Basketball Topics

Feb 3, 2015

Gunma guard Morrison arrested on suspicion of drug possession

by Ed Odeven

Gunma Crane Thunders guard Marcus Morrison on Tuesday morning was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession, according to several published reports. Gunma Prefectural Police arrested Morrison at 6:55 a.m. at his home in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture. The Cannabis Control Law was cited for the ...

West prevails in high-tempo bj-league All-Star Game

Feb 2, 2015

West prevails in high-tempo bj-league All-Star Game

by Ed Odeven

In a fast-paced game of dueling run-and-gun offenses, including 79 3-point shots in all, the Western Conference had the better scoring touch in the pivotal fourth quarter. The West had 35 fourth-quarter points — neither team had a higher scoring output in any of ...

Jan 30, 2015

Aomori signs Klaiber, releases Saunders

by Ed Odeven

This week, the Aomori Wat’s made a pair of roster moves in advance of the season’s second half, adding an older, more experienced veteran. The second-year bj-league franchise on Tuesday released 203-cm small forward Damian Saunders, who is 26. Two days later, Aomori announced ...

'Helicopter' flies in for reunion with Bryant in Fukuoka

Jan 26, 2015

'Helicopter' flies in for reunion with Bryant in Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Veteran scoring standout John “Helicopter” Humphrey arrived in Fukuoka on Monday to join the bj-league’s Rizing Fukuoka, a league source told The Japan Times. The four-time bj-league season scoring champion (2005-06, 2006-07, 2012-13 and 2013-14) will reunite with Fukuoka coach Joe Bryant, his former ...

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 ...