Washington leads Evessa to win

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Reigning bj-league MVP Lynn Washington scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Osaka Evessa cruised past the Oita HeatDevils 71-64 at Namihaya Dome in Osaka Prefecture on Saturday.

In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, four Niigata players had double-digit scoring totals as Albirex routed the Sendai 89ers 96-57.

Matt Garrison had game-high 20 points, and Jack Hartman and Nick Davis followed Garrison with 19 points and 16 points, respectively.

In Takamatsu, Julius Ashby had 15 points to guide the Takamatsu Five Arrove to a 77-67 win over the Tokyo Apache.

John Humphrey scored 36 points for the Apache.

In Toyama, Marcus Tony-El scored 19 points to lead the Saitama Broncos to a 77-66 win over the Toyama Grouses.