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Golden Kings riding high with pair of weekend wins

Date Posted: 2009-01-08

The Ryukyu Golden Kings stretched the Western Conference lead to four games in Japan’s Basketball League, sweeping two games from second place Takamatsu Five Arrows.
Okinawa’s professional cagers scored an 86-79 win Saturday over the Five Arrows, then followed up Sunday with a 73-69 win that ran the victory string to four over their closest conference challenger. Naoto Takushi racked up a team-high 21 points Saturday for Okianawa, with Chris Ayer popping 19 points and seven rebounds. Ayer led the Kings Sunday with 25 points as the team moved to an 18-4 record.
Ace shooter Shigeyuki Kinjo has the Okinawa coach’s eye, leading the Basketball Japan League in three-pointers, averaging nearly 46% in his attempts while scoring an average 15 points per game. Coach Dai Oketani says Kinjo is outstanding at scoring under defender pressure.
The Eastern Conference leaders, the Tokyo Apache, swept a pair from the Toyama Grouses, winning 86-77 Saturday, followed by a last seconds squeaker Sunday, 79-77 with center Nick Davis scoring the winning basket with only five seconds left in the game.
Elsewhere, the Osaka Evessa took a pair from Rizing Fukuoka, 75-79 and 84-74. The Saitama Broncos upended the Sendai 89ers 80-75 over the weekend, while the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix posted a 102-81 home court win over the Niigata Albirex BB.

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