Basketball Topics

Apr 10, 2014

Kyoto big man Holm recognized for rebounding prowess

by Ed Odeven

Kyoto Hannaryz center Chris Holm, one of the premier rebounders in bj-league history, had a two-game series to remember last weekend against the Takamatsu Five Arrows. Holm grabbed a whopping 29 rebounds along with 14 points in the series opener Saturday and hauled in ...

Apr 7, 2014

Crane Thunders sink B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

Across-the-board production carried the Gunma Crane Thunders to a bounce-back 84-76 victory over the Yokohama B-Corsairs on Monday night in the bj-league. Carlos Dixon scored 24 points and provided eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for Gunma (13-33). Teammate Jermaine Green scored 15 ...

Apr 6, 2014

Iwate edges Akita again, extends win streak to six

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls improved to 3-1 against the Akita Northern Happinets, winning back-to-back weekend games by three points apiece. On Sunday, Iwate handed the hosts an 81-78 defeat, stretching its winning streak to six games. The Big Bulls improved to 34-12. The Happinets ...

Apr 3, 2014

Nara bounces back against Oita

by Ed Odeven

Four Bambitious Nara players sank two 3-pointers apiece and coach Koto Toyama’s club made it difficult for the Oita HeatDevils to score in bunches, salvaging a series split against the hosts on Thursday night. Nara’s 82-64 triumph featured Joe Chapman’s 18 points and Jamar ...

Big Bull Peppers proud to be underdog

| Apr 2, 2014

Big Bull Peppers proud to be underdog

by Ed Odeven

The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Josh Peppers of the Iwate Big Bulls is the subject of this week’s profile. Position: Forward Age: 28 Ht: 200 cm Wt: 92 kg Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee College: Central Florida Noteworthy: Since 2007, ...

Apr 2, 2014

HeatDevils run away from Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

A strong third-quarter performance fueled the Oita HeatDevils’ 97-88 victory over the visiting Bambitious Nara on Thursday. Trailing 51-47 at halftime, Oita outscored Nara 26-12 in the third quarter to take a 10-point advantage into the final period. Devonne Giles led the HeatDevils (20-25) ...

Mar 29, 2014

Struggling Yokohama falling out of playoff race

by Ed Odeven

The defending bj-league champion Yokohama B-Corsairs are fading from playoff contention. The visiting Niigata Albirex BB handed Yokohama its eighth loss in the past 10 games on Saturday, winning 92-82. The B-Corsairs (18-25) have lost four straight games and occupy eighth place in the ...