Nov 23, 2014

Big Bulls beat B-Corsairs to stretch win streak to 14

What has defined the Iwate Big Bulls’ performance this season? Wins. Lots of wins. And what’s defined those wins? “I think we are the best ‘hustle’ team,” Iwate coach Dai Oketani told The Japan Times after the Big Bulls defeated the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs ...

Nov 22, 2014

Saitama suffers 11th straight defeat to open bj-league season

After a 20-day break and a minor overhaul of their roster, the Saitama Broncos returned to the court on Saturday. Facing the visiting Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, coach Kazuaki Shimoji’s Broncos led after the first and second quarters, but they were outplayed in the second ...

Nov 21, 2014

Shinshu signs post player Washington

The Shinshu Brave Warriors on Friday filled a roster vacancy, signing forward/center DeVaughn Washington. The 25-year-old Washington played 10 games for the NBL’s Hyogo Storks to open the 2014-15 season. He averaged 10.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from the field. ...

Takamatsu making steady strides

| Nov 20, 2014

Takamatsu making steady strides

Like the Osaka Evessa, their Western Conference rival, the Takamatsu Five Arrows did not push the panic button after struggling to string together back-to-back wins in early October. Smart decision. Coach Kenzo Maeda’s team has turned around its season, winning five of its past ...

Nov 18, 2014

Ryukyu defense steps up in victory over Gunma

The Ryukyu Golden Kings eked out a 74-71 victory over the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders on Tuesday night. Ryukyu held Gunma to 35.8 percent shooting from inside the 3-point arc, improving to 10-2 overall, 6-0 at home. The reigning champion Golden Kings yielded 27 ...

Nov 15, 2014

Hamamatsu prevails against Kyoto; West race tightens up

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix have created a logjam at the top of the Western Conference on Saturday. By beating the visiting Kyoto Hannaryz 76-65, the Phoenix are now one of four West teams with two losses. But Kyoto (11-2) sits atop the conference due ...

Susanoo Magic fire coach Hanson

Nov 10, 2014

Susanoo Magic fire coach Hanson

The Shimane Susanoo Magic ended their season-long losing streak on Sunday. But that wasn’t enough for head coach Reggie Hanson to retain his job. Hanson’s departure was announced after the game, and he became the first head coach in the 22-team bj-league to be ...