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Apr 2, 2016

Hamamatsu relies on outside shooting to edge Iwate

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Strong 3-point shooting carried the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix past the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday night. The Phoenix recorded a 69-68 victory in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. The defending champions (31-14) shot 12-for-27 from beyond the arc. Seven Phoenix players made at least one 3-pointer. ...

Kinjo leads by example for Ryukyu

| Mar 31, 2016

Kinjo leads by example for Ryukyu

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In the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ infancy, before the team made multiple championship game appearances, Shigeyuki Kinjo was one of the league’s most exciting, explosive Japanese backcourt stars. The Okinawa native had a real gift for taking — and making — gutsy shots and a ...

Mar 27, 2016

Broncos' woes continue in defeat to Happinets

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In the history of professional sports — pick a sport, any sport — very few franchises have achieved the level of futility that’s become the Saitama Broncos’ trademark. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Broncos have lost 133 of their 148 regular-season ...

Mar 27, 2016

Johnson leads Phoenix past Hannaryz

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Kejuan Johnson, the bj-league’s 2014-15 regular-season MVP while playing for the Sendai 89ers, delivered a big, bold reminder of his talent and impact on Saturday night. Now an integral part of the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s lineup, Johnson had team-high totals in points (20), rebounds ...

Mar 20, 2016

Surging Lakestars take care of business against Bambitious

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After consecutive defeats to the rival Kyoto Hannaryz on Feb. 20 and 21, the Shiga Lakestars have quietly strung together an eight-game winning streak. The Lakestars recorded their latest victory, a 77-67 decision against the Bambitious Nara, on Sunday in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture. Veteran ...

Ryukyu clobbers Oita Ehime as West title race heats up

Mar 19, 2016

Ryukyu clobbers Oita Ehime as West title race heats up

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The fight for the Western Conference regular-season crown is far from over. The Ryukyu Golden Kings manhandled the host Oita Ehime HeatDevils on Saturday, winning 103-82 in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture. Ryukyu (31-10) is tied with the rival Shimane Susanoo Magic and Kyoto Hannaryz for ...

Mar 18, 2016

Hiroshima loses 33rd straight game

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The Hiroshima Lightning’s rapid-fire 3-point shooting failed to product the desire result on Friday. The visiting Osaka Evessa dominated on the boards and handed the Lightning a 99-81 defeat, the team’s 33rd straight loss. Hiroshima (1-38) made 16 of 41 3s in the bj-league ...