Apr 19, 2014

Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls have won 20 of 26 home games and have a rock-solid 17-6 road mark. That’s currently good for third place in the bj-league’s ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, which has four 30-plus win teams, twice as many as the Western Conference. The ...

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 ...

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, ...

Feb 1, 2014

Pomare, Iwate sail past Ryukyu in OT

by Ed Odeven

Gyno Pomare delivered a splendid performance for the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday evening. His team needed every ounce of energy he provided, every statistic in the box score, too. When it was over, Pomare had 33 points, 21 rebounds and two blocked shots ...

Jan 2, 2014

Big Bulls open 2014 by dominating Magic

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls ushered in the new year with a thorough throttling of the host Shimane Susanoo Magic, winning 86-71 on Thursday afternoon. Iwate took a 27-10 advantage into the second quarter and held a comfortable lead during the remainder of the game, ...

Nov 16, 2013

Defensive-minded Iwate hands Akita first defeat of season

by Ed Odeven

The high-scoring Akita Northern Happinets met their match on Saturday night. The Iwate Big Bulls held Akita to 4-for-28 shooting from 3-point range, which was a key factor in the hosts’ 85-70 triumph over the previously unbeaten Happinets. Akita (12-1) sits atop the Eastern ...

Nov 1, 2013

B-Corsairs slump to defeat against Big Bulls

by Ed Odeven

Defending champion Yokohama B-Corsairs had no answer for the high-energy Iwate Big Bulls in their bj-league series opener on Friday. Yokohama failed to mount a serious comeback in the second half as Iwate imposed its will on the game. The Big Bulls rolled to ...

Cartwright won't return to Osaka Evessa

Jun 30, 2013

Cartwright won't return to Osaka Evessa

by Ed Odeven

Former Chicago Bulls head coach Bill Cartwright has parted ways with the Osaka Evessa, the bj-league team he resurrected after an awful start last season. In a news release posted on its website at midnight on Saturday, the Evessa announced that Cartwright’s tenure as ...