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Ryukyu Golden Kings score another pair of wins

Date Posted: 2011-04-14

The Ryukyu Golden Kings roared through another weekend of Basketball Japan League play looking like strong playoffs contenders as they trounced the hapless Takamatsu Five Arrows by wide margins.

Okinawa Saturday scored in triple digits for a fifth consecutive game to whip the Five Arrows 100-71, and pounded the 10-34 Takamatsu squad 83-66 on Sunday as it maintained its two-game Western Conference lead against the Osaka Evessa. The Golden Kings are now 31-15 with only two weekends remaining in regular league play.

Carlos Dixon paced the Golden Kings both days, scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists Saturday, then picking up 18 points and nine rebounds Sunday. Teammate David Palmer had 18 points in one game and 14 in the other. Naoto Kosuge added 14, Jeff Newton 12 and Shigeyuki Kinjo 11 on Saturday, and Anthony McHenry scored 13 points and 10 rebounds Sunday, with Jeff Newton going double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Kosuge had 12 points in Sunday’s action.

The Osaka Evessa, still smarting from losing two games to Okinawa a week earlier, bounced back with an easy Saturday win over the Miyazaki Shining Suns, 85-66, and hanging on for an 82-80 Sunday win. Osaka is now 29-17.

Fukuoka Rizing continued its winning ways, as well, extending its win streak to eight games with 109-88 and 101-93 victories over the Shiga Lakestars. The Kyoto Hannaryz did the same, thumping the Oita HeatDevils 83-63 and 89-62 to push its record to 25-19.

The Shimane Susanoo Magic doled out its brand of punishment to the Akita Northern Happinets, taking a 100-88 win Saturday and beat up on the Happinets 90-56 Sunday to extend its record to 22-24.

The league leading Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, who are also the reigning league champions, had the weekend off. The toyama Grouses and Niigata Albirex were also off.

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