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Golden Kings strengthen Its hold on division lead

Date Posted: 2009-02-27

The Ryukyu Golden Kings put two more notches in the victory column in weekend play, pounding the visiting Oita HeatDevils twice.

Saturday’s 94-68 win saw Anthony McHenry hit a triple double in his 12-point, 15-rebounds, 11-assist effort. Jeff Newton chimed in with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Shigeyuki Kinjo popped in 16 points. Newton fired for 24 points on Sunday, while teammate Anthony McHenry dumped in another 20 to lead Okinawa to a 92-73 drubbing of the HeatDevils. The Golden Kings are now 26-8 on the year.

The Takamatsu Five Arrows are the Japan Basketball League’s hottest team at the moment, on fire with 11 straight victories. Over the weekend they thumped visiting Osaka Evessa 99-79 on Saturday, then held on to win 82-80 on Sunday. The Five Arrows had trailed until the final 1:11 in the game before Matt Garrison broke things open.

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix maintained its leader over the Tokyo Apache in the Eastern Division as both clubs swept weekend contests. The Phoenix roared to a 75-60 road victory over the Saitama Broncos on Saturday, then followed up Sunday with a 79-74 win behind the 39-point scoring by Michael Gardener.

Tokyo is holding tight to its second place slot with winds over the Sendai 89ers. Playing at Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo won 88-83 Saturday, and followed up Sunday with an 80-77 home win. The Apache squad has won four straight.
Elsewhere, The Rizing Fukuoka split a weekend pair with the visiting Shiga Lakestars. The Lakestars whipped out an 87-77 Saturday victory, then fell 92-78 on Sunday to boost Rizing Fukuoka’s record to 14-20. The Toyama Grouses also split a pair, first winning 87-79 over the Niigata Albirex BB, then losing Sunday’s matchup 101-81.

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