Surging Shimane beats Aomori

Dec 14, 2015

Surging Shimane beats Aomori

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Quietly, the Shimane Susanoo Magic have put together an impressive winning streak that’s been overshadowed by other successful teams this season. The streak reached 10 games with Shimane’s 78-59 victory over the host Aomori Wat’s on Sunday While Western Conference rivals Kyoto Hannaryz and ...

Defense paying dividends in West

| Dec 3, 2015

Defense paying dividends in West

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Tenacity and rock-solid fundamentals fuel top defenses. What else makes them click? An intense desire to limit foes’ scoring chances and high-percentage shots and keeping their point totals down, too. With about one-third of the season in the books, several teams have emerged as ...

Nov 20, 2015

Shimane trounces Hiroshima in series opener

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The expansion Hiroshima Lightning faced a 24-point deficit after 10 minutes on Friday night, and never recovered. The visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic routed the Lightning 115-62 in the series opener in Hiroshima. Shimane (9-6) controlled the boards from start to finish, out-rebounding the hosts ...

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

Jul 24, 2015

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

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The Rizing Fukuoka on Thursday handed the coaching reins to Tomohiro Moriyama, who steered the Shimane Susanoo Magic to the playoffs after a disastrous start last season. The 31-year-old Moriyama replaces veteran mentor Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache’s original bench boss, on the ...

| Jun 4, 2015

Disgraceful treatment of coaches must end

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Now, more than ever, the coaching profession is on impossibly shaky ground in the bj-league. Job security is, well, only a theory. Already this offseason, 12 head coaches from the 22 teams who competed in the 2014-15 season have parted ways with their clubs. ...

| Jun 2, 2015

Nakamura takes reins in Niigata

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Kazuo Nakamura on Tuesday was named the Niigata Albirex BB’s new head coach. He last coached a bj-league team for the 2013-14 season, when his Akita Northern Happinets went 40-12 and earned a championship runnerup finish. Nakamura ran the show in Akita for three ...