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Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
Rizing knuckle down, come back with win
By ED ODEVEN
The Rizing Fukuoka were handed a dose of reality on Saturday, a reminder that no team is invincible in the bj-league. It was an embarrassing loss, a 24-point setback coming after coach Tadaharu Ogawa's team had reeled off eight straight victories.
On Sunday, the Rizing rebounded with a 95-90 road triumph over the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix.
Call it a gut-check win.
After Saturday's game, Ogawa gave his players a simple message: "Work hard tomorrow."
That's exactly what they did.
By limiting the scoring of Phoenix players not named Wendell White (he scored a season-high 40 points) and William Knight (37 points), Fukuoka was able to secure a series split and improve to 10-6 overall, 5-3 on the road.
Veteran point guard Tsuyoshi Kawazura, who shot 0-for-6 from the field and had zero points in the series opener, erupted for a season-high 27 points. He was 8-for-11 from the field and 10-for-11 from the free-throw line in leading the Rizing to a win.
Kohei Mitomo and Michael Parker added 16 points apiece for Fukuoka. Parker also grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out five assists. Isaiah Fox had a 15-point, nine-rebound effort.
The Rizing held a 75-64 advantage with 6:48 remaining and held on for the win a day after being outscored 61-36 after halftime.
Hamamatsu slipped to 12-2.
Also Sunday, the Ryukyu Golden Kings cruised to their third consecutive win, topping the host Oita HeatDevils 75-58.
Shigeyuki Kinjo led the Golden Kings (9-3) with 16 points. Tsubasa Yonamine supplied 13 points, six rebounds and eight assists for the reigning champions. Bryan Simpson had 12 points and eight rebounds and former Indiana University teammates George Leach (11 points, eight boards) and Jeff Newton (10 points, 13 boards) provided solid output on both ends of the floor.
Mike Bell finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for Oita (5-9). Ricky Woods chipped in with 14 points and 11 boards and Rashaad Singleton had a 12-point, 12-rebound performance. The rest of the HeatDevils combined for 10 points.
Mario Jointer's 19 points and Terrence Woodyard's 14 helped the Saitama Broncos rally for a 73-70 road win over the Sendai 89ers.
Terrence Roberts had 13 points and Kwbana Beckles added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Saitama (7-9). Taishiro Shimizu dished out five assists and fellow point guard Haruhito Shishito made four assists.
For Sendai (10-6), Chris Holm was the leading scorer with 19 points. Demetrius Guions and Kenichi Takahashi had 13 points apiece and Gyno Pomare scored 11.
The visiting Shiga Lakestars outscored the Kyoto Hannaryz 26-4 in the second quarter en route to a 95-54 win.
Gary Hamilton's excellent all-around effort (20 points, 22 rebounds, six assists, two steals) and Masashi Joho's 17 points sparked Shiga to its eighth win in 16 games.
Kyoto trailed 66-38 after three quarters.
Shooting guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and center Reda Rhalimi, the second- and third-leading scorers for the Hannaryz (4-10) with 16.6 and 15.8 points per game, respectively, did not play.
Josh Bostic paced Kyoto with 22 points and Daishi Hayakawa had seven.
Elsewhere, two-time MVP Lynn Washington's 29 points and 15 rebounds carried the Osaka Evessa to a 95-90 home triumph over the Takamatsu Five Arrows.
Nile Murry added 15 points, Ryan Blackwell scored 14, David Palmer had 12 and Shota Konno eight for Osaka (8-6).
Michael Gardener was Takamatsu's top scorer with 25 points. He had a game-high 12 assists.