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Golden Kings entertain and win in Ishigaki

Date Posted: 2012-02-03

The Ryukyu Golden Kings added a new dimension to the term Ďhome gameí, rolling into Ishigaki City over the weekend, picking up a pair of wins over the Shinshu Brave Warriors.

Saturdayís opener in front of 2,592 screaming fans at the Ishigaki City Gym was a squeaker, with Okinawa coming out on top 75-72, although the Golden Kings led most of the contest. Jeff Newton headed the home teamís tally with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Naoto Kosuge scored 14, Anthony McHenry 10, and David Palmer and Narito Namizato each scoring nine.

Okinawa broke things wide open Sunday, extending their home record to 8-4 while boosting the season record to 22-6 as they continue to lead the Western Conference. They held the Brave Warriors to 21-for-67 as they picked up the 75-56 win. Anthony McHenry was the big gun for Okinawa, shooting 15 while picking up five assists. Jeff Newton poked in 14, while hauling in 16 boards and accomplishing three steals. David Palmer had 11, and Tsubasa Yonamine and Dillion Sneed each scored 10.

Jeral Davis was intimidating on defense and Michael Parkersís shooting was in high gear, meanwhile, as the Shimane Susanoo Magic roared to a runaway victory of their own in Saitama, 88-66, against the Broncos. Michael Parkerís 35 points were a game best. They did it again Sunday, 71-67, sweeping the Magic to surge to a 16-11 record.

The first-year Yokohama B-Corsairs held off a determined Akita Northern Happinets squad to pull out a 72-69 win Saturday in BJ League action, then kept the excitement alive Sunday to even their record at 14-14 with another win over Akita, 79-72. The wins dropped the Happinets to 17-11. The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix swept a series over the Niigata Albirex BB, wrapping up with an 83-77 win as they extended their record to 18-10 in the Eastern Conference. The Albirex BB slipped a notch to 16-12 .

The Shiga Lakestars split a series in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, winning over the Miyazaki Shining Suns 80-70 and an 18-9 season record, only to fall Sunday in a one-point thriller, 68-67. The Osaka Evessa picked up an 82-79 win in a road opener against the Fukuoka Rizing, then fell Sunday afternoon 82-78 for a series split. The games were a challenge series for second place in the Western Conference behind Okinawa, with The Evessa technically second with an 18-8 record, while the Rizing are 18-10.

It took overtime to win, but the Takamatsu Five Arrows outdistanced the Toyama Grouses 79-76 Saturday. The tables were turned Sunday as Toyama hammered the Five Arrows 83-55 on Sunday. Takamatsu picked up a rare victory, only its second of the season against 26 losses, while Toyama is now 13-13. The Sendai 89ers picked up an 83-77 home victory Saturday against the Chiba Jets, then lost 85-75 to them Sunday.

The Oita HeatDevils outscored the Kyoto Hannaryz 85-79 in their opener, but the Hannaryz slipped back with a two-point 66-64 victory on Sunday. The Hannaryz are now 19-7, while the HeatDevils are out of the playoff race at 8-20.

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