Feb 26, 2015

Ex-NBA big man Ely sparks Gunma in victory over Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Former NBA center Melvin Ely notched a double-double and three teammates also scored in double figures as the Gunma Crane Thunders cruised past the visiting Saitama Broncos 75-61 in Thursday’s series opener. The 36-year-old Ely had a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, pulled ...

Feb 8, 2015

Cinq Reves slump to 17th straight loss

by Ed Odeven

The Tokyo Cinq Reves won three of their first five games this season. It appeared to be a positive sign for the third-year franchise, which went 18-34 in 2012-13 and 13-39 last season. Since then, the team, led by third-year bench boss Motofumi Aoki, ...

Feb 3, 2015

Gunma guard Morrison arrested on suspicion of drug possession

by Ed Odeven

Gunma Crane Thunders guard Marcus Morrison on Tuesday morning was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession, according to several published reports. Gunma Prefectural Police arrested Morrison at 6:55 a.m. at his home in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture. The Cannabis Control Law was cited for the ...

Dec 20, 2014

Johnson scores 40 points as 89ers beat Crane Thunders

by Ed Odeven

Sendai 89ers star Kejuan Johnson delivered a brilliant offensive performance on Saturday. The Long Beach State product scored a game-high 40 points on 12-for-17 shooting and went 13-for-13 at the free-throw line. Repeatedly, Sendai fans heard “swish!” as shot after shot taken by Johnson ...

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 ...

Jun 27, 2014

Upcoming bj-league season set for Oct. 4 start

by Ed Odeven

The 2014-15 bj-league season, the league’s 10th, is set to tip off on Oct. 4. Each of the league’s 22 teams, including the expansion Fukushima Firebonds, will play regular-season 52 games, according to a news release issued on Thursday. With the addition of Fukushima, ...