Basketball Topics

Mar 22, 2015

Kyoto outplays Hamamatsu, raises record to 18-4 on road

by Ed Odeven

As impressive as the Kyoto Hannaryz have been at home this season, they are a superb team on the road, too. On Sunday, Kyoto improved to 18-4 in away contests, beating the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 75-69 to complete a series sweep. The Western Conference-leading ...

Mar 22, 2015

Johnson has big game to lead 89ers past B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

It was a game he’ll never forget. Guard Kejuan Johnson sparked the Sendai 89ers with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in Saturday’s 92-81 victory over the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs. Johnson, a Long Beach State product, sank 14 of 17 free throws in ...

Mar 20, 2015

Niigata whips struggling Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB overwhelmed the Tokyo Cinq Reves from start to finish in Friday’s bj-league series opener. Early on, Niigata jumped out to a big lead and kept the pressure on throughout the contest en route to a 104-51 road victory. The Albirex ...

Turkish Airlines promotes name with pro game

Mar 14, 2015

Turkish Airlines promotes name with pro game

by Ed Odeven

Turkish Airlines and the bj-league were both seeking to strengthen their business brands when they announced a two-year tie-up last September. The airline became the first title sponsor in the league’s 10-season history. This gave Turkish Airlines an opportunity to promote its name throughout ...

Evessa find a way past Golden Kings

Mar 8, 2015

Evessa find a way past Golden Kings

by Ed Odeven

After losing their first three games this season against the Ryukyu Golden Kings, the Osaka Evessa came back with a fierce determination to bounce back on Sunday. It wasn’t easy. It took overtime for the Evessa to complete the task, winning 72-69 over the ...

Kennedy sparks Niigata in victory over Gunma

Mar 7, 2015

Kennedy sparks Niigata in victory over Gunma

by Ed Odeven

Niigata Albirex BB forward Thomas Kennedy is one of the bj-league’s most dependable scorers. The University of Detroit Mercy product can carry his team for key stretches on offense, and in Saturday’s 87-70 triumph over the Gunma Crane Thunders, Kennedy delivered a big reminder ...