Kings swept at home by the Chiba Jets
The Golden Kings were swept by the Chiba Jets in last weekend’s series, 89-71 Saturday and 80-71 Sunday. With a record of 17-24, the Kings still sit at fifth in the Western Conference. Despite their struggles, the Kings are pushing ahead, determined to make the playoffs.
During Saturday’s game, the Kings let the game slip away from them early in the 1st quarter. By the end of the 1st half, the Kings trailed by 13 points. The downward spiral continued in the 2nd half. The Kings trailed by as much as 30 points at one point. Tsutomu Isa said, “We couldn’t get anything going. Nothing we tried worked. Chiba controlled every aspect of the game tonight.”
Sunday’s game went a little better for the Kings, though not by much. Chiba controlled the pace early in the 1st quarter and continued to do so throughout the game, steadily extending their lead as the game went on. The lone bright spot for the Kings was the aggressive offensive play of forward Reyshawn Terry who posted a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Kings’ head coach Isa said, “We made some improvements over Saturday’s game, but we still had trouble gaining the initiative and establishing our pace of play. Nevertheless, we made several adjustments and learned from some mistakes made in the previous game. This is a positive that we need to continue building on.”
The Kings’ next home game is scheduled for March 18th at 19:00 and the 19th at 18:00 at the Okinawa City Gym.