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Golden Kings split road pair with Osaka

Date Posted: 2009-02-04

It was a down-to-the-wire thriller Saturday as the Okinawa Golden Kings eeked out a win at the buzzer over Osaka Evessa, but the home squad evened the score Sunday.

Jeff Newton, who’s play for the Ryukyu Golden Kings this season has put him in contention for Most Valuable Player honors, popped the winning shot through the net as the buzzer sounded, giving Okinawa a 91-89 win. Newton, who played for the three-time champion Osaka squad before being traded to Okinawa, finished the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Okinawa leads the Western Conference with a 22-6 record, despite a Sunday loss to Osaka, 81-63. Shigeyuki Kinjo lead the team with 23 points, while Anthony McHenry added 16 and teammates Chris Ayer and Naoto Takushi each had 12.

Eastern Conference leading Tokyo Apache gave up its two-game advantage as the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix zeroed in and thumped them twice to even the records at 18-10. The Phoenix first whipped the Apache 115-78 on Saturday, then took away an 87-72 win on Sunday. The Phoenix, who have now won ten straight, has beaten the Apache five times in six outings this year. Over the five wins, the Phoenix wins have been by an average 29 points.

Elsewhere in the league, the Takamatsu Five Arrows ripped a pair from the Shiga Lakestars, 78-70 and 82-79. The Sendai 89ers swept a pair from the Toyama Grouses, 81-67 and 80-78, and Rizing Fukuoka claimed a pair of home court victories over the Oita HeatDevils, 87-76 and 73-71.

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