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Despite hard try, Sendai 89ers proved too much challenge to Ryukyu Kings

Date Posted: 2008-01-07

The Ryukyu Golden Kings had their 9th and 10th home games of the year against the Sendai 89ers on Sat. & Sun. (Jan 5 & 6). Both of these games were held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. The Ryukyu Golden Kings went into these two games with a record of 4 wins and 12 losses and were hoping to get a sweep this weekend but the Sendai 89ers had different plans.
During the first quarter of Saturday nightís game it looked like the Kings were going to have a very good chance to win. After the first quarter it was a very close game with the Sendai 89ers leading by just three points (18-21).
During the second quarter the Sendai 89ers started to make their moves and by halftime they had a 9 point lead (29-38). During the third quarter the Sendai 89ers exploded and scored 31 points to the Kings 11 points. By the end of the third quarter the Sendai 89ers had a 29 point lead (40-69).
It didnít look good going into the fourth quarter but the Ryukyu Kings did not give up. They played hard and outscored the Sendai 89ers 26 points to 15 points but it was not enough as they lost by 18 (66-84).
Even though the Ryukyu Kings lost, it was not a boring game by any means. There were some spectacular dunks by Kevin Steenberge and great plays by Eric Walton.
During Sundayís afternoon game, the Ryukyu Kings played like they were possessed and on a mission. They came out strong and continued their hard play from the fourth quarter of the previous night. After one quarter the Ryukyu Kings were up by 3 (21-18), and leading 40-31 after the second quarter, it looked like the Ryukyu Kings were well on their way to a victory but then once again they had a bad third quarter - only scoring 18 points to the Sendaiís 89ers 29 points. After three quarters, it was the Ryukyu Kings 58 and the Sendai 89ers 60.
The Sendai 49ers never looked back but a few times in the final minutes the Ryukyu Kings had chances to tie it up but poor rebounding ended up being the difference between a win and a lose. The final score was the Ryukyu Kings 77 and the Sendai 89ers 82.
Unfortunately, the Ryukyu Kings lost both games last weekend but that does not take away from the excitement of the games. If you want to see what all the excitement is about, there are two more home games for the Ryukyu Kings this month. On Jan. 25th at 19:00 and 26th at 2 p.m. the Ryukyu Kings will take on the Albirex BB from Niigata. Both games are at the Ginowan Gym, next to the Convention Center. If you are interested in attending these games with Parties International, check us out at: www.partiesinternational.jp

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