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Ed Odeven

Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported 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 also appeared in Venezuela Online News, the Jamaica Gleaner, the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times and Swimming World Magazine.

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Nov 30, 2015

Lakestars thrash Lightning

The Shiga Lakestars overwhelmed the undermanned Hiroshima Lightning in their series finale on Sunday. It was a comprehensive thrashing of epic proportions. Seven Lakestars players scored in double figures in the 125-58 rout in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, with Shuto Mizoguchi draining seven 3-pointers in ...

Nov 29, 2015

Shannon has instant impact as 89ers beat B-Corsairs

Newcomer Terrance Shannon has bolstered the Sendai 89ers’ already formidable frontcourt, which features veteran stars Wendell White and Jamal Boykin. Shannon made a solid impact in his 89ers debut on Saturday night, grabbing seven rebounds in 14-plus minutes and adding a steal and block ...

Well-traveled Tyler going back to China

Nov 26, 2015

Well-traveled Tyler going back to China

Former Tokyo Apache and NBA big man Jeremy Tyler is returning to China. Tyler will play for Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to published reports. The CBA season is already underway, and Fujian is 4-4 in the 20-team circuit as of ...

Nov 23, 2015

Hamamatsu overwhelms Nara for ninth straight victory

The defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix drained 19 3-pointers in a runaway 109-63 triumph over the Bambitious Nara on Monday afternoon in the bj-league. The Western Conference-leading Phoenix (13-3 overall, 8-2 at home) led 25-10 after one quarter and 51-26 at halftime, and were ...

Crane Thunders crush Cinq Reves

Nov 23, 2015

Crane Thunders crush Cinq Reves

The Gunma Crane Thunders reached the playoffs last season after a 1-12 start, making necessary adjustments and steady improvement over their remaining 39 regular-season contests under veteran bench boss Charlie Parker. This season, new head coach Hirokazu Nema, formerly an assistant under Parker, has ...

Nov 21, 2015

Dynamic duo lead B-Corsairs past Wat's

The more they play together, the more effective they will become. And when they’re at their best, Jordan Henriquez-Roberts and Carl Hall already form a dynamic one-two punch for the Yokohama B-Corsairs. Call them Yokohama’s own Twin Towers: the 214-cm Henriquez-Roberts, who’s in his ...

Nov 20, 2015

Shimane trounces Hiroshima in series opener

The expansion Hiroshima Lightning faced a 24-point deficit after 10 minutes on Friday night, and never recovered. The visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic routed the Lightning 115-62 in the series opener in Hiroshima. Shimane (9-6) controlled the boards from start to finish, out-rebounding the hosts ...

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

| Nov 19, 2015

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

After being shown the door following just 12 games with the Shiga Lakestars, 2014-15 regular-season MVP Kejuan Johnson reflected on the team’s decision. Johnson insisted that he’s been made “the scapegoat” for the Lakestars’ inconsistent play. Coming off their first Final Four appearance since ...

Nov 17, 2015

Lakestars terminate contract of former league MVP Johnson

The Shiga Lakestars released star guard Kejuan Johnson on Tuesday, two days after he scored a season-low one point. Johnson joined Shiga after a dynamic 2014-15 campaign, when he was named the bj-league’s regular-season MVP while playing for the Sendai 89ers. He led the ...