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 ...

Jan 2, 2015

Ryukyu ushers in 2015 with victory over Shinshu

The Ryukyu Golden Kings opened the 2015 portion of their season schedule the way they ended 2014: with a victory. Reigning champion Ryukyu routed the visiting Shinshu Brave Warriors 83-68 on Thursday in the bj-league. The Golden Kings (21-4 overall, 10-1 at home) took ...

Ex-Apache coach Bryant hired to lead struggling Fukuoka

Dec 30, 2014

Ex-Apache coach Bryant hired to lead struggling Fukuoka

Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache’s original head coach, will take over as the Rizing Fukuoka’s next bench boss, the bj-league club announced on Monday evening. Bryant is scheduled to return to the sideline for the Western Conference club’s next home series, Jan. 17-18, ...

Dec 28, 2014

High-scoring Nara hammers Tokyo

The Bambitious Nara staged an offensive clinic against the struggling Tokyo Cinq Reves on Sunday. Portland State product Chehales Tapscott had a game-high 31 points and Andre Murray, also a PSU alum, added 19 as the Bambitious rolled past Tokyo 100-77 in Nara. The ...

Dec 27, 2014

Akita continues inspired play under rookie head coach Hasegawa

The victories keep coming for the Akita Northern Happinets under first-year head coach Makoto Hasegawa, a former star point guard. Since replacing the now-retired Kazuo Nakamura after the team’s bj-league championship runnerup finish in May, the expectations have been for the team to be ...

Ryukyu star Burns leading the way in bj-league All-Star voting

Dec 26, 2014

Ryukyu star Burns leading the way in bj-league All-Star voting

Who is the leading vote-getter for the bj-league’s ninth annual All-Star Game? In a news release issued on Friday afternoon, at the top of the list is Ryukyu’s Draelon Burns, the Golden Kings’ dynamic 194-cm, do-it-all super reserve. His versatility enables him to play ...

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

Dec 23, 2014

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

The Rizing Fukuoka, who gutted their roster of several prominent bj-league veterans in the offseason, made another big move on Monday. Head coach James Duncan was relieved of his duties a day after his team defeated the Saitama Broncos twice in their two-game series ...

Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

Dec 21, 2014

Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

Star guard Masashi Joho’s return to the Toyama Grouses lineup this weekend delivered what the team has come to expect during his tenure with the franchise: victories. Joho, the 2013-14 bj-league MVP, scored a game-high 20 points and made three steals in the Grouses’ ...