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Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010

BJ-LEAGUE

Murry guides Rizing as Hamamatsu's 15-game win streak ends


Staff writer

The streak is over.

Nile Murry scored a game-high 31 points, including 16-for-19 at the free-throw line, to lead the Rizing Fukuoka to a 104-99 victory over the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix on Saturday, ending the defending bj-legaue champion's 15-game winning streak.

Thiago Cordeiro added 15 points, Masahiro Kano had 14 and Michael Parker chipped in with 12 for the Rizing, who improved to 12-7.

Jartavious Henderson and Jun Nakanishi each scored 10 points for Fukuoka.

The host Rizing prevailed despite a 25-for-40 effort at the free-throw line. Nakanishi was 0-for-7.

The Phoenix, meanwhile, were 24-for-34 at the charity stripe and drained 13 of 30 3-point shots.

For Hamamatsu (17-2), Ray Nixon and Jermaine Dixon had 23 points apiece, with Nixon knocking down 6 of 11 3s. Wayne Arnold poured in 21 points for the Eastern Conference's top team.

The Phoenix lost their third game of the season — 66-55 on Oct. 23 against the Toyama Grouses — and then went unbeaten for nearly two months.

Northern Happinets 100, Lakestars 82

In Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, the expansion Akita club earned a victory in its first game against coach Bob Pierce's former team.

Sharpshooter Antonio Burks paced the Happinets (7-12) with 26 points and buried 7 of 12 3-point shots in an electrifying performance. High-energy guard Sek Henry, just days after being left off the Eastern Conference All-Star team, added 20 points and 13 assists to make a statement, and Kazuhiro Shoji had 17 points and was 4-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Big man Dokun Akingbade had 15 points and 15 rebounds in 28-plus minutes.

Akita reserve forward Yuki Nobuhira worked effectively near the basket, hauling in a season-best 11 rebounds (six offensive boards). His previous high was four rebounds.

Shiga's Gary Hamilton had a dominant game (26 points on 12-for-15 shooting and 22 rebounds). Lamar Rice scored 16 and Mikey Marshall had 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting and seven assists. Guards Yu Okada, Takamichi Fujiwara and Masashi Joho were a combined 3-for-13 from 3-point range in the loss.

The Lakestars fell to 13-6.

Hannaryz 117, Grouses 88

In Kyoto, Wendell White had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Kibwe Trim scored 24 as the hosts trounced Toyama.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, the league's oldest player at age 41, contributed a season-high 21 points to help the Hannaryz improve to 9-10. Coming off the bench for the 13th time in 15 games, Abdul-Rauf made 9 of 17 shots from the field. Teammates Michael Fey and Kyosuke Setoyama both scored 10.

For Toyama (5-12), Brian Harper had 19 points and Matthew Kyle had an 18-point, 14-rebound performance.

HeatDevils 83, Broncos 73

In Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture, Damian Johnson scored 19 points and Kimitake Sato added 14 as Oita earned a road win in the series opener.

The HeatDevils raised their record to 7-10 under first-year coach L.J. Hepp.

Gordon Klaiber was the Broncos' top scorer with 15 points. Kenny Satterfield finished with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, but Saitama slipped to 4-15. The Broncos' Yuki Kitamuki and Kazuya Hatano each scored 11.

Evessa 85, Shining Suns 75

In Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, fan favorite Lynn Washington poured in 28 points and muscled inside to collect seven rebounds as Osaka defeated the Shining Suns.

Billy Knight added 15 points and eight boards and Hirohisa Takada scored 11 for the Western Conference-leading Evessa (14-5). Wayne Marshall chipped in with nine points and 12 boards and Shota Konno scored seven.

For Miyazaki (6-13), Elijah Palmer (18 points, 11 boards) and Brandon Cole (13 points, 11 rebounds) both posted double-doubles, while Jackie Manuel and Hiroki Fujita each had nine points.

Albirex BB 77, Susanoo Magic 70

In Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, Julius Ashby and Zach Andrews combined for 52 points in the hosts' narrow victory over Shimane.

All-Star center Ashby led Niigata (8-9) with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five steals, while Andrews had 25 points and 16 boards. Willie Veasley added eight points and raked in 10 rebounds and Yuichi Ikeda had seven points in the win.

The Albirex outscored the out-of-towners 23-11 in the decisive fourth quarter.

Reggie Golson was the high scorer for Shimane (8-11) with 22 points. Guard Takumi Ishizaki had a solid all-around game, finishing with 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Will Caudle scored 11.

The Susanoo Magic struggled at the foul line, missing 12 of their 22 shots.

Golden Kings 84, Five Arrows 69

In Takamatsu, Carlos Dixon's 25 points led Ryukyu to a one-sided win over the hosts.

Shigeyuki Kinjo had a 14-point outing, Jeff Newton added 13 points, 11 boards and five assists, while Abdullahi Kuso scored 12 and Tsubasa Yonamine had eight points and dished out five assists for the Golden Kings (12-7).

Rasheed Sparks paced the Five Arrows (5-12) with 14 points and Masaaki Suzuki scored 13.



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