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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, ...

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 ...

Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

Dec 21, 2014

Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

by Ed Odeven

Star guard Masashi Joho’s return to the Toyama Grouses lineup this weekend delivered what the team has come to expect during his tenure with the franchise: victories. Joho, the 2013-14 bj-league MVP, scored a game-high 20 points and made three steals in the Grouses’ ...

Dec 20, 2014

Johnson scores 40 points as 89ers beat Crane Thunders

by Ed Odeven

Sendai 89ers star Kejuan Johnson delivered a brilliant offensive performance on Saturday. The Long Beach State product scored a game-high 40 points on 12-for-17 shooting and went 13-for-13 at the free-throw line. Repeatedly, Sendai fans heard “swish!” as shot after shot taken by Johnson ...

Dec 19, 2014

Akita pummels struggling Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets pounded the host Tokyo Cinq Reves from start to finish in Friday’s series opener in Inagi. Seven Akita players scored in double figures as the Happinetes demolished Tokyo 108-59. Kenta Tateyama paced the visitors with 20 points, knocking down 4 ...

Dec 14, 2014

89ers punish sloppy Broncos

by Ed Odeven

There were several stretches of Sunday’s Saitama Broncos-Sendai 89ers game when the home squad’s defense was in complete disarray. Sendai players were left wide open on the perimeter or underneath the basket, and when a Broncos defender appeared, it often happened too late. As ...