Dec 13, 2014

Iwate edges Ryukyu in thriller, extends winning streak to 19

For the Iwate Big Bulls, eight was a key number on Saturday. They had eight blocked shots, and they held the reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings to eight second-quarter points. But for coach Dai Oketani’s club, the biggest numbers were the final score: Iwate ...

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

| Dec 12, 2014

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

The Toronto Raptors’ climb hasn’t been an overnight miracle. But it’s been a memorable climb under the steady leadership of head coach Dwane Casey. The Raptors are on pace for an increase in wins for the fourth consecutive season since Casey was hired to ...

Dec 7, 2014

Shinshu's Sanders provides big spark in triumph over Toyama

Shinshu Brave Warriors forward Patrick Sanders was an offensive force in Sunday’s series finale against the Toyama Grouses. Sanders scored a game-high 32 points and capitalized on his opportunities at the foul line, too. An 84.8 percent free-throw shooter, he made all nine of ...

Dec 6, 2014

Davis notches double-double in victorious debut for Sendai

Jeral Davis enjoyed a successful debut with the Sendai 89ers on Saturday. The 216-cm big man produced a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in 21-plus minutes, swatted two shots and helped the Sendai 89ers thump the visiting Bambitious Nara 91-67. Davis, a Talladega College ...

Roby powering Akita with strong all-around game

| Dec 4, 2014

Roby powering Akita with strong all-around game

The Akita Northern Happinets (14-4) have played nearly one-third of their 52-game schedule, and forward Richard Roby is having an MVP-caliber season. Need proof? Roby is among the league’s top 10 in four categories: scoring (18.7 points per game, seventh overall), assists (4.0, tied ...

Iwate's Randall stays focused on winning

| Dec 1, 2014

Iwate's Randall stays focused on winning

The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Scootie Randall of the Eastern Conference-leading Iwate Big Bulls is the subject of this week’s profile. Position: Forward Age: 24 Ht: 198 cm Wt: 102 kg Hometown: Philadelphia College: Temple University Noteworthy: Randall, ...

Ryukyu whips rival Osaka, runs winning streak to eight

Nov 30, 2014

Ryukyu whips rival Osaka, runs winning streak to eight

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have been so dominant for so long — they’ve won 256 of 370 regular-season games (at nearly a 69.2 percent clip) since the start of the 2008-09 season — that all of their victories are, well, expected. The reigning champions ...

Niigata triumphs over Shimane to end six-game losing streak

Nov 29, 2014

Niigata triumphs over Shimane to end six-game losing streak

The Niigata Albirex BB snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday, beating the visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic 76-71. Combo guard Russell Carter scored a team-high 16 points, Kimitake Sato added 13 and Shuhei Komatsu, Patrick Sullivan and Yuichi Ikeda all had 12 apiece for ...