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Golden Kings split series with conference foe

Date Posted: 2010-12-16

The Ryukyu Golden Kings beat up the Shiga Lakestars in overtime Saturday to win, but couldn’t keep the momentum going Sunday, falling 98-88 to the Western Conference co-leaders.

The Lakestars, now 13-5 behind the power shooting 29 points of Lamar Rice, swept into Naha and Sunday beat the Okinawa squad 98-88. Ryukyu’s Jeff Newton popped a season-best 22 points Saturday, and added 18 points and nine rebounds in Sunday’s losing cause. Okinawa now stands behind Osaka and Shiga in the Western Conference at 11-7.

Elsewhere in the Basketball Japan League, domination is the only word that describes the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, who now have seven more victories than any other team in the Eastern Conference. The Phoenix hasn’t lost a game since October 23rd against the Toyama Grouses, and are perched atop the league standings at 17-1. The Phoenix took a two-game sweep from the visiting Northern Happinets, who slip to 6-12 in league play.

The Tokyo Apache reeled off their fifth and sixth victories in a row over the weekend, bouncing the Niigata Albirex BB 84-74 on Sunday. The Apache are now 6-4, while the Albirex BB are 7-9. In Oita Prefecture, the Fukuoka Rizing held steady at 11-7 on the year with a series split against the Oita HeatDevils. Rizing’s Sunday classic ended 79-74 behind the 27-points scoring by Michael Parker and Akitomo Takeno’s 18 for Fukuoka.

In Miyazaki, the Shining Suns split a weekend series with the Kyoto Hannaryz. The excitement was Sunday as the squads took the dual to overtime before Miyazaki won 118-107. The Shimane Susanoo Magic, paced by Jeral Davis who popped in 17 points while hauling down 10 rebounds, outdistanced the Takamatsu Five Arrows Sunday to earn a series split. The Magic’s now 8-10, while the Five Arrows remain in the lower division, 5-11.

The Western Conference co-leaders, the Osaka Evessa, swept a two-game series from the hapless Toyama Grouses with a 90-69 win Sunday. Osaka’s now 13-5, while the grouses slip to 5-11. The Sendai 89ers had a fun time in front of the hometown fans over the weekend, sweeping a series from the Saitama Broncos. The Broncos, with Sunday’s 94-74 loss, hold the dubious distinction of league’s worst with a 4-14 record, while the 89ers improve to 10-8.

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