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Turkish Airlines promotes name with pro game

Mar 14, 2015

Turkish Airlines promotes name with pro game

by Ed Odeven

Turkish Airlines and the bj-league were both seeking to strengthen their business brands when they announced a two-year tie-up last September. The airline became the first title sponsor in the league’s 10-season history. This gave Turkish Airlines an opportunity to promote its name throughout ...

Evessa find a way past Golden Kings

Mar 8, 2015

Evessa find a way past Golden Kings

by Ed Odeven

After losing their first three games this season against the Ryukyu Golden Kings, the Osaka Evessa came back with a fierce determination to bounce back on Sunday. It wasn’t easy. It took overtime for the Evessa to complete the task, winning 72-69 over the ...

Kennedy sparks Niigata in victory over Gunma

Mar 7, 2015

Kennedy sparks Niigata in victory over Gunma

by Ed Odeven

Niigata Albirex BB forward Thomas Kennedy is one of the bj-league’s most dependable scorers. The University of Detroit Mercy product can carry his team for key stretches on offense, and in Saturday’s 87-70 triumph over the Gunma Crane Thunders, Kennedy delivered a big reminder ...

Mar 6, 2015

Fukuoka comeback falls short against Shiga

by Ed Odeven

A slow start spelled trouble for the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. The end result? A 95-85 loss to the Shiga Lakestars, who earned a two-game sweep in the bj-league series. The Rizing trailed 27-15 after the opening quarter and 51-33 at halftime. They ...

Mar 6, 2015

Akita's Takeno finished for season

Akita Northern Happinets guard Akitomo Takeno will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in last Saturday’s game against the Shinshu Brave Warriors, the bj-league team announced on Friday. His recovery time is estimated to be ...

Mar 5, 2015

Hot 3-point shooting carries Shiga past Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Led by a trio of 3-point shooting specialists, the visiting Shiga Lakestars halted the Rizing Fukuoka’s three-game winning streak on Thursday night, winning the bj-league series opener 95-93. Shiga’s Ray Nixon, a University of Wisconsin product, buried 8 of 13 long-range shots en route ...

Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

Mar 1, 2015

Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

Like teammate Cohey Aoki did in Saturday’s series opener, Rizing Fukuoka star Josh Peppers carried his team on the offensive end on Sunday afternoon. Peppers poured in 33 points (three more than Aoki had a day earlier) and added 19 points and 10 rebounds ...