Basketball Topics

Mar 6, 2015

Akita's Takeno finished for season

Akita Northern Happinets guard Akitomo Takeno will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in last Saturday’s game against the Shinshu Brave Warriors, the bj-league team announced on Friday. His recovery time is estimated to be ...

Mar 5, 2015

Hot 3-point shooting carries Shiga past Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Led by a trio of 3-point shooting specialists, the visiting Shiga Lakestars halted the Rizing Fukuoka’s three-game winning streak on Thursday night, winning the bj-league series opener 95-93. Shiga’s Ray Nixon, a University of Wisconsin product, buried 8 of 13 long-range shots en route ...

Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

Mar 1, 2015

Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

Like teammate Cohey Aoki did in Saturday’s series opener, Rizing Fukuoka star Josh Peppers carried his team on the offensive end on Sunday afternoon. Peppers poured in 33 points (three more than Aoki had a day earlier) and added 19 points and 10 rebounds ...

Feb 28, 2015

Hamamatsu triumphs over Osaka in OT

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix outlasted the Osaka Evessa on Saturday night, winning 80-76. The Phoenix (31-6) are in a three-way tie for first place in the bj-league’s 10-team Western Conference along with the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings and Kyoto Hannaryz. Hamamatsu forced 24 ...

Feb 27, 2015

Gunma completes sweep over lowly Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Since an 0-9 start this season, the Gunma Crane Thunders have made a dramatic turnaround. They’ve gone 15-12 since that long losing streak, including an 84-71 victory over the visiting Saitama Broncos on Friday night. Gunma (15-21) has won three consecutive games to climb ...

Feb 26, 2015

Ex-NBA big man Ely sparks Gunma in victory over Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Former NBA center Melvin Ely notched a double-double and three teammates also scored in double figures as the Gunma Crane Thunders cruised past the visiting Saitama Broncos 75-61 in Thursday’s series opener. The 36-year-old Ely had a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, pulled ...

Feb 22, 2015

Cinq Reves beat Broncos to end barren run

by Ed Odeven

The Tokyo Cinq Reves found a way to win on Sunday, routing the Saitama Broncos 89-61 in Musashino. By doing so, they snapped an epic 18-game losing streak. Before the bj-league series finale against their Eastern Conference rival, they hadn’t come out on top ...

Kyoto routs Nara, improves to 29-6

Feb 21, 2015

Kyoto routs Nara, improves to 29-6

by Ed Odeven

On defense, the Kyoto Hannaryz played a tough, tenacious game. On offense, four Kyoto players scored in double figures in a 78-58 shellacking of the host Bambitious Nara on Saturday night in the bj-league. Kevin Kotzur’s 24 points paced the Hannaryz (29-6). Ryan Forehan-Kelly ...

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 ...