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Phoenix, Golden Kings mix it up

Date Posted: 2010-03-11

The free throw line was anything but charitable to the Ryukyu Golden Kings Sunday, and that made the difference as the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix bounced back to win 74-66.

The Golden Kings handily won Saturday’s contest at the Okinawa Convention Center, but the inability to sink free throws Sunday, while Hamamatsu went 14-for-16 at the line, was enough to push the Phoenix to victory and a 29-7 mark in Basketball Japan League play. Okinawa, with a 24-14 record, still leads the Western Conference.

That lead is being threatened by a strengthened Fukuoka squad, which moved to 22-14 this past weekend with a series sweep against the Oita HeatDevils. The Rizing Fukuoka won Sunday’s matchup on home court, 84-79. Michael Parker tallied a team-high 29 points while hauling in 14 rebounds to lead Rizing Fukuoka. Oita is now 16-22.

Elsewhere in league action, the hapless Tokyo Apache fell again, losing 86-77 Sunday to the Shiga Lakestars. Shiga, with newcomer Mikey Marshal picking up 16 points in only his second game with the Lakestars, and Masashi Joho with 17 points, has now won four straight in league action.

The Osaka Evessa picked up an 86-68 Sunday road win over the Toyama Grouses to press their record to 20-16 on the season. Osaka was hot from three-point range, with players scoring seven-of-12, while the Grouses were only able to score on four-of-22 three-point attempts. The Grouses are now 13-21.

The Saitama Broncos were more than comfortable on the home court Sunday, dumping the Takamatsu Five Arrows 93-61. Saitama’s winning weekend improved the season record to 13-21, with veteran forward Kirby Lemon leading the scoring with 23 points while adding 22 rebounds.

The Niigata Albirex BB improved its record to 18-18 Sunday with a series split against the Kyoto Hannaryz. Anthony Burks with 21 points and Tyrone Levett’s 18-point scoring led the Albirex BB to an 80-71 win.

The Golden Kings take on the Takamatsu Five Arrows this weekend in Okinawa. The home stand is being played at the 21st Century Forest Gym in Nago City. Tip off is 7 p.m. Saturday evening, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The following weekend, March 20th and 21st, the Ryukyu Golden Kings take a break before facing the Oita HeatDevils at Ginowan City Gym on the 27th at 7 p.m. and Sunday the 28th at 4 p.m.

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