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Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007
Newton sparks unbeaten Evessa
By ED ODEVEN
Center Jeff Newton scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the host Osaka Evessa to an 88-76 victory over the Takamatsu Five Arrows in their home opener.
Osaka (3-0) also got 23 points from Lynn Washington and 17 from Matt Lottich in a rematch of last year's bj-league championship game, which the Evessa won for the second straight season. Elsewhere, the visiting Saitama Broncos (1-3) defeated the Ryukyu Golden Kings 83-70, giving David Benoit his first victory as a head coach.
Broncos forward Gordon James had 26 points and 15 rebounds and frontcourt mate Mamadou Diouf had 16 points and nine boards. Eric Walton led the Golden Kings with 22 points.
The host Sendai 89ers topped the Tokyo Apache 90-85, getting double figures from five players, including Bobby St. Preux (18) and Nick DeWitz (17).
Nick Davis led Tokyo with 24 points, Dameion Baker and John "Helicopter" Humphrey had 20 apiece and Cohey Aoki contributed 10 points and 11 assists. The Niigata Albirex BB defeated the visiting Toyama Grouses 93-88.
Forward Rodney Webb (24 points, 10 rebounds) led Niigata's balanced offensive attack and Takamichi Fujiwara had 17 points and nine assists. Toyama center Uka Agbai scored a team-high 30 points.
The host Oita HeatDevils edged the Rizing Fukuoka 80-77, with ex-Arizona State guard Jason Braxton putting 22 points on the board, Yukinori Suzuki adding 16 and Andy Ellis producing a double-double (12 points, 17 boards). For the Rizing, Michael Gardener had a team-high 20 points.