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Golden Kings rip two from contender Shiga

Date Posted: 2011-02-25

The Ryukyu Golden Kings took their show on the road this past weekend, heading to Moriyama in Shiga Prefecture where they scored a pair of wins in Basketball Japan League action.
The Golden Kings won 91-84 Saturday against the Shiga Lakestars, with Jeff Newton picking up 22 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, while teammate Carlos Dixon added another 22 points and five assists. The effort wasnユt enough to please head coach Dai Oketani, who said メwe managed a good defensive game, but we should have won this one by 20 points, 30 points. It was equal to a defeat in this sense.モ
Sundayユs win was about the same, 81-72, as the Okinawa squad boosted its record to 21-13. Naoto Kosuge scored 20 points with a 7-for-13 surge, while Anthony McHenry dumped in 19 and Jeff Newton tallied 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. The Shiga Lakestars are right on Okinawaユs heels at 19-15, with Lakestars head coach Takatoshi Ishibashi lamenting メwe had planned to push a strong offense, and we caught up with our plan in the fourth quarter, but that was too late.モ Oketani said he felt good about his Okinawa team, noting メwe could have easily picked up 100 points against Shiga, but we think it a favorable factor for the future we were able to have our field goals at 39.7%.
Elsewhere in league action, the Takamatsu Five Arrows recorded a new league record, and theyユre not happy about it. The Five Arrows, which was a contender the past three seasons, lost both games of its series with the Shimane Susanoo Magic in Matsuo, Shimane Prefecture, falling to an 8-26 record. It gets worse though; the Five Arrows lost for a 65th time in 86 games, an unpleasant record dating back to last season and now worst in the league. The Magic won 79-74 Saturday and 81-74 Sunday.
The Sendai 89ers swept a pair from the Toyama Grouses, winning 81-74 Saturday and 67-62 on Sunday. The victories take Sendai to 21-11 on the year, while the Grouses fall to 10-22. The Niigata Albirex BB split the weekend with the Kyoto Hannaryz, winning 80-66 Saturday over the host squad, only to fall 85-65 on Sunday. The Albirex, one of the leagueユs original teams, is now 16-16, while Kyotoユs 17-17.
The high flying league leaders, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, jumped to a league-best 20-4 record with a pair of victories over the Akita Prefecture Happinets. The Phoenix won 101-80 Saturday, then roared back with a 96-83 win Sunday. The Phoenix have are 16-2 on the road; the Happinets are now 10-24, including four losses in the last six games. The Saitama Broncos split its weekend series with the Miyazaki Shining Suns, winning 94-79, then losing to the home squad 101-91. The Broncos are now 14-20, while the Shining Suns are12-22.

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