Mar 29, 2014

Struggling Yokohama falling out of playoff race

by Ed Odeven

The defending bj-league champion Yokohama B-Corsairs are fading from playoff contention. The visiting Niigata Albirex BB handed Yokohama its eighth loss in the past 10 games on Saturday, winning 92-82. The B-Corsairs (18-25) have lost four straight games and occupy eighth place in the ...

Dec 31, 2013

Five Arrows end 2013 on high note

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows closed out 2013 with a positive finish: a 63-50 New Year’s Eve triumph over the Niigata Albirex BB. The Five Arrows outscored the visitors 19-3 in the second quarter to take a 28-15 advantage into halftime in Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture. ...

Dec 6, 2013

Sanders guides Shinshu to victory over Niigata

by Ed Odeven

Patrick Sanders scored a game-high 28 points and three teammates reached double figures in scoring as the Shinshu Brave Warriors defeated the Niigata Albirex BB 88-78 on Friday night in their bj-league series opener. The Brave Warriors improved to 10-5, including 6-1 at home. ...

Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama

Nov 3, 2013

Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama

by Ed Odeven

Since playing his first game for the then-expansion Toyama Grouses in 2006, Nile Murry has been one of the bj-league’s best all-around players. The hard-working backcourt leader made an impact for the Grouses and then for the Evessa (2008-10) and Rizing Fukuoka (2010-11) before ...

Burns heroics give B-Corsairs shot at championship

May 19, 2013

Burns heroics give B-Corsairs shot at championship

by Ed Odeven

Unbelievable energy. Splendid self confidence. Never-wavering faith in his abilities or his teammates. Those are ingredients to success for Draelon Burns, the Yokohama B-Corsairs’ super substitute. Burns buried a remarkable three buzzer-beating shots to close out the three final quarters, and his team needed ...

Apr 28, 2013

Conference crown still up for grabs in East

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB moved closer to a possible Eastern Conference regular-season title by beating the visiting Sendai 89ers 98-79 on Saturday night. Niigata (35-16) is one game ahead of the Iwate Big Bulls, Yokohama B-Corsairs and Toyama Grouses, all of whom have 34-17 ...

Feb 10, 2013

Hot-shooting Albirex whip Cinq Reves

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB made exactly 50 percent of their shots from inside the 3-point arc on Saturday in their series opener against the host Tokyo Cinq Reves. And they were even better from beyond the arc, knocking down 13 of 25 shots (52 ...