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Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009
Energetic 89ers end Phoenix's win streak
By ED ODEVEN
The streak is over.
The Sendai 89ers earned an 88-79 victory over the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix on Saturday night, snapping the hosts' 10-game winning streak.
Small forward Bobby St. Preux keyed the Sendai offense with 22 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Center Chris Holm had another super game inside, stuffing the stat sheet with 20 points and 22 rebounds, while Rodney Webb had a 17-point, nine-rebound game as his new team improved to 3-0 since he left the Toyama Grouses. Kenichi Takahashi and Hikaru Kusaka both scored 10 points.
For the Phoenix (18-11), Michael Gardener scored 35 points in the loss. Teammate Marcus Morrison had a 17-point outing and Stanley Ocitti chipped in with 11, but no other Hamamatsu player had more than four points.
Kusaka helped the 89ers (15-14) take a 68-60 lead after three quarters, scoring the quarter's final points on a traditional 3-point play. Hamamatsu trailed throughout the final period.
In other bj-league games, the host Ryukyu Golden Kings prevailed in overtime, topping the Rizing Fukuoka 81-80.
Anthony McHenry's 3-point play with 37 seconds remaining accounted for the Western Conference leader's final points. Rizing forward Michael Parker made a basket with 14 seconds left in OT, but the visitors were unable to regain the lead in the waning seconds of the game.
Shigeyuki Kinjo finished with a team-best 22 points for the Golden Kings (23-6). McHenry had a stellar all-around game (14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) and Chris Ayer and Jeff Newton had 16 points apiece. Newton also grabbed a team-high 11 boards.
Parker led the Rizing (12-17) with 29 points and 20 rebounds, while Marlyn Bryant scored 20 points and Takanori Goya had 13.
Guard Kohei Mitomo sent the game into overtime, driving to the hoop with 8 seconds left and scoring a game-tying basket. That made it 70-70 after regulation.
Jerod Ward scored 33 points and cleared 14 rebounds to lead the Toyama Grouses to a 76-70 victory over the visiting Saitama Broncos.
Terrence Woodyard added 17 points and Haruhito Shishito handed out six assists for Toyama (8-21).
Reggie Warren led the Broncos (12-17) with 33 points and 14 rebounds, while Taishiro Shimizu contributed 14 points.
Elsewhere, the host Shiga Lakestars topped the Osaka Evessa 84-78.
Ryan Rourke paced Shiga (12-17) with 25 points, Bobby Nash poured in 19 and Ray Schafer added 12.
Osaka (18-11) trailed 78-69 with 4:54 remaining, cut it to 78-76 in the final minute, but failed to take the lead down the stretch. Lynn Washington's 34-point, 11-rebound effort paced the Evessa, who also got 14 points from Nile Murry and 12 from Naoto Nakamura.
Matt Garrison scored 27 points and Rasheed Sparks had 22 as the Takamatsu Five Arrows rallied for an 83-79 road win over the Oita HeatDevils.
The Five Arrows (20-9) outscored the HeatDevils (5-24) by a 23-10 margin in the fourth quarter.