Aug 22, 2014

Evessa sign forwards Hamilton, Tarver

by Ed Odeven

Veteran forward Gary Hamilton, an accomplished rebounder and frontcourt leader for the Shiga Lakestars and Rizing Fukuoka in past bj-league seasons, is returning to Japan. The University of Miami (Florida) product has finalized a deal to play for the Osaka Evessa this season, the ...

Osaka overpowers Shiga in second half, triumphs in Game 1

May 3, 2014

Osaka overpowers Shiga in second half, triumphs in Game 1

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa held the Shiga Lakestars to 19-for-60 shooting, seized control of the game in the third quarter and made a winner of Evessa coach Shunsuke Todo in his bj-league playoff debut. Osaka’s 77-54 victory in Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, included this attention-grabbing statistic: ...

Apr 26, 2014

Hot-shooting Osaka routs Shimane

by Ed Odeven

They started the season with six straight wins, followed by eight consecutive defeats. And they lost four of their last six contests entering Saturday’s series opener against the Western Conference’s cellar-dwelling Shimane Susanoo Magic. So what happened for the Osaka Evessa? Seven Evessa players ...

Apr 11, 2014

Takamatsu edges Osaka in series opener

by Ed Odeven

While playing in their 47th regular-season game on Friday night in Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, two bj-league teams shared several other similarities. Until the final second of the 40-minute game. In a game tied after both the first and second quarter, the Takamatsu Five Arrows ...

Joho powers Grouses past Evessa

Mar 16, 2014

Joho powers Grouses past Evessa

by Ed Odeven

Masashi Joho’s arrival in Toyama before the start of the 2011-12 season was a clear sign that the Grouses had decided to raise the stakes for a franchise that had struggled to win games since its inception in 2006. Clearly, this signing signaled the ...

Feb 22, 2014

Fukuoka routs Osaka, keeps playoff hopes alive

by Ed Odeven

The Rizing Fukuoka used a simple formula for success on Saturday: Outscore the Osaka Evessa in all four quarters. It worked. Led by Seth Tarver’s team-high 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting, Fukuoka blasted Osaka, winning 90-67 and moving within three games of a .500 ...