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Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008

BJ-LEAGUE

'Helicopter' lifts Tokyo in team's home opener


Staff writer

John "Helicopter" Humphrey scored 44 points to help the Tokyo Apache snap a three-game losing streak, beating the visiting Sendai 89ers 89-84 on Saturday at Ariake Colossuem.

Humphrey, who led the league in scoring in each of its first two seasons, scored 30 points on Oct. 18, but was held to a combined 30 points in the past two games. He also had 10 rebounds in the Apache's first home game of the 2008-09 season.

Forward Tizzo Johnson added 14 points for Tokyo (2-3), while Masashi Joho and Nick Davis scored eight apiece.

For Sendai (2-3), forward Rashad Tucker scored a team-best 24 points and Bobby St. Preux added 18.

Elsewhere, Niigata Albirex BB forward Yuichi Ikeda had a 30-point outing in his team's 101-92 win over the host Toyama Grouses.

Big man Dokun Akingbade, who was born in Nigeria and later attended George Washington University, contributed 27 points and Akitomo Takeno poured in 14 as the Albirex improved to 2-3.

Toyama, which had six players score in double figures, slipped to 1-4. Power forward Rodney Webb was the Grouses top scorer with 23 points.

The Osaka Evessa, meanwhile, bounced back from a rare two-game losing streak, edging the host Takamatsu Five Arrows 78-77. Two-time MVP Lynn Washington set the tone for the Evessa (3-2) with a 29-point, 13-rebound effort.

Nile Murry added 17 points, Naoto Nakamura had eight and Kazuya Hatano seven.

For the Five Arrows (4-1), Gordon James (25 points, 13 rebounds), George Leach (19 points, eight boards) and Yu Okada (13 points, eight assists) had the top individual performances.

In Okinawa, the host Ryukyu Golden Kings improved to 5-0, routing the struggling Oita HeatDevils 90-65.

Forward Anthony McHenry sparked the Golden Kings in all facets of the game, finishing with 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Chris Ayer, a former HeatDevil, scored 15, Bryan Simpson contributed 12 and Shigeyuki Kinjo had 10.

Jeffrey Price led Oita (1-4) with 21 points and 11 boards and Kimitake Sato had 12 points.

Also Saturday, the expansion Shiga Lakestars defeated the Rizing Fukuoka 84-78.

Shooting guard Bobby Nash put 27 points on the board as Shiga (1-4) made franchise history on the road. Forward Ryan Rourke added 21 points and 10 boards and frontcourt mate Yosuke Machida, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, chipped in with a season-high 18 points.

Jesse King III was Fukuoka's top scorer with 31 points. Michael Parker had 18 points for the Rizing (1-4).



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