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Golden Kings split pair on road

Date Posted: 2010-03-04

The Ryukyu Golden Kings found themselves confronted with a tough Western Conference foe that wouldn’t give up Saturday, losing by four points. The Osaka Evessa made Okinawa fight for a victory on the road Sunday, a win that pressed the Golden Kings record to 23-13.

Okinawa is now 4-3 against their conference rival, outscoring the Evessa Sunday 31-16 in the third quarter as Masashi Obuchi led the Golden Kings with a team-high 22 points. Teammate George Leach scored 18 while picking off 14 rebounds, and Yosuke Sugawara went 5-for-5 at the free throw line while tallyi9ng 14 points.

Anthony McHenry missed a second straight game, sitting on the bench alongside injured teammate starters Jeff Newton, who’s shoulder is still sore, and Shigeyuki Kinjo, who’s knee has him sidelined. Both Newton and Kinjo are expected back in the strting lineup in April. Osaka, now 18-16, was playing without All-Star power forward Lynn Washington.

Elsewhere, Ricky Woods had a fantastic weekend that put him in a record books class of his own with the Oita HeatDevils. First he scored 35 points while losing to the Tokyo Apache, then bounced back with a new league record 52-point scoring blitz Sunday in a 117-90 home court victory. His Sunday effort pushed him past Ryukyu Golden Kings start Jeff Newton’s record 50 points scored in a playoff game last May at Ariake Colosseum.

The HeatDevils are now 16-20 with the weekend series split, while Tokyo sits at 11-21. Rasheed Sparks paced Tokyo with 22 points, while Julius Ashby scored 16 and pulled down 11 rebounds. Michael Chappell, Saturday night’s Apache hot shot with 29 points while going 11-for-12 from the field, was only able to score seven points in Sunday’s loss.

The Shiga Lakestars dumped the Saitama Broncos in a series sweep, pushing the Broncos to an 11-21 record with six straight losses. The Lakestars’ Sunday win, 93-74, gave Shiga an even 18-18 record. Gary Hamilton led the Lakestars with 18 points and 22 rebounds, while the Broncos are tied with the Tokyo Apache for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

The Sendai 89ers scored a 97-72 win over the Kyoto Hannaryz Sunday, giving them a 22-12 record that puts them near the top of the conference. Kyoto fell to 12-20. Meanwhile, the super hot Eastern Conference leading Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix pushed their record to 28-6, with 12 Phoenix players scoring points as they defeated the Niigata Albirex BB 104-67. Wendell White’s 21 points and Wayne Arnold’s 20 were tops for Hamamatsu. The Albirex are now 17-17.

The Takamatsu Five Arrows retaliated Sunday for a Saturday loss to the Toyama Grouses, winning the second match up 94-77. The Five Arrows, now 11-23 on the season, saw Yu Okada and Michael Gardner score 24 points each, while the 13-19 Grouses had Kirby Lemons on top with 16 points.

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