Sep 6, 2014

Alvark hold off Kings' spirited comeback


The Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday’s preseason game in Okinawa City. The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team, held on for a 76-75 ...

| May 29, 2014

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title


What made the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable championship season even more startling was the team’s cohesiveness and singular focus. It started in training camp and lasted until the final second ticked off the clock at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Golden Kings’ strictly business ...

Apr 17, 2014

Ryukyu's Burns garners league accolade


Draelon Burns played an integral role in the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ splendid 24-2 record in home games this season. Exhibit A: In the first game of their final home series, Burns had 30 points (one shy of his season-high total), nine rebounds, four assists ...

Dec 7, 2013

Ryukyu outlasts ex-coach Toyama, Nara in OT


Former Ryukyu Golden Kings coach Koto Toyama faced his old team on Saturday for the first time since he was fired in May after leading the Okinawan powerhouse to a league-record 42-win season that didn’t include a trip to the Final Four. Toyama’s new ...

Nov 23, 2013

Ryukyu rolls on all cylinders against Hamamatsu


The Ryukyu Golden Kings boosted their championship hopes by signing Draelon Burns earlier this month, and the DePaul University product has made a seamless transition to the Western Conference powerhouse. Coming off the bench, Burns scored 11 points and dished out eight assists on ...