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 ...

Toyama downs Kyoto, moves to 13-2

Dec 1, 2013

Toyama downs Kyoto, moves to 13-2

by Ed Odeven

Quietly, without much fanfare or wide-spread exposure in the nation’s mainstream media, the Toyama Grouses have built a title-contending team. Head coach Bob Nash, whose basketball roots stretch from his schoolboy standout days in Hartford, Connecticut, to his rise to stardom at the University ...

Toyama finds rhythm in road win over Kyoto

Nov 30, 2013

Toyama finds rhythm in road win over Kyoto

by Ed Odeven

Quietly, without much fanfare or wide-spread exposure in the nation’s mainstream media, the Toyama Grouses have built a title-contending team. Head coach Bob Nash, whose basketball roots stretch from his schoolboy standout days in Hartford, Connecticut, to his rise to stardom at the University ...

Hannaryz pile more misery on Evessa

Nov 17, 2013

Hannaryz pile more misery on Evessa

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa’s roller-coaster season has had two extremes: a long winning streak and a long losing streak. First-year Osaka head coach Shunsuke Todo’s team suffered its sixth straight defeat on Sunday, losing 82-72 to the host Kyoto Hannaryz. Former Evessa star David Palmer ...

Nov 9, 2013

Bambitious beat Hannaryz for first-ever win

by Ed Odeven

The Bambitious Nara made history on Saturday afternoon, picking up the first-year franchise’s first-ever victory, an 87-75 triumph over the host Kyoto Hannaryz. Strong shooting from 3-point range (9-for-18) and at the free-throw line (20-for-23) keyed the win for Nara (1-8). Joe Chapman paced ...

Oct 29, 2013

bj-league bans JT access

by Jack Gallagher

In an unprecedented move, the professional basketball bj-league has issued a ban on media access by The Japan Times for the entire 2013-14 season. The directive has been relayed to teams around the country by the league office, the newspaper has learned. The Japan ...

Shimane falls to 0-5 under new coach Vlaikidis

Oct 19, 2013

Shimane falls to 0-5 under new coach Vlaikidis

by Ed Odeven

It’s been a rough start this season for the Shimane Susanoo Magic. After three straight playoff-qualifying seasons, the Magic fell to 0-5 on Saturday, losing 68-50 to the visiting Kyoto Hannaryz in Unnan, Shimane Prefecture. Shimane shot 17-for-59 from the field in the low-scoring ...