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Mar 4, 2016

Hiroshima suffers 29th consecutive loss

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The Hiroshima Lightning’s epic losing streak reached 29 games on Friday night in a 136-68 defeat to the host Oita Ehime HeatDevils. The HeatDevils (10-27) led 31-16 after one quarter and took a 58-34 advantage into halftime in Oita. The hosts pounced on the ...

Warren remains one of best on boards

| Mar 3, 2016

Warren remains one of best on boards

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Whenever he steps onto a basketball court, Reggie Warren’s fierce desire to win is a recognizable trait. Since 2006, the veteran power forward has been a key piece to the puzzle for five bj-league franchises: Takamatsu Five Arrows (2006-08), Saitama Broncos (2008-09), Kyoto Hannaryz ...

Feb 28, 2016

B-Corsairs rise to occasion with victory over Broncos

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The Yokohama B-Corsairs issued a challenge to themselves before Sunday’s series finale against the Eastern Conference rival Saitama Broncos. The B-Corsairs repeated that challenge at halftime, when they faced a seven-point deficit at Yokohama International Swimming Pool. The hosts regrouped in the third quarter, ...

Fukushima's Nash scores 54 to break bj-league single-game record

Feb 28, 2016

Fukushima's Nash scores 54 to break bj-league single-game record

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Fukushima Firebonds rookie forward Le’Bryan Nash broke the bj-league’s single-game scoring record on Sunday afternoon with a 54-point performance, leading his team to a 91-83 victory over the Shinshu Brave Warriors. Fukushima (22-14) ended Shinshu’s seven-game winning streak. Nash, an Oklahoma State product, sank ...

Feb 28, 2016

Phoenix consign Lightning to 28th straight loss

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The reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix used their bench early and often in a 119-57 thrashing of the host Hiroshima Lightning on Saturday. Phoenix coach Tomoya Higashino only used one player for more than 25 minutes in the series finale in Yamaguchi. Big man ...

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

Feb 26, 2016

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

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The Akita Northern Happinets jumped out to a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a lopsided win over the host Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night. The Northern Happinets recorded a clinical 100-78 victory, condemning Tokyo to its ...

Brave Warriors beat 89ers to continue hot streak

Feb 21, 2016

Brave Warriors beat 89ers to continue hot streak

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The Shinshu Brave Warriors aren’t at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. And the Nagano Prefecture-based club isn’t the metaphorical king of the hill. But they’ve made giant steps in the right direction. And over the past several weeks, Shinshu coach Koju Munakata’s ...

Feb 20, 2016

Takamatsu edges Nara to end eight-game slide

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The Takamatsu Five Arrows halted their eight-game losing streak on Saturday, earning a 74-71 road victory over the Bambitious Nara. Anthony Kent and Jarvis Williams each scored 14 points for the Five Arrows (9-24), who trailed 23-10 after the first quarter but turned the ...

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

| Feb 20, 2016

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

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Watching a pure shooter, when the shots are falling like raindrops during a summer storm, is a picture of pure art. Basketball fans were treated to this image last Sunday at Hiratsuka Gymnasium when Wayne Arnold, an accomplished star in the 24-team bj-league, put ...

Feb 19, 2016

Blackledge sparks Osaka in rout of Fukuoka

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Lawrence “Trend” Blackledge put his stamp on Friday’s game against the Rizing Fukuoka. The talented forward’s all-around effort — 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals — helped steer the Evessa to an 89-68 triumph, and the hosts extended ...

Feb 18, 2016

Osaka clamps down on Fukuoka

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The Osaka Evessa’s defense pressured the visiting Rizing Fukuoka throughout Thursday’s series opener. That effort and energy paid off for the hosts. Osaka earned an 89-70 victory and forced 23 turnovers. The Evessa (24-11) won their third straight game and picked up their seventh ...