Jan 2, 2016

Soma sparks Osaka in rout of Niigata

The Osaka Evessa didn’t shy away from feeding the ball to Takuya Soma on the perimeter on Saturday. Smart move. The 24-year-old swingman sank 9 of 16 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points, leading the Evessa to an 85-64 victory over the Niigata ...

Golden Kings continue winning tradition

| Jan 2, 2016

Golden Kings continue winning tradition

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have been so good for so long that they’ve maintained a winning formula for nearly a decade. Sure, team president Tatsuro Kimura and his staff tinker with the Golden Kings roster each year, adding a few key pieces to the ...

Dec 28, 2015

Crews dazzles in Grouses' victory over HeatDevils

Seven days after making 11 of 11 shots from the field in a game against the Kanazawa Samuraiz, forward Duke Crews delivered another jaw-dropping offensive performance for the Toyama Grouses. On Sunday, Crews made all 10 of his shots, including a trio of crowd-pleasing ...

Pomare confident Samuraiz can beat odds

| Dec 28, 2015

Pomare confident Samuraiz can beat odds

The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Gyno Pomare of the expansion Kanazawa Samuraiz is the subject of this week’s profile. Position: Forward Age: 29 Ht: 203 cm Wt: 110 kg Hometown: Oceanside, California College: University of San Diego Noteworthy: ...

Dec 25, 2015

Kitagawa gives Ryukyu big lift against Yokohama

Shuhei Kitagawa lit up the scoreboard on Christmas night. It wasn’t quite like Bernard King’s 60-point outburst on Dec. 25, 1984, at Madison Square Garden in the New York Knicks’ memorable win over the New Jersey Nets, but for Kitagawa, it’ll be a night ...

Improved play has Fukuoka back in playoff race

| Dec 24, 2015

Improved play has Fukuoka back in playoff race

There’s no magic formula for the Rizing Fukuoka to swiftly climb in the Western Conference standings. But first-year coach Tomohiro Moriyama’s club has made steady progress in recent weeks. The Rizing improved to 10-14 on Sunday after a 71-66 victory over the visiting Aomori ...

Dec 20, 2015

Warren struggles offensively, still helps carry Phoenix to win

Reggie Warren struggled on offense in Sunday’s series finale. He took 14 shots from the field and missed them all. But the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s veteran power forward made a big impact in other facets of the game in an 83-79 bounce-back home victory ...

Dec 20, 2015

Akita surges late to take down Kyoto

The Akita Northern Happinets’ offense was relatively quiet for three quarters in Saturday’s clash with the Kyoto Hannaryz. Akita turned it up a notch in the pivotal fourth quarter, scoring 37 points to seal an 80-76 triumph in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. The Northern Happinets ...

Shearman details life behind sporting lens

| Dec 19, 2015

Shearman details life behind sporting lens

Mark Shearman has achieved extraordinary success as a sports photographer, specializing in track and field. He has a remarkable portfolio — containing images of Olympic legends such as Edwin Moses and Carl Lewis, Usain Bolt and Sebastian Coe — that few can ever hope ...