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Golden Kings just keep on winning

Date Posted: 2012-02-22

There’s no stopping the Ryukyu Golden Kings, who powered their way to a pair of weekend victories over the Yokohama B-Corsairs as they extend their winning ways in the Western Conference of the Basketball Japan League.

Narito Namizato and Dillion Sneed each racked up 17 points en route to a powerful 89-73 home court win Saturday, with David Palmer adding four three-pointers for his 14-point contribution and Anthony McHenry chipped in with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. The sweep was accomplished Sunday, albeit by a tighter margin, with an 82-79 victory in Naha. Anthony McHenry, Jeff Newton and Narito Namizato each scored 17 points as the team improved to 27-7 on the year, including a sparkling 13-3 record in front of the home fans.

The Osaka Evessa, meanwhile, are keeping things exciting as they chase Okinawa for a piece of the Western Conference lead. A sweep of the Saitama Broncos pushed the Evessa to 24-8,with power player Lynn Washington, a former Indiana University star, leading the way. The Evessa picked up 78-51 and 94-84 wins at Saitama, including Sunday’s overtime victory.

Elsewhere, the Shiga Lakestars scored their 20th win of the year last weekend, the fifth team to do so in the BJL, outdistancing the Toyama Grouses 75-73. The Grouses turned the tables Sunday though, hammering Shiga 100-65 to improve their record to 17-15. The Lakestars are now 20-14. The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix split a weekend series with the Miyazaki Shining Suns, losing 88-77 on Saturday, then bouncing back 91-74 on Sunday to improve to 22-12.

In Nagano Prefecture, the Kyodo Hannaryz split with the Brave Warriors, losing 92-80 and winning 98-84. The Hannaryz are now 22-10. The Oita HeatDevils overpowered the Niigata Albirex 87-60 on Saturday, only to feel the wrath of the Albirex Sunday, as they went down 88-77. The Fukuoka Rizing had an easy weekend on the home court, slamming the Chiba Jets 103-84 and 83-72 as they improved their record to 22-12.

The Susanoo Magic pulled off a big pair of wins over the Iwate Big Bulls, 75-55 and 82-64. Shimane hammered the visitors as they pressed their record to 19-15, while the first-year Big Bulls fell to 9-25. The Akita Northern Happinets improved their record to 21-13 over the weekend, slamming the hapless 2-28 Takamatsu Five Arrows 90-67 and 80-67.

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