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Monday, March 1, 2010


Woods sets new bj-league single-game scoring record with 52

Staff writer

A 35-point performance in a loss doesn't make many players happy. But a 52-point effort in a win will put a smile on any basketball player's face.

Just ask Ricky Woods, who accomplished both feats over the weekend.

The Oita HeatDevils star broke the bj-league's single-game scoring record on Sunday in a 117-90 home triumph over the Tokyo Apache.

Woods surpassed Ryukyu Golden Kings standout Jeff Newton's record of 50 points, which was set in the playoff semifinals last May at Ariake Colosseum.

A product of Southeastern Louisiana University, Woods was 19-for-30 from the field and 14-for-21 at the free-throw line against the Apache on Sunday. He also had 18 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, doing his part — and then some — to guide the HeatDevils (16-20) to a series split.

Mike Bell finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, Rashaad Singleton supplied a double-double (10 points, 10 boards) for Oita and Matt Lottich poured in eight points.

Oita, which led by 18 points after three quarters, scored 44 fourth-quarter points.

Rasheed Sparks paced Tokyo (11-21) with 22 points, Julius Ashby had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Cohey Aoki scored 15. Michael Chappell, the Apache hero on Saturday night with 29 points on 11-for-12 shooting, had an off-game in the rematch, finishing with seven points on 3-for-9 shooting.

Elsewhere Sunday, the host Shiga Lakestars defeated the Saitama Broncos 93-74 to complete a series sweep.

Gary Hamilton's all-around effort (18 points, 22 rebounds, nine assists) set the tone for the Lakestars (18-18), who posted their first sweep since Jan. 23-24 against the Takamatsu Five Arrows. Ray Schafer added 18 points and 10 boards, Masashi Joho scored 14, Luke Zeller had 13 and Takamichi Fujiwara finished with 10 points and six assists.

The Broncos (11-21), losers of six straight games, trailed 68-44 entering the fourth quarter. They are tied with the Apache for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Terrence Woodyard led Saitama with 23 points, while Mario Jointer scored 14 and handed out five assists and Taishiro Shimizu scored 12.

Demetrius Guions scored 29 points and Gyno Pomare added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Sendai 89ers' 97-72 home victory over the Kyoto Hannaryz.

Effective ball movement keyed the 89ers' offense, enabling players to find the open man. All told, seven Sendai players finished with two or more assists, including Guions and Josh Peppers with five apiece. Hikaru Kusaka and Takehiko Shimura each had four assists.

Peppers had a 16-point outing and Kenichi Takahashi scored 10 as Sendai improved to 22-12.

Kyoto, which had 11 fourth-quarter points, fell to 12-20.

Veteran guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, the No. 3 pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, had a team-best 23 points for the Hannaryz. He scored only five points on Saturday. J.R. Inman had 13 points and eight boards and Reda Rhalimi scored 11 points for Kyoto.

Wendell White's 21-point effort and Wayne Arnold's 20 points sparked the host Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to a 104-67 win over the Niigata Albirex BB.

Twelve Phoenix players put points on the board in this runaway victory; Niigata had seven scorers.

Hamamatsu (28-6) outscored the visitors 60-29 after intermission to secure the sweep.

Tyrone Levett was Niigata's leading scorer with 20 points. Akitomo Takeno added 13 and Antonio Burks scored 11 for the Albirex (17-17).

The Takamatsu Five Arrows, meanwhile, bounced back from a series-opening loss to beat the visiting Toyama Grouses 94-77.

Yu Okada and Michael Gardener scored 24 points apiece for the Five Arrows (11-23), who opened the fourth quarter with a 15-4 run. Big man Antoine Broxsie had a busy afternoon, too, walking off the court with an 18-point, 25-rebound effort, while Shuichi Takada chipped in with 12 points.

For Toyama (13-19), Kirby Lemons led the team with 16 points and Johann Collins, Brandon Thomas and Takeshi Mito each scored 14. Collins also grabbed a team-best 18 rebounds.

The Ryukyu Golden Kings seized control of their game in the third quarter against the host Osaka Evessa en route to an 80-67 triumph.

The Golden Kings (23-13) rebounded from Saturday's four-point loss to improve to 4-3 against their top Western Conference rival. They outscored the Evessa 31-16 in the third quarter.

Masashi Obuchi finished with a team-high 22 points for Ryukyu and George Leach had 18 points and 14 rebounds. Yosuke Sugawara, coming off an 0-for-8 outing from 3-point range, was 1-for-5 from beyond the arc, but provided a valuable 5-for-5 effort from the charity stripe and ended up with 14 points. Kevin Steenberge (eight points, 18 rebounds) and Bryan Simpson (eight points) provided valuable contributions in the frontcourt.

Tsubasa Yonamine asserted himself as the floor leader, with seven points, eight boards and five assists in the books on a day when Anthony McHenry (knee) missed his second straight game and joined injured starters Newton (shoulder) and Shigeyuki Kinjo (knee) on the bench. Newton and Kinjo have been sidelined for weeks, but are both expected back in the rotation in April.

For Osaka (18-16), playing without All-Star power forward Lynn Washington, Ryan Blackwell had team-highs totals in points (19) and rebounds (17). David Palmer chipped in with 14 points and Nile Murry scored 12 to go along with 10 boards and eight assists. The rest of the team had 22 points.

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