Feb 28, 2014

Fukuoka heaps more misery on Oita

The free-falling Oita HeatDevils and Rizing Fukuoka have been heading in opposite directions. The Rizing’s 69-64 victory Friday over the HeatDevils in Hita, Oita Prefecture, gave them six victories in their past 10 games. And now the Rizing (17-20) occupy the fifth of six ...

Reed finding niche in Yokohama

| Feb 26, 2014

Reed finding niche in Yokohama

Shooting guard Omar Reed is one of the top newcomers in the bj-league season. And for the revamped Yokohama B-Corsairs, fighting for a playoff spot under first-year coach Michael Katsuhisa, he has played a vital role since the start of the season. In Reed’s ...

Tokyo edges Yokohama, earns series split

Feb 23, 2014

Tokyo edges Yokohama, earns series split

The one-two punch of Yuji Ide and Ricky Woods guided the Tokyo Cinq Reves to a 74-71 victory over the host Yokohama B-Corsairs on Sunday. Tokyo (10-24) earned a series split, getting a game-high 26 points from Ide, including 6-for-9 from 3-point range, and ...

Feb 22, 2014

Fukuoka routs Osaka, keeps playoff hopes alive

The Rizing Fukuoka used a simple formula for success on Saturday: Outscore the Osaka Evessa in all four quarters. It worked. Led by Seth Tarver’s team-high 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting, Fukuoka blasted Osaka, winning 90-67 and moving within three games of a .500 ...

Feb 21, 2014

Namizato returns to Ryukyu Golden Kings

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have bolstered their backcourt by signing guard Narito Namizato, it was announced Friday. Namizato starred for the Western Conference powerhouse squad during the past two seasons, then went to the United States in a failed attempt to land a spot ...

Feb 16, 2014

Dixon leads by example as Hamamatsu edges Takamatsu

This much is certain: Jermaine Dixon is the most important player on the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix roster. He leads the team in points, assists and steals. Furthermore, his athleticism and hunger to win, supported by a healthy swagger and basketball genes (his brother, Juan ...

Feb 14, 2014

Ide provides spark as Tokyo edges Gunma

Yuji Ide canned four 3-point shots and scored a game-high 22 points and Ricky Woods and Edward Morris poured in 19 points apiece as the Tokyo Cinq Reves defeated the Gunma Crane Thunders 81-75 on Friday night. The Cinq Reves led 38-37 at halftime ...

| Feb 13, 2014

Perpetual problems plague Japan Basketball Association

Intermittent hullabaloo by the Japan Basketball Association’s big wigs about “big plans” for the future of men’s basketball generally produces one thing: a collective yawn by those who analyze such things. Can you blame them? The sport here is in a state of perpetual ...