Akita dominates second half, rolls to 12th straight win

Jan 11, 2015

Akita dominates second half, rolls to 12th straight win

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets erupted for 62 second-half points against the Saitama Broncos on Sunday. They turned a seven-point halftime deficit into an afterthought, clobbering the Broncos 102-87 for their 12th straight victory. Eastern Conference-leading Akita (24-4 overall, 15-1 on the road) dropped two ...

Jan 4, 2015

Broncos finally claim first win of season

by Ed Odeven

The Saitama Broncos finally found a way to chalk up a victory on Sunday. A methodical 101-87 win over the Oita HeatDevils ended Saitama’s season-long losing streak. The Broncos (1-23) topped the century mark in points for the first time this season. And they ...

Dec 14, 2014

89ers punish sloppy Broncos

by Ed Odeven

There were several stretches of Sunday’s Saitama Broncos-Sendai 89ers game when the home squad’s defense was in complete disarray. Sendai players were left wide open on the perimeter or underneath the basket, and when a Broncos defender appeared, it often happened too late. As ...

Nov 7, 2014

Hot-shooting Akita pounds struggling Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Deshawn Stephens scored a team-high 24 points on 9-for-11 shooting and five teammates reached double figures as the Akita Northern Happinets rolled to a 116-86 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. Akita (9-2 overall, 6-1 on the road) led 33-15 after ...

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

Oct 19, 2014

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Toyama Grouses have traveled to Kanto twice over the past eight days to face Tokyo-area teams. Maybe the expression “home sweet home” should be altered for Toyama’s sake — with the current emphasis on road trips. Coach Bob Nash’s club swept the Tokyo ...

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

Oct 5, 2014

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

by Ed Odeven

Yuji Ide emerged as a team catalyst for the Tokyo Cinq Reves last season. He averaged 15.0 points per game and was named the bj-league’s Most Improved Player award for the 2013-14 season, his second in the league, though he played only 54 total ...

Key questions entering 10th season

| Oct 2, 2014

Key questions entering 10th season

by Ed Odeven

Japan’s first men’s pro basketball circuit tips off its 10th season with 10 games on Saturday. Now with a new title sponsor on board, the Turkish Airlines bj-league will have one franchise making its regular-season debut on the same day. The Fukushima Firebonds play ...

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

| May 29, 2014

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

by Ed Odeven

What made the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable championship season even more startling was the team’s cohesiveness and singular focus. It started in training camp and lasted until the final second ticked off the clock at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Golden Kings’ strictly business ...