Dec 13, 2015

89ers snap Phoenix's winning run at 11

The Sendai 89ers ended the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s 11-game winning streak on Saturday night, defeating the defending champions 75-64. Former Phoenix star Wendell White had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Sendai (16-5), and Jamal Boykin chipped in with 19 points and five steals. ...

Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

| Dec 12, 2015

Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

His name isn’t LeBron James, but his play, like the NBA legend’s, captivates a pro basketball league’s audience. And many of his performances in October, November and early December have been among the best of the 2015-16 bj-league season. Le’Bryan Nash, a rookie forward ...

Kyoto's Palmer brings end to long career in Japan

Dec 8, 2015

Kyoto's Palmer brings end to long career in Japan

Kyoto Hannaryz forward David Palmer on Monday revealed that he’s decided to retire — effective immediately. He said he made up his mind in early November, citing injuries and various physical ailments as factors that led to this decision. Palmer told The Japan Times ...

Dec 6, 2015

Kyoto edges Fukushima to complete series sweep

After outlasting the Fukushima Firebonds in triple overtime on Saturday, the Kyoto Hannaryz played another tight, down-to-the-wire contest a day later. The Sunday showdown, however, didn’t require extra time to determine the winner. Kyoto edged Fukushima by the slimmest of margins, winning 62-61 in ...

Golden Kings rout Happinets in series opener

Dec 6, 2015

Golden Kings rout Happinets in series opener

Led by Morihisa Yamauchi’s five steals, the opportunistic Ryukyu Golden Kings defense caused fits for the Akita Northern Happinets in their series opener on Saturday night. Ryukyu’s 14 steals also spelled trouble for Akita. The Golden Kings blasted the visitors 99-63 in Ginowan, Okinawa ...

Dec 4, 2015

Mavunga lifts Shiga past Tokyo

Power forward Julian Mavunga had 36 points and 14 rebounds and Masahiro Kano made six steals to propel the Shiga Lakestars to a 73-63 victory over the Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night in the bj-league. Shiga (12-5) outscored the hosts 44-29 in the ...

Dec 4, 2015

Hannaryz forward Owens done for season

Kyoto Hannaryz forward Larry Owens is out with a season-ending knee injury, the bj-league club announced on Friday. Owens, a former NBA player, sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the third quarter against the Rizing Fukuoka on Sunday. His ...

Defense paying dividends in West

| Dec 3, 2015

Defense paying dividends in West

Tenacity and rock-solid fundamentals fuel top defenses. What else makes them click? An intense desire to limit foes’ scoring chances and high-percentage shots and keeping their point totals down, too. With about one-third of the season in the books, several teams have emerged as ...

Nov 30, 2015

Lakestars thrash Lightning

The Shiga Lakestars overwhelmed the undermanned Hiroshima Lightning in their series finale on Sunday. It was a comprehensive thrashing of epic proportions. Seven Lakestars players scored in double figures in the 125-58 rout in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, with Shuto Mizoguchi draining seven 3-pointers in ...