Joho powers Grouses past Evessa

Mar 16, 2014

Joho powers Grouses past Evessa

Masashi Joho’s arrival in Toyama before the start of the 2011-12 season was a clear sign that the Grouses had decided to raise the stakes for a franchise that had struggled to win games since its inception in 2006. Clearly, this signing signaled the ...

Mar 15, 2014

Kyoto mauls Hamamatsu in showdown of West rivals

The Saturday showdown between the Western Conference’s second- and third-place teams turned into a rout. Six Kyoto Hannaryz players scored in double figures and the visitors routed the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 101-73. The Phoenix (27-16) trailed 45-32 after two quarters, and never recovered. Kyoto ...

Ryukyu outlasts West rival Fukuoka in OT

Mar 14, 2014

Ryukyu outlasts West rival Fukuoka in OT

The Ryukyu Golden Kings ended the Rizing Fukuoka’s five-game winning streak on Friday, handing the hosts an 80-74 defeat in overtime. Sixth man extraordinaire Draelon Burns scored a game-high 31 points for the Golden Kings, draining 11 of 14 free throws. Reigning bj-league MVP ...

Mar 13, 2014

Fukuoka wins fifth straight

The Rizing Fukuoka rolled to their fifth consecutive win on Thursday night, beating Western Conference-leading Ryukyu Golden Kings 74-64 in the bj-league series opener. A strong fourth quarter (Fukuoka outscored Ryukyu 27-16) and opportunistic defense (13 steals) fueled the victory for coach James Duncan’s ...

Akita clinches playoff spot with win over Niigata

Mar 9, 2014

Akita clinches playoff spot with win over Niigata

For the second game in as many days, the Akita Northern Happinets topped the century mark in points. Richard Roby and Shigehiro Taguchi both scored 23 points on Sunday, leading the Happinets to a 101-94 home victory over the Niigata Albirex BB. Roby was ...

Hustle, all-out effort propel Aomori past Saitama

Mar 8, 2014

Hustle, all-out effort propel Aomori past Saitama

The Aomori Wat’s didn’t rely on gimmicks or flashy showmanship against the Saitama Broncos on Saturday night. That wasn’t necessary. The first-year franchise used balanced scoring and persistent defense in a methodical, 90-77 victory over the Broncos in the bj-league series opener. Aomori (18-19) ...

Gunma thumps Nara in series opener

Mar 7, 2014

Gunma thumps Nara in series opener

Friday’s series opener against the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders started off well, but finished poorly for the Bambitious Nara. Nara, a first-year bj-league franchise, led 22-10 entering the second quarter. Gunma controlled the action in the second half en route to an 84-67 victory. ...