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Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

Ashby carries Lakestars to dramatic win over Grouses

Staff writer

First-year coach Alan Westover's Shiga Lakestars became the fifth Western Conference squad to reach 20 wins this season in the bj-league, and they did so in dramatic fashion.

Center Julius Ashby's bucket with no time remaining lifted the Lakestars to a 75-73 triumph over the Toyama Grouses on Saturday.

Shiga improved to 20-13; Toyama slipped to 16-15.

Ashby was one of three Lakestars with eight points, joining Ray Nixon and Yu Okada (four steals) in that category. Dionisio Gomez led the club with 15 points and Shinya Ogawa, who had the assist on Ashby's clutch shot, added 12. Takamichi Fujiwara and Bryant Markson had 11 points apiece.

Masashi Joho scored a team-high 23 points for the Grouses, but had seven turnovers. Toyama's Ira Brown had 17 points and Devin Searcy added 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Golden Kings 89, B-Corsairs 73

In Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Narito Namizato and Dillion Sneed each scored 17 points and Ryukyu rolled to a one-sided win over visiting Yokohama.

Sneed was 3-for-10 at the foul line, so he had a good at 20 or more points. He's 16-for-38 at the charity stripe since rejoining Ryukyu in late January.

David Palmer sank four 3s in a 14-point performance, Anthony McHenry chipped in with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Golden Kings (26-7), Naoto Kosuge had 11 points and Jeff Newton had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Justin Burrell finished with 22 points and 13 boards for the B-Corsairs (17-16), Masayuki Kabaya had 17 points and Minoru Kimura scored 12. Center Chas McFarland had five points, eight boards and five steals off the bench.

Evessa 78, Broncos 51

In Saitama, Osaka jumped out to a 14-3 lead to start the game en route to a blowout victory over the hosts.

Masashi Obuchi scored 15 points with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals and Lynn Washington and Shota Konno each had 12 points apiece. Mike Bell had 10 points and eight boards and Cohey Aoki, a six-time All-Star, poured in nine points for the Evessa (23-8 overall, 14-3 in road contests). Bobby St. Preux and Satoshi Takeda (two blocks) scored seven points and Wayne Marshall raked in 11 rebounds for Osaka. No Evessa had more than 29:49 of playing time, giving the squad a chance to conserve energy for Sunday's rematch.

Jayme Miller paced Saitama (9-22) with 14 points and 15 rebounds, John Flowers scored 12, but was 0-for-8 on 3-point shots, while John "Helicopter" Humphrey had nine points. The Broncos shot 19-for-75 from the field, including 3-for-27 from long distance. Point guard Kenny Satterfield missed his third consecutive game due to an illness.

Shining Suns 88, Phoenix 77

In Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Dexter Lyons scored 20 points, O'Neal "Trey" Mims put 18 on the board and former Hamamatsu Higashimikawa assistant coach Ryuji Kawai, the Shining Suns bench boss, led his club to a big win over the two-time defending champions.

Taishiro Shimizu and Shinnosuke Oishi each scored 12 points for Miyazaki (15-18), which remains in playoff contention as a second-year franchise. Tsubasa Yonezawa contributed nine points and Darryl Dora added eight points and 12 boards for the victors.

For the Phoenix (21-12), Jermaine Dixon topped the scoring charts with 17 points, Wayne Arnold had 16 and Jeffrey Parmer 15.

Brave Warriors 92, Hannaryz 80

In Ina, Nagano Prefecture, Derek Raivio led the hosts with 21 points, including 10-for-10 at the foul line, in a series-opening win over Kyoto.

Edward Morris scored 18 points, Lee Roberts had 16 points and six assists and Takato Saito and Tadashi Utsunomiya had 11 points apiece for the Brave Warriors (13-20), a first-year franchise.

For the Hannaryz (21-10), former NBA center Lance Allred missed the game due to back spasms. Rick Rickert scored a team-high 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Hannaryz, Lee Cummard added 22 points, Taizo Kawabe had 13 and Sunao Murakami scored seven.

HeatDevils 87, Albirex BB 60

In Gosen, Niigata Prefecture, Matt Lottich and T.J. Cummings scored 22 points apiece and Naoto Takushi dished out nine assists in much-improved Oita's one-sided win over the hosts.

Wendell White had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the HeatDevils (11-22) and Taj Finger scored 12 points and hauled in seven boards. Lottich added five steals.

The Albirex (17-16) lost for the fourth time in five games. Nile Murry led Niigata with 15 points and Yuichi Ikeda and Errron Maxey both had 10. Center Chris Holm had 17 rebounds, but was held to four points on 2-for-10 shooting. As a team, Niigata was 4-for-24 on 3s.

Rizing 103, Jets 84

In Fukuoka, six Rizing players scored in double figures in a comprehensive win over Chiba.

Forward Jermaine Dearman had a team-best 26 points on 12-for-19 shooting for Fukuoka (21-12), Carlos Dixon scored 19, Kevin Palmer had 17, Jun Nakanishi added 15, Akitomo Takeno scored 11 and Gary Hamilton 10.

Jamel Staten was Chiba's top scorer, finishing with 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Maurice Hargrow had 15 points with eight assists, Antoine Broxsie scored 12, Shota Isshiki had nine and Tomoya "Chomo" Nakamura eight. Chiba's season-long woes at the free-throw line (63.2 percent) continued on Saturday, when the Jets were 13-for-25 at the charity stripe.

Northern Happinets 90, Five Arrows 67

In Takamatsu, the Five Arrows surrendered 59 second-half points en route to their 29th loss in 31 games.

Akita improved to 20-13, and balanced scoring was a key factor in the win.

Kyle Swanston led the Happinets with 26 points, and was 7-for-24 on 3-point shots. Kazuhiro Shoji finished with 13 and Mychal Kearse and Yuki Kikuchi had 12 apiece. Lionel Green and Shigehiro Taguchi each scored nine and E.J. Drayton had eight points with 13 rebounds. Akita finished 15-for-46 from 3-point range and 12-for-26 from inside the arc.

Paul Butorac had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Five Arrows and Michael Nunnally scored 14 points with 14 boards.

Susanoo Magic 75, Big Bulls 55

In Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, B.J. Puckett, making his eighth start of the season, scored a season-high 28 points, Michael Parker had 21 and the hosts snapped a four-game losing streak by routing Iwate.

Reggie Golson added nine points and 13 boards for Shimane (18-15).

Jamal Boykin led the Big Bulls (9-24) with 24 points and 15 rebounds, Shawn Malloy had 11 boards, Yoshiaki Yamamoto had an eight-point effort and Makoto Sawaguchi pumped in nine points..

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