Fukuoka triumphs in first game under new coach Joe Bryant

Jan 18, 2015

Fukuoka triumphs in first game under new coach Joe Bryant

In a game that went down to the wire, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, the Rizing Fukuoka’s new head coach, was able to instill confidence in his players on Saturday night. He kept his message simple and direct. “If you can believe, you can achieve,” Bryant ...

Jan 16, 2015

Fukushima outplays Iwate in series opener

Set aside an eight-game losing streak in the fall, and the expansion Fukushima Firebonds have played nearly .500 ball so far in their inaugural bj-league season. In addition, the Firebonds collected a hard-earned 79-74 home victory over the Eastern Conference heavyweight Iwate Big Bulls ...

Jan 11, 2015

Akita dominates second half, rolls to 12th straight win

The Akita Northern Happinets erupted for 62 second-half points against the Saitama Broncos on Sunday. They turned a seven-point halftime deficit into an afterthought, clobbering the Broncos 102-87 for their 12th straight victory. Eastern Conference-leading Akita (24-4 overall, 15-1 on the road) dropped two ...

Jan 10, 2015

Lakestars triumph over Bambitious

The Shiga Lakestars clicked on offense in their series opener against the Bambitious Nara on Saturday night. Jeff Parmer and Ryota Kobayashi both doled out six assists and four Lakestars scored in double figures in an 85-73 triumph over Nara in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. ...

Kenyan greats call for law to punish dopers

| Jan 10, 2015

Kenyan greats call for law to punish dopers

Is it time to make doping in athletics a criminal offense? Kip Keino, one of the greatest living legends of track and field, believes so. And he’s not the only one. London Olympic 1,500-meter champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya supports this bold initiative in ...

| Jan 9, 2015

Rosters finalized for bj-league All-Star Game

Team rosters for the 2014-15 bj-league All-Star Game were announced on Friday, and veteran guard Kenya Tomori is the lone representative of the Gunma Crane Thunders, the host squad, who’s been selected to play. Tomori is one of seven Eastern Conference reserves chosen by ...

Jan 8, 2015

Shimane signs forward Witherspoon

Forward Wesley Witherspoon, who saw action in three preseason games for the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 as an undrafted rookie, has joined the Shimane Susanoo Magic, the bj-league club announced on Wednesday. The 206-cm Witherspoon fills a roster spot vacated by power forward ...

Jan 4, 2015

Broncos finally claim first win of season

The Saitama Broncos finally found a way to chalk up a victory on Sunday. A methodical 101-87 win over the Oita HeatDevils ended Saitama’s season-long losing streak. The Broncos (1-23) topped the century mark in points for the first time this season. And they ...

Hamamatsu rolls to 13th straight victory

Jan 3, 2015

Hamamatsu rolls to 13th straight victory

Don’t expect the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s New Year’s resolution to be any different than their overall season goal: to compete for a championship. The Phoenix provided a bold reminder of that on Saturday, trouncing the host Bambitious Nara 92-66 to extend their bj-league winning ...