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Golden Kings head home after splitting in Osaka

Date Posted: 2011-10-29

The Ryukyu Golden Kings are now 3-1 on the young season, racking up a pair of victories opening weekend before splitting a two-game set with the Osaka Evessa last weekend.

The Okinawa squad picked up a six-point win in their first outing in Osaka, 75-69, only A to fall in overtime Sunday afternoon, 74-65. Jeff Newton tallied 24 points and pulled down a dozen rebounds in Saturday’s win, while four teammates scored in double figures, too. Narito Namizato, a newcomer to the Golden Kings, picked up 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Sunday it was Anthony McHenry pacing the Golden Kings with 17 points, while Jeff Newton was shackled and held to only six points. Newton was aggressive on the boards, though, hauling down 18 rebounds. The Golden Kings open their season at home this weekend, taking on the Kyoto Hannaryz at the Ginowan City Gym. Saturday’s game starts at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s is an afternoon contest beginning at 1 p.m.

A brand new expansion team, the Chiba Jets, continued winning ways after starting the season with a whopping pair of victories against the two-time defending league champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix. Chiba whipped the Yokohama B-Corsairs 82-80 in overtime Saturday, but Yokohama bounced back to win 81-61 on Sunday.

The Phoenix, meanwhile, appeared to be dazed, losing Saturday to the Sendai 89ers, 74-71. The champions recovered Sunday to brutally beat the 89ers 84-55 for their first win of the year. Sendai’s now 3-1. The Shiga Lakestars picked up a pair of wins against the Oita HeatDevils, 90-66 and 96-92 to sweep their series.

The Kyoto Hannaryz split a weekend pair with the Toyama Grouses, winning the first stanza 84-70 before falling Sunday, 73-69. The Fukuoka Rizing, meanwhile took a pair from the Miyazaki Shining Suns, 78-72 and 88-59. The Northern Happinets, likewise, took a pair from expansion team Iwate Big Bulls, 95-75 and 76-65. The Susanoo Magic also had a winning weekend, taking a pair from the Takamatsu Five Arrows, 80-73 and 101-63. The wins put the Five Arrows in the cellar with a 0-4 record. The expansion Chikuma Brave Warriors split a pair with the Saitama Broncos, losing 83-62, then winning Sunday, 84-79.

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