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Golden Kings thump HeatDevils on the road

Date Posted: 2009-12-03

The Basketball Japan League defending champions, the Ryukyu Golden Kings, continued their winning ways over the weekend, handily defeating Oitaís HeatDevils in both encounters.

The Golden Kings stretched the seasonís record to 9-3 with the pair of victories over the now 5-9 HeatDevils. Anthony McHenry led the Golden Kings in Saturdayís 83-65 drubbing, scoring 23 points while hauling in eight rebounds and providing six assists. Jeff Newton aided the cause with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while teammates George Leach and Shigeyuki Kinjo each scored 11.

Kinjo led his squad Sunday with 16 points, with Tsubasa Yonamine supplying 13 points while contributing six rebounds. Brian Simpson tallied 12, while George Leach poured in 11 and Jeff Newton hit for 10 points while picking up 13 rebounds.

Elsewhere in the B-J League, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix beat up on Rizing Phoenix in a 96-72 home court win Saturday. Wendall White tallied 30 points for the Phoenix. Stunned by the 24-point pounding, Rizing Fukuoka roared back Sunday to defeat the Phoenix 95-90. Fukuoka is now 10-6 on the season, and 5-3 on the road. The Phoenix are still riding high, 12-2 on the year.

The Sendai 89ers split a pair at home over the weekend, sliding past the Saitama Broncos 79-71 on Saturday, only to see the Broncos rally for a 73-70 victory on Sunday. Sendai is now 10-6, while Saitama slips to 7-9.

The Kyoto Hannaryz snapped a seven-game losing streak Saturday, beating the Shiga Lakestars 80-75. The expansion team didnít fare so well Sunday, being smacked hard as the Lakestars pulled off a 95-54 win. Shiga is now 8-8, while Kyoto slips to 4-10.

The Takamatsu Five Arrows split a pair with the Osaka Evessa on Osakaís home court this past weekend. The Five Arrows staged a late rally after trailing by 13 points to win 77-74. Osaka bounced back Sunday with a 95-90 win over the visiting Five Arrows behind the power performance from MVP Lynn Washington, who racked up 29 points and 15 rebounds. Osaka is now 8-6, while Takamatsu falls to 5-11.

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