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 ...

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

| Apr 16, 2016

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

Second in a three-part series For the team’s inaugural 2005-06 season in the bj-league, the Tokyo Apache hired a head coach with a catchy nickname and a globally renowned son named after a Japanese delicacy. Yes, Kobe’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. The elder Bryant, ...

Apr 10, 2016

Aomori surges late to defeat rival Fukushima

The growing rivalry between the Aomori Wat’s and Fukushima Firebonds reached another level over the weekend, when fourth-quarter offensive fireworks intensified in both games. In the series finale on Sunday, Aomori used a 30-point fourth quarter to close out a hard-fought 84-79 home win ...