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Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported on a wide range of sports from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Summer Games for this newspaper. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Odeven is a graduate of Arizona State University. He previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., reporting on high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic sports (Flagstaff is a major international Olympic training site due to its high elevation) and writing a weekly column. His articles have appeared in Venezuela Online News, The Gleaner (Jamaica), the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times, Swimming World Magazine and numerous other publications.

For Ed Odeven's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Basics serve Levanga well in win over Lakestars

Jan 22, 2017

Basics serve Levanga well in win over Lakestars

In an era of long-range shooting, scoring consistently from inside the arc can be an overlooked art. On Sunday, the Levanga Hokkaido, however, provided a reminder that simplifying and executing — taking and making — 2-point shots is indeed important. Hokkaido shot 59.6 percent ...

Balanced scoring guides Alvark past B-Corsairs

Jan 21, 2017

Balanced scoring guides Alvark past B-Corsairs

There are games when almost everything goes right for an offense. Saturday was one of those games for the Alvark Tokyo. Six Alvark players reached double figures in scoring and the East Division leaders pounced on the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs, winning 98-66. Former NBA ...

SeaHorses edge Evessa in OT

Jan 19, 2017

SeaHorses edge Evessa in OT

The SeaHorses Mikawa clung to a one-point in the closing seconds of overtime against the visiting Osaka Evessa on Thursday night. Mikawa escaped with an 84-83 triumph after Osaka’s Shota Konno and Takuya Hashimoto both missed jump shots in the final 9 seconds of ...

Brave Thunders edge Sunrockers to spoil Sacre's debut

Jan 18, 2017

Brave Thunders edge Sunrockers to spoil Sacre's debut

The title-chasing Kawasaki Brave Thunders kept poised and made pivotal plays when they needed to in a Kanto showdown with the Sunrockers Shibuya on Wednesday night. The Brave Thunders finished on top, winning 69-66 and denying former Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre a ...

Alvark cruise past 89ers to usher in second half of season

Jan 17, 2017

Alvark cruise past 89ers to usher in second half of season

The Alvark Tokyo opened the second half of the B. League season with a methodical 91-80 victory over the Sendai 89ers on Tuesday night. Tokyo won the rebounding battle (50-36) and sealed the victory at the free-throw line, draining 17 of 18 shots. Troy ...

First-ever B. League All-Star Game delivers high-octane thrills

Jan 15, 2017

First-ever B. League All-Star Game delivers high-octane thrills

Entertainment was the name of the game on Sunday evening. The inaugural B. League All-Star Game was expected to provide a lot of scoring highlights and above-the-rim antics, and that’s precisely what it delivered. In spurts, the contest was high-performance art. Mostly, though, it ...

Brave Thunders edge KGC in inaugural East Asia Club Championship

Jan 14, 2017

Brave Thunders edge KGC in inaugural East Asia Club Championship

Basketball fans in Japan and South Korea were treated to an entertaining duel on Saturday night. The inaugural East Asia Club Championship at Yoyogi National Gymnasium was a one-point game entering the fourth quarter, as the B. League’s Kawasaki Brave Thunders and Korean Basketball ...

Japan hoop legend Kohama dead at 84

Jan 13, 2017

Japan hoop legend Kohama dead at 84

Mototaka Kohama, affectionately known as the “Godfather of Japanese basketball,” died on Thursday. He was 84. Kohama passed away from pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital. He had been battling cancer. The coaching legend’s lifelong passion for the game inspired generations of players and coaches ...