Basketball Topics

Nov 25, 2014

Defensive force Davis to join Sendai

Center Jeral Davis, who led the bj-league in blocked shots for three straight seasons (2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13), will join the Sendai 89ers this week, league sources have confirmed. Davis is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Wednesday. Sendai (10-6) is in fourth place ...

Nov 23, 2014

Big Bulls beat B-Corsairs to stretch win streak to 14

by Ed Odeven

What has defined the Iwate Big Bulls’ performance this season? Wins. Lots of wins. And what’s defined those wins? “I think we are the best ‘hustle’ team,” Iwate coach Dai Oketani told The Japan Times after the Big Bulls defeated the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs ...

Nov 21, 2014

Shinshu signs post player Washington

by Ed Odeven

The Shinshu Brave Warriors on Friday filled a roster vacancy, signing forward/center DeVaughn Washington. The 25-year-old Washington played 10 games for the NBL’s Hyogo Storks to open the 2014-15 season. He averaged 10.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from the field. ...

| Nov 20, 2014

Takamatsu making steady strides

by Ed Odeven

Like the Osaka Evessa, their Western Conference rival, the Takamatsu Five Arrows did not push the panic button after struggling to string together back-to-back wins in early October. Smart decision. Coach Kenzo Maeda’s team has turned around its season, winning five of its past ...

Nov 18, 2014

Ryukyu defense steps up in victory over Gunma

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings eked out a 74-71 victory over the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders on Tuesday night. Ryukyu held Gunma to 35.8 percent shooting from inside the 3-point arc, improving to 10-2 overall, 6-0 at home. The reigning champion Golden Kings yielded 27 ...

Nov 18, 2014

Ryukyu hammers lowly Gunma

Anthony McHenry scored a game-high 15 points and Draelon Burns had 13 as the Ryukyu Golden Kings defeated the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders 88-65 on Monday in the bj-league. Ryukyu (9-2 overall, 5-0 home) outscored Gunma 41-24 over the middle two quarters. Golden Kings ...

Nov 13, 2014

Gonzaga, Pitt to play hoops in Okinawa

The Gonzaga University men’s basketball team will face the University of Pittsburgh in the 2015 Armed Forces Classic on Nov. 13 at Camp Foster in Okinawa. The Spokesman Review first reported the planned contest between the Zags and Panthers earlier this week. ESPN plans ...