Brave Warriors beat 89ers to continue hot streak

Feb 21, 2016

Brave Warriors beat 89ers to continue hot streak

The Shinshu Brave Warriors aren’t at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. And the Nagano Prefecture-based club isn’t the metaphorical king of the hill. But they’ve made giant steps in the right direction. And over the past several weeks, Shinshu coach Koju Munakata’s ...

Feb 20, 2016

Takamatsu edges Nara to end eight-game slide

The Takamatsu Five Arrows halted their eight-game losing streak on Saturday, earning a 74-71 road victory over the Bambitious Nara. Anthony Kent and Jarvis Williams each scored 14 points for the Five Arrows (9-24), who trailed 23-10 after the first quarter but turned the ...

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

| Feb 20, 2016

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

Watching a pure shooter, when the shots are falling like raindrops during a summer storm, is a picture of pure art. Basketball fans were treated to this image last Sunday at Hiratsuka Gymnasium when Wayne Arnold, an accomplished star in the 24-team bj-league, put ...

Feb 19, 2016

Blackledge sparks Osaka in rout of Fukuoka

Lawrence “Trend” Blackledge put his stamp on Friday’s game against the Rizing Fukuoka. The talented forward’s all-around effort — 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals — helped steer the Evessa to an 89-68 triumph, and the hosts extended ...

Feb 18, 2016

Osaka clamps down on Fukuoka

The Osaka Evessa’s defense pressured the visiting Rizing Fukuoka throughout Thursday’s series opener. That effort and energy paid off for the hosts. Osaka earned an 89-70 victory and forced 23 turnovers. The Evessa (24-11) won their third straight game and picked up their seventh ...

Akita in position for another trip to Final Four

| Feb 18, 2016

Akita in position for another trip to Final Four

The Akita Northern Happinets gained valuable experience as the back-to-back championship runner-up squad the past two seasons, but they didn’t fulfill their ultimate goal. Despite the disappointment of losing consecutive title games, the Northern Happinets remain one of the league’s elite teams. It all ...

Arnold ignites to lead Albirex past B-Corsairs

Feb 14, 2016

Arnold ignites to lead Albirex past B-Corsairs

The Yokohama B-Corsairs matched the visiting Niigata Albirex’s intensity for the opening quarter on Sunday. After that, things fell apart for the B-Corsairs. Hot-shooting Niigata erupted for 29 second-quarter points and seized control of the game in a runaway 104-83 victory at Hiratsuka Gymnasium. ...

Feb 13, 2016

Johnson sparks Kyoto in rout of Fukuoka

Tyren Johnson, who made his debut with the Kyoto Hannaryz a few days before Christmas, delivered an all-around performance that helped carry the Western Conference leaders to a 71-58 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Saturday. Johnson, a 2012 NBA Development League All-Star ...

Feb 11, 2016

Shiga pounds Hiroshima to complete series sweep

The Shiga Lakestars hammered the Hiroshima Lightning for the second straight day on Thursday, winning an afternoon matinee 98-56. The Lakestars (22-10) led 30-14 after the opening period in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and extended their advantage to 27 points by halftime. Shiga out-rebounded the ...