Dec 20, 2015

Warren struggles offensively, still helps carry Phoenix to win

Reggie Warren struggled on offense in Sunday’s series finale. He took 14 shots from the field and missed them all. But the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s veteran power forward made a big impact in other facets of the game in an 83-79 bounce-back home victory ...

Dec 20, 2015

Akita surges late to take down Kyoto

The Akita Northern Happinets’ offense was relatively quiet for three quarters in Saturday’s clash with the Kyoto Hannaryz. Akita turned it up a notch in the pivotal fourth quarter, scoring 37 points to seal an 80-76 triumph in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. The Northern Happinets ...

Shearman details life behind sporting lens

| Dec 19, 2015

Shearman details life behind sporting lens

Mark Shearman has achieved extraordinary success as a sports photographer, specializing in track and field. He has a remarkable portfolio — containing images of Olympic legends such as Edwin Moses and Carl Lewis, Usain Bolt and Sebastian Coe — that few can ever hope ...

Dec 18, 2015

Balanced scoring guides Nara past Tokyo

The Bambitious Nara handed the Tokyo Cinq Reves their 16th straight defeat on Friday night. In Nara’s 89-72 victory in Tachikawa, six Bambitious players reached double digits in scoring, including guard Jumpei Honda and big man Julius Ashby, who finished with 17 points apiece. ...

Dec 18, 2015

Kyoto signs veteran forwards Johnson, Ehambe

The Kyoto Hannaryz, who recently lost forwards David Palmer and Larry Owens to retirement and a season-ending knee injury, respectively, have signed a pair of Americans as roster replacements, the bj-league team announced on Friday. The 202-cm Tyren Johnson, who attended the University of ...

HeatDevils still lacking fan support

| Dec 17, 2015

HeatDevils still lacking fan support

The Oita Ehime HeatDevils have a new name this season — well, sort of. Ehime was added to the name, what with the troubled franchise’s new management now based in Ehime Prefecture. The Western Conference squad, which has been a part of the league ...

Surging Shimane beats Aomori

Dec 14, 2015

Surging Shimane beats Aomori

Quietly, the Shimane Susanoo Magic have put together an impressive winning streak that’s been overshadowed by other successful teams this season. The streak reached 10 games with Shimane’s 78-59 victory over the host Aomori Wat’s on Sunday While Western Conference rivals Kyoto Hannaryz and ...

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 ...