gunma.

Du’Vaughn Maxwell led the Cinq Reves (1-43) with 27 points. Andre Murray scored 17 points and John Florveus had 14 points and 17 rebounds.

Tokyo shot 2-for-15 from beyond the arc.

Gunma put 52 second-half points on the board and held the hosts to 38.

Friday rewind

Crane Thunders 95, Cinq Reves 75

In Tachikawa, Thomas Kennedy scored 31 points on 11-for-17 shooting and Michael St. John poured in 19 points as Gunma pounded Tokyo in the series opener.

Kennedy added 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals, while St. John hauled in 15 boards. Yosuke Sugawara added 11 points and Gary Hamilton had 10 points, 12 boards and two blocks.

The Crane Thunders outscored the hosts 26-14 in the pivotal third quarter.

For Tokyo, Andre Murray scored 22 points and John Florveus had 20.

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