• The Japan Times


Lynn Washington scored 32 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead the Osaka Evessa to a 93-80 win over the host Rizing Fukuoka on Friday in the bj-league.

The Evessa (30-17) outscored the Rizing 32-11 in the decisive fourth quarter. Nile Murray (19 points), Ryan Blackwell (12) and Jun Nakanishi and Naoto Nakamura (10 apiece) also reached double digits in points for Osaka.

Kohei Mitomo had a season-best 24 points for Fukuoka (20-27), but only two points in the second half. Teammate Michael Parker finished with 23 points.

The Evessa were 27-for-43 from the free-throw line, while the Rizing were 12-for-13.

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