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Golden Kings fall to Korea in Asia series

Date Posted: 2009-10-01

The Ryukyu Golden Kings fell to KCC Egis of the Korean Basketball League Sunday, 93-82, in the finals of the Asia Invitational Basketball Series in front of Korean fans in Jeonju, South Korea.

“The game started out slow for us as we had trouble scoring and trailed 28-11 after the first period,” said Golden Kings assistant coach Keith Richardson. “We came out more aggressive in the second period, attacking the basket more, but still had trouble getting stops on the defensive side of the ball.”

Richardson, an assistant coach since the inaugural season while serving as the Kubasaki High School assistant coach, said “the second have started with us making runs and getting as close as six points, but each time we made the run, the KCC team made big shots coming up with three pointers at critical times.” He noted, though, “our guys fought until the end, showing they had the fighting spirit down the stretch.”

He called the game “a great series of basketball in Japan and Korea.” With the friendly competition behind them, the 2008-2009 Basketball Japan League champion Golden Kings begin the new league season this weekend at home.

The Ryukyu Golden Kings face the Osaka Evessa at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. The Okinawa squad plays its first six games at home, taking on the Shiga Lake Stars next weekend, and the Kyoto Hannaryz the last weekend of the month. Courtside seating tickets are ¥4,500 and ¥4,000, while free seating on the first floor is ¥2,300 in advance or ¥2,800 at the door. Second floor free seating is ¥1,800 in advance or ¥2,000 at the door.

Courtside season ticket packages for front row seating at all 26 home games in the comfort of specially crafted Kings seats are ¥104,000, while second row season packages are ¥78,000. Tickets can be purchased at Kadena ITT, 634-4322, or MCCS Tours, 646-3502.

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