Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

| May 29, 2014

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

by Ed Odeven

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 ...

Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

May 24, 2014

Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings’ 43-9 regular-season record was no accident. Coach Tsutomu Isa’s team plays feisty, opportunistic and, most important, strong fundamental defense. This has never been more evident than in the bj-league’s Western Conference final at Ariake Colosseum on Saturday night. Exhibit A: ...

Ryukyu favored to win third title

| May 22, 2014

Ryukyu favored to win third title

by Ed Odeven

This season’s title chase features three teams that have won 40 or more games, and the winner will be crowned at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Kyoto Hannaryz, meanwhile, are the only one of the quartet returning to Tokyo for this season’s Final Four, ...

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

| May 15, 2014

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

by Ed Odeven

During the six seasons in which franchise cornerstones Jeff Newton and Anthony McHenry have teamed up to lead the Ryukyu Golden Kings to extraordinary success, the Okinawan powerhouse is the undisputed model franchise for the bj-league. Consider the following: 1. The Golden Kings are ...

May 10, 2014

Ryukyu thrashes Hamamatsu in Game 1

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings resembled a demolition crew on Saturday afternoon. Their target? Every phase of the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s game plan. The top-seeded Golden Kings recorded a 79-49 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series in Okinawa City. Ryukyu, which ...

Apr 27, 2014

Golden Kings finish regular season in style

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings shattered their own league record for victories in the regular season, and the Toyama Grouses tied the old mark on an action-packed Sunday, the final day of the bj-league’s ninth season. Golden Kings 78, Phoenix 72 In Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, ...