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Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011

BJ-LEAGUE

Mighty Phoenix outlast Susanoo Magic in OT


Staff writer

Wayne Arnold converted the shot that carried the visiting Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix into overtime. And from there, coach Kazuo Nakamura's squad did what it does best: win games.

The Phoenix outlasted the expansion Shimane Susanoo Magic 92-82 on Saturday, spoiling a major upset opportunity for the hosts.

Arnold made a game-tying basket with 15 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, knotting the score at 74-74.

Arnold, an All-Star last Sunday in Osaka, had a game-high 30 points, including 6-for-13 from 3-point range, as Hamamatsu improved to 25-2 and won its eighth straight game. Jeffrey Parmer scored 20 and pulled down 12 rebounds, Ray Nixon scored 14 and Jermaine Dixon had 12.

For Shimane (11-16), Reggie Golson had a 28-point outing, Forrest Ray Fisher III added 17 points, Tatsuhiro Yokoo scored nine and Takumi Ishizaki and Jeral Davis each had eight. Ishizaki dished out five assists and Davis crashed the boards to collect 13 rebounds and also blocked six shots.

Evessa 80, 89ers 72

In Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, the injury-plagued hosts played an efficient, gutsy game and defeated Sendai.

Billy Knight scored 27 points, including 8-for-11 from 2-point range and 8-for-10 at the free-throw line, and raked in 10 rebounds, Hirohisa Takada scored 14, Lawrence Blackledge notched a double-double (13 points, 12 boards, along with four assists, four blocks and two steals) and Wayne Marshall poured in 10.

Osaka improved to 18-9, the best record in the Western Conference.

Takada and Daisuke Tamura each had four assists.

For Sendai (15-9), Mike Bell had a team-best 22 points and five steals. Mac Hopson scored 19 along with nine assists and Chris Holm had 12 points and nine rebounds. Kenichi Takahashi finished with 10 points and five assists.

Shining Suns 68, Albirex BB 62

In Miyazaki, Elijah Palmer scored 21 points and Brandon Cole had 18 points and 14 rebounds as the hosts edged Niigata.

Yuta Kojima added nine points and Taishiro Shimizu had seven for the Shining Suns (8-19).

For the Albirex (13-12), Julius Ashby had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Yuichi Ikeda scored 16 and Willie Veasley had 10.

Grouses 90, HeatDevils 71

In Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Brian Harper's 24-point, seven-rebound, five-assist, two-steal effort and Takeshi Mito's 15 points carried Toyama to a road win.

John Davis and Haakim Johnson added 13 points apiece for the Grouses (9-17).

Taj Finger and Damian Johnson both scored 17 points for Oita, which fell to 12-17. Matt Lottich had 11 points and six assists and Kohei Mitomo scored 10 and handed out six assists.

Hannaryz 102, Five Arrows 72

In Takamatsu, Kyoto manhandled the league's worst team in the opening half en route to a runaway victory.

Six Hannaryz players scored in double figures: Kibwe Trim (22 points, 16 rebounds), Wendell White (15), Taizo Kawabe (13), Sunao Murakami (12), Reggie Warren (11 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 16-plus minutes in his first game since Dec. 5) and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (10).

Kyoto improved to 14-13.

For Takamatsu (6-21), Jeffrey Price scored 22 on 10-for-18 shooting and Satoshi Takeda had 16.

The Five Arrows trailed 52-27 at halftime.

Lakestars 86, Broncos 72

In Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, center Ray Schafer scored a season-high 20 points and macho forward Gary Hamilton had 16 points and 20 rebounds to lead the hosts to a win over Saitama.

The Broncos' seven-game win streak ended.

Lamar Rice chipped in with 17 points and 10 boards, Mikey Marshall scored 15 and sixth man Yu Okada poured in 12 points, grabbed five rebounds and collected four steals for Shiga (17-10) in a big win for first-year coach Takatoshi Ishibashi's squad to begin the second half of the season.

Kenny Satterfield paced Saitama (11-16 overall, 3-10 on the road) with 19 points, while Gordon Klaiber scored 14 and hauled in 10 rebounds. George Leach scored 13 points and had 18 rebounds, Daiki Terashita contributed eight points and Kazuya Hatano had seven along with seven boards.

The Broncos were 5-for-24 on 3-point shots.

Golden Kings 71, Happinets 66

In Odate, Akita Prefecture, Carlos Dixon, Jeff Newton and Anthony McHenry all had double-doubles as Ryukyu's inside strength proved to be a key factor in a win over the hosts.

Dixon finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds and Newton added 11 points and 11 boards, while McHenry had a 10-point, 11-rebound, four-assist outing for the Golden Kings (15-11). Shigeyuki Kinjo scored 13 points and Tsubasa Yonamine had 11 for Ryukyu.

Sek Henry had a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds for Akita (9-17) and Antonio Burks finished with 12. Dokun Akingbade added eight points and 13 rebounds. Paul Butorac also scored eight and local favorite Makoto Hasegawa added seven.



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