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Ryukyu Golden Kings weather rough weekend

Date Posted: 2012-04-13

The team sporting the best win-loss record in the Basketball Japan League struggled at home over the weekend, with the Ryukyu Golden Kings eeking out a win over the Toyama Grouses before falling flat in the series ender.

The Golden Kings reeled off 28 points in the second quarter of Saturday’s contest in Okinawa City, handing the Grouses an 82-71 loss. David Palmer picked up 26 points, including four three-pointers, while Naoto Kosuge had 28 and Anthony McHenry and Dzaflo Larkai each registered 11.

The Grouses roared back Sunday, aided by terrible shooting and uncharacteristically poor rebounding, as they hammered the Golden Kings 80-64. There wasn’t much to cheer about for the Okinawa home fans, with Jeff Newton the team’s top scorer with 12 points and Anthony McHenry followed with 11.

Okinawa still has a lock on everything in the Western Division, having sewn up the Conference title and locked down home court advantage in the playoffs. Okinawa’s now 35-13, while Toyama is still in the playoffs picture too, with a 24-22 record.

The two-time league defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix found real competition from the Sendai 89ers, who edged them 66-64 on Saturday. The Phoenix came back on Sunday, although it took overtime to pull out a 78-78 win to boost their record to 32-14. Sendai’s still in the hunt for a playoff berth with a 24-22 record.

Elsewhere, Yokohama’s B-Corsairs swept a series from the Akita Northern Happinets, 80-78 and 92-89 in overtime. The Corsairs are 25-21, tied for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. The Northern Happinets still are atop Yokohama in the and the rankings with a 27-21 record. The Susanoo Magic split a pair with the Chiba Jets, with the Jets winning 91-87 on Saturday, while the Magic took a 19-point victory, 79-60, on Sunday. The Magic is 23-23 in the tight race for the playoffs.

The Saitama Broncos made easy work of taking the hapless Takamatsu Five Arrows to the 17th and 18th losses in a row, winning 100-85 and 94-78. The Broncos haven’t had much of a season with a 14-32 record, but it far surpasses the Five Arrows’ 2-44 mark. The Shinshu Brave Warriors split their series with the Oita HeatDevils, winning 100-89 and losing 86-74. With each team having fewer than 20 wins this season, they’re not in contention for a playoffs run.

The Osaka Evessa, who hold down the #2 slot in the Western Division behind Okinawa again couldn’t put together a pair of wins. The Niigata Albirex BB took an 83-73 win from Osaka Saturday, then found themselves losing to the Evessa 103-92 a day later. Osaka’s now 31-15, while Niigata’s still with a comfortable 25-21 record as the season heads into the final two weekends. The Kyoto Hannaryz were pleased with their weekend, taking 98-91 and 73-48 wins from the Miyazaki Shining Suns. Kyoto is now 30-16, while the Shining Suns hold a 20-26 record.

The Shiga Lakestars are keeping it all together as the season winds down, pushing its record to 30-16 with a pair of wins over Fukuoka Rizing. Shiga won 87-77 on Saturday, and had an even easier time against the normally-tough Rizing, winning 103-79 against a team with a 28-18 record.

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