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Team play leads Golden Kings to weekend sweep

Date Posted: 2009-11-05

The Ryukyu Golden Kings used a balanced attack technique and team play to knock out the Kyoto Hannaryz in a pair of home victories at the Naha City Gymnasium.

The Basketball Japan League defending champion Golden Kings slipped past the Kyoto expansion team 90-84 Saturday, then continued the press Sunday for an 86-69 victory. The weekend sweep brings the Golden Kings to 4-2 on the season, while Kyoto drops to 3-5.

Shigeyuki Kinjo racked up a game-high 20 points Saturday and poured in 18 on Sunday, while teammate Jeff Newton tallied 18 on Saturday and 19 points plus 15 rebounds and two blocks on Sunday. George Leach scored 12 on Saturday and 15 on Sunday.

Josh Bostic, Hannaryz’ strong forward, fired 19 on Saturday, while Moroccan-born Center Reda Rhalimi was Kyoto’s top scorer Sunday with 19 points. Guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who played NBA ball until 2001, scored 16 points and added six rebounds and five assists Saturday, then popped 18 points Sunday in Kyoto’s losing causes.

Elsewhere in League action, the low performance Rizing Fukuoka squad led by forward Michael Parker who scored 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists Saturday, swept a pair from the Oita HeatDevils. Rizing Fukuoka won 94-84 and 106-97 on the road, breaking a five-game losing streak. Rizing is now 3-5, while the HeatDevils fall to 2-4.

Power forward Gary Hamilton, whose phenomenal 21-point, 22-rebound, seven-assist and four-steal performance led the Shiga Lakestars to a 93-79 home court victory over the Takamatsu Five Arrows Saturday, couldn’t keep the momentum Sunday as his team fell to the Five Arrows on Sunday, 91-81. The Lakestars, now 7-3, outscored the Five Arrows Sunday, but couldn’t hold on. The Sunday win leaves the Five Arrows with a 2-6 record.

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix swept a pair from the Sendai 89ers over the weekend, winning 85-80 at home on Saturday, then repeating Sunday with an 87-75 effort Sunday. The wins behind the shooting of Wendell White with 19 points Sunday, pushes the 7-1 Phoenix into first place in the Eastern Conference ahead of second-place Sendai, 6-2. The 89ers are now regrouping before taking on the rival Tokyo Apache in a two-game homestand next weekend.

The Saitama Broncos won their first game of the year Sunday, upending the Toyama Grouses on the road, 76-63. Saitama, now 1-7, lost to the Grouses, now 4-2, 73-59. The Broncos were 13 for 21 from the charity stripe, while Saitama went 3 of 5.

The Ryukyu Golden Kings, 4-2, hit the road this week, heading for a pair of games with the 2-6 Takamatsu Five Arrows.

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