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Nov 30, 2015

Lakestars thrash Lightning

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The Shiga Lakestars overwhelmed the undermanned Hiroshima Lightning in their series finale on Sunday. It was a comprehensive thrashing of epic proportions. Seven Lakestars players scored in double figures in the 125-58 rout in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, with Shuto Mizoguchi draining seven 3-pointers in ...

Nov 29, 2015

Shannon has instant impact as 89ers beat B-Corsairs

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Newcomer Terrance Shannon has bolstered the Sendai 89ers’ already formidable frontcourt, which features veteran stars Wendell White and Jamal Boykin. Shannon made a solid impact in his 89ers debut on Saturday night, grabbing seven rebounds in 14-plus minutes and adding a steal and block ...

Nov 23, 2015

Hamamatsu overwhelms Nara for ninth straight victory

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The defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix drained 19 3-pointers in a runaway 109-63 triumph over the Bambitious Nara on Monday afternoon in the bj-league. The Western Conference-leading Phoenix (13-3 overall, 8-2 at home) led 25-10 after one quarter and 51-26 at halftime, and were ...

Crane Thunders crush Cinq Reves

Nov 23, 2015

Crane Thunders crush Cinq Reves

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The Gunma Crane Thunders reached the playoffs last season after a 1-12 start, making necessary adjustments and steady improvement over their remaining 39 regular-season contests under veteran bench boss Charlie Parker. This season, new head coach Hirokazu Nema, formerly an assistant under Parker, has ...

Nov 21, 2015

Dynamic duo lead B-Corsairs past Wat's

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The more they play together, the more effective they will become. And when they’re at their best, Jordan Henriquez-Roberts and Carl Hall already form a dynamic one-two punch for the Yokohama B-Corsairs. Call them Yokohama’s own Twin Towers: the 214-cm Henriquez-Roberts, who’s in his ...

Nov 20, 2015

Shimane trounces Hiroshima in series opener

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The expansion Hiroshima Lightning faced a 24-point deficit after 10 minutes on Friday night, and never recovered. The visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic routed the Lightning 115-62 in the series opener in Hiroshima. Shimane (9-6) controlled the boards from start to finish, out-rebounding the hosts ...

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

| Nov 19, 2015

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

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After being shown the door following just 12 games with the Shiga Lakestars, 2014-15 regular-season MVP Kejuan Johnson reflected on the team’s decision. Johnson insisted that he’s been made “the scapegoat” for the Lakestars’ inconsistent play. Coming off their first Final Four appearance since ...

Grouses cruise to victory over Cinq Reves

Nov 16, 2015

Grouses cruise to victory over Cinq Reves

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The Toyama Grouses dominated in all facets of their weekend series against the host Tokyo Cinq Reves. Not only did the Grouses crush the Cinq Reves 93-65 on Sunday afternoon in Inagi, they also blasted the hosts by a stunning 63 points a day ...

Newton reflects on stellar Japan career

| Nov 14, 2015

Newton reflects on stellar Japan career

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To define true greatness in pro sports, there’s no greater measuring stick than championships. Which is why Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell remains the quintessential winner in North American pro sports. He starred on 11 NBA championship squads in 13 seasons. In the bj-league, ...

Nov 13, 2015

Defensive effort carries Hannaryz past Evessa

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The Kyoto Hannaryz swatted seven shots and defense fueled their 73-70 victory over the visiting Osaka Evessa on Friday night. The Hannaryz (8-3) trailed by five points after the first quarter. Coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s club outscored the visitors 28-19 in the second period to ...