Kawai faces tall task in new job with HeatDevils

| Jan 28, 2016

Kawai faces tall task in new job with HeatDevils

Will Ryuji Kawai resurrect the Oita Ehime HeatDevils’ season? Will the former Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Shinshu Brave Warriors bench boss find a way to lead the HeatDevils to their second straight playoff appearance for the first time in franchise history? Entering the season’s ...

Nash guides East to victory in final bj-league All-Star Game

Jan 24, 2016

Nash guides East to victory in final bj-league All-Star Game

Le’Bryan Nash wanted the ball and craved the opportunity to showcase his impressive talents on a big stage. The Fukushima Firebonds rookie forward admitted he wanted a shiny trophy, too. Mission accomplished. Nash helped lead the East to a 115-108 victory over the West ...

League blows chance to honor Aoki

| Jan 23, 2016

League blows chance to honor Aoki

It’s absolutely ridiculous that the most popular player in bj-league history is not going to play in the circuit’s 10th and final All-Star Game. But it’s not surprising. Really, it isn’t. The bj-league has often failed to do things logically. And it’s often failed ...

Ryukyu's Ravenel comes up big in victory over Kanazawa

Jan 3, 2016

Ryukyu's Ravenel comes up big in victory over Kanazawa

Starting big man Evan Ravenel dominated at both ends of the court on Sunday, guiding the Ryukyu Golden Kings to an 87-83 win over the Kanazawa Samuraiz. The Golden Kings (19-7 overall, 8-4 at home) earned a series split in Okinawa City. Ravenel had ...

Jan 2, 2016

Soma sparks Osaka in rout of Niigata

The Osaka Evessa didn’t shy away from feeding the ball to Takuya Soma on the perimeter on Saturday. Smart move. The 24-year-old swingman sank 9 of 16 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points, leading the Evessa to an 85-64 victory over the Niigata ...

Golden Kings continue winning tradition

| Jan 2, 2016

Golden Kings continue winning tradition

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have been so good for so long that they’ve maintained a winning formula for nearly a decade. Sure, team president Tatsuro Kimura and his staff tinker with the Golden Kings roster each year, adding a few key pieces to the ...

Dec 28, 2015

Crews dazzles in Grouses' victory over HeatDevils

Seven days after making 11 of 11 shots from the field in a game against the Kanazawa Samuraiz, forward Duke Crews delivered another jaw-dropping offensive performance for the Toyama Grouses. On Sunday, Crews made all 10 of his shots, including a trio of crowd-pleasing ...

Pomare confident Samuraiz can beat odds

| Dec 28, 2015

Pomare confident Samuraiz can beat odds

The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Gyno Pomare of the expansion Kanazawa Samuraiz is the subject of this week’s profile. Position: Forward Age: 29 Ht: 203 cm Wt: 110 kg Hometown: Oceanside, California College: University of San Diego Noteworthy: ...

Dec 25, 2015

Kitagawa gives Ryukyu big lift against Yokohama

Shuhei Kitagawa lit up the scoreboard on Christmas night. It wasn’t quite like Bernard King’s 60-point outburst on Dec. 25, 1984, at Madison Square Garden in the New York Knicks’ memorable win over the New Jersey Nets, but for Kitagawa, it’ll be a night ...

Improved play has Fukuoka back in playoff race

| Dec 24, 2015

Improved play has Fukuoka back in playoff race

There’s no magic formula for the Rizing Fukuoka to swiftly climb in the Western Conference standings. But first-year coach Tomohiro Moriyama’s club has made steady progress in recent weeks. The Rizing improved to 10-14 on Sunday after a 71-66 victory over the visiting Aomori ...