Basketball Topics

Jan 25, 2015

Wat's head into All-Star break with win over B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

Aomori Wat’s frontcourt standouts Gyno Pomare and Paul Williams made their presence felt against the Yokohama B-Corsairs on Sunday in the teams’ final game before the bj-league’s 2015-16 All-Star Game, which will be held on Feb. 1 in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture. Pomare converted 10 ...

Jan 24, 2015

Takamatsu snaps 14-game losing streak

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows collected their first victory since Nov. 16 on Saturday, topping the visiting Rizing Fukuoka 88-86. Takamatsu (8-21) ended a 14-game slide in the bj-league. The Five Arrows had the game’s highest scoring quarter by either team in the final stanza ...

Jan 18, 2015

Lakestars halt Phoenix's win streak at 15

by Ed Odeven

All streaks eventually come to an end. For the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, that reality came true on Sunday in an 89-84 home loss to the Shiga Lakestars. The Lakestars had 33 fourth-quarter points and held the Phoenix to 23 to secure a victory in ...

Jan 16, 2015

Fukushima outplays Iwate in series opener

by Ed Odeven

Set aside an eight-game losing streak in the fall, and the expansion Fukushima Firebonds have played nearly .500 ball so far in their inaugural bj-league season. In addition, the Firebonds collected a hard-earned 79-74 home victory over the Eastern Conference heavyweight Iwate Big Bulls ...

Jan 11, 2015

Akita dominates second half, rolls to 12th straight win

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets erupted for 62 second-half points against the Saitama Broncos on Sunday. They turned a seven-point halftime deficit into an afterthought, clobbering the Broncos 102-87 for their 12th straight victory. Eastern Conference-leading Akita (24-4 overall, 15-1 on the road) dropped two ...

Jan 10, 2015

Lakestars triumph over Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

The Shiga Lakestars clicked on offense in their series opener against the Bambitious Nara on Saturday night. Jeff Parmer and Ryota Kobayashi both doled out six assists and four Lakestars scored in double figures in an 85-73 triumph over Nara in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. ...

Jan 8, 2015

Shimane signs forward Witherspoon

by Ed Odeven

Forward Wesley Witherspoon, who saw action in three preseason games for the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 as an undrafted rookie, has joined the Shimane Susanoo Magic, the bj-league club announced on Wednesday. The 206-cm Witherspoon fills a roster spot vacated by power forward ...

Jan 4, 2015

Broncos finally claim first win of season

by Ed Odeven

The Saitama Broncos finally found a way to chalk up a victory on Sunday. A methodical 101-87 win over the Oita HeatDevils ended Saitama’s season-long losing streak. The Broncos (1-23) topped the century mark in points for the first time this season. And they ...