Basketball Topics

Jan 19, 2014

Akita rolls to ninth straight victory

by Ed Odeven

The All-Star spotlight will shine on Akita next Sunday. On Sunday, the Akita Northern Happinets also made sure there were plenty of highlights to talk about in the buildup to the bj-league’s eighth annual All-Star Game. Mission accomplished. There was sharpshooter Shigehiro Taguchi knocking ...

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

Jan 18, 2014

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

by Ed Odeven

Takeshi Mito scored a game-high 24 points and Ira Brown’s double-double helped propel the Toyama Grouses to a 68-52 home win on Saturday over the Shimane Susanoo Magic, who dropped their first game under new coach Reggie Hanson. Brown finished with 16 points, 12 ...

Jan 17, 2014

Hamamatsu beats Tokyo for fifth straight win

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix are hitting their stride as the second half of the season begins. Coach Tomoya Higashino’s squad extended its winning streak to five games on Friday, beating the host Tokyo Cinq Reves 75-69. Fueled by high-energy veterans and all-around depth, the ...

Jan 16, 2014

Nara completes first series sweep in franchise history

by Ed Odeven

The Bambitious Nara, a first-year bj-league franchise, have won back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history. For Nara coach Koto Toyama’s squad, Thursday’s 87-74 triumph over the visiting Saitama Broncos featured several key contributors. Rookie guard Tatsuya Suzuki had 20 points, drained ...

Jan 15, 2014

Ex-Gator Moss powers Nara past Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Big man Adrian Moss delivered a gutsy 20-point, 21-rebound performance to lead the Bambitious Nara to a 70-60 series-opening victory over the Saitama Broncos on Wednesday night. The 204-cm Moss, who starred on the 2006 NCAA Division I champion University of Florida Gators, led ...

Jan 14, 2014

Golden Kings roll past Five Arrows at home

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have a superb home-court advantage in Okinawa. The team’s rabid, rowdy fans always make that possible, and are among the bj-league’s team attendance leaders season after season. A quality team to watch provides that motivation, too. Ryukyu rolled to its ...

Jan 12, 2014

Akita dominance continues at home

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets’ high-octane offense clicked on Sunday. Richard Roby poured in a game-high 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting, Yuki Togashi added 23 points and five assists and Chas McFarland supplied 13 points while going 5-for-5 from the field. The result? Akita defeated ...

Jan 11, 2014

Broncos halt losing streak at 19

by Ed Odeven

Led by John “Helicopter” Humphrey’s game-high 37 points, the Saitama Broncos snapped a 19-game losing streak by beating the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders 93-61 on Saturday. Saitama (3-21) hadn’t won a bj-league game since Oct.19. The Takamatsu Five Arrows’ single-season record of 25 losses ...