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Golden Kings split; maintain grip on Conference lead

Date Posted: 2010-01-20

The Ryukyu Golden Kings bounced back Sunday from a rare loss, picking up a 76-63 victory over the Toyama Grouses as they boosted the season record to 19-7, best in the Western Conference.

Jeff Newton tallied 20 points and 18 rebounds, while teammate George Leach scored 17 and picked off nine rebounds and Anthony McHenry popped in 12 points and garnered 11 rebounds and five assists. The action came only a day after the Grouses picked up a home court 77-60 victory over the Golden Kings. Toyama held the conference leaders to only 19 points in the first half, while forcing 18 turnovers from Okinawa.

Elsewhere in the Basketball Japan League, Ricky Woods was the big, big man for the Oita HeatDevils as they slammed the Niigata Albirex twice over the weekend. Woods, the league’s fourth-leading scorer, poured in 44 points Saturday—only six points behind Okinawa’s Jeff Newton’s single-game record set a year ago—as Oita won 84-83. He did it again Sunday, scoring 40 points as the HeatDevils rolled to an 83-75 victory. Oita is now 11-15, while Niigata is 11-13.

Rizing Fukuoka earned a pair of weekend victories, 105-78 and 95-76 road wins over the Saitama Broncos, upping their record to 18-10, while Saitama slips to 10-14. The Sendai 89ers had an easy time of it, whipping the Shiga Lakestars 88-71, pushing their record to 16-10. The Lakestars are now 13-15. On Saturday, Sendai picked up the first of the two weekend wins, 83-65.

Earlier in the week, the red hot Takamatsu Five Arrows had the tables turned as the visiting Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix picked them off 108-78. The Five Arrows improved their record to 8-17. Meanwhile, the Tokyo Apache collected their 15th and 16th losses in 22 games, falling to the expansion team Kyoto Hannaryz 76-55 and 87-81. Kyoto is now 9-15, while Tokyo falls to 6-16.

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