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Kinjo leads in a thriller as Golden Kings take two

Date Posted: 2009-03-06

It was literally down to the wire Saturday as Shigeyuki Kinjo sank the game-winning free throw for the Ryukyu Golden Kings with the game clock showing 0:00. Kinjo was fouled with only five seconds left in the game against the Shiga Lakestars, then calmly went to the free throw line to place the winning shot to secure a 70-69 Okinawa win.

The Golden Kings didn’t let Sunday’s contest get anywhere near that tight, drubbing the Lakestars 87-56 on Shiga’s home court. The pair of victories push Okinawa’s record to 28-8 as they hold the Western Conference lead in the Japan Basketball League.
The Rizing Fukuoka turned the fire hoses on the Takamatsu Five Arrows Saturday, extinguishing a red hot 11-game winning streak, squeezing out a 96-93 win. Michael parker racked up 30 points, including crucial free throws with only 15 seconds left in the contest, to lead Rizing Fukuoka. The Five Arrows bounced back Sunday, scoring a 78-70 win on the back of Babacar Camara, who poured in 23 points and gathered 13 rebounds.

The Tokyo Apache rolled up a 94-87 road win over the Saitama Broncos behind balanced scoring from John Humphrey with 23 points and Cohey Aoki with 20, only to see the tables turned Sunday as forward Isaac Sojourner dumped in 28 points to pull off an 83-74 win in front of the home crowd at Saitama City’s Memorial Gymnasium.
The Osaka Evessa scored a pair of wins over the Oita HeatDevils, but one was a squeaker. Saturday’s 90-67 victory was a cakewalk, but the HeatDevils Sunday were stingy, staying close to the very end of an 86-85 score. Oita rallied hard in the final minutes, but Osaka held on as former Indiana University star Lynn Washington hit the free throw line to put the game on ice.

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix pounded the hapless Toyama Grouses in a pair of weekend contests in front of the home town crowd, whipping the Grouses 109-82 and 104-85. The victories push the Phoenix to a 25-11 record, while Toyama falls to 10-26. Sendai picked up a pair of road wins over the weekend, beating the Niigata Albirex BB 103-84 and 76-75. Sunday’s game went down to the final minutes, with Chris Holm dropping in the game-winning free throw with less than two minutes remaining.

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