Fourth quarter surge lifts Shinshu past Osaka as Aquino watches from bench

Published October 24, 2021, 5:49 PM

by Carlo Anolin

The Shinshu Brave Warriors used a fiery fourth quarter surge to zoom past the Osaka Evessa, 95-79, in Division I of the Japan B.League at the Ookini Arena Maishima Sunday, Oct. 24.

Yudai Okada and Anthony McHenry spearheaded Shinshu with 21 points apiece, Ko Kumagai posted 19 markers, four assists, three rebounds, and Reio Maeda added 11 points, two assists, and one rebound.

McHenry also had a double-double performance with 13 rebounds, five assists, and two steals while Okada contributed three assists, and two rebounds.

Filipino forward Matthew Aquino, for his part, saw his triumphant second game with Shinshu from the bench.

Leading only by seven points, 78-71, Shinshu uncorked a commanding 10-0 to increase the gap as many as 17 points, 81-71, capped by an easy two-pointer from Toshiya Mitsui off an Osaka turnover with 3:45 left.

Osaka’s Rei Goda responded from beyond the arc to halt Shinshu’s momentum but the Evessa couldn’t stop the Warrior’s offense as Okada and Maeda converted baskets with less than a minute remaining.

DJ Newbill paced Osaka with 16 points, four rebounds, three steals, and two steals while Perry Ellis, Ira Brown, and Kyle Hunt chipped in 14, 13, and 12 points, respectively.

Shinshu improved to a 4-4 record while Osaka fell to a 3-5 slate.

The Warriors will face No. 8 East District squad Levanga Hokkaido next weekend.