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Golden Kings hammer hapless Five Arrows

Date Posted: 2011-12-23

Okinawa’s Ryukyu Golden Kings are flying high, loving every minute of their road travels in the Basketball Japan League, clobbering a winless Takamatsu Five Arrows squad twice on their home court.

The Golden Kings are now 15-5 on the season, enough to sit atop the Western Conference standings ahead of the Osaka Evessa. Equally important, the Okinawa boys are 10-2 on the road, including the 97-76 and 115-79 victories this weekend. Only 631 fans turned out to watch the action in Takamatsu Saturday, as Naoto Kosuge led Okinawa with 31 points. Anthony McHenry added 18 and Jeff Newton scored 16, and David Palmer 14.

Coach Dai Oketani said of the game “we made all good shots, more than usual, but Takamatsu played the same as us the second half, so we needed to modify our behavior. Okinawa did that Sunday, handing the Five Arrows their 20th loss of the year as the Takamatsu squad gave up 90 points in the final three quarters. Seven Kings scored in double figures, including David Palmer with 22, Jeff Newton 17, Reggie Okosa 15, Anthony McHenry 14 and Tsubasa Yonamine 12. McHenry 14 and Tsubasa Yonamine 12. McHenry hauled in nine rebounds while Newton pulled down the team best 11 rebounds.

Osaka’s Evessa couldn’t keep pace with Okinawa, losing Saturday to the Northern Happinets 85-68. They bounced back Sunday with a 71-64 win over Akita, improving to 13-5 on the year, while upping their road pace to 8-2. The Chiba Jets split the weekend with the Toyama Grouses, losing 83-82 Saturday, while making it up 104-96 Sunday. Chiba’s now 10-10, while the Grouses slip to 8-10.

The Miyazaki Shining Suns outshone the Sendai 89ers twice, picking up 98-85 and 79-67 wins on Sendai’s home court. Miyazaki improves to 9-11 while Sendai drops to 11-9. The Shiga Lakestars outdistanced the Yokohama B-Corsairs twice, 91-71 Friday and 81-64 on Saturday to improve to 14-6 on the year under first¬¬-year coach Alan Westover. The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix outscored the Toyokawa Brave Warriors 78-73 and 93-77 to improve to 12-8 after a lackluster start to the year.

The Niigata Albirex BB picked up a pair of wins of their own, dominating Saitama 93-80 and 104-70. The Broncos slip to 6-12 while Niigata improves to 10-8. The Shimane Susanoo Magic were on fire over the weekend, dumping the Oita HeatDevils 91-71 in front of their home fans Saturday, then doing it again 92-69 on Sunday. The Magic are now 12-8, while Oita plunges to 3-16. The Fukuoka Rizing scored a sweep on the road, upending the Iwate Big Bulls 96-81 and 93-69. The Rizing now stand 13-7 on the season, while Iwate falls to 5-15.

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