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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:

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. ...

Brave Thunders' Fazekas earns B. League scoring title

/ May 8, 2017

Brave Thunders' Fazekas earns B. League scoring title

Since September, 18 first-division teams competed for supremacy during the regular season. The same number of second-flight clubs did the same thing. With the 60-game regular season wrapping up on Sunday in the B. League's inaugural campaign, here's a look at which players finished with ...

Golden Kings beat Evessa on final day to grab playoff spot

/ May 7, 2017

Golden Kings beat Evessa on final day to grab playoff spot

Fittingly, the final game of the first division's regular season came down to the final champion of the bj-league (Ryukyu Golden Kings) taking on the now-disbanded circuit's first dynasty (Osaka Evessa). Entering the season finale, the fierce rivals had identical records, with one playoff spot ...

Jets throttle Levanga for eighth straight win

/ May 6, 2017

Jets throttle Levanga for eighth straight win

The Chiba Jets cruised past the Levanga Hokkaido on Saturday, producing a 77-60 triumph for their eighth consecutive victory. Over their past 10 games, the Jets are 9-1, the best current stretch in the 18-team top flight. And perhaps a strong finish to the regular season ...

Brave Thunders soar past Sunrockers in OT

/ May 5, 2017

Brave Thunders soar past Sunrockers in OT

The Kawasaki Brave Thunders' two-point halftime deficit increased to 12 entering the fourth quarter on Friday night. The Brave Thunders didn't panic against the Sunrockers Shibuya. They did the opposite, playing effective basketball in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime on Nick Fazekas' game-tying shot with 9 ...

Lack of draft impacting competitive balance

/ | May 4, 2017

Lack of draft impacting competitive balance

In an analysis stretching back to September, there have been a number of important accomplishments during the B. League's inaugural season. The league has witnessed the steady growth of coverage from traditional media outlets plus online platforms. And there's been the encouraging, ubiquitous presence on ...