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Palmer leads Golden Kings to weekend series split

Date Posted: 2010-11-23

The Ryukyu Golden Kings looked much like a championship caliber team Saturday night, with David Palmer scoring 16 points as they rolled to a 77-65 victory over the Osaka Evessa.

Twenty-four hours later, it was a different story. Palmer was again the lead scorer for Okinawa, racking up 14 points, but the rest of the action was all Osaka. The Evessa hammered the Golden Kings 84-53, pushing Okinawa to a 6-6 record on the year. Osaka improved to 8-4, with Lynn Washington scoring 14 on Saturday and 30 on Sunday.

Osaka’s Sunday victory came after three consecutive losses, a team looking anything but the championship squad that won three consecutive championships several years back. The Ryukyu Golden Kings won the title in 2009, ending the Evessa’s stranglehold on championships.

Elsewhere, the league-leading Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix pushed its record to 11-1 with a pair of decisive wins over the host Kyoto Hannaryz, 96-82 on Friday night, and 107-82 on Saturday. Kyoto is now 4-8 on the season. The Rizing Fukuoka picked up a win over the weekend with a 96-78 home court win over the Shimane Susanoo Magic. The Rizing is now 8-4, while Shimane drops to 5-7.

It wasn’t a happy weekend for the Akita Northern Happinets, who lost a pair to the Tokyo Apache. The Apache won 98-79 on Saturday, then extending its winning streak to three with a 99-87 win on Sunday. The Apache even the record at 4-4, while Akita falls to 4-8. The Niigata Albirex BB split the weekend series with the Sendai 89ers, winning Sunday, 80-69, after losing to the 89ers 76-71 a day earlier.

The Takamatsu Five Arrows also split a series, winning over the Miyazaki Shining Suns 88-71 on Saturday, only to fall 101-81 on Sunday. The Five Arrows are now 4-6, while the Shining Suns are 4-8. The Toyama Grouses shared victory and defeat over the weekend, winning over the Saitama Broncos 100-92 Saturday, then losing 86-60 on Sunday. The Broncos are now 3-9 on the year, while the grouses are 5-7.

The Ryukyu Golden Kings are on the road this weekend. They’ll play the Niigata Albirex BB on both Saturday and Sunday at the Niigata City Higashi Sports Center. The squad returns home for a series against the Miyazaki Shining Suns at the Ginowan City Gym December 4th and 5th.

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