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Golden Kings split series on home court

Date Posted: 2011-12-16

The hard-hitting Sendai 89ers came to the Okinawa Convention Saturday looking for blood, but found a rough and tough Golden Kings squad waiting to thump them Saturday, 80-67, in front of 2,795 screaming Okinawa fans.

“We wanted a united team victory for (Takehiko) Shimura, who played in Okinawa last season,” said Sendai coach Bob Pierce, “but the result was disappointing.” Okinawa coach Dai Oketani called his team’s play “aggressive” but said he worried a bit “that momentum would go left”.

The tables turned on Sunday, though, as Sendai’s Takehiko Shimura played the entire 40 minutes, and Okinawa’s big man Jeff Newton was sidelined with an ankle injury, enough to give Sendai a 60-57 win. It wasn’t Okinawa’s day, as forward Reggie Okosa was ejected after picking up a second technical foul.” Head coach Oketani praised Sendai’s “good defensive basketball” and said his squad would “have to start over from scratch again in a partition other than in training exercises.”

Dzaflo Larkai was top scorer for Okinawa with 13 on Sunday, while four teammates popped in seven apiece. The Golden Kings, missing Newton and Okosa, shot only 21-for-66 from the field. Okinawa’s now 13-5, while the 89ers are 11-7.

Elsewhere in the BJL, the Kyoto Hannaryz extended their winning streak to ten with a pair of victories over the visiting Chiba Jets. Kyoto took Saturday’s game 91-78, and coasted to a 95-70 win in the series finale. They’re now 13-5 in the Eastern Conference.

The Iwate Big Bulls tallied two wins over the Oita HeatDevils, 82-68 and 73-63, pushing their win streak to four straight. The Shinshu Brave Warriors split with the Saitama Broncos, losing 107-91 Saturday, then rallying Sunday for a three-point 87-84 win. Yokohama’s B Corsairs found Fukuoka a bit tough, losing to Rizing Fukuoka 88-66 Saturday, then rallying Sunday for a squeaker 76-73 victory. The Toyama Grouses won over the Albirex BB, 102-76.

The Northern Happinets also had a 50-50 weekend, losing to the Miyazaki Shining Suns Saturday, 89-87, but bouncing back Sunday for an easy 78-64 win to remain near the top of the Eastern Conference with a 12-6 record. The Shimane Susanoo Magic made it two in a row with victories over the Takamatsu Five Arrows, who are now 0-18. The Magic won 96-62 Saturday, and 76-62 on Sunday.

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix swept a pair from the Shiga Lakestars, winning 90—70 on Saturday, and sliding to a ten-point 95-85 win on Sunday to improve to 10-8 after a rocky start.

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