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Jan 10, 2015

Lakestars triumph over Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

The Shiga Lakestars clicked on offense in their series opener against the Bambitious Nara on Saturday night. Jeff Parmer and Ryota Kobayashi both doled out six assists and four Lakestars scored in double figures in an 85-73 triumph over Nara in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. ...

Jan 8, 2015

Shimane signs forward Witherspoon

by Ed Odeven

Forward Wesley Witherspoon, who saw action in three preseason games for the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 as an undrafted rookie, has joined the Shimane Susanoo Magic, the bj-league club announced on Wednesday. The 206-cm Witherspoon fills a roster spot vacated by power forward ...

Jan 4, 2015

Broncos finally claim first win of season

by Ed Odeven

The Saitama Broncos finally found a way to chalk up a victory on Sunday. A methodical 101-87 win over the Oita HeatDevils ended Saitama’s season-long losing streak. The Broncos (1-23) topped the century mark in points for the first time this season. And they ...

Hamamatsu rolls to 13th straight victory

Jan 3, 2015

Hamamatsu rolls to 13th straight victory

by Ed Odeven

Don’t expect the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s New Year’s resolution to be any different than their overall season goal: to compete for a championship. The Phoenix provided a bold reminder of that on Saturday, trouncing the host Bambitious Nara 92-66 to extend their bj-league winning ...

Jan 2, 2015

Ryukyu ushers in 2015 with victory over Shinshu

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings opened the 2015 portion of their season schedule the way they ended 2014: with a victory. Reigning champion Ryukyu routed the visiting Shinshu Brave Warriors 83-68 on Thursday in the bj-league. The Golden Kings (21-4 overall, 10-1 at home) took ...

Ex-Apache coach Bryant hired to lead struggling Fukuoka

Dec 30, 2014

Ex-Apache coach Bryant hired to lead struggling Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache’s original head coach, will take over as the Rizing Fukuoka’s next bench boss, the bj-league club announced on Monday evening. Bryant is scheduled to return to the sideline for the Western Conference club’s next home series, Jan. 17-18, ...

High-scoring Nara hammers Tokyo

Dec 28, 2014

High-scoring Nara hammers Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

The Bambitious Nara staged an offensive clinic against the struggling Tokyo Cinq Reves on Sunday. Portland State product Chehales Tapscott had a game-high 31 points and Andre Murray, also a PSU alum, added 19 as the Bambitious rolled past Tokyo 100-77 in Nara. The ...

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

Dec 23, 2014

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

by Ed Odeven

The Rizing Fukuoka, who gutted their roster of several prominent bj-league veterans in the offseason, made another big move on Monday. Head coach James Duncan was relieved of his duties a day after his team defeated the Saitama Broncos twice in their two-game series ...