Kanazawa hires Suzuki

Jun 12, 2015

Kanazawa hires Suzuki

by Ed Odeven

Yukinori Suzuki, who guided the Oita HeatDevils for the past four seasons, was named the first head coach in Kanazawa Samuraiz history on Thursday. The expansion team will make its bj-league debut for the 2015-16 season, the circuit’s final scheduled season before the launch ...

| Jun 2, 2015

Nakamura takes reins in Niigata

by Ed Odeven

Kazuo Nakamura on Tuesday was named the Niigata Albirex BB’s new head coach. He last coached a bj-league team for the 2013-14 season, when his Akita Northern Happinets went 40-12 and earned a championship runnerup finish. Nakamura ran the show in Akita for three ...

Murry named MVP after fourth-quarter heroics

May 24, 2015

Murry named MVP after fourth-quarter heroics

by Ed Odeven

Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix guard Nile Murry carried his team in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s bj-league championship game. The Texas Christian University alum sparked the Phoenix, but not without the vital passing from teammate Mo Charlo, who doled out five assists in the final ...

Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

May 23, 2015

Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets dominated the second half against the Iwate Big Bulls, turning a tie game into a convincing victory. First-year head coach Makoto Hasegawa guided the Northern Happinets to an 84-68 Eastern Conference final victory over the Big Bulls at Ariake Colosseum ...

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

May 10, 2015

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

by Ed Odeven

The Final Four picture is now set, and it’s a decidedly different look this year. The Akita Northern Happinets and Iwate Big Bulls will represent the Eastern Conference, while the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Shiga Lakestars advanced from the Western Conference. The Big Bulls ...

May 9, 2015

Murry sinks shot at buzzer to lift Phoenix

by Ed Odeven

Nile Murry provided the heroics in crunch time. The veteran guard nailed a buzzer-beating jumper from the top of the key to shatter a late tie, and the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix outlasted the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings 71-69 in overtime in Game 1 ...

Hamamatsu torches Nara from 3-point range

Apr 4, 2015

Hamamatsu torches Nara from 3-point range

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix found their comfort zone from beyond the 3-point arc on Saturday. The Bambitious Nara only found frustration from the same spot at the opposite end of the court. The Phoenix drained 13 of 28 3-pointers and held the visitors to ...

Mar 22, 2015

Kyoto outplays Hamamatsu, raises record to 18-4 on road

by Ed Odeven

As impressive as the Kyoto Hannaryz have been at home this season, they are a superb team on the road, too. On Sunday, Kyoto improved to 18-4 in away contests, beating the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 75-69 to complete a series sweep. The Western Conference-leading ...