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Ryukyu cruises past Nara

by Ed Odeven

For the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 40-win seasons are expected — championships, too. The reigning bj-league champion, who captured three titles during their first seven seasons, have surprised nobody with their excellence again in this campaign. The Golden Kings completed a series sweep by routing the host Bambitious Nara 89-54 on ...

Apr 17, 2015

Hannaryz run away from Cinq Reves

by Ed Odeven

The Kyoto Hannaryz turned a close game into a rout in the second quarter. They outscored the Tokyo Cinq Reves 35-9 in the period en route to a 98-60 victory on Friday in the bj-league series opener. Tokyo (5-44) suffered its 15th straight loss. ...

Apr 12, 2015

Sendai stretches winning streak to 11

by Ed Odeven

The Sendai 89ers rolled to their 11th straight win on Saturday, downing the Toyama Grouses 86-78. Sendai big man Jeral Davis was virtually unstoppable, scoring 28 points on 13-for-17 shooting. He added eight rebound and three blocks for the 89ers (33-14). 89ers star Kejuan ...

Apr 10, 2015

Shiga trounces Oita for fifth straight win

by Ed Odeven

The Shiga Lakestars took a 25-point lead into the fourth quarter against the host Oita HeatDevils on Friday night. Which was too much for the HeatDevils to overcome. Shiga earned an 87-68 victory in the bj-league series opener, extending its winning streak to five ...

Apr 5, 2015

Lakestars thrash Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Saitama Broncos topped the Shiga Lakestars in three statistical categories on Easter Sunday: turnovers, personal fouls and missed 2-point shots. It was a recipe for disaster. The Lakestars pounded the hosts 104-69 in the bj-league series finale. What’s more, Shiga outscored Saitama 51-21 ...

Hamamatsu torches Nara from 3-point range

Apr 4, 2015

Hamamatsu torches Nara from 3-point range

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix found their comfort zone from beyond the 3-point arc on Saturday. The Bambitious Nara only found frustration from the same spot at the opposite end of the court. The Phoenix drained 13 of 28 3-pointers and held the visitors to ...

Apr 3, 2015

Ryukyu whips West rival Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Kibwe Trim notched a double-double and five teammates scored in double figures as the Ryukyu Golden Kings steamrolled the host Rizing Fukuoka 108-79 in their bj-league series opener on Friday. Reigning champion Ryukyu (38-9 overall, 18-5 on the road) led 60-45 at halftime, then ...

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

by Ed Odeven

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

by Ed Odeven

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 ...