Effective Evessa stifle 89ers

Dec 29, 2016

Effective Evessa stifle 89ers

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The Osaka Evessa started and finished strong en route to a 79-67 victory over the visiting Sendai 89ers on Thursday night. The Evessa (16-12) jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the series opener in Osaka, and held the visitors to 36.8 percent shooting ...

Evessa start from scratch to beat Sunrockers

Dec 11, 2016

Evessa start from scratch to beat Sunrockers

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After a 25-point setback in the series opener, the Osaka Evessa went back to the drawing board before Sunday’s rematch. Bench boss Dai Oketani scrapped the man-to-man defense and employed the zone defense for Osaka’s second weekend encounter with the Sunrockers Shibuya. The move ...

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

| Dec 8, 2016

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

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Camaraderie pays off for successful teams. The Tochigi Brex and SeaHorses Mikawa are prime examples of that. Last weekend when the teams collided at Brex Arena Utsunomiya, there were numerous examples of players encouraging one another, making the extra pass, doing the unselfish things ...

Gibson, Harrellson propel Evessa past Grouses

Dec 6, 2016

Gibson, Harrellson propel Evessa past Grouses

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Frontcourt mates Xavier Gibson and Josh Harrellson combined for 45 points for the second straight night to lead the Osaka Evessa to a 98-93 win over the Toyama Grouses on Tuesday. Osaka (12-9) completed a two-game series sweep at Fumin Kyosai Super Arena, with ...

Dec 6, 2016

Evessa start fast, hold off Grouses

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The Osaka Evessa took an 18-point lead into the second quarter and held on for an 85-79 home win over the Toyama Grouses on Monday night in the B. League. Former University of Kentucky and NBA big man Josh Harrellson paced the Evessa (11-9) ...

SeaHorses glide past Evessa

Nov 24, 2016

SeaHorses glide past Evessa

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Powerful rebounding and strong 3-point shooting guided the SeaHorses Mikawa to a 104-78 home triumph over the Osaka Evessa on Thursday night. The West Division powerhouse pulled down 53 rebounds while limiting Osaka to 33. SeaHorses center Isaac Butts, who grabbed 18 boards, and ...

Evessa edge Kansai rival Lakestars

Nov 18, 2016

Evessa edge Kansai rival Lakestars

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The Osaka Evessa jumped out to a 12-point lead after the opening quarter and held on for a narrow victory over the Shiga Lakestars on Friday night. The Evessa’s 86-82 win at Sumiyoshi Sports Center in Osaka raised their season record to 8-7 in ...

Evessa whip Golden Kings in series opener

Nov 5, 2016

Evessa whip Golden Kings in series opener

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The Osaka Evessa pulled away from the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the second half on Saturday en route to a runaway victory over their former fierce bj-league rival. In the Evessa’s 96-57 triumph in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, big man Xavier Gibson, a Florida State ...

SeaHorses jump out to big lead, fend off Evessa comeback

Oct 15, 2016

SeaHorses jump out to big lead, fend off Evessa comeback

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The Osaka Evessa mounted a spirited comeback during Saturday’s series opener against the visiting SeaHorses Mikawa. But Evessa coach Dai Oketani’s squad fell short in the end, losing 76-69 at Fumin Kyosai Super Arena. Osaka (2-5) trailed 31-7 after the opening quarter and 46-25 ...

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

Oct 11, 2016

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

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Whenever he stepped on the court during 11 distinguished seasons as a special ambassador for Japan pro basketball, Cohey Aoki increased the visibility of the sport. Fans loved watching him play, and rightfully so. He displayed a pure joy for the game, but exhibited ...