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Monday, Dec. 24, 2007
Osaka sweeps Tokyo
By ED ODEVEN
The Osaka Evessa completed a two-game sweep of the Tokyo Apache on Sunday, recording an 82-79 victory.
Matt Lottich, a former Stanford University guard, had a 27-point outing for the Evessa, who improved to 11-3.
Do-it-all small forward Mikey Marshall, coming off a 30-point, eight-rebound, six-assist, four-steal, four-dunk, one-block game, had another noteworthy performance for the two-time defending bj-league champions from Kansai. Marshall left Ariake Colosseum with a stat line that read this way: 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists.
Osaka's star center, Jeff Newton, added 17 points and 13 boards and Naoto Nakamura chipped in with 10 points.
Tokyo (9-5) led 20-10 after one quarter but was outscored in each of the next three quarters.
Apache center Nick Davis was three assists shy of a triple-double. He also had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Cohey Aoki had a team-best 18 points for Tokyo and John Humphrey and Lee Jung Jun scored 14 apiece.
Elsewhere, the host Niigata Albirex BB bounced back from a four-point loss to the Ryukyu Golden Kings, earning a 92-76 victory. For Niigata (8-8), five players scored in double figures, including Andrew Preston (25 points), Matt Garrison (13) and Takamichi Fujiwara (13).
Golden Kings forward Danny Jones scored a game-high 25 points and frontcourt mate Eric Walton had 16 points and 18 boards. Taira Yoshida added 15 points for Ryukyu (4-12).
Andy Ellis, the league's leading scorer, scored 25 points to pace the visiting Oita HeatDevils in an 84-71 win over the Takamatsu Five Arrows. The Texas Tech product also pulled down 18 rebounds.
Guard Jason Braxton added 23 points and Justin Allen had 17 for Oita (7-7), which outscored Takamatsu 23-8 in the second quarter.
Reggie Warren's 26 points led the Five Arrows (11-5).
The Sendai 89ers picked up their 10th victory of the season, edging the visiting Saitama Broncos 76-72.
Nick DeWitz (23 points), Bobby St. Preux (17 points) and Ryan Blackwell (17 points, five rebounds, five assists) had big scoring games for the Eastern Conference's top team in the series opener. Sendai (10-3) had an exceptional passing game, getting three or more assists from six players, including Kenichi Takahashi and Hikaru Kusaka, who had four apiece.
For Saitama (5-8), James Davis had a team-best 17 points and Gordon James had 15 rebounds and eight points.
The Rizing Fukuoka improved to 6-7, beating the Toyama Grouses 88-78 in Kyushu.
Michael Gardener (19 points), Joshua Peppers (18), Jeffrey Price (17) and Tsuyoshi Kawazura (15) provided the majority of the scoring for Fukuoka (6-7).
Despite double-digit scoring from five players, the Grouses slipped to 1-14.