Ryukyu favored to win third title

| May 22, 2014

Ryukyu favored to win third title

by Ed Odeven

This season’s title chase features three teams that have won 40 or more games, and the winner will be crowned at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Kyoto Hannaryz, meanwhile, are the only one of the quartet returning to Tokyo for this season’s Final Four, ...

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

| May 15, 2014

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

by Ed Odeven

During the six seasons in which franchise cornerstones Jeff Newton and Anthony McHenry have teamed up to lead the Ryukyu Golden Kings to extraordinary success, the Okinawan powerhouse is the undisputed model franchise for the bj-league. Consider the following: 1. The Golden Kings are ...

Apr 10, 2014

Kyoto big man Holm recognized for rebounding prowess

by Ed Odeven

Kyoto Hannaryz center Chris Holm, one of the premier rebounders in bj-league history, had a two-game series to remember last weekend against the Takamatsu Five Arrows. Holm grabbed a whopping 29 rebounds along with 14 points in the series opener Saturday and hauled in ...

Mar 15, 2014

Kyoto mauls Hamamatsu in showdown of West rivals

by Ed Odeven

The Saturday showdown between the Western Conference’s second- and third-place teams turned into a rout. Six Kyoto Hannaryz players scored in double figures and the visitors routed the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 101-73. The Phoenix (27-16) trailed 45-32 after two quarters, and never recovered. Kyoto ...

Jan 5, 2014

Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz

by Ed Odeven

Taishiro Shimizu owns a well-recognized name wherever he travels around the bj-league. After all, the popular guard has played in the upstart circuit since its inception in 2005. After productive stints with the Saitama Broncos (2005-10) and his hometown Miyazaki Shining Suns (2010-12), one ...