Davis notches double-double in victorious debut for Sendai

Dec 6, 2014

Davis notches double-double in victorious debut for Sendai

Jeral Davis enjoyed a successful debut with the Sendai 89ers on Saturday. The 216-cm big man produced a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in 21-plus minutes, swatted two shots and helped the Sendai 89ers thump the visiting Bambitious Nara 91-67. Davis, a Talladega College ...

Roby powering Akita with strong all-around game

| Dec 4, 2014

Roby powering Akita with strong all-around game

The Akita Northern Happinets (14-4) have played nearly one-third of their 52-game schedule, and forward Richard Roby is having an MVP-caliber season. Need proof? Roby is among the league’s top 10 in four categories: scoring (18.7 points per game, seventh overall), assists (4.0, tied ...

Iwate's Randall stays focused on winning

| Dec 1, 2014

Iwate's Randall stays focused on winning

The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Scootie Randall of the Eastern Conference-leading Iwate Big Bulls is the subject of this week’s profile. Position: Forward Age: 24 Ht: 198 cm Wt: 102 kg Hometown: Philadelphia College: Temple University Noteworthy: Randall, ...

Ryukyu whips rival Osaka, runs winning streak to eight

Nov 30, 2014

Ryukyu whips rival Osaka, runs winning streak to eight

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have been so dominant for so long — they’ve won 256 of 370 regular-season games (at nearly a 69.2 percent clip) since the start of the 2008-09 season — that all of their victories are, well, expected. The reigning champions ...

Niigata triumphs over Shimane to end six-game losing streak

Nov 29, 2014

Niigata triumphs over Shimane to end six-game losing streak

The Niigata Albirex BB snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday, beating the visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic 76-71. Combo guard Russell Carter scored a team-high 16 points, Kimitake Sato added 13 and Shuhei Komatsu, Patrick Sullivan and Yuichi Ikeda all had 12 apiece for ...

Yokohama big man Marshall sidelined with knee injury

Nov 28, 2014

Yokohama big man Marshall sidelined with knee injury

With 10 losses in their past 11 games, the Yokohama B-Corsairs have been searching for any glimmer of hope, any good news. But there’s more bad news: Big man Wayne Marshall’s return this season is questionable. He sustained a broken knee cap on Oct. ...

Nov 27, 2014

Veteran star Parker to leave Wakayama, join Toyota

The NBL’s Wakayama Trians have gone from title contender to near-the-basement dweller in less than a year. And now, the cash-strapped Trians have lost star forward Michael Parker to the Toyota Alvark, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is expected within the next ...

FIBA bans Japan from international competition

Nov 26, 2014

FIBA bans Japan from international competition

Although nearly a month passed since FIBA’s Oct. 31 deadline for the Japan Basketball Association to present a merger plan for the bj-league and the NBL, among other demands, basketball’s world governing body delivered the expected news. On Wednesday, the JBA, one of FIBA’s ...