Takamatsu outlasts Osaka in OT


Staff Writer

Dexter Lyons scored a game-high 35 points and four teammates reached double figures in points in a 101-95 overtime victory over the visiting Takamatsu Five Arrows on Friday night.

Lyons, who buried 5 of 10 3-pointers, sank 12 of 15 shots from the free-throw line and had a major all-around impact on the game, adding 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in the bj-league series opener in Takamatsu. Lyons also had eight of the Five Arrows’ 22 turnovers.

Osaka collected 13 steals, with five players getting two or more, led by Kevin Galloway’s three.

Takamatsu improved to 4-7. Osaka (6-7 overall, 2-7 on the road) lost for the seventh straight time.

Tsubasa Yonezawa scored 16 points for the Five Arrows, Andrais Thornton had 14, Yusuke Kodera netted 11 and Paul Williams 10.

Although Osaka attempted 30 more shots from inside the arc than Takamatsu (66-36), the hosts had a big advantage at the free-throw line, where the Five Arrows were 24-for-37. The Evessa shot 10-for-21 at the line.

Galloway paced Osaka with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double of the season.

Zach Andrews added 17 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks for the Evessa, Teammate Yosuke Sugawara scored 16 points, Marcus Capers had 15, Dillion Sneed finished with 13 and Samuel Green Jr. had 10.