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Ryukyu Kings put on a show

Date Posted: 2008-02-14

This past weekend was a very good one for the Ryukyu Golden Kings. For the first time this season, they swept two games from an opponent and with that they have won almost 50 percent of their last 7 games.

The Ryukyu Kings usually play their home games at the Naha Gym in or the Convention Center in Ginowan but this past weekend they traveled up to beautiful Nago and beat the visiting Toyama Grouses - Toyama is located approximately in the center of Japan and is bordered by Niigata and Nagano Prefectures to the east, Gifu Prefecture to the south, and Ishikawa Prefecture to the west.

Saturday night the Ryukyu Kings put on a show and scored the most points they have all season and with that great showing they broke the 100 point barrier for the first time all year. It was a disappointing homecoming for Takanori Goya - one of the stars of the Toyama Grouses. The Kings took the lead from the very beginning and never looked back. During the season the Kings have struggled in the 3rd & 4th quarters but not today. In fact, each quarter they played better than the last they scored 22 in the first, 23 in the second, 27 in the third and finished very strong with 37 for a total of 109 to 85 for the visiting Toyama Grouses - the previous highest score for the Ryukyu Kings was 96.

Sunday afternoon the Toyama Grouses were determined to win one of the two games in Okinawa They started off strong and lead after one quarter 25 to 22. The Toyama Grouses continued to fight in the second and the score was tie at halftime 46 a piece. Once again the Kings played badly during the third quarter and it looked like the Toyama Grouses wee going to leave Okinawa with one loss and one win. After the third quarter the Toyama Grouses were up 74 to 68 but then everything fell apart for the Toyama Grouses. The Kings players did not give up and showed great teamwork and ended up
scoring 25 points in the fourth, while the Toyama Grouses could only score 14 points. The final score was 93 to 88 and the Ryukyu Golden Kings won their first two game series of the year.

The next two games in Okinawa are Saturday February 23rd at 19:00 & Sunday the 24th at 14:00 at the Naha Gym. For more information on those games and parties after the games, please check out: http://www.partiesinternational.jp

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