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Feb 27, 2015

Gunma completes sweep over lowly Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Since an 0-9 start this season, the Gunma Crane Thunders have made a dramatic turnaround. They’ve gone 15-12 since that long losing streak, including an 84-71 victory over the visiting Saitama Broncos on Friday night. Gunma (15-21) has won three consecutive games to climb ...

Feb 26, 2015

Ex-NBA big man Ely sparks Gunma in victory over Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Former NBA center Melvin Ely notched a double-double and three teammates also scored in double figures as the Gunma Crane Thunders cruised past the visiting Saitama Broncos 75-61 in Thursday’s series opener. The 36-year-old Ely had a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, pulled ...

Feb 22, 2015

Cinq Reves beat Broncos to end barren run

by Ed Odeven

The Tokyo Cinq Reves found a way to win on Sunday, routing the Saitama Broncos 89-61 in Musashino. By doing so, they snapped an epic 18-game losing streak. Before the bj-league series finale against their Eastern Conference rival, they hadn’t come out on top ...

Kyoto routs Nara, improves to 29-6

Feb 21, 2015

Kyoto routs Nara, improves to 29-6

by Ed Odeven

On defense, the Kyoto Hannaryz played a tough, tenacious game. On offense, four Kyoto players scored in double figures in a 78-58 shellacking of the host Bambitious Nara on Saturday night in the bj-league. Kevin Kotzur’s 24 points paced the Hannaryz (29-6). Ryan Forehan-Kelly ...

Iwate's Oketani earns 300th career victory

Feb 15, 2015

Iwate's Oketani earns 300th career victory

by Ed Odeven

When the bj-league tipped off in the fall of 2005, Dai Oketani was working as an assistant under Oita HeatDevils head coach Jawann Oldham, a former NBA big man. Oldham’s tenure in the bj-league lasted just 16 games, and Oita was 4-12 when he ...

Feb 14, 2015

Evessa take down Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

The one-two punch of Takuya Soma and Josh Dollard sparked the Osaka Evessa to an 86-76 victory over the visiting Bambitious Nara on Saturday. Soma sank four 3-pointers in a 22-point effort and Dollard finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two ...

| Feb 12, 2015

Shimane showing surprising improvement

by Ed Odeven

Despite a disastrous start this season, the Shimane Susanoo Magic won’t challenge the Takamatsu Five Arrows’ league record of 50 losses. Shimane has made a dramatic turnaround in recent weeks, winning eight of its past 11 games. The Susanoo Magic (11-21 through Sunday) now ...

Feb 8, 2015

Cinq Reves slump to 17th straight loss

by Ed Odeven

The Tokyo Cinq Reves won three of their first five games this season. It appeared to be a positive sign for the third-year franchise, which went 18-34 in 2012-13 and 13-39 last season. Since then, the team, led by third-year bench boss Motofumi Aoki, ...

Feb 7, 2015

Defense, fan support fuel Akita's success on road

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets have rattled off 16 victories in their past 17 games. What’s more, first-year bench boss Makoto Hasegawa’s team now has a jaw-dropping 16-2 record in road games after a 97-74 dismantling of the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday afternoon. Akita, ...

Johnson secures victory for Broncos at free-throw line

Feb 6, 2015

Johnson secures victory for Broncos at free-throw line

by Ed Odeven

Without defenders’ hands in his face, contesting his shot and trying to disrupt his timing, Saitama Broncos forward Gary Johnson was a potent weapon on Friday night at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium. Johnson capitalized on his frequent visits to the free-throw line in the bj-league ...