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Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

Humphrey, Broncos rout Big Bulls

Staff Report

The Saitama Broncos snapped a six-game losing streak on Thursday, trouncing the host Iwate Big Bulls 98-75 in the bj-league.

John "Helicopter" Humphrey scored a game-high 37 points. It was Humphrey's highest-scoring game since a 52-point outburst on Dec. 10. He was 13-for-18 from the field and made three steals. Saitama improved to 7-15.

Jayme Miller added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos and Nashid Beard and Kenny Satterfield each scored nine points. Satterfield led the team with seven assists. Beard blocked three shots.

For Iwate (7-17), Gordon Klaiber had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Thomas Kennedy added 19 points and eight boards. Yoshiaki Yamamoto and Shawn Malloy each had 10 points.

Also Wednesday, Masashi Joho scored a game-high 21 points in the Toyama Grouses' 85-61 victory over the Yokohama B-Corsairs.

Toyama (10-10) has won four of its last five games, including a series sweep at Yokohama International Swimming Pool.

Joho had 18 points by halftime, and Toyama led 33-29.

Haakim Johnson and Brian Harper each scored 12 points apiece and Takeshi Mito and Devin Searcy both had 10 as coach Kazuaki Shimoji's club solidified its fifth-place spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Justin Burrell paced the B-Corsairs (9-13) with 13 points and 13 rebounds, Marcus Simmons scored 10 points, Masayuki Kabaya had nine and Kenji Yamada had eight. Yokohama had 23 turnovers.

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