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Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006

BJ-LEAGUE

Osaka defeats Tokyo - again


Staff writer

The host Osaka Evessa defeated the Tokyo Apache 74-68 in Saturday's bj-league action, their third victory in as many games against Joe Bryant's squad this season.

David Palmer paced the winners with 20 points.

Forwards Lynn Washington and Jeff Newton both pulled down 17 rebounds and scored 17 and 11 points, respectively.

Osaka's Matt Lottich had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Tony Jones scored 23 points in his Apache debut, while John Humphrey had 17 and 14 boards.

Elsewhere, the visiting Niigata Albirex BB topped the Sendai 89ers 80-70 sparked by five players' double-digit scoring games.

Center Nick Davis had a team-high 19 and grabbed 15 rebounds, while shooting guard Naoto Kosuge scored 15 and swingman Antoni Wyche had a game-best eight assists.

Forward Mamadou Diouf had 22 points and 14 rebounds for Sendai. Led by guard Taishiro Shimizu's 20, five Saitama Broncos had 10 or more points in an 85-74 win over the host Toyama Grouses.

Shimizu also had four rebounds and four assists on the night, while big man Andrew Feeley had 18 points and 10 boards and Kosuke Shimizu had 15 points.

Toyama's Nile Murry had a 24-point outing and Nate James added 23.

The Oita HeatDevils, meanwhile, pulled away in the fourth quarter for an 85-70 win over the host Takamatsu Five Arrows.

Mikey Marshall and Andy Ellis scored 22 points apiece for Oita. Takamatsu's Julius Ashby had 21 points.



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