Dec 14, 2013

Ryukyu triumphs over Osaka in overtime

by Ed Odeven

The shots weren’t falling and their overall game was not a thing of beauty, not a well-choreographed artistic production. Didn’t matter. The Ryukyu Golden Kings found a way to win. They edged the host Osaka Evessa 79-77 in overtime on Saturday, running their winning ...

Nov 22, 2013

Takamatsu outlasts Osaka in OT

by Ed Odeven

Dexter Lyons scored a game-high 35 points and four teammates reached double figures in points in a 101-95 overtime victory over the visiting Takamatsu Five Arrows on Friday night. Lyons, who buried 5 of 10 3-pointers, sank 12 of 15 shots from the free-throw ...

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 ...

Popular Goya nearing return

Nov 7, 2013

Popular Goya nearing return

by Ed Odeven

Guard Takanori Goya is one of the bj-league’s most well-known players, even though his career has been saddled by injuries. The 30-year-old native of Okinawa was selected No.1 by the Toyama Grouses in the 2006 bj-league draft, and has suited up for the Grouses ...

Cartwright won't return to Osaka Evessa

Jun 30, 2013

Cartwright won't return to Osaka Evessa

by Ed Odeven

Former Chicago Bulls head coach Bill Cartwright has parted ways with the Osaka Evessa, the bj-league team he resurrected after an awful start last season. In a news release posted on its website at midnight on Saturday, the Evessa announced that Cartwright’s tenure as ...

Basketball providing quality diversion in Miyagi Prefecture

Mar 27, 2013

Basketball providing quality diversion in Miyagi Prefecture

by Ed Odeven

Taking a look back at an action-packed Sunday in the bj-league. News, notes and observations… *On Sunday morning, I briefly conversed with a middle-aged train engineer at Sendai Station while en route to Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, for the Sendai 89ers-Osaka Evessa series finale. The ...