Basketball Topics

Apr 6, 2014

Iwate edges Akita again, extends win streak to six

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls improved to 3-1 against the Akita Northern Happinets, winning back-to-back weekend games by three points apiece. On Sunday, Iwate handed the hosts an 81-78 defeat, stretching its winning streak to six games. The Big Bulls improved to 34-12. The Happinets ...

Apr 3, 2014

Nara bounces back against Oita

by Ed Odeven

Four Bambitious Nara players sank two 3-pointers apiece and coach Koto Toyama’s club made it difficult for the Oita HeatDevils to score in bunches, salvaging a series split against the hosts on Thursday night. Nara’s 82-64 triumph featured Joe Chapman’s 18 points and Jamar ...

Big Bull Peppers proud to be underdog

| Apr 2, 2014

Big Bull Peppers proud to be underdog

by Ed Odeven

The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Josh Peppers of the Iwate Big Bulls is the subject of this week’s profile. Position: Forward Age: 28 Ht: 200 cm Wt: 92 kg Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee College: Central Florida Noteworthy: Since 2007, ...

Apr 2, 2014

HeatDevils run away from Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

A strong third-quarter performance fueled the Oita HeatDevils’ 97-88 victory over the visiting Bambitious Nara on Thursday. Trailing 51-47 at halftime, Oita outscored Nara 26-12 in the third quarter to take a 10-point advantage into the final period. Devonne Giles led the HeatDevils (20-25) ...

Mar 29, 2014

Struggling Yokohama falling out of playoff race

by Ed Odeven

The defending bj-league champion Yokohama B-Corsairs are fading from playoff contention. The visiting Niigata Albirex BB handed Yokohama its eighth loss in the past 10 games on Saturday, winning 92-82. The B-Corsairs (18-25) have lost four straight games and occupy eighth place in the ...

Ryukyu improves to 15-5 on road, sweeps Nara

Mar 23, 2014

Ryukyu improves to 15-5 on road, sweeps Nara

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have the league’s stingiest defense this season, allowing 68.0 points a game. Coach Tsutomu Isa’s squad’s success on the road is also quite impressive, with the Golden Kings winning 15 of 20 away games to date. Their latest road game, ...

Mar 22, 2014

Northern Happinets breeze past Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Eastern Conference leaders put on an offensive clinic against cellar-dwelling Saitama on Saturday afternoon. The result? The Akita Northern Happinets defeated the Broncos 113-96 in Odate, Akita Prefecture. Not only did the Northern Happinets improve to 34-9, they also shot 67.3 percent (35-for-52) ...