Basketball Topics

Apr 3, 2015

Takahashi named Kyoto assistant

Tetsuya Takahashi has joined Kyoto Hannaryz bench boss Honoo Hamaguchi’s staff as an assistant coach, the bj-league team announced on Friday. Takahashi, who turns 30 on Aug. 1, served as the Osaka Kyoiku University men’s basketball head coach from April 2008 to last month. ...

Apr 2, 2015

Hiroshima Lightning approved as 2015-16 expansion team

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The Hiroshima Lightning will replace the Astrais Nagasaki as a new team entering the bj-league for the 2015-16 campaign, it was announced on Wednesday. Last week, Nagasaki Sports Town Management Co. Ltd.’s application to withdraw its entry for the upcoming season was approved by ...

Playoff race gathering momentum

| Apr 2, 2015

Playoff race gathering momentum

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It’s been an up-and-down season for the Yokohama B-Corsairs. Second-year head coach Michael Katsuhisa’s squad endured the 14-game absence of big man Wayne Marshall from November through mid-January and the adjustment of adding key newcomers, including Dzaflo Larkai, Carl Hall and Warren Niles. The ...

Mar 29, 2015

B-Corsairs sink Firebonds

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The Yokohama B-Corsairs dropped a 15-point contest — and yielded 106 points — to the Fukushima Firebonds in Saturday’s bj-league series opener. On Sunday, the B-Corsairs returned the favor. What was an eight-point advantage for the hosts after one quarter turned into a rout. ...

Mar 29, 2015

bj-league lifts ban on JT

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The professional basketball bj-league has rescinded its ban on media access by The Japan Times with immediate effect. The ban was instituted on Oct. 11, 2013, and continued for more than 17 months. The bj-league informed The Japan Times of the decision via e-mail ...

Backcourt stars Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama

Mar 28, 2015

Backcourt stars Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama

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The Fukushima Firebonds put on a shooting clinic from 3-point range at Yokohama International Swimming Pool on Saturday. Yes, their long-range perimeter marksmen did their best impersonation of the Golden State Warriors — indeed, the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, would’ve enjoyed ...

Mar 22, 2015

Kyoto outplays Hamamatsu, raises record to 18-4 on road

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As impressive as the Kyoto Hannaryz have been at home this season, they are a superb team on the road, too. On Sunday, Kyoto improved to 18-4 in away contests, beating the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 75-69 to complete a series sweep. The Western Conference-leading ...

Mar 22, 2015

Johnson has big game to lead 89ers past B-Corsairs

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It was a game he’ll never forget. Guard Kejuan Johnson sparked the Sendai 89ers with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in Saturday’s 92-81 victory over the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs. Johnson, a Long Beach State product, sank 14 of 17 free throws in ...