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Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009
Golden Kings maintain hot form
By ED ODEVEN
The Ryukyu Golden Kings improved to 24-6 by beating the visiting Rizing Fukuoka 87-73 on Sunday.
The bj-league's top team had five double-digit scorers: Jeff Newton (20 points), Anthony McHenry (18), Shigeyuki Kinjo (17), Bryan Simpson (12) and Chris Ayer (11).
Newton grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds and McHenry pulled down 13. Kinjo dished out a team-best five assists.
The Golden Kings led 49-22 at halftime. But Fukuoka's 30-point third quarter made it a two-point game entering the final stanza.
Michael Parker led the Rizing (12-18) with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Marlyn Bryant scored 15 and Takanori Goya had 13.
Fukuoka is 0-6 against Dai Oketani's club this season.
Elsewhere, the visiting Takamatsu Five Arrows defeated the Oita HeatDevils 95-82.
Matt Garrison's 24-point, eight-rebound, four-assist effort helped the Five Arrows improve to 21-9. The veteran forward has four 20-point games since the All-Star break and has knocked down 13 of 27 3-pointers in that span.
Satoshi Takeda and Yu Okada added 16 points apiece and Kazuyuki Nakagawa had 14. Rasheed Sparks, who cleared 12 rebounds, and Nakagawa both handed out five assists.
For the HeatDevils (5-25), Hiroki Sato had a season-high 24-point game. Tsubasa Yonamine (18 points, 10 assists), Jeffrey Price (16 points) and Yukinori Suzuki (13) also had solid performances for Oita.
Veteran forward Eric Walton scored a season-best 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting in the Osaka Evessa's 82-69 road win over the Shiga Lakestars.
Lynn Washington and Nile Murry each scored 22 points as Osaka improved to 19-11 and earned a series split.
Four Evessa players had eight or more rebounds, led by Washington's 10.
Bobby Nash paced the expansion Lakestars (12-18) with 17 points, and Yosuke Machida and Ray Schafer pumped in 12 apiece.
Terrence Woodyard had 24 points and Masayuki Kabaya chipped in with 22 in the Toyama Grouses' 86-83 home triumph over the Saitama Broncos.
Entering the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 58-58. Woodyard drained a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining to cap a key 10-4 spurt for the hosts and give them an 81-73 lead.
Jerod Ward contributed 16 points and seven boards and Haruhito Shishito had a 10-point, eight-assist effort as Toyama raised its record to 9-21.
For Saitama (12-18), Reggie Warren was No. 1 in points (33) and rebounds (19). Taishiro Shimizu and Kazuhiro Shoji both scored 14 points and Isaac Sojourner had a double-double (11 points, 12 boards).
After their 10-game winning streak ended on Saturday, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix returned to the victory column on Sunday with an 81-67 win over the visiting Sendai 89ers.
Michael Gardener and Levonn Jordan were Hamamatsu's high scorer with 18 points apiece, while Marcus Morrison had 11 and Sun Ming Ming nine.
Bobby St. Preux put 24 points on the board for the 89ers (15-15), and teammate Chris Holm finished with 20 points and 19 boards. Holm, a 55.9-percent free-throw shooter, was 9-for-9 at the charity stripe.