Dec 13, 2015

89ers snap Phoenix's winning run at 11

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The Sendai 89ers ended the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s 11-game winning streak on Saturday night, defeating the defending champions 75-64. Former Phoenix star Wendell White had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Sendai (16-5), and Jamal Boykin chipped in with 19 points and five steals. ...

Dec 4, 2015

Mavunga lifts Shiga past Tokyo

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Power forward Julian Mavunga had 36 points and 14 rebounds and Masahiro Kano made six steals to propel the Shiga Lakestars to a 73-63 victory over the Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night in the bj-league. Shiga (12-5) outscored the hosts 44-29 in the ...

Dec 4, 2015

Hannaryz forward Owens done for season

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Kyoto Hannaryz forward Larry Owens is out with a season-ending knee injury, the bj-league club announced on Friday. Owens, a former NBA player, sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the third quarter against the Rizing Fukuoka on Sunday. His ...

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

| Nov 19, 2015

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

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After being shown the door following just 12 games with the Shiga Lakestars, 2014-15 regular-season MVP Kejuan Johnson reflected on the team’s decision. Johnson insisted that he’s been made “the scapegoat” for the Lakestars’ inconsistent play. Coming off their first Final Four appearance since ...

Oct 25, 2015

White leads 89ers to narrow win over Firebonds

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Veteran forward Wendell White had 41 points and 10 rebounds as the Sendai 89ers edged the Fukushima Firebonds 97-95 in Saturday’s series opener. White sank five 3-pointers and 10 of 13 shots from the free-throw line in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, helping the 89ers improve ...

Vets help get Sendai off to quick start

| Oct 22, 2015

Vets help get Sendai off to quick start

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The Sendai 89ers have relied on the stellar contributions of several players en route to six straight wins to open the new season. Credit longtime point guard Takehiko Shimura and irreplaceable forward Wendell White along with several newcomers for setting the tone. Third-year bench ...

Oct 11, 2015

89ers heap more misery on Cinq Reves

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The Sendai 89ers hammered the visiting Tokyo Cinq Reves on Saturday night, recording a 108-52 victory. The 89ers took a 28-14 lead into the second quarter and piled on the points as the game progressed. Tokyo, which lost 47 of 52 games last season, ...

Defending champ Hamamatsu signs Warren

| Aug 13, 2015

Defending champ Hamamatsu signs Warren

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Reggie Warren, one of the premier players in bj-league history, will suit up for the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix in the circuit’s final campaign. The Phoenix, who entered last season’s playoffs as the Western Conference’s No. 3 seed, made the announcement over the ...

Jul 7, 2015

All-Star Game slated for Jan. 24

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The bj-league’s 10th All-Star Game will be held at Sendai’s Xebio Arena on Jan. 24, 2016, it was announced on Tuesday. It will also be the final All-Star Game before the upstart circuit’s forced merger with NBL and NBDL teams, as orchestrated by the ...

Jun 5, 2015

Aoki named Yokohama B-Corsairs coach

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After two seasons as a Yokohama B-Corsairs assistant coach, Taketo Aoki has been promoted to bench boss, the bj-league squad announced on Friday. Aoki, 41, worked under ex-coach Michael Katsuhisa during the past two seasons. A Kanagawa Prefecture native, he retired as a player ...