Fueled by strong shooting, the Ryukyu Golden Kings extended their winning streak to four games on Sunday by trouncing the visiting Miyazaki Shining Suns 101-77.
The Golden Kings (10-6) drained 12 of 21 3-point shots and were 28-for-53 from inside the 3-point arc as they completed a series sweep against the Shining Suns, one of three bj-league expansion teams this season.
Carlos Dixon paced Ryukyu with 22 points, including 4-for-5 from long range. David Palmer had 17 points and Shigeyuki Kinjo scored 16 on 7-for-11 shooting (but no 3-point attempts). Veteran guard Yasufumi Takushi added 12 points, all coming on 3-pointers (4-for-6). All told, six Golden Kings scored in double figures.
For Miyazaki (4-10), Brandon Cole had 29 points and nine rebounds, while Elijah Palmer scored 21 points. Shinnosuke Oishi and Takuro Ito added eight points apiece.
Ryukyu coach Dai Oketani’s club doesn’t have the league’s longest winning streak, but the Golden Kings are quietly moving up in the Western Conference standings.
On defense, Ryukyu features two of the league’s steady standouts in big men Jeff Newton and frontcourt mate Abdullahi Kuso, who blocked five shots on Sunday.
Phoenix 84, Broncos 80
In Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Dzaflo Larkai and Jeffrey Parmer scored 15 points apiece in leading Hamamatsu Higashimikawa to its 13th straight win.
The defending champion Phoenix improved to a league-best 15-1 as five players scored in double figures, including Masahiro Oguchi and Shingo Okada, who had 11 apiece.
Broncos standout Kenny Satterfield, a former NBA point guard, had a 29-point, five-assist effort and George Leach added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Daiki Terashita scored 10 and Kazuya Hatano contributed nine points and nine boards for Saitama (4-12 overall, 0-4 vs. Hamamatsu).
89ers 79, Magic 77
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Sendai overcame a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit and and salvaged a series split.
Mike Bell paced the 89ers (8-8) with 17 points and Mac Hopson added 14 points and eight boards. Daisuke Takaoka scored 10 and Kenichi Takahashi poured in eight.
Reggie Golson led the Susanoo Magic (7-9) with 16 points and Takumi Ishizaki and Shoji Nakanishi each scored 11.
Hannaryz 83, Happinets 78
In Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Reggie Warren scored 18 points and Michael Fey added 13 as Kyoto bounced back from a series-opening loss.
Kibwe Trim scored 12 and pulled down 13 rebounds and Naoto Nakamura had 11 points for the Hannaryz (7-9).
For the expansion Northern Happinets (6-10), Antonio Burks was the leading scorer (18 points), Sek Henry scored 15 and Ryosuke Mizumachi had 14 to go along with five assists and four steals.
Albirex BB 76, Grouses 72
In Uozo, Toyama Prefecture, Niigata made fewer costly mistakes than the hosts en route to completing a series sweep.
Julius Ashby finished with a team-high 18 points for the Albirex (7-7), followed by Issa Konare’s 15 points and Yuichi Ikeda’s 14. Willie Veasley and Zach Andrews contributed 10 apiece.
The Albirex had nine turnovers in this tight contest and Toyama made 14.
For the Grouses (5-9), Brian Harper posted a double-double (23 points, 14 rebounds) and Matthew Kyle scored 13.
Lakestars 93, Five Arrows 77
In Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Gary Hamilton was 13-for-17 from the field and dominated in other facets of the game, too, guiding the hosts to a victory over Takamatsu.
Hamilton, one of the league’s premier forwards, had 26 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four steals as the Western Conference-leading Lakestars improved to 12-4. Lamar Rice added 24 points and 11 assists and Yu Okada scored a season-high 18.
Terrance Farley led the Five Arrows (4-12) with 19 points.
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