"It was just a beautiful comeback, and a more beautiful shot to win it. When you hold that opponent to seven points in the final quarter, you are playin' your heart out. I know those dudes are tired," he said, noting Ryukyu, now a league-best 19-5, only dressed eight players due to injuries.
*Golden Kings backup guard Yasufumi Takushi is a bona-fide specialist, a 3-point shooter who gets the job done game after game, week after week. Case in point: Takushi has made 25 3-pointers in 170 minutes. He isn't afraid to take a shot, and often comes up with two or three in quick succession to give his team a boost.
*Niigata center Chris Holm, the league's rebounding king at 14.5 rebounds per game, has to be in the discussion for MVP at this stage of the season. After his 22-point, 20-rebound effort on Tuesday, the Albirex moved into first place by beating the two-time defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, who had occupied the spot atop the Eastern Conference standings.