Dec 28, 2014

High-scoring Nara hammers Tokyo

The Bambitious Nara staged an offensive clinic against the struggling Tokyo Cinq Reves on Sunday. Portland State product Chehales Tapscott had a game-high 31 points and Andre Murray, also a PSU alum, added 19 as the Bambitious rolled past Tokyo 100-77 in Nara. The ...

Dec 27, 2014

Akita continues inspired play under rookie head coach Hasegawa

The victories keep coming for the Akita Northern Happinets under first-year head coach Makoto Hasegawa, a former star point guard. Since replacing the now-retired Kazuo Nakamura after the team’s bj-league championship runnerup finish in May, the expectations have been for the team to be ...

Ryukyu star Burns leading the way in bj-league All-Star voting

Dec 26, 2014

Ryukyu star Burns leading the way in bj-league All-Star voting

Who is the leading vote-getter for the bj-league’s ninth annual All-Star Game? In a news release issued on Friday afternoon, at the top of the list is Ryukyu’s Draelon Burns, the Golden Kings’ dynamic 194-cm, do-it-all super reserve. His versatility enables him to play ...

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

Dec 23, 2014

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

The Rizing Fukuoka, who gutted their roster of several prominent bj-league veterans in the offseason, made another big move on Monday. Head coach James Duncan was relieved of his duties a day after his team defeated the Saitama Broncos twice in their two-game series ...

Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

Dec 21, 2014

Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

Star guard Masashi Joho’s return to the Toyama Grouses lineup this weekend delivered what the team has come to expect during his tenure with the franchise: victories. Joho, the 2013-14 bj-league MVP, scored a game-high 20 points and made three steals in the Grouses’ ...

Dec 20, 2014

Johnson scores 40 points as 89ers beat Crane Thunders

Sendai 89ers star Kejuan Johnson delivered a brilliant offensive performance on Saturday. The Long Beach State product scored a game-high 40 points on 12-for-17 shooting and went 13-for-13 at the free-throw line. Repeatedly, Sendai fans heard “swish!” as shot after shot taken by Johnson ...

Dec 19, 2014

Akita pummels struggling Tokyo

The Akita Northern Happinets pounded the host Tokyo Cinq Reves from start to finish in Friday’s series opener in Inagi. Seven Akita players scored in double figures as the Happinetes demolished Tokyo 108-59. Kenta Tateyama paced the visitors with 20 points, knocking down 4 ...

| Dec 19, 2014

Aomori relying on strong nucleus in second season

The Aomori Wat’s are positioning themselves for another postseason appearance, building on the experience the Tohoku-based team gained in its inaugural season. Coach Koju Munakata has guided the Wat’s to a respectable 13-9 start, including a 4-2 record in their past six games. Aomori, ...

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

Dec 18, 2014

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann repeatedly stated that the Japan Basketball Association’s “lack of vision” is a fundamental problem stunting the sport’s development throughout the nation. During a Thursday morning news conference, Baumann spoke with an authoritative tone about serious issues facing the Japan ...