Tohoku teams part of community fabric

| Mar 12, 2016

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

Men’s pro basketball has thrived in Tohoku during the slow, difficult recovery from the March 11 disasters. Five years later, the sport has established a strong foothold and a tradition, laying the foundation for the future. A quick glance at the bj-league’s Eastern Conference ...

Balance propelling Shimane's surge

| Mar 10, 2016

Balance propelling Shimane's surge

The Shimane Susanoo Magic on Sunday became the first club in the 24-team circuit to reach 30 wins this season. That road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka, extended Shimane’s winning streak to four games, and it has triumphed in 10 of its last 11 ...

Mar 6, 2016

Hamaguchi bests old rival Oketani as Hannaryz beat Evessa

There are no easy games when Dai Oketani and Honoo Hamaguchi are on opposite benches. Their familiarity with each other’s coaching acumen and their competitive spirits fuel this ongoing rivalry. After working in opposite conferences over the past few years — with Oketani elevating ...

Sendai stops rival Iwate's winning streak at eight games

Mar 5, 2016

Sendai stops rival Iwate's winning streak at eight games

The Sendai 89ers ended a four-game slide on Saturday and halted the Iwate Big Bulls’ eight-game winning streak at the same time. Forward Wendell White sparked the 89ers with 32 points and 12 rebounds in a 93-85 victory over the hosts in Kuji, Iwate ...

Mar 4, 2016

Hiroshima suffers 29th consecutive loss

The Hiroshima Lightning’s epic losing streak reached 29 games on Friday night in a 136-68 defeat to the host Oita Ehime HeatDevils. The HeatDevils (10-27) led 31-16 after one quarter and took a 58-34 advantage into halftime in Oita. The hosts pounced on the ...

Warren remains one of best on boards

| Mar 3, 2016

Warren remains one of best on boards

Whenever he steps onto a basketball court, Reggie Warren’s fierce desire to win is a recognizable trait. Since 2006, the veteran power forward has been a key piece to the puzzle for five bj-league franchises: Takamatsu Five Arrows (2006-08), Saitama Broncos (2008-09), Kyoto Hannaryz ...

Feb 28, 2016

B-Corsairs rise to occasion with victory over Broncos

The Yokohama B-Corsairs issued a challenge to themselves before Sunday’s series finale against the Eastern Conference rival Saitama Broncos. The B-Corsairs repeated that challenge at halftime, when they faced a seven-point deficit at Yokohama International Swimming Pool. The hosts regrouped in the third quarter, ...

Fukushima's Nash scores 54 to break bj-league single-game record

Feb 28, 2016

Fukushima's Nash scores 54 to break bj-league single-game record

Fukushima Firebonds rookie forward Le’Bryan Nash broke the bj-league’s single-game scoring record on Sunday afternoon with a 54-point performance, leading his team to a 91-83 victory over the Shinshu Brave Warriors. Fukushima (22-14) ended Shinshu’s seven-game winning streak. Nash, an Oklahoma State product, sank ...

Feb 28, 2016

Phoenix consign Lightning to 28th straight loss

The reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix used their bench early and often in a 119-57 thrashing of the host Hiroshima Lightning on Saturday. Phoenix coach Tomoya Higashino only used one player for more than 25 minutes in the series finale in Yamaguchi. Big man ...

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

Feb 26, 2016

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

The Akita Northern Happinets jumped out to a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a lopsided win over the host Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night. The Northern Happinets recorded a clinical 100-78 victory, condemning Tokyo to its ...