Basketball Topics

Iwate crushes Tokyo, improves to 8-1

Nov 1, 2014

Iwate crushes Tokyo, improves to 8-1

by Ed Odeven

Nothing the Tokyo Cinq Reves did on Saturday could slow down the Iwate Big Bulls, and nothing could stop them from taking an insurmountable lead. The Big Bulls led by 15 points after one quarter, and then it was a 51-17 advantage at halftime. ...

Oct 26, 2014

Kyoto bounces back with victory over Ryukyu

by Ed Odeven

Shun Watanuki scored 20 points for the second day in a row, converting 8 of 10 shots from the field, and the Kyoto Hannaryz clamped down on the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings in the second quarter, holding them to seven points in the ...

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

Oct 19, 2014

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Toyama Grouses have traveled to Kanto twice over the past eight days to face Tokyo-area teams. Maybe the expression “home sweet home” should be altered for Toyama’s sake — with the current emphasis on road trips. Coach Bob Nash’s club swept the Tokyo ...

Oct 17, 2014

Kyoto improves to 5-0; Akita routs Fukushima

by Ed Odeven

After three straight trips to the Final Four, the Kyoto Hannaryz are hungry to capture a title in coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s fourth season at the helm. Winning bj-league games keeps that focus in the spotlight, and the unbeaten Kyoto Hannaryz defeated the Bambitious Nara ...

Oct 14, 2014

Toyama earns road sweep against Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

Led by newcomer Keyon Carter’s 20-point performance and Masashi Joho’s 15 points, the visiting Toyama Grouses defeated the Tokyo Cinq Reves 77-71 on Monday to complete a series sweep. The Grouses, the reigning Eastern Conference regular-season bj-league champion, held Tokyo to nine fourth-quarter points ...