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Golden Kings lose a squeaker at buzzer

Date Posted: 2009-03-26

The Ryukyu Golden Kings rolled to an 86-80 win over the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix Saturday, only to find themselves falling 83-82 Sunday when Michael Gardener dropped in a field goal a fraction of a second before the buzzer sounded.

The Western Conference leading Golden Kings were facing the Phoenix on the road in the seasonís first match ups between the two squads. Observers say the games served as a pre-cursor to a Basketball Japan League championship confrontation. Okinawa is now 32-10 on the season.
The Tokyo Apache split a pair with Rizing Fukuoka over the weekend, winning on the road 79-65 on Saturday, then losing a nail-biter in the final second Sunday when Kohei Mitomo sank a three-pointer for the 81-78 Rizing Fukuoka victory. The Apache now stand at 26-16, while Rizing Fukuoka is 18-24.

Elsewhere, the Saitama Broncos picked up an 84-75 home court victory over the Takamatsu Five Arrows Saturday, only to lose in the final second Sunday, 86-84, as Rasheed Sparks popped in a three-pointer. The Five Arrows, now 28-14, had lagged behind until the final seconds of the game Sunday. Sparks closed out with 17 points and eight assists in the Five Arrows win. The Broncos are now 17-25.

Osaka Evessa, the three-time defending BJ League champion, bounced back Sunday to defeat the Niigata Albirex BB 100-85, after losing Saturdayís contest 94-82. Osaka is now 26-16, while the Albirex holds at 20-22. Lynn Washington led the Osaka scoring both days, picking up 32 points on Saturday and another 33 on Sunday.

The Sendai 89ers pushed its season record to 23-19 as it overpowered Oita HeatDevils 82-74 on Saturday and 95-82 on Sunday. The Shiga Lakestars pulled out a 76-60 home court win over the Toyama Grouses Saturday, then did it again Sunday, 78-71. Ryan Rourke was the Lakestars scoring leader both days, picking up 19 points on Saturday and 17 on Sunday.

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