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Kennedy gives Niigata edge over Shinshu

May 4, 2014

Kennedy gives Niigata edge over Shinshu

by Ed Odeven

Thomas Kennedy thrived in pressure-packed games for the Yokohama B-Corsairs last season en route to the franchise’s bj-league championship. This season, his role as a go-to scorer has seen him suit up for the Shimane Susanoo Magic (10 games), followed by a 14-game stint ...

Osaka overpowers Shiga in second half, triumphs in Game 1

May 3, 2014

Osaka overpowers Shiga in second half, triumphs in Game 1

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa held the Shiga Lakestars to 19-for-60 shooting, seized control of the game in the third quarter and made a winner of Evessa coach Shunsuke Todo in his bj-league playoff debut. Osaka’s 77-54 victory in Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, included this attention-grabbing statistic: ...

Toyama's Joho named league MVP

| May 1, 2014

Toyama's Joho named league MVP

by Ed Odeven

Shooting guard Masashi Joho and forward Ira Brown form a dynamic one-two punch for the Toyama Grouses, a partnership that has helped the Hokuriku-based team make significant improvements — notably a steady increase in wins — in each of their three seasons together. Here’s ...

Apr 27, 2014

Golden Kings finish regular season in style

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings shattered their own league record for victories in the regular season, and the Toyama Grouses tied the old mark on an action-packed Sunday, the final day of the bj-league’s ninth season. Golden Kings 78, Phoenix 72 In Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, ...

Apr 26, 2014

Hot-shooting Osaka routs Shimane

by Ed Odeven

They started the season with six straight wins, followed by eight consecutive defeats. And they lost four of their last six contests entering Saturday’s series opener against the Western Conference’s cellar-dwelling Shimane Susanoo Magic. So what happened for the Osaka Evessa? Seven Evessa players ...

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

| Apr 26, 2014

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

by Ed Odeven

Returning to the city where his pro basketball career was launched in 1990, Walter Palmer maintains deep convictions that a players union is a vital element for any league craving for legitimacy. Furthermore, his staunch support of sports unions brought him to Tokyo in ...

Apr 20, 2014

Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers

by Ed Odeven

The Shinshu Brave Warriors suffered a 16-point loss at home to open the weekend, yielding 101 points to the visiting Sendai 89ers. Coach Ryuji Kawai’s team regrouped in a big, bold way and pounded the 89ers on Sunday, winning 113-91. Patrick Sanders’ long-range shooting ...

Apr 19, 2014

Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls have won 20 of 26 home games and have a rock-solid 17-6 road mark. That’s currently good for third place in the bj-league’s ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, which has four 30-plus win teams, twice as many as the Western Conference. The ...