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Golden Kings claim pair of road victories

Date Posted: 2010-12-02

The Ryukyu Golden Kings rolled into Niigata for a weekend series with the Albirex BB, then 48 hours later got on a plane back to Okinawa two games richer.

The Golden Kings had to work hard for the victories, winning Saturday 68-63 behind the scoring of David Palmer with 19, and Jeff Newton with a double-double 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Shigeyuki Kinjo hopped into double figures with 10 points. It got no easier a day later as the Okinawa squad needed overtime to slip past the Albirex BB 80-79. Anthony McHenry led the Golden Kings with 21,followed by Carlos Dixon’s 13 and David Palmer tallying 12.

The Golden Kings have improved to 9-5, while Niigata falls to 5-7.

Elsewhere, the league leading Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix bumped its record to 13-1 over the Sendai 89ers. The Phoenix won 87-81 and 83-78, with Wayne Arnold leading the way with 24 points each of the two contests.

The Shimane Susanoo Magic, one of the Basketball Japan League’s expansion teams, split a road series with the Shiga Lakestars. The Lakestars won the first, 92-69, to boost its Western Conference record to 10-3, only to fall Sunday 97-77. The Osaka Evessa swept a pair from the Oita HeatDevils over the weekend, winning 83-63 and 91-90 in a nail-biter. Osaka’s now 104 on the season.

In Miyazaki Prefecture’s Miyakonojo, the Shining Suns split a pair with the Fukuoka Rizing to run its record to 5-9. The Shining Suns won the first contest 93-80, then lost 107-70 a day later. The Rizing is now 9-5 on the season. The Kyoto Hannaryz headed into the weekend having lost four of its last five games, determined to break the spell. The Hannaryz did with a decisive 103-71 win over the Takamatsu Five Arrows, and then with another convincing 94-72 victory. The Hannaryz are now 6-8, while the Five Arrows fall to 4-8.

The expansion Akita Northern Happinets hit the hardwood in Tokorozaawa in Saitama Prefecture, boosting its record to 5-8 with a Saturday win over the Saitama Broncos, 96-90. The Broncos weren’t pleased with that ending, and bounced back Sunday forcing 18 turnovers and blocking 11 shots in a 98-82 ‘getting even’ contest. Saitama is now 4-10.

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