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Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011

Kyoto hammers Oita in series finale

STAFF REPORT

Jermaine Boyette scored 17 points and five teammates had double-digit scoring efforts in the Kyoto Hannaryz's 107-76 win over the Oita HeatDevils on Friday in the bj-league.

Naoto Nakamura added 16 points and former NBA center Lance Allred scored 14. Seven Kyoto players had three or more assists, including Lee Cummard's team-best eight, as the Hannaryz improved to 5-5 and earned a series sweep.

Kyoto (5-5) had 27 total assists and eight turnovers.

Wendell White paced the HeatDevils (3-7) with 31 points and T.J. Cummings scored 17.

Elsewhere Friday, Kevin Palmer had 36 points and Akitomo Takeno added 15 as the host Rizing Fukuoka beat the Takamatsu Five Arrows 86-78.

Power forward Gary Hamilton added 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Rizing (5-4).

Paul Butorac led the Five Arrows (0-9) with 22 points and 11 boards.

In Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, Michael Gardener scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and newcomer Ricky Woods had 24 as the Akita Northern Happinets edged the Chiba Jets 88-84.

Maurice Hargrow led the Jets (6-3) with 26 points and 11 boards.

E.J. Dratyon scored 16 points for Akita (7-2) and Stanley Ocitti had 10.

"The mental lapses hurt us," Chiba coach Eric Gardow said, calling his team's play "37 minutes of pretty good basketball."

For Akita, Woods made his season debut and made a big difference.

"Woods was tough," Gardow said, "and gives them a different look. We'll have to make some adjustments (on Saturday)."

Chiba played without veteran center George Leach for the first time this season. He's now out for an estimated three to four months after suffering an Achilles injury, Gardow said.

"Akita is well coached and to beat them you have to be perfect, and for three minutes we got careless and it led to 3-pointers by Gardener," Gardow added. "We gave up too many offensive rebounds, missed defensive rotations and had a couple of costly turnovers — all in the fourth quarter. Hard to beat a good time like Akita when you do that."



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