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Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

| May 15, 2014

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

by Ed Odeven

During the six seasons in which franchise cornerstones Jeff Newton and Anthony McHenry have teamed up to lead the Ryukyu Golden Kings to extraordinary success, the Okinawan powerhouse is the undisputed model franchise for the bj-league. Consider the following: 1. The Golden Kings are ...

Streaking Grouses advance to first Final Four

May 12, 2014

Streaking Grouses advance to first Final Four

by Ed Odeven

Maybe 13 is a lucky number after all. The Toyama Grouses rolled to their 13th consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon, earning a trip to the bj-league’s Final Four for the first time in franchise history. Coach Bob Nash’s club defeated the Niigata Albirex BB ...

May 10, 2014

Ryukyu thrashes Hamamatsu in Game 1

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings resembled a demolition crew on Saturday afternoon. Their target? Every phase of the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s game plan. The top-seeded Golden Kings recorded a 79-49 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series in Okinawa City. Ryukyu, which ...

Kennedy gives Niigata edge over Shinshu

May 4, 2014

Kennedy gives Niigata edge over Shinshu

by Ed Odeven

Thomas Kennedy thrived in pressure-packed games for the Yokohama B-Corsairs last season en route to the franchise’s bj-league championship. This season, his role as a go-to scorer has seen him suit up for the Shimane Susanoo Magic (10 games), followed by a 14-game stint ...

Osaka overpowers Shiga in second half, triumphs in Game 1

May 3, 2014

Osaka overpowers Shiga in second half, triumphs in Game 1

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa held the Shiga Lakestars to 19-for-60 shooting, seized control of the game in the third quarter and made a winner of Evessa coach Shunsuke Todo in his bj-league playoff debut. Osaka’s 77-54 victory in Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, included this attention-grabbing statistic: ...

Toyama's Joho named league MVP

| May 1, 2014

Toyama's Joho named league MVP

by Ed Odeven

Shooting guard Masashi Joho and forward Ira Brown form a dynamic one-two punch for the Toyama Grouses, a partnership that has helped the Hokuriku-based team make significant improvements — notably a steady increase in wins — in each of their three seasons together. Here’s ...