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High-powered offense guides Toyama to victory over Shinshu

by Ed Odeven

Balanced scoring is a key ingredient for success during a 52-game season. The Toyama Grouses provided a reminder of that fact in Saturday’s bj-league series opener against the visiting Shinshu Brave Warriors. Sam Willard scored 26 points and Joe Werner had 22 and four teammates also reached double figures in ...

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

Oct 19, 2014

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Toyama Grouses have traveled to Kanto twice over the past eight days to face Tokyo-area teams. Maybe the expression “home sweet home” should be altered for Toyama’s sake — with the current emphasis on road trips. Coach Bob Nash’s club swept the Tokyo ...

Oct 17, 2014

Kyoto improves to 5-0; Akita routs Fukushima

by Ed Odeven

After three straight trips to the Final Four, the Kyoto Hannaryz are hungry to capture a title in coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s fourth season at the helm. Winning bj-league games keeps that focus in the spotlight, and the unbeaten Kyoto Hannaryz defeated the Bambitious Nara ...

Oct 14, 2014

Toyama earns road sweep against Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

Led by newcomer Keyon Carter’s 20-point performance and Masashi Joho’s 15 points, the visiting Toyama Grouses defeated the Tokyo Cinq Reves 77-71 on Monday to complete a series sweep. The Grouses, the reigning Eastern Conference regular-season bj-league champion, held Tokyo to nine fourth-quarter points ...

B-Corsairs take revenge on Brave Warriors

Oct 12, 2014

B-Corsairs take revenge on Brave Warriors

by Ed Odeven

No basketball coach wants to watch his team yield 100-plus points and lose at the same time. But that’s what Yokohama B-Corsairs coach Michael Katsuhisa experienced on Saturday. One of the best things about sports, of course, is often a rematch — and a ...

Oct 7, 2014

Fukushima Firebonds sign Jones to bolster backcourt

by Ed Odeven

The Fukushima Firebonds have signed guard Verdell Jones III, bj-league sources have told The Japan Times. The Indiana University product is currently waiting for his visa paperwork to be processed. The expansion Firebonds went 1-1 in the first weekend of the regular season, edging ...