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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
High-scoring Evessa humiliate Hannaryz
By ED ODEVEN
Fast and furious, the Osaka Evessa overwhelmed the Kyoto Hannaryz in the final meetings between the Kansai rivals this season.
The visiting Evessa routed the expansion Hannaryz 105-75 on Tuesday afternoon.
It was a thorough, well-rounded, old-fashioned blowout.
Exhibit A: All 12 Osaka players in uniform put points on the board.
As expected, two-time MVP Lynn Washington was the Evessa's leading scorer. He finished with 25 points and seven rebounds and Ryan Blackwell had 19 points and 10 boards. Nile Murry added 13 points and nine assists, while Shota Konno scored 10.
Jason Klotz, Jun Nakanishi and Hirohisa Takada had eight points apiece for Osaka.
The Evessa (32-18) sit atop the bj-league's Western Conference standings, while the Hannaryz (16-34) are the second-worst team in the seven-team conference.
Kyoto trailed 48-34 at halftime, and then Osaka put the game out of reach, using a 19-1 spurt to take a 67-35 advantage.
The Evessa led by as many as 35 points in the third quarter and took an 80-49 advantage into the final stanza.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf paced Kyoto with 25 points and John Clifford added a double-double (21 points, 13 boards).
Hannaryz center Reda Rhalimi, who scored 27 points and 14 rebounds in Monday's series opener (a 95-79 Osaka win), had zero points and three rebounds entering the fourth quarter. He finished with 11 points and eight boards.
Seldom-used Kyoto point guard Sunao Murakami had 10 points, his second double-digit scoring game of the season.
Also Tuesday, the Rizing Fukuoka defeated the host Takamatsu Five Arrows 100-79.
Michael Parker and Marlyn Bryant scored 24 points apiece for the Rizing (29-20), who currently trail the first-place Evessa by 2 1/2 games.
Richard Ford Jr. added 14 points and Kohei Mitomo scored 13 for Fukuoka, while Thiago Cordeiro finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Yu Okada and Jeffrey Price each scored 19 points for Takamatsu (12-37) and Antoine Broxsie scored 17.
In essence, the Rizing won the contest at the free-throw line. They made 24 of 34 foul shots; Takamatsu was 6-for-9.