Jan 19, 2014

Akita rolls to ninth straight victory

The All-Star spotlight will shine on Akita next Sunday. On Sunday, the Akita Northern Happinets also made sure there were plenty of highlights to talk about in the buildup to the bj-league’s eighth annual All-Star Game. Mission accomplished. There was sharpshooter Shigehiro Taguchi knocking ...

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

Jan 18, 2014

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

Takeshi Mito scored a game-high 24 points and Ira Brown’s double-double helped propel the Toyama Grouses to a 68-52 home win on Saturday over the Shimane Susanoo Magic, who dropped their first game under new coach Reggie Hanson. Brown finished with 16 points, 12 ...

Jan 17, 2014

Hamamatsu beats Tokyo for fifth straight win

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix are hitting their stride as the second half of the season begins. Coach Tomoya Higashino’s squad extended its winning streak to five games on Friday, beating the host Tokyo Cinq Reves 75-69. Fueled by high-energy veterans and all-around depth, the ...

Jan 16, 2014

Nara completes first series sweep in franchise history

The Bambitious Nara, a first-year bj-league franchise, have won back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history. For Nara coach Koto Toyama’s squad, Thursday’s 87-74 triumph over the visiting Saitama Broncos featured several key contributors. Rookie guard Tatsuya Suzuki had 20 points, drained ...

Jan 15, 2014

Ex-Gator Moss powers Nara past Saitama

Big man Adrian Moss delivered a gutsy 20-point, 21-rebound performance to lead the Bambitious Nara to a 70-60 series-opening victory over the Saitama Broncos on Wednesday night. The 204-cm Moss, who starred on the 2006 NCAA Division I champion University of Florida Gators, led ...

Jan 14, 2014

Golden Kings roll past Five Arrows at home

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have a superb home-court advantage in Okinawa. The team’s rabid, rowdy fans always make that possible, and are among the bj-league’s team attendance leaders season after season. A quality team to watch provides that motivation, too. Ryukyu rolled to its ...

Jan 13, 2014

Iwate showcases depth, talent in triumph over Tokyo

The Iwate Big Bulls know there’s only one way to climb above the Toyama Grouses and Akita Northern Happinets in the Eastern Conference standings. It won’t take trickery. What it will take is wins — lots of them. The Big Bulls have hit their ...