Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

Apr 10, 2016

Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

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Players nearly half his age are beginning their professional careers, and high-energy guard Masahiro Oguchi continues to make his mark for the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and defy the odds. He remains a textbook example of gutsy play and the importance of veteran smarts for ...

Apr 2, 2016

Hamamatsu relies on outside shooting to edge Iwate

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Strong 3-point shooting carried the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix past the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday night. The Phoenix recorded a 69-68 victory in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. The defending champions (31-14) shot 12-for-27 from beyond the arc. Seven Phoenix players made at least one 3-pointer. ...

Mar 27, 2016

Johnson leads Phoenix past Hannaryz

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Kejuan Johnson, the bj-league’s 2014-15 regular-season MVP while playing for the Sendai 89ers, delivered a big, bold reminder of his talent and impact on Saturday night. Now an integral part of the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s lineup, Johnson had team-high totals in points (20), rebounds ...

Mar 18, 2016

Hiroshima loses 33rd straight game

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The Hiroshima Lightning’s rapid-fire 3-point shooting failed to product the desire result on Friday. The visiting Osaka Evessa dominated on the boards and handed the Lightning a 99-81 defeat, the team’s 33rd straight loss. Hiroshima (1-38) made 16 of 41 3s in the bj-league ...

Samuraiz avenge defeat by Phoenix

Mar 13, 2016

Samuraiz avenge defeat by Phoenix

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After getting waxed by 20 points in the series opener, the Kanazawa Samuraiz avenged Saturday’s defeat by thrashing the reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix. Coach Yukinori Suzuki’s Samuraiz set the tone for the game from the get-go in Kanazawa. After one quarter, Kanazawa led ...

Warren remains one of best on boards

| Mar 3, 2016

Warren remains one of best on boards

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Whenever he steps onto a basketball court, Reggie Warren’s fierce desire to win is a recognizable trait. Since 2006, the veteran power forward has been a key piece to the puzzle for five bj-league franchises: Takamatsu Five Arrows (2006-08), Saitama Broncos (2008-09), Kyoto Hannaryz ...

Feb 28, 2016

Phoenix consign Lightning to 28th straight loss

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The reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix used their bench early and often in a 119-57 thrashing of the host Hiroshima Lightning on Saturday. Phoenix coach Tomoya Higashino only used one player for more than 25 minutes in the series finale in Yamaguchi. Big man ...

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

Feb 26, 2016

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

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The Akita Northern Happinets jumped out to a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a lopsided win over the host Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night. The Northern Happinets recorded a clinical 100-78 victory, condemning Tokyo to its ...

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 ...

Defense paying dividends in West

| Dec 3, 2015

Defense paying dividends in West

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Tenacity and rock-solid fundamentals fuel top defenses. What else makes them click? An intense desire to limit foes’ scoring chances and high-percentage shots and keeping their point totals down, too. With about one-third of the season in the books, several teams have emerged as ...