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Golden Kings sweep pair of road games

Date Posted: 2010-12-23

The Ryukyu Golden Kings upped their record to 13-7 this weekend with a pair of wins in Takamatsu over the Five Arrows.

Carlos Dixon paced the Okinawa squad to an 84-69 victory Saturday, tallying 25 points, then coming back Sunday with 11 points and 10 rebounds to carry the Golden Kings to a 69-67 win. Shigeyuki Kinjo picked up 14 points in the Saturday victory, while Jeff Newton was also hot with 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Abdullahi Kuso scored 12 Saturday, then popped in 10 on Sunday. The Five Arrows are now 5-13 on the season.

Nile Murry was the attention-getter this week, billed as the power behind stopping the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s 15-game win streak. Murry chalked up a game-high 31 points, including going 16-for-19 from the free throw line, as the Rizing Fukuoka took a 104-99 win. It was only the season’s second loss for the Phoenix, not having lost since a 66-55 defeat at the hands of the lowly Toyama Grouses October 23rd. The Phoenix, avenged the loss a day later, edging Rizing Fukuoka 74-68 behind the 20-point shooting of Wayne Arnold. Rizing is now 12-8.

Elsewhere in the Basketball Japan League, the Shiga Lakestars split a pair with the Northern Happinets, losing 100-82 to the expansion club on the road Saturday. They bounced back for a 94-83 win Sunday, boosting their record to 14-6, while the Akita Northern Happinets squad slips to 7-13.

It was the steady hand of an aging veteran, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf that gave the Kyoto Hannaryz a pair of wins over the visiting Toyama Grouses last weekend. Abdul-Rauf, the league’s oldest player at age 41, fired a season-high 21 points Saturday in the Hannaryz 117-88 win, then came back Sunday to improve on his own record, tossing in 28 points as the Hannaryz won again, 112-90. The former LSU All-American and NBA player was making his first starts since November 19th, leading Kyoto to a 10-10 record. Toyama’s now 5-13.

In Gyoda in Saitama Prefecture, Damian Johnson racked up 19 points in leading the Oita Heat Devils to an 83-73 road victory Saturday, then struggled Sunday as the Saitama Broncos bounced back with an 87-75 win. Oita’s now 7-11, while the Broncos are equally struggling with a 5-15 record. The Osaka Evessa continued winning ways with a pair of victories over the Miyazaki Shining Suns, taking an 85-75 win Saturday, and then drubbing the expansion team Sunday, 88-65. Osaka’s now 15-5, while the hapless Shining Suns fall to 6-14 in this inaugural season.

The Albirex BB evened its record at 9-9 over the weekend with a pair of home court victories against the Shimane Susanoo Magic. The Niigata squad won 77-70 on Saturday, then scored a 12-point win Sunday, 76-64. The Susanoo Magic is now 8-12.

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