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Osaka evens series with Ryukyu Golden Kings

Date Posted: 2010-01-14

The Osaka Evessa, who three times won the Basketball Japan League title before Okinawa’s Ryukyu Golden Kings stole the show last season, put some excitement into its weekend series with Okinawa, splitting a two-game series with the Western Conference leaders.

Okinawa fell 78-74 Saturday, then bounced back 88-77 Sunday to even the season at 3-3 between the two Western Conference giants. Center George Leach was the big guy for Okinawa both days, while teammate Lynn Washington scored a team-best 25 points Saturday. Jeff Newton, the Golden Kings’ frontcourt star, was injured Saturday and did not play Sunday.

The Golden Kings move to 18-6 on the season. They take on the Toyama Grouses this weekend at Shinminato Aisin Keikinzoku Sports Center.

Elsewhere in the B-J League, the Shiga Lakestars were successful Sunday in slowing the league’s top team, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix. The Lakestars split the weekend series, falling 97-87 on Saturday, then battling back for a 67-63 Sunday victory. The Phoenix, the league’s top team at 18-4, meet Takamatsu tonight and tomorrow. The Lakestars are now even at 13-13.

The struggling Tokyo Apache pushed their record to 6-14 with a road win Sunday against the Niigata Albirex BB. The Albirex BB had taken Saturday’s contest 75-68. The Oita HeatDevils picked up a 75-72 road win Saturday over the Sendai 89ers after losing 81-68 on Friday. The 89ers are now 14-9, while Oita falls to 8-15. The 89ers were in their second series of the week, splitting an early week series with the Rizing Fukuoka.

The first-year Kyoto Hannaryz split a pair with the Saitama Broncos over the weekend. Kyoto pushed its record to 7-15 with a 78-75 win over the Broncos, while Saitama moved to 10-12.


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