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Golden Kings rip HeatDevils in front of Okinawa fans

Date Posted: 2011-12-02

The Ryukyu Golden Kings played with a vengeance as they showed the home town fans how they’re going after another Basketball Japan League title, humiliating the visiting Oita Heat Devils twice over the weekend.

Reggie Okosa was hot for the Golden Kings, going 7-for-9 as he tallied 20 points and picked up 11 rebounds Saturday en route to a 103-51 shellacking of the visiting Heat Devils, who were behind 55-20 at halftime. David Palmer, another former MVP, and Narito Namizato popped in 15 points apiece, with Palmer enjoying himself as he made his season debut with Okinawa. Naoto Kosuge scored 11, while Dzaflo Larkai and Anthony McHenry each scored 10, and former MVP Jeff Newton tallied nine points and five rebounds. Tsubasa Yonamine, a former HeatDevil, accounted for six assists.

The HeatDevils made it more of a contest Sunday, losing 91-80 and falling to 3-11 on the season, while the winning Golden Kings boosted their record to 11-3. David Palmer was the sharpshooter with 23 points, while McHenry dumped in 16 and Namizato picked up 13 points and five assists. Jeff Newton was right on themoney too, scoring nine points, six rebounds and six assists.

The victories pushed the Golden Kings into a tie with the Osaka Evessa for the best record in the Western Conference. Osaka had a terrible weekend, losing twice to the Miyazaki Shining Suns, 70-68 on Saturday, and 74-67 on Sunday. Both losses came on the Osaka home hardwoods, as Miyazaki picked up wins in six of their last eight games.

Elsewhere in the league, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix scored a pair of wins over the Northern Happinets, 99-92 and 88-77 in Sunday overtime. The wins push the defending league championships to a 9-5 record on the young season. The Fukuoka Rizing and the host Sendai 89ers split a series. The Rizing won 84-74 Saturday, only to fall 85-78 on Sunday. Fukuoka’s now 8-6, while the 89ers are 9-5.

The Niigata Albirex BB made it two in a row over the Iwate Big Bulls, outscoring the visitors 29-12 in the third quarter to win Saturday 88-75. The Albirex BB did it again Sunday with a 72-62 win against the 1-12 Big Bulls. The Kyoto Hannaryz outlasted the Shimane Susanoo Magic in two games, pounding the Magic 90-69 on Saturday and hanging on to a ferocious Magic to pull out an 89-86 Sunday overtime victory. For theHannaryz, it was six wins in a row.

The Toyama Grouses shared the win column with the Chiba Jets, falling 89-79 Saturday, and then bouncing back Sunday for a 100-61 drubbing of the visitors. The Shiga Lakestars made it a pair of victories over the weekend, outdistancing the Takamatsu Five Arrows 95-78 and 95-69. The Lakestars improve to 9-5, while the Five Arrows remain winless at 0-14.

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