Kennedy sparks Niigata in victory over Gunma

Mar 7, 2015

Kennedy sparks Niigata in victory over Gunma

Niigata Albirex BB forward Thomas Kennedy is one of the bj-league’s most dependable scorers. The University of Detroit Mercy product can carry his team for key stretches on offense, and in Saturday’s 87-70 triumph over the Gunma Crane Thunders, Kennedy delivered a big reminder ...

Mar 6, 2015

Fukuoka comeback falls short against Shiga

A slow start spelled trouble for the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. The end result? A 95-85 loss to the Shiga Lakestars, who earned a two-game sweep in the bj-league series. The Rizing trailed 27-15 after the opening quarter and 51-33 at halftime. They ...

Mar 5, 2015

Hot 3-point shooting carries Shiga past Fukuoka

Led by a trio of 3-point shooting specialists, the visiting Shiga Lakestars halted the Rizing Fukuoka’s three-game winning streak on Thursday night, winning the bj-league series opener 95-93. Shiga’s Ray Nixon, a University of Wisconsin product, buried 8 of 13 long-range shots en route ...

Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

Mar 1, 2015

Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

Like teammate Cohey Aoki did in Saturday’s series opener, Rizing Fukuoka star Josh Peppers carried his team on the offensive end on Sunday afternoon. Peppers poured in 33 points (three more than Aoki had a day earlier) and added 19 points and 10 rebounds ...

Feb 28, 2015

Hamamatsu triumphs over Osaka in OT

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix outlasted the Osaka Evessa on Saturday night, winning 80-76. The Phoenix (31-6) are in a three-way tie for first place in the bj-league’s 10-team Western Conference along with the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings and Kyoto Hannaryz. Hamamatsu forced 24 ...

Feb 27, 2015

Gunma completes sweep over lowly Saitama

Since an 0-9 start this season, the Gunma Crane Thunders have made a dramatic turnaround. They’ve gone 15-12 since that long losing streak, including an 84-71 victory over the visiting Saitama Broncos on Friday night. Gunma (15-21) has won three consecutive games to climb ...

Feb 26, 2015

Ex-NBA big man Ely sparks Gunma in victory over Saitama

Former NBA center Melvin Ely notched a double-double and three teammates also scored in double figures as the Gunma Crane Thunders cruised past the visiting Saitama Broncos 75-61 in Thursday’s series opener. The 36-year-old Ely had a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, pulled ...

Feb 22, 2015

Cinq Reves beat Broncos to end barren run

The Tokyo Cinq Reves found a way to win on Sunday, routing the Saitama Broncos 89-61 in Musashino. By doing so, they snapped an epic 18-game losing streak. Before the bj-league series finale against their Eastern Conference rival, they hadn’t come out on top ...