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Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009


Jointer leads Broncos past struggling Albirex

Staff writer

Mario Jointer scored the go-ahead basket with 4:33 remaining in overtime, leading the Saitama Broncos to an 82-81 road win over the Niigata Albirex BB on Saturday.

Jointer finished with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists to help Saitama improve to 2-7 in the bj-league.

Teammate Terrence Woodyard had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Haruhito Shishito scored 11 points and Daiki Terashita poured in eight.

Niigata's Yuichi Ikeda drained a clutch 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime with the score knotted at 71-71.

But Jointer's aforementioned basket gave the Broncos a two-point advantage and the first points of OT.

Ikeda had 23 points and nine boards for the Albirex (2-5). Paul Butorac had 21 points and 10 boards, Antonio Burks supplied a 19-point, 12-rebound stat line and Akitomo Takeno had seven points for struggling Niigata.

Elsewhere in the bj-league, center George Leach scored 20 points and hauled in a game-high 22 rebounds to lead the visiting Ryukyu Golden Kings to a 77-69 victory over the Takamatsu Five Arrows.

Jeff Newton, Leach's former Indiana University teammate, added 18 points and 13 boards as first-place Ryukyu improved to 6-2. Shigeyuki Kinjo had a 17-point effort for the Western Conference power.

The Golden Kings didn't trail in the second half.

Demetrius Guions and Gyno Pomare scored 21 points apiece in the Sendai 89ers' 88-76 home victory over the Tokyo Apache.

Leading 67-65 with 7:35 to play in the fourth quarter after Tokyo's Cohey Aoki had converted a field goal, the 89ers used an 11-4 spurt to seize control of the game and improve to 5-0 at home.

Chris Holm had a double-double (13 points, 17 boards) and Pomare muscled his way inside for 13 rebounds. Kenichi Takahashi finished with 12 points and seven assists and Guions handed out six assists for Sendai (7-2), which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tokyo center Julius Ashby scored a game-best 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Rasheed Sparks had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Aoki scored 12 points and Nick Davis had 11 points, eight boards and five assists for the Apache, who fell to 4-5.

Lynn Washington scored 21 points and Waki Williams had 19 in the Osaka Evessa's 83-69 road triumph over the Oita HeatDevils.

Osaka (4-3) received double-digit scoring efforts from five players.

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