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League blows chance to honor Aoki

| Jan 23, 2016

League blows chance to honor Aoki

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It’s absolutely ridiculous that the most popular player in bj-league history is not going to play in the circuit’s 10th and final All-Star Game. But it’s not surprising. Really, it isn’t. The bj-league has often failed to do things logically. And it’s often failed ...

Happinets stars lead bj-league All-Star voting

Jan 8, 2016

Happinets stars lead bj-league All-Star voting

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A pair of Akita Northern Happinets players received the most fan votes as the players and coaches were announced for the Jan. 24 bj-league All-Star Game on Friday. Shooter Shigehiro Taguchi led the ballot with 35,226 votes to earn his fourth consecutive all-star appearance. ...

Jan 2, 2016

Soma sparks Osaka in rout of Niigata

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The Osaka Evessa didn’t shy away from feeding the ball to Takuya Soma on the perimeter on Saturday. Smart move. The 24-year-old swingman sank 9 of 16 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points, leading the Evessa to an 85-64 victory over the Niigata ...

Dec 28, 2015

Crews dazzles in Grouses' victory over HeatDevils

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Seven days after making 11 of 11 shots from the field in a game against the Kanazawa Samuraiz, forward Duke Crews delivered another jaw-dropping offensive performance for the Toyama Grouses. On Sunday, Crews made all 10 of his shots, including a trio of crowd-pleasing ...

Pomare confident Samuraiz can beat odds

| Dec 28, 2015

Pomare confident Samuraiz can beat odds

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The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Gyno Pomare of the expansion Kanazawa Samuraiz is the subject of this week’s profile. Position: Forward Age: 29 Ht: 203 cm Wt: 110 kg Hometown: Oceanside, California College: University of San Diego Noteworthy: ...

Dec 25, 2015

Kitagawa gives Ryukyu big lift against Yokohama

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Shuhei Kitagawa lit up the scoreboard on Christmas night. It wasn’t quite like Bernard King’s 60-point outburst on Dec. 25, 1984, at Madison Square Garden in the New York Knicks’ memorable win over the New Jersey Nets, but for Kitagawa, it’ll be a night ...