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Feb 19, 2016

Blackledge sparks Osaka in rout of Fukuoka


Lawrence “Trend” Blackledge put his stamp on Friday’s game against the Rizing Fukuoka. The talented forward’s all-around effort — 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals — helped steer the Evessa to an 89-68 triumph, and the hosts extended ...

Feb 18, 2016

Osaka clamps down on Fukuoka


The Osaka Evessa’s defense pressured the visiting Rizing Fukuoka throughout Thursday’s series opener. That effort and energy paid off for the hosts. Osaka earned an 89-70 victory and forced 23 turnovers. The Evessa (24-11) won their third straight game and picked up their seventh ...

Arnold ignites to lead Albirex past B-Corsairs

Feb 14, 2016

Arnold ignites to lead Albirex past B-Corsairs


The Yokohama B-Corsairs matched the visiting Niigata Albirex’s intensity for the opening quarter on Sunday. After that, things fell apart for the B-Corsairs. Hot-shooting Niigata erupted for 29 second-quarter points and seized control of the game in a runaway 104-83 victory at Hiratsuka Gymnasium. ...

Feb 13, 2016

Johnson sparks Kyoto in rout of Fukuoka


Tyren Johnson, who made his debut with the Kyoto Hannaryz a few days before Christmas, delivered an all-around performance that helped carry the Western Conference leaders to a 71-58 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Saturday. Johnson, a 2012 NBA Development League All-Star ...

Feb 11, 2016

Shiga pounds Hiroshima to complete series sweep


The Shiga Lakestars hammered the Hiroshima Lightning for the second straight day on Thursday, winning an afternoon matinee 98-56. The Lakestars (22-10) led 30-14 after the opening period in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and extended their advantage to 27 points by halftime. Shiga out-rebounded the ...

Feb 6, 2016

Ryukyu's Kishimoto shines in triumph over Kyoto


Ryuichi Kishimoto ignited the Ryukyu Golden Kings on offense on Saturday. The perimeter marksman sank 4 of 9 3s and shot 4-for-4 from inside the arc and 5-for-5 at the free-throw line in a 25-point effort in Ryukyu’s 84-78 triumph over the host Kyoto ...

Feb 1, 2016

Family ties lead Toyama past Gunma


Bob and Bobby Nash, a father-son coaching tandem, have kept the Toyama Grouses in the hunt for the Eastern Conference title in the bj-league’s final season. The Grouses recorded their eighth straight victory on Sunday, posting a 93-62 home triumph over the Gunma Crane ...