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Golden Kings 2-2 after split with Lakestars

Date Posted: 2009-10-22

The Ryukyu Golden Kings racked up 70 points before halftime Saturday in a 105-82 pasting of the Shiga Lakestars, but the visitors roared back Sunday to claim a 76-68 victory in Naha.

The hometown squad led by Shigeyuki Kinjo, who scored 25, and Jeff Newton with 22, showed the form the Golden Kings used to capture the 2008-2009 Basketball Japan League championship in only it second year in the league. Kinjo was the big gun for Okinawa Sunday, as well, tallying 16 points as the Golden Kings moved to 2-2 on the year.

University of Hawaii star Bobby Nash scored 23 points for the Lakestars, who are now 4-2 on the young season.

Elsewhere, the Takamatsu Five Arrows picked up its first win of the year Sunday against the Kyoto Hannaryz. The Hannaryz took a 105-90 road victory from the Five Arrows Saturday, only to fall a day later, 95-91. The Osaka Evessa won 76-73 in front of the home crowd Sunday, defeating Rizing Fukuoka for a second straight time. The Evessa won Saturday, 89-83.

Rizing Fukuoka was at a disadvantage throughout the two-game series, with three of its squad suffering from H1N1 influenza. Osaka is now 3-1, while Fukuoka is 1-3.

The Toyama Grouses opened their season Saturday with a win over visiting Tokyo Apache, 82-76. The loss sends the Apache to a 1-4 record. The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix swept a weekend series against the visiting Saitama Broncos, 78-74 on Saturday and 91-82 on Sunday.

Sendai improved to 4-0 on the year with a two-game sweep of the Niigata Albirex BB this weekend. The 89ers led big early in the game, only to struggle and hold on for an 88-84 win Saturday. Sunday’s 82-78 win for Sendai was an evenly matched contest.

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