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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 ...

Arnold ignites to lead Albirex past B-Corsairs

Feb 14, 2016

Arnold ignites to lead Albirex past B-Corsairs

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The Yokohama B-Corsairs matched the visiting Niigata Albirex’s intensity for the opening quarter on Sunday. After that, things fell apart for the B-Corsairs. Hot-shooting Niigata erupted for 29 second-quarter points and seized control of the game in a runaway 104-83 victory at Hiratsuka Gymnasium. ...

Feb 13, 2016

Johnson sparks Kyoto in rout of Fukuoka

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Tyren Johnson, who made his debut with the Kyoto Hannaryz a few days before Christmas, delivered an all-around performance that helped carry the Western Conference leaders to a 71-58 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Saturday. Johnson, a 2012 NBA Development League All-Star ...

Feb 11, 2016

Shiga pounds Hiroshima to complete series sweep

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The Shiga Lakestars hammered the Hiroshima Lightning for the second straight day on Thursday, winning an afternoon matinee 98-56. The Lakestars (22-10) led 30-14 after the opening period in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and extended their advantage to 27 points by halftime. Shiga out-rebounded the ...

Feb 6, 2016

Ryukyu's Kishimoto shines in triumph over Kyoto

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Ryuichi Kishimoto ignited the Ryukyu Golden Kings on offense on Saturday. The perimeter marksman sank 4 of 9 3s and shot 4-for-4 from inside the arc and 5-for-5 at the free-throw line in a 25-point effort in Ryukyu’s 84-78 triumph over the host Kyoto ...

Feb 1, 2016

Family ties lead Toyama past Gunma

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Bob and Bobby Nash, a father-son coaching tandem, have kept the Toyama Grouses in the hunt for the Eastern Conference title in the bj-league’s final season. The Grouses recorded their eighth straight victory on Sunday, posting a 93-62 home triumph over the Gunma Crane ...