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Road Warrior Golden Kings pound HeatDevils

Date Posted: 2011-12-30

The Ryukyu Golden Kings are flying high in the Basketball Japan League’s Western Conference, boosting its record to 17-5 with a pair of victories over the Oita HeatDevils.

Equally impressive was the scoring show put on by David Palmer, Naoto Kosuge, Anthony McHenry and Morihisa Yamauchi as they spurred Okinawa to a 12-2 record on the road this season. David Palmer scored a season-high 32 points on Saturday, while going 9-for-9 from the charity stripe, then picking up another 17 on Sunday. Teammate Anthony McHenry had 12 on Saturday and 19 on Sunday, while Naoto Kosuge racked up 14 Saturday and another 20 on Sunday. Yamauchi had 12 points Saturday.

The Western Conference leading Golden Kings are heading home for a holiday stand against Rizing Fukuoka. The Golden Kings play at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Naha City Gym.

Meanwhile, the two-time defending league champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix rolled into the record books Sunday with a pair of wins over the Saitama Broncos. Playing in Tokorozawa, The Phoenix won 71-67 Saturday and then pasted the Broncos 87-70 Sunday afternoon. The Phoenix are now 14-8 in the Eastern Conference. The Kyoto Hannaryz gave their fans a pair of Christmas presents in the form of wins over the Akita Northern Happinets. Kyoto won 79-78 in a Christmas eve squeaker, then did it again in overtime Sunday, 80-76.

The Takamatsu Five Arrows broke its season-long losing streak Saturday with an 80-75 road victory over the Miyazaki Shining Suns. The victory was the first after 20 losses, but wasn’t enough; the Shining Suns roared back Sunday afternoon to stomp the Five Arrows 103-66. The Osaka Evessa swept both ends of a series against the Sendai 89ers over the weekend, 60-59 and 61-55, to pull within a couple games of the league leading Ryukyu Golden Kings in the Western Conference. Osaka’s now 15-5., while Sendai slides to 11-11.

Yokohama’s B-Corsairs picked up a pair of wins against the Nagano Brave Warriors, 73-63 and 78-78 to improve to 9-11 on the season. The Fukuoka Rizing outlasted the Susanoo Magic for a series sweep, 83-76 and 93-88 on a pair of home contests. Fukuoka is now 15-7, while the Shimane squad is 12-10. The Shiga Lakestars split a series with the Big Bulls, losing 89-69 Saturday, but bouncing back to boost the record to 15-7 Sunday with an 89-74 win over the 6-16 expansion team.

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