Basketball Topics

Jan 2, 2016

Soma sparks Osaka in rout of Niigata

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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 ...

Dec 28, 2015

Crews dazzles in Grouses' victory over HeatDevils

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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

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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

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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 ...

Dec 20, 2015

Akita surges late to take down Kyoto

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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 ...

Dec 18, 2015

Balanced scoring guides Nara past Tokyo

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The Bambitious Nara handed the Tokyo Cinq Reves their 16th straight defeat on Friday night. In Nara’s 89-72 victory in Tachikawa, six Bambitious players reached double digits in scoring, including guard Jumpei Honda and big man Julius Ashby, who finished with 17 points apiece. ...

Dec 18, 2015

Kyoto signs veteran forwards Johnson, Ehambe

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The Kyoto Hannaryz, who recently lost forwards David Palmer and Larry Owens to retirement and a season-ending knee injury, respectively, have signed a pair of Americans as roster replacements, the bj-league team announced on Friday. The 202-cm Tyren Johnson, who attended the University of ...

Surging Shimane beats Aomori

Dec 14, 2015

Surging Shimane beats Aomori

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Quietly, the Shimane Susanoo Magic have put together an impressive winning streak that’s been overshadowed by other successful teams this season. The streak reached 10 games with Shimane’s 78-59 victory over the host Aomori Wat’s on Sunday While Western Conference rivals Kyoto Hannaryz and ...