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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 ...

Mar 29, 2015

B-Corsairs sink Firebonds

by Ed Odeven

The Yokohama B-Corsairs dropped a 15-point contest — and yielded 106 points — to the Fukushima Firebonds in Saturday’s bj-league series opener. On Sunday, the B-Corsairs returned the favor. What was an eight-point advantage for the hosts after one quarter turned into a rout. ...

Mar 29, 2015

bj-league lifts ban on JT

by Jack Gallagher

The professional basketball bj-league has rescinded its ban on media access by The Japan Times with immediate effect. The ban was instituted on Oct. 11, 2013, and continued for more than 17 months. The bj-league informed The Japan Times of the decision via e-mail ...

Backcourt stars Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama

Mar 28, 2015

Backcourt stars Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama

by Ed Odeven

The Fukushima Firebonds put on a shooting clinic from 3-point range at Yokohama International Swimming Pool on Saturday. Yes, their long-range perimeter marksmen did their best impersonation of the Golden State Warriors — indeed, the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, would’ve enjoyed ...

Mar 22, 2015

Kyoto outplays Hamamatsu, raises record to 18-4 on road

by Ed Odeven

As impressive as the Kyoto Hannaryz have been at home this season, they are a superb team on the road, too. On Sunday, Kyoto improved to 18-4 in away contests, beating the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 75-69 to complete a series sweep. The Western Conference-leading ...

Mar 22, 2015

Johnson has big game to lead 89ers past B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

It was a game he’ll never forget. Guard Kejuan Johnson sparked the Sendai 89ers with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in Saturday’s 92-81 victory over the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs. Johnson, a Long Beach State product, sank 14 of 17 free throws in ...

Mar 20, 2015

Niigata whips struggling Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB overwhelmed the Tokyo Cinq Reves from start to finish in Friday’s bj-league series opener. Early on, Niigata jumped out to a big lead and kept the pressure on throughout the contest en route to a 104-51 road victory. The Albirex ...