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Oct 18, 2015

Lightning beat Five Arrows for first-ever bj-league win

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After an 0-5 start, the Hiroshima Lightning achieved team history on Saturday, beating the visiting Takamatsu Five Arrows 95-79 for the franchise’s first victory as a bj-league team. Andre Murray, a Portland State alum, had 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting and Lightning teammate Gijo ...

Oct 16, 2015

Lakestars roll past Rizing

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The Shiga Lakestars relied on a standout trio to ignite them to a series-opening 77-61 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday. Shiga’s Kejuan Johnson, the league’s reigning MVP who suited up for the Sendai 89ers last season, scored a game-high 24 points, ...

Evessa complete series sweep of Bambitious

Oct 11, 2015

Evessa complete series sweep of Bambitious

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The Osaka Evessa improved to .500 with their first series sweep of the young season by beating the Bambitious Nara 83-67 on Sunday. Osaka’s Olu Ashaolu had 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds with three assists, two steals and two blocks. ...

Oct 11, 2015

89ers heap more misery on Cinq Reves

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The Sendai 89ers hammered the visiting Tokyo Cinq Reves on Saturday night, recording a 108-52 victory. The 89ers took a 28-14 lead into the second quarter and piled on the points as the game progressed. Tokyo, which lost 47 of 52 games last season, ...

Nash guides Firebonds to win over B-Corsairs

Oct 4, 2015

Nash guides Firebonds to win over B-Corsairs

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There are only two games in the books, but Fukushima Firebonds rookie forward Le’Bryan Nash is off to a terrific start. Over the weekend, he delivered two big, bold performances, showing what he’s capable of doing during the 52-game season. A day after putting ...

Oct 4, 2015

Hannaryz deny Samuraiz

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The Kanazawa Samuraiz fell short of victory in their regular-season debut in the bj-league, falling 68-64 to the visiting Kyoto Hannaryz on Saturday night. Kyoto, which set a league record for wins (44) last season, built a 38-22 halftime advantage, and the Samuraiz chipped ...

Oct 3, 2015

Ryukyu, Niigata win openers

The 11th bj-league season tipped off on Friday night with a pair of blowout victories. The visiting Ryukyu Golden Kings pounded the expansion Hiroshima Lightning 127-75. The Niigata Albirex BB torched the Tokyo Cinq Reves 107-64, spoiling new Tokyo coach Hirosumi Tomatsu’s debut in ...