Since rising to elite status and winning a championship in the 2008-09 campaign in their second season of existence, the Ryukyu Golden Kings have been a perennial threat to win it all.

They went 43-9 during the regular season, including 24-2 at home, setting two league records in the process. They allowed a league-low 3,561 points. They snatched the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed for the playoffs. They earned a bye into the conference semifinals and now play host to a team they’ve had nothing but success against this season.

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