Basketball Topics

Mar 27, 2016

Broncos' woes continue in defeat to Happinets

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In the history of professional sports — pick a sport, any sport — very few franchises have achieved the level of futility that’s become the Saitama Broncos’ trademark. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Broncos have lost 133 of their 148 regular-season ...

Mar 27, 2016

Johnson leads Phoenix past Hannaryz

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Kejuan Johnson, the bj-league’s 2014-15 regular-season MVP while playing for the Sendai 89ers, delivered a big, bold reminder of his talent and impact on Saturday night. Now an integral part of the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s lineup, Johnson had team-high totals in points (20), rebounds ...

Mar 20, 2016

Surging Lakestars take care of business against Bambitious

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After consecutive defeats to the rival Kyoto Hannaryz on Feb. 20 and 21, the Shiga Lakestars have quietly strung together an eight-game winning streak. The Lakestars recorded their latest victory, a 77-67 decision against the Bambitious Nara, on Sunday in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture. Veteran ...

Ryukyu clobbers Oita Ehime as West title race heats up

Mar 19, 2016

Ryukyu clobbers Oita Ehime as West title race heats up

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The fight for the Western Conference regular-season crown is far from over. The Ryukyu Golden Kings manhandled the host Oita Ehime HeatDevils on Saturday, winning 103-82 in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture. Ryukyu (31-10) is tied with the rival Shimane Susanoo Magic and Kyoto Hannaryz for ...

Mar 18, 2016

Hiroshima loses 33rd straight game

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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 ...

Samuraiz avenge defeat by Phoenix

Mar 13, 2016

Samuraiz avenge defeat by Phoenix

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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

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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

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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 ...