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Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009

BJ-LEAGUE

Golden Kings outplay Hannaryz


Staff writer

The Ryukyu Golden Kings used a balanced attack to beat the visiting Kyoto Hannaryz 90-84 on Saturday.

High-energy guard Shigeyuki Kinjo scored a game-high 20 points, while he had plenty of offensive support from his teammates.

Anthony McHenry (18 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists), Jeff Newton (18 points) and George Leach and Bryan Simpson (12 apiece) provided added production as the Golden Kings, the defending bj-league champions, improved to 3-2.

Kyoto, an expansion team playing its first game against Ryukyu, slipped to 3-4.

Hannaryz forward Josh Bostic scored a team-best 19 points, while center Reda Rhalimi had a double-double (18 points, 10 boards). Former NBA guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Taizo Kawabe scored 13 and Naoto Takushi nine.

The Golden Kings complicated matters for themselves by shooting an abysmal 12-for-25 at the charity stripe, but they had six dunks to cash in on easy scoring chances.

Elsewhere in the bj-league, power forward Gary Hamilton's stellar 21-point, 22-rebound, seven-assist, four-steal effort guided the host Shiga Lakestars to a 93-79 win over the Takamatsu Five Arrows.

Shiga (7-2) had five double-digit scorers in the series opener, including Masashi Joho, who was 8-for-10 from 2-point range, with 19 and Chris Schlatter with 15.

Hamilton, who had nine offensive boards in the win, has had several quality games for the Lakestars this season. This one, however, might have been his breakthrough game, a clear signal that he can be one of league's elite stars.

Michael Gardener paced the Five Arrows (1-6) with 30 points and center Terrance Farley, a former University of Louisville player, had 12 points and four boards in his bj-league debut.

Also Saturday, Wendell White scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Limar Wilson had 16 points to lead the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to an 85-80 home win over the Sendai 89ers.

Veteran swingman William Knight added 15 points as the Phoenix improved to 6-1.

Gyno Pomare had 24 points to lead four scorers in double figures for Sendai (6-1), which was the league's last unbeaten team this season. The 89ers are coming off a bye week.

The Toyama Grouses, meanwhile, improved to 4-1, defeating the visiting Saitama Broncos 73-59.

Guard Brandon Thomas paced the Grouses with 21 points and hauled in 16 rebounds, while forward Kirby Lemons had a 15-point, 18-rebound performance. Teammate Jason Arbet chipped in with 14 points and Takeshi Mito had 12.

For Saitama (0-7), Mario Jointer was the leading scorer with 17 points.

Rizing Fukuoka forward Michael Parker had 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his team's 94-84 road win over the Oita HeatDevils. The Rizing (2-5) had five other players score 10 or more points as they snapped a five-game losing streak.

Mike Bell paced Oita (2-3) with 29 points.



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