Title hunt tips off for 16 playoff contestants

| Apr 28, 2016

Title hunt tips off for 16 playoff contestants

After the long regular season, 16 teams remain in the hunt for the bj-league title. The three-weekend postseason tournament tips off on Saturday with eight first-round series openers, four from each conference. The Western Conference’s top-seeded Kyoto Hannaryz (41-11) play host to the No. ...

Sendai forward White named bj-league MVP

Apr 27, 2016

Sendai forward White named bj-league MVP

Sendai 89ers forward Wendell White joined fellow league legend Lynn Washington, the retired Osaka Evessa icon, as the bj-league’s only two-time regular-season MVPs, as the league’s 11th and final regular-season awards were announced on Wednesday. White earned his first MVP honor for the 2009-10 ...

Apr 24, 2016

Steady Evessa beat rival Golden Kings

Balanced scoring fueled the Osaka Evessa’s 81-77 win over the Ryukyu Golden Kings, a fierce rival, in Saturday’s series opener. Led by Lawrence Blackledge’s 17 points and ex-Golden King Narito Namizato’s 16, Osaka improved to 35-16. Three teammates also reached double figures in points: ...

Apr 22, 2016

Yokohama cruises past Tokyo

The Yokohama B-Corsairs ended an eight-game slide on Friday night, whipping the Tokyo Cinq Reves in their bj-league series opener. Yokohama scored 64 second-half points en route to a 114-91 triumph in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward. B-Corsairs big man Jordan Henriquez-Roberts was unstoppable, pacing his ...

Phoenix end Golden Kings' franchise-record winning streak

Apr 17, 2016

Phoenix end Golden Kings' franchise-record winning streak

Entering this season, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Ryukyu Golden Kings had combined to win six of 10 bj-league championships, with each franchise grabbing the title three times. Bragging rights are always at stake when they show up on the same court. And both ...

Apr 16, 2016

Nash's 42-point night ignites Fukushima

Rookie forward Le’Bryan Nash scored a game-high 42 points and the Fukushima Firebonds snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday, beating the visiting Sendai 89ers 94-93. As a result, Fukushima also halted Sendai’s 10-game winning streak. Nash, an Oklahoma State product, made 17 of ...