Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

Apr 10, 2016

Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

Players nearly half his age are beginning their professional careers, and high-energy guard Masahiro Oguchi continues to make his mark for the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and defy the odds. He remains a textbook example of gutsy play and the importance of veteran smarts for ...

Former Evessa star Lottich named new Valparaiso head coach

Apr 8, 2016

Former Evessa star Lottich named new Valparaiso head coach

Ten years after helping lead the Osaka Evessa to the first of three consecutive bj-league championships, Matt Lottich has become a Division I head coach. Lottich on Thursday was named Valparaiso University’s new men’s basketball coach. He replaces Bryce Drew, who was hired this ...

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

| Apr 7, 2016

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

Building an offense around good ball movement isn’t a revolutionary concept in basketball. It’s a proven formula for success at all levels. Good passing always helps to create scoring opportunities. The Sendai 89ers rely on gifted passers to generate their high-powered offense. That approach ...

Apr 3, 2016

HeatDevils pound hapless Lightning

The Hiroshima Lightning are getting outscored by 42.3 points per game this season. Which means that a 58-36 halftime deficit on Sunday is only a minor snapshot of their woes. As expected, things fell part for Hiroshima in the second half against the visiting ...

Apr 2, 2016

Hamamatsu relies on outside shooting to edge Iwate

Strong 3-point shooting carried the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix past the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday night. The Phoenix recorded a 69-68 victory in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. The defending champions (31-14) shot 12-for-27 from beyond the arc. Seven Phoenix players made at least one 3-pointer. ...

Kinjo leads by example for Ryukyu

| Mar 31, 2016

Kinjo leads by example for Ryukyu

In the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ infancy, before the team made multiple championship game appearances, Shigeyuki Kinjo was one of the league’s most exciting, explosive Japanese backcourt stars. The Okinawa native had a real gift for taking — and making — gutsy shots and a ...