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Golden Kings take another two-game sweep

Date Posted: 2011-11-16

Proving once again that road trips aren’t anything to worry about, the Ryukyu Golden Kings rolled into Nobeoka in Miyazaki Prefecture and dismantled the Miyazaki Shining Suns twice in weekend action.

The Okinawa squad picked up an easy 60-55 victory Saturday, then stretched the margin to 12 points with a 70-58 win on Sunday afternoon, boosting the win streak to four in a row, and putting the Golden Kings atop the Western Conference with an 8-2 record. Reggie Okosa was the big man Sunday with a double-double, scoring 22 points and a dozen rebounds, while Narito Namizato tallied 20.

The defending Basketball Japan League champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix had another rough weekend, splitting a series with the Saitama Broncos. The Phoenix topped Saitama Saturday, 87-75, behind the shooting of guard Jermaine Dixon’s 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, but found the going much tougher Sunday. It took the struggling Broncos a venture into overtime to do it, but they topped the Phoenix 81-79.

Elsewhere, the Shimane Susanoo Magic split a series with the Niigata Albirex BB, winning 86-82, and falling 82-78. The Fukuoka Rizing handed the Takamatsu Five Arrows their 10th straight loss with an 89-73 Sunday win. The Shinshu Brave Warriors, one of the league’s first year expansion teams, swept a pair from the Iwate Big Bulls, taking Saturday’s contest 84-63, and following up Sunday with an 85-69 rout.

Osaka’s Evessa dumped the Shiga Lakestars twice over the weekend, clobbering them 91-71, and then thumping them again Sunday, 90-73. Two-time league MVP Lynn Washington was on fire both days, scoring 16 Saturday and 24 points on Sunday. The Akita Northern Happinets outdistanced the hometown Chiba Jets, moving to the best record in the 10-team Eastern Conference with an 8-2 record.

The Sendai 89ers were flying high throughout the weekend, scoring a pair of overtime victories over rival Toyama Grouses. Sendai edged the visitors 88-84 in the extra stanza Saturday, their first home win since before last March 11th and the Great Tohoku Earthquake. The Toyama hometown crowd was stunned on Sunday when Sendai again pushed the action to overtime, winning 89-80 to extend their win streak to four games while improving to 7-3 overall, enough to move into the Eastern Conference second place slot.

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