Evessa whip Golden Kings in series opener

Nov 5, 2016

Evessa whip Golden Kings in series opener

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The Osaka Evessa pulled away from the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the second half on Saturday en route to a runaway victory over their former fierce bj-league rival. In the Evessa’s 96-57 triumph in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, big man Xavier Gibson, a Florida State ...

SeaHorses jump out to big lead, fend off Evessa comeback

Oct 15, 2016

SeaHorses jump out to big lead, fend off Evessa comeback

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The Osaka Evessa mounted a spirited comeback during Saturday’s series opener against the visiting SeaHorses Mikawa. But Evessa coach Dai Oketani’s squad fell short in the end, losing 76-69 at Fumin Kyosai Super Arena. Osaka (2-5) trailed 31-7 after the opening quarter and 46-25 ...

Mar 6, 2016

Hamaguchi bests old rival Oketani as Hannaryz beat Evessa

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There are no easy games when Dai Oketani and Honoo Hamaguchi are on opposite benches. Their familiarity with each other’s coaching acumen and their competitive spirits fuel this ongoing rivalry. After working in opposite conferences over the past few years — with Oketani elevating ...

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

| Feb 20, 2016

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

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Watching a pure shooter, when the shots are falling like raindrops during a summer storm, is a picture of pure art. Basketball fans were treated to this image last Sunday at Hiratsuka Gymnasium when Wayne Arnold, an accomplished star in the 24-team bj-league, put ...

Feb 18, 2016

Osaka clamps down on Fukuoka

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The Osaka Evessa’s defense pressured the visiting Rizing Fukuoka throughout Thursday’s series opener. That effort and energy paid off for the hosts. Osaka earned an 89-70 victory and forced 23 turnovers. The Evessa (24-11) won their third straight game and picked up their seventh ...

Evessa complete series sweep of Bambitious

Oct 11, 2015

Evessa complete series sweep of Bambitious

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The Osaka Evessa improved to .500 with their first series sweep of the young season by beating the Bambitious Nara 83-67 on Sunday. Osaka’s Olu Ashaolu had 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds with three assists, two steals and two blocks. ...

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

| Jul 17, 2015

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

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As the summer marches on and the start of training camp gets closer and closer, it appears that the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix will not have a roster resembling the one that captured the title in May. Star guard Nile Murry, the playoff ...

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

Jun 23, 2015

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

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Geoffrey Katsuhisa will be named the new head coach of the Iwate Big Bulls, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is imminent, basketball sources said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Katsuhisa has served as an assistant coach for the Chiba Jets since their inception ...