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Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported on a wide range of sports from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Summer Games for this newspaper. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Odeven is a graduate of Arizona State University. He previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., reporting on high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic sports (Flagstaff is a major international Olympic training site due to its high elevation) and writing a weekly column. His articles have appeared in Venezuela Online News, The Gleaner (Jamaica), the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times, Swimming World Magazine and numerous other publications.

For Ed Odeven's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Streaking Jets rout Grouses for 13th straight win

/ Dec 18, 2016

Streaking Jets rout Grouses for 13th straight win

Winning breeds confidence. And the Chiba Jets’ sky-high confidence is augmented by relentless defensive energy and a potent offense. Those elements were on full display on Sunday in a well-rounded 90-65 victory over the struggling Toyama Grouses at Funabashi Arena. That performance gave the ...

Evessa start from scratch to beat Sunrockers

/ Dec 11, 2016

Evessa start from scratch to beat Sunrockers

After a 25-point setback in the series opener, the Osaka Evessa went back to the drawing board before Sunday’s rematch. Bench boss Dai Oketani scrapped the man-to-man defense and employed the zone defense for Osaka’s second weekend encounter with the Sunrockers Shibuya. The move ...

Hokkaido outplays Nagoya in series opener

/ Dec 9, 2016

Hokkaido outplays Nagoya in series opener

Levanga Hokkaido big man Daniel Miller delivered a noteworthy performance at the defensive end of the court on Friday night. The 211-cm Miller’s game-high 10 rebounds (nine defensive) and four blocks helped guide the Levanga Hokkaido to a series-opening 69-60 triumph over the Nagoya ...

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

/ | Dec 8, 2016

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

Camaraderie pays off for successful teams. The Tochigi Brex and SeaHorses Mikawa are prime examples of that. Last weekend when the teams collided at Brex Arena Utsunomiya, there were numerous examples of players encouraging one another, making the extra pass, doing the unselfish things ...

Gibson, Harrellson propel Evessa past Grouses

/ Dec 6, 2016

Gibson, Harrellson propel Evessa past Grouses

Frontcourt mates Xavier Gibson and Josh Harrellson combined for 45 points for the second straight night to lead the Osaka Evessa to a 98-93 win over the Toyama Grouses on Tuesday. Osaka (12-9) completed a two-game series sweep at Fumin Kyosai Super Arena, with ...