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Ryukyu Golden Kings split with Osaka Evessa

Date Posted: 2009-04-03

Jeff Newton poured in 23 points against his former team as the Ryukyu Golden Kings upended the Osaka Evessa Saturday, 85-79, only to see the Evessa hang on in Sunday’s nail biter for a last second basket and a 69-68 win.

Okinawa had picked up a one-point lead on Jeff Newton’s basket with two seconds remaining, only to have Osaka set up a final play during a one-minute time out. Justen Naughton scored the winning bucket with one second on the clock, his only score of the day.

Okinawa continues to lead the Western Division with a 33-11 record, while Osaka falls to 27-17.

The Eastern Division-leading Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix roared back from a Saturday 72-68 defeat at the hands of the Tokyo Apache, winning on the road 102-96 Sunday afternoon. The Phoenix pushed their record to 27-16, equal to the Tokyo Apache.

Elsewhere, The Niigata Albirex ripped a pair from the Saitama Broncos, 81-69 Saturday and 90-75 on Sunday. Niigata’s Yuichi Ikeda had a day to remember Saturday as he scored as many points as his jersey number, 32, in leading his time to the victory. Ikeda whipped off six three-pointers and went 6-for-7 from inside the three-point line.
The Sendai 89ers pushed their season record to 25-19 with a pair of victories over the Toyama Grouses. Rodney Webb led the 89ers with 27 points Saturday enroute to the 98-81 win, while Chris Holm popped in 27 for Sendai Sunday in an 86-78 road win.

Michael Parker was all over the court both Saturday and Sunday as the Rizing Fukuoka picked up a pair of road wins over the Oita HeatDevils. Parker poured in 31 points Saturday during the 93-78 victory, while adding eight rebounds, six steals and three assists. He upped the ante to 33 points on Sunday, adding 19 rebounds, as Rizing Fukuoka stretched its record to 20-24 in the 88-81 victory.

The Takamatsu Five Arrows racked up its 29th and 30th wins of the season with a sweep of the Shiga Lakestars last weekend. The Five Arrows, now 30-14 on the year, took Saturday’s contest 86-78 and Sunday’s win 88-79.

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