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Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

BJ-LEAGUE

Nakama lifts Apache; Hill claims first victory


Staff writer

Sometimes the lesser-known players can have a major impact on a game's outcome, and that was the case on Sunday in the Sendai 89ers-Tokyo Apache bj-league game.

Jumpei Nakama scored 28 points to lead the Apache to an 83-71 triumph over the hosts, giving ex-NBA coach Bob Hill his first win in the bj-league. Big man Robert Swift added 15 points and nine boards for Tokyo.

The Apache (1-1) also got 11 points and seven assists from Byron Eaton.

For Sendai (3-1), Mike Bell and Chris Holm each scored 20 points.

Rizing 82, Broncos 76

In Fukuoka, Michael Parker had a 20-point, 17-rebound performance and Jartavious Henderson added 13 points and eight boards for the Rizing, who improved to 3-1.

Gordon Klaiber paced Saitama (1-3) with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Kenny Satterfield scored 13 and dished out six assists and Kazuya Hatano also scored 13.

Hannaryz 97, Golden Kings 78

In Kyoto, the Hannaryz outscored Ryukyu 28-7 in the third quarter en route to a one-sided win to close out the series sweep.

Michael Fey had 19 points and seven boards for Kyoto, while Wendell White added 18 points and nine boards and Reggie Warren scored 15 and pulled down 12 rebounds. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf had a 13-point, five-assist performance.

Anthony McHenry led the Golden Kings (1-3) with 21 points and Abdullahi Kuso scored 20 and grabbed 10 boards. Shigeyuki Kinjo scored 14.

Five Arrows 83, Evessa 81

In Takamatsu, Rasheed Sparks scored 24 points and four teammates scored in double figures as the hosts handed Osaka its first loss of the season.

The Five Arrows improved to 2-2.

For the Evessa (3-1), Billy Knight scored a team-best 26 points and Wayne Marshall chipped in with 14.

Phoenix 75, Grouses 61

In Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, Wayne Arnold's game-best 25 points sparked the defending champions to a comfortable win over Toyama.

Hamamatsu Higashimikawa (3-1) has played four straight games against its Eastern Conference rival to begin the season.

Brian Harper was the leading scorer (15 points) for Toyama, which fell to 1-3.

Lakestars 93, Shining Suns 89

In Miyazaki, Mikey Marshall had a 25-point performance and power forward Gary Hamilton produced a triple-double (14 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists) to lead Shiga to a win over the hosts.

Lamar Rice contributed 19 points and nine rebounds and Masashi Joho scored 17 points for Shiga (2-2).

For the expansion Shining Suns (1-3), guard Taishiro Shimizu led the way with 22 points.

Magic 73, HeatDevils 62

In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Will Caudle scored 17 points and Tatsuhiro Yokoo poured in 14 as coach Zeljko Pavlievic's club earned a sweep in its first-ever home series.

Shimane improved to 3-1 in its inaugural season.

Damian Johnson had a double-double (17 points, 14 rebounds) and Matt Lottich scored 15 for Oita, which fell to 1-3 under new coach L.J. Hepp.

Albirex BB 94, Happinets 84

In Niigata, Willie Veasley scored a game-high 26 points and Yuichi Ikeda had 14 to lead the hosts.

Niigata (1-1) bounced back from a last-second loss on Saturday.

Akita's Paul Butorac scored 23 points against his former club and Sek Henry added 22 points and six assists. Makoto Sawaguchi, an 18-year-old rookie guard, contributed 13 points, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, for the Northern Happinets (2-2).

Heat add Stackhouse

MIAMI (AP) Once denied a championship by Miami, Jerry Stackhouse is resuming his chase of a title with the Heat.

Stackhouse joined the Heat on Saturday, one day after the NBA championship hopefuls learned that they'll be without injured swingman Mike Miller until possibly January. Stackhouse, who turns 36 next month, averaged 8.5 points in 42 games as a reserve with the Milwaukee Bucks last season.

"This is a very exciting time in my basketball career," said Stackhouse, a two-time All-Star now with his sixth NBA club.



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