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Tokyo, Saitama split weekend series

Date Posted: 2009-11-19

The tension was thick enough to cut with a knife at Tokorozawa Municipal Gymnasium Sunday as the Saitama Broncos pressed to stretch a win streak to six games, facing the Tokyo Apache, a team the Broncos had defeated 76-72 on Saturday.

The trouble was, nobody told the Apache about Saitama’s plan, and Tokyo wanted to end its dismal losing streak. The Apache struck back, upending Saitama 83-80. The win gives Tokyo a 5-7 record as it goes into a long layoff before seeing action again December 7th. Saitama, meanwhile, drops to 4-8.

Elsewhere, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix beefed up its record to 9-1 with victories over the now 2-8 Niigata Albirex BB. The Phoenix pulled off an easy 102-88 win Saturday behind the hands of Wendell White and William Knight. Knight, a former UCLA player, popped in a game-high 32 points while White, a UNLV graduate, scored 25 while pulling down 14 rebounds and pulling off five steals. Sunday was no more difficult as the Phoenix pounded the Albirex BB 89-71.

The Sendai 89ers split a series with the Toyama Grouses, with the Grouses picking up a 66-63 win Saturday on the strength of Takeshi Mito’s go-ahead basket with 13 seconds left in the contest. Sendai bounced back on Sunday, stretching its record to 9-3 with a 66-51 victory. Toyama saw its record dip to 5-3.

It was a happy weekend on the home court for the Rizing Fukuoka, which picked up 80-74 and 99-83 wins over the hapless Takamatsu Five Arrows. Michael Parker wsa the Rizing’s big gun both days, tallying 34 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday, following up with another 32 points on Sunday. Rizing Fukuoka improves to 7-5 on the year, while the Five Arrows drop to 2-10.

The Oita HeatDevils also found happiness over the weekend, taking a pair of road wins from the Shiga Lakestars. Ricky Woods scored 21 points Saturday and another 32 on Sunday as the HeatDevils won 73-63 and 80-77. Oita improves to 5-5 for the season, while Shiga stands at 7-7.
Elsewhere, the Osaka Evessa made it two-for-two on the weekend, picking up an 87-85 home court win against the Kyoto Hannaryz 87-85 Saturday, then following up with an 88-75 victory on Sunday. Osaka is now 6-4 on the year, while Kyoto is 3-7.

Okinawa’s Ryukyu Golden Kings had the weekend off. The Golden Kings take on the Osaka Evessa at home this weekend. Saturday’s game at Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan starts at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s afternoon contest begins at 2 p.m.

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