Dec 14, 2013

Ryukyu triumphs over Osaka in overtime

The shots weren’t falling and their overall game was not a thing of beauty, not a well-choreographed artistic production. Didn’t matter. The Ryukyu Golden Kings found a way to win. They edged the host Osaka Evessa 79-77 in overtime on Saturday, running their winning ...

Dec 13, 2013

Hamamatsu ekes out road win over Oita

Four fewer turnovers and five more 3-pointers helped seal the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s 71-65 road victory for the Oita HeatDevils on Friday night. Jermaine Dixon led the Phoenix (11-8) with 17 points and shared the team lead in assists (four) with Masahiro Oguchi. Deshawn ...

Dec 9, 2013

Resurgent 89ers rout Wat's

Things are starting to fall into place for the Sendai 89ers. After missing five straight games, center Dzaflo Larkai returned from a knee injury on Nov. 30. And since then, the 89ers have quietly continued their climb in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Sendai ...

Dec 7, 2013

Ryukyu outlasts ex-coach Toyama, Nara in OT

Former Ryukyu Golden Kings coach Koto Toyama faced his old team on Saturday for the first time since he was fired in May after leading the Okinawan powerhouse to a league-record 42-win season that didn’t include a trip to the Final Four. Toyama’s new ...

Akita making run for title

| Dec 7, 2013

Akita making run for title

The stars have aligned for a special basketball season in Akita. Just ask any of the Akita Northern Happinets’ die-hard fans. Coach Kazuo Nakamura’s club is 16-2 entering this weekend and the Happinets are hosting the 2013-14 bj-league All-Star Game on Jan. 26. Expect ...

Dec 6, 2013

Sanders guides Shinshu to victory over Niigata

Patrick Sanders scored a game-high 28 points and three teammates reached double figures in scoring as the Shinshu Brave Warriors defeated the Niigata Albirex BB 88-78 on Friday night in their bj-league series opener. The Brave Warriors improved to 10-5, including 6-1 at home. ...

Dec 3, 2013

Akita 16-2 after weekend sweep of Gunma

With three teams with double-digits wins setting the pace in the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference-leading Ryukyu Golden Kings enjoying a bye week, the 2013-14 bj-league season has entered its third month. Surprising nobody, the Akita Northern Happinets improved to 10-0 at home ...

Toyama downs Kyoto, moves to 13-2

Dec 1, 2013

Toyama downs Kyoto, moves to 13-2

Quietly, without much fanfare or wide-spread exposure in the nation’s mainstream media, the Toyama Grouses have built a title-contending team. Head coach Bob Nash, whose basketball roots stretch from his schoolboy standout days in Hartford, Connecticut, to his rise to stardom at the University ...