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West wins JBL All-Star contest

Date Posted: 2012-01-19

Osaka’s Lynn Washington picked up the Most Valuable Player trophy at this weekend’s Japan Basketball League All-Star game in Saitama, with Okinawa’s big guy, Jeff Newton, scoring big for the victorious West Squad.

The West, coached by Shiga’s Alan Westover, worked to keep things simple in front of the crowd of 14,000, pushing Newton, Washington and Michael Parker en route to the 120-93 victory. Washington finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Parker topped all players with 26. Golden King Newton finished with 10 points.

It was a second consecutive win for the Western Conference team, which took the 2011 match-up 100-99. The West never trailed, leading 40-18 after only one quarter. Golden Kings point guard Narito Namizato was a dynamo throughout, tallying four assists in the first half, leading all players as he fired crisp passes and speedy dribble-drive skills to keep the West ahead of Eastern defenders.

Next year’s All-Star Game will be hosted by the Tokyo expansion team, which begins play next season. Commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi says the game will be played at an as-yet-to-be-named site.

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