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Gunma thumps Nara in series opener

Mar 7, 2014

Gunma thumps Nara in series opener

by Ed Odeven

Friday’s series opener against the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders started off well, but finished poorly for the Bambitious Nara. Nara, a first-year bj-league franchise, led 22-10 entering the second quarter. Gunma controlled the action in the second half en route to an 84-67 victory. ...

Mar 6, 2014

Warren, Aoki carry Fukuoka past Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

With center Julius Ashby serving a one-game suspension stemming from a tussle with Oita HeatDevils big man Devonne Giles last Saturday, Rizing Fukuoka could have been short-handed in the frontcourt on Thursday night. Macho forward Reggie Warren refused to let that happen. Warren provided ...

Mar 2, 2014

Streaking Grouses maintain momentum with win over Broncos

by Ed Odeven

Basketball fans are witnessing a classic dogfight in the bj-league’s Eastern Conference as the Akita Northern Happinets and Toyama Grouses vie for the regular-season conference crown. Both teams have 14 games left until the playoffs and are separated by one game in the victory ...

Ryukyu books spot in playoffs for sixth straight season

Mar 2, 2014

Ryukyu books spot in playoffs for sixth straight season

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings clinched their sixth consecutive playoff berth on Saturday, beating the host Shimane Susanoo Magic 79-64. Anthony McHenry, the reigning regular-season MVP, set the tone for Ryukyu (30-5) with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals. The ...

Feb 28, 2014

Fukuoka heaps more misery on Oita

by Ed Odeven

The free-falling Oita HeatDevils and Rizing Fukuoka have been heading in opposite directions. The Rizing’s 69-64 victory Friday over the HeatDevils in Hita, Oita Prefecture, gave them six victories in their past 10 games. And now the Rizing (17-20) occupy the fifth of six ...

Reed finding niche in Yokohama

| Feb 26, 2014

Reed finding niche in Yokohama

by Ed Odeven

Shooting guard Omar Reed is one of the top newcomers in the bj-league season. And for the revamped Yokohama B-Corsairs, fighting for a playoff spot under first-year coach Michael Katsuhisa, he has played a vital role since the start of the season. In Reed’s ...

Tokyo edges Yokohama, earns series split

Feb 23, 2014

Tokyo edges Yokohama, earns series split

by Ed Odeven

The one-two punch of Yuji Ide and Ricky Woods guided the Tokyo Cinq Reves to a 74-71 victory over the host Yokohama B-Corsairs on Sunday. Tokyo (10-24) earned a series split, getting a game-high 26 points from Ide, including 6-for-9 from 3-point range, and ...

Feb 22, 2014

Fukuoka routs Osaka, keeps playoff hopes alive

by Ed Odeven

The Rizing Fukuoka used a simple formula for success on Saturday: Outscore the Osaka Evessa in all four quarters. It worked. Led by Seth Tarver’s team-high 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting, Fukuoka blasted Osaka, winning 90-67 and moving within three games of a .500 ...

Feb 21, 2014

Namizato returns to Ryukyu Golden Kings

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have bolstered their backcourt by signing guard Narito Namizato, it was announced Friday. Namizato starred for the Western Conference powerhouse squad during the past two seasons, then went to the United States in a failed attempt to land a spot ...

Feb 16, 2014

Dixon leads by example as Hamamatsu edges Takamatsu

by Ed Odeven

This much is certain: Jermaine Dixon is the most important player on the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix roster. He leads the team in points, assists and steals. Furthermore, his athleticism and hunger to win, supported by a healthy swagger and basketball genes (his brother, Juan ...