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Iwate's Oketani earns 300th career victory

Feb 15, 2015

Iwate's Oketani earns 300th career victory

by Ed Odeven

When the bj-league tipped off in the fall of 2005, Dai Oketani was working as an assistant under Oita HeatDevils head coach Jawann Oldham, a former NBA big man. Oldham’s tenure in the bj-league lasted just 16 games, and Oita was 4-12 when he ...

Feb 14, 2015

Evessa take down Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

The one-two punch of Takuya Soma and Josh Dollard sparked the Osaka Evessa to an 86-76 victory over the visiting Bambitious Nara on Saturday. Soma sank four 3-pointers in a 22-point effort and Dollard finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two ...

| Feb 12, 2015

Shimane showing surprising improvement

by Ed Odeven

Despite a disastrous start this season, the Shimane Susanoo Magic won’t challenge the Takamatsu Five Arrows’ league record of 50 losses. Shimane has made a dramatic turnaround in recent weeks, winning eight of its past 11 games. The Susanoo Magic (11-21 through Sunday) now ...

Feb 8, 2015

Cinq Reves slump to 17th straight loss

by Ed Odeven

The Tokyo Cinq Reves won three of their first five games this season. It appeared to be a positive sign for the third-year franchise, which went 18-34 in 2012-13 and 13-39 last season. Since then, the team, led by third-year bench boss Motofumi Aoki, ...

Feb 7, 2015

Defense, fan support fuel Akita's success on road

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets have rattled off 16 victories in their past 17 games. What’s more, first-year bench boss Makoto Hasegawa’s team now has a jaw-dropping 16-2 record in road games after a 97-74 dismantling of the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday afternoon. Akita, ...

Johnson secures victory for Broncos at free-throw line

Feb 6, 2015

Johnson secures victory for Broncos at free-throw line

by Ed Odeven

Without defenders’ hands in his face, contesting his shot and trying to disrupt his timing, Saitama Broncos forward Gary Johnson was a potent weapon on Friday night at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium. Johnson capitalized on his frequent visits to the free-throw line in the bj-league ...

Feb 6, 2015

Gunma cuts Morrison, signs Murray

The Gunma Crane Thunders terminated guard Marcus Morrison’s contract on Thursday and signed guard Andre Murray a day later, the bj-league team announced. Morrison, 30, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession on Tuesday at his home in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, and has been ...

Feb 3, 2015

Gunma guard Morrison arrested on suspicion of drug possession

by Ed Odeven

Gunma Crane Thunders guard Marcus Morrison on Tuesday morning was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession, according to several published reports. Gunma Prefectural Police arrested Morrison at 6:55 a.m. at his home in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture. The Cannabis Control Law was cited for the ...

West prevails in high-tempo bj-league All-Star Game

Feb 2, 2015

West prevails in high-tempo bj-league All-Star Game

by Ed Odeven

In a fast-paced game of dueling run-and-gun offenses, including 79 3-point shots in all, the Western Conference had the better scoring touch in the pivotal fourth quarter. The West had 35 fourth-quarter points — neither team had a higher scoring output in any of ...

Jan 30, 2015

Aomori signs Klaiber, releases Saunders

by Ed Odeven

This week, the Aomori Wat’s made a pair of roster moves in advance of the season’s second half, adding an older, more experienced veteran. The second-year bj-league franchise on Tuesday released 203-cm small forward Damian Saunders, who is 26. Two days later, Aomori announced ...