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Fukuoka ends Golden King win streak at nine

Date Posted: 2009-12-31

The Ryukyu Golden Kings battled to the final seconds of their game against Rizing Fukuoka Saturday, right to the point where they could have sent the game into overtime with two seconds remaining. They couldn’t get the job done, though, losing 73-72 to Fukuoka, ending a nine-game winning streak.

Until those final moments, it looked good for Okinawa, as the Golden Kings even shot 15 for 31 at the charity stripe in their first match-up of the season against Rizing. The top rated Western Conference teams battled all the way, with George Leach finishing with 23 points.

It went the other way Sunday, with Okinawa upending Rizing Fukuoka 72-69, pushing their record to 16-4. Rizing Fukuoka slipped a notch to 15-9.

Elsewhere in the Basketball Japan League, the Niigata Albirex BB stretched its win streak to seven on Saturday, beating the visiting Shiga Lakestars 96-63, only to have the visitors bounce back Sunday to squeeze out a 69-67 win. Niigata is now 9-9, while the Lakestars are 12-12.

The Takamatsu Five Arrows rolled out a squeaker of a 78-77 win over the Osaka Evessa Saturday, only to find the roles reversed on Sunday as the Evessa took a 90-88 home court win. Osaka is now 10-12, while the Five Arrows hold at 8-16. The Oita HeatDevils split a weekend pair with the Kyoto Hannaryz, losing 85-74 on the road Saturday, before bouncing back Sunday with an 89-87 win. The HeatDevils up their record to 8-14, while the Hannaryz fall to 6-14.

The Eastern Conference leaders, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix rolled to a pair of easy weekend wins over the Toyama Grouses, 86-70 and 100-67. The Phoenix now hold the league’s best record at 17-3, while Toyama fell to 8-10.

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