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Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported on a wide range of sports from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Summer Games for this newspaper. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Odeven is a graduate of Arizona State University. He previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., reporting on high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic sports (Flagstaff is a major international Olympic training site due to its high elevation) and writing a weekly column. His articles have appeared in Venezuela Online News, The Gleaner (Jamaica), the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times, Swimming World Magazine and numerous other publications.

For Ed Odeven's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Brex claim first B. League title

/ May 27, 2017

Brex claim first B. League title

An exciting new era for pro basketball in Japan produced an appropriate final chapter to close out its inaugural season on Saturday afternoon.The first B. League Championship final delivered a tight duel between the Kawasaki Brave Thunders, last season’s NBL champion, and the Tochigi ...

Kawasaki, Tochigi to clash in B. League final

/ | May 25, 2017

Kawasaki, Tochigi to clash in B. League final

The inaugural B. League championship pits two teams with established stars, deep benches, up-and-coming players, accomplished coaches and growing fan bases.What’s more, Saturday afternoon’s Kawasaki Brave Thunders-Tochigi Brex showdown presents a clash of styles. The top-seeded Brave Thunders were the league’s top offense (84.3 ...

Familiar foes set to face off in semis

/ | May 18, 2017

Familiar foes set to face off in semis

For the remaining four title-chasing participants in the B. League Championship, familiarity over the years is a common thread.After all, the Tochigi Brex, SeaHorses Mikawa, Kawasaki Brave Thunders and Alvark Tokyo played often against one another in the old JBL and its successor, the ...

Alvark oust NeoPhoenix to reach B. League Championship semis

/ May 14, 2017

Alvark oust NeoPhoenix to reach B. League Championship semis

A strong third-quarter performance lifted the Alvark Tokyo and transformed the outcome of Sunday’s B. League Championship quarterfinal contest against the San-en NeoPhoenix.Defensively, the Alvark were tenacious in that game-changing stanza en route to an 83-74 Game 2 victory at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. ...