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Monday, Dec. 8, 2008

BJ-LEAGUE

Takeno's clutch shot helps Albirex beat Ryukyu, end six-game slide


Staff writer

Akitomo Takeno nailed the game-winning basket with 5 seconds remaining to lift the Niigata Albirex BB to a 74-73 triumph over the host Ryukyu Golden Kings on Sunday.

The Albirex (5-9) snapped a six-game losing streak.

Dokun Akingbade scored a team-best 20 points for Niigata and pulled down 13 rebounds. Calvin Chitwood added 17 points, Takeno had 14 and Yuichi Ikeda added 12.

Chris Ayer had a game-high 22 points for Ryukyu (12-4), which has lost three of its last four games. Jeff Newton finished with 12 points and 11 boards and Naoto Takushi contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Poor 3-point shooting hurt the Golden Kings. They were held to 14.3 percent (2-for-14) on shots from beyond the arc.

Elsewhere in the bj-league, the visiting Tokyo Apache defeated the Oita HeatDevils 101-82 to extend their winning streak to five games.

Apache star John "Helicopter" Humphrey lit up the scoreboard for 31 points. He drained 3 of 4 3-pointers, and has made 11 of 18 3s in the past three games. He finished this game 11-for-17 from the field.

Nick Davis filled the stat sheet with a 20-point, 12-rebound, four-assist, three-steal, two-block output and made all six of his free throws to help Tokyo finish with a 13-for-15 effort at the line. Jumpei Nakama scored a season-high 11 points, his first double-digit game since the season opener, and handed out a team-high six assists. Masashi Joho added 11 as Tokyo improved to 10-4.

James Wilkinson scored 24 points and frontcourt mate Jeffrey Price had 23, but Oita slipped to 4-12.

Leading 37-36 at the break, the Apache outscored the hosts 31-17 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

The Takamatsu Five Arrows trounced the Toyama Grouses 117-78. Six Takamatsu players scored in double digits: Gordon James (28), Matt Garrison (15), Yu Okada (13), Rasheed Sparks (13), Satoshi Takeda (12) and Hiroyuki Kikuchi (12).

Sparks was one assist shy of a triple-double. He also grabbed 12 boards.

Okada dished out nine assists and center George Leach had seven, as well as a team-high three steals.

The Five Arrows had five different players get slam dunks in the contest.

Takamatsu (10-4) led 78-59 after three quarters and finished the resounding victory with a 38-point outburst in the fourth.

For Toyama (3-11), Rodney Webb was the top scorer with 25 points.

Michael Gardener scored 34 points, dished out seven assists and collected six steals in the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix's 76-74 home win over the Rizing Fukuoka.

Adam Zahn's double-double (12 points, 17 boards) and Masahiro Oguchi's 10 points helped the Phoenix (7-9) return to the victory column after five straight defeats.

Hamamatsu forward Stanley Ocitti, who has previously played professionally in Hungary, Austria and the Netherlands after attending Binghamton (N.Y.) University, pulled down 15 boards, including six off the offensive glass, and added three steals and a blocked shot in 33 busy minutes.

Marlyn Bryant led the Rizing (6-10) with 29 points and nine rebounds, while Michael Parker poured in 17.

The Osaka Evessa, meanwhile, bounced back from Saturday's subpar outing, routing the host Saitama Broncos 96-68.

Lynn Washington had the hot hand for the Evessa (10-6), knocking down a season-high five 3-pointers (he attempted seven) and finishing with 25 points. Nile Murry added 24 points, Eric Walton 11 and Naoto Nakamura and Justen Naughton nine apiece.

Reggie Warren was Saitama's No. 1 scorer (21 points) and Yuki Kitamuki had a 10-point performance, his first double-digit game since scoring 23 on Nov. 3.

The Broncos (9-7) missed 16 of 20 3-point attempts, a key factor in the loss. Osaka, on the other hand, made 10 of 20.



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