Balas raised bar with win streak, records

| Mar 19, 2016

Balas raised bar with win streak, records

Outside of her native Romania, Iolanda Balas’ name and athletic accomplishments weren’t common knowledge to a large segment of the global population in recent years. But her death at age 79, on March 11 in Bucharest, brought forth greater recognition of who she was ...

Mar 18, 2016

Hiroshima loses 33rd straight game

The Hiroshima Lightning’s rapid-fire 3-point shooting failed to product the desire result on Friday. The visiting Osaka Evessa dominated on the boards and handed the Lightning a 99-81 defeat, the team’s 33rd straight loss. Hiroshima (1-38) made 16 of 41 3s in the bj-league ...

Mar 17, 2016

Hamamatsu's Johnson seals victory over Fukuoka at free-throw line

Kejuan Johnson was repeatedly sent to the free-throw line in Thursday’s series opener. The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix star capitalized on those opportunities. The 2014-15 regular-season MVP sank 15 of 17 free throws and scored a game-high 24 points, leading the defending champions to a ...

Joho a class act from start to finish

| Mar 17, 2016

Joho a class act from start to finish

Before the hectic pace of the playoffs grabs the spotlight and all attention centers on the end of an era, it’s an appropriate time to recognize Masashi Joho’s significant place in league history. The current Toyama Grouses star helped elevate his team to one ...

Samuraiz avenge defeat by Phoenix

Mar 13, 2016

Samuraiz avenge defeat by Phoenix

After getting waxed by 20 points in the series opener, the Kanazawa Samuraiz avenged Saturday’s defeat by thrashing the reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix. Coach Yukinori Suzuki’s Samuraiz set the tone for the game from the get-go in Kanazawa. After one quarter, Kanazawa led ...

Mar 12, 2016

Toyama whips Shinshu in series opener

The hot-shooting Toyama Grouses trounced the Shinshu Brave Warriors in their series opener on Saturday, winning 84-60. Grouses coach Bob Nash’s team shot 58.5 percent from inside the 3-point arc, converting 31 of 53 shots. Toyama (27-12) only attempted 12 3s and made four ...

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 ...