Basketball Topics

Nov 21, 2014

Shinshu signs post player Washington

by Ed Odeven

The Shinshu Brave Warriors on Friday filled a roster vacancy, signing forward/center DeVaughn Washington. The 25-year-old Washington played 10 games for the NBL’s Hyogo Storks to open the 2014-15 season. He averaged 10.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from the field. ...

| Nov 20, 2014

Takamatsu making steady strides

by Ed Odeven

Like the Osaka Evessa, their Western Conference rival, the Takamatsu Five Arrows did not push the panic button after struggling to string together back-to-back wins in early October. Smart decision. Coach Kenzo Maeda’s team has turned around its season, winning five of its past ...

Nov 18, 2014

Ryukyu defense steps up in victory over Gunma

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings eked out a 74-71 victory over the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders on Tuesday night. Ryukyu held Gunma to 35.8 percent shooting from inside the 3-point arc, improving to 10-2 overall, 6-0 at home. The reigning champion Golden Kings yielded 27 ...

Nov 18, 2014

Ryukyu hammers lowly Gunma

Anthony McHenry scored a game-high 15 points and Draelon Burns had 13 as the Ryukyu Golden Kings defeated the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders 88-65 on Monday in the bj-league. Ryukyu (9-2 overall, 5-0 home) outscored Gunma 41-24 over the middle two quarters. Golden Kings ...

Nov 13, 2014

Gonzaga, Pitt to play hoops in Okinawa

The Gonzaga University men’s basketball team will face the University of Pittsburgh in the 2015 Armed Forces Classic on Nov. 13 at Camp Foster in Okinawa. The Spokesman Review first reported the planned contest between the Zags and Panthers earlier this week. ESPN plans ...

Nov 10, 2014

Susanoo Magic fire coach Hanson

by Ed Odeven

The Shimane Susanoo Magic ended their season-long losing streak on Sunday. But that wasn’t enough for head coach Reggie Hanson to retain his job. Hanson’s departure was announced after the game, and he became the first head coach in the 22-team bj-league to be ...

Nov 9, 2014

Susanoo Magic end drought with win over Firebonds

by Ed Odeven

Rebuilding a team from scratch is never expected to be a simple task. There are countless examples that it takes hard work and patience to accomplish this, including in the NBA this season with team president Phil Jackson’s New York Knicks. In the bj-league, ...

Nov 8, 2014

Fukushima rallies for victory over Shimane

by Ed Odeven

The Fukushima Firebonds overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and snapped an eight-game losing streak on Saturday against the visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic, winning 73-67. The Firebonds (2-9) outscored the Magic 29-17 in the third quarter to pull ahead 52-50 in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. Guard ...

Nov 7, 2014

Hot-shooting Akita pounds struggling Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Deshawn Stephens scored a team-high 24 points on 9-for-11 shooting and five teammates reached double figures as the Akita Northern Happinets rolled to a 116-86 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. Akita (9-2 overall, 6-1 on the road) led 33-15 after ...