Apr 26, 2014

Hot-shooting Osaka routs Shimane

by Ed Odeven

They started the season with six straight wins, followed by eight consecutive defeats. And they lost four of their last six contests entering Saturday’s series opener against the Western Conference’s cellar-dwelling Shimane Susanoo Magic. So what happened for the Osaka Evessa? Seven Evessa players ...

Nakama set to retire

Apr 19, 2014

Nakama set to retire

by Ed Odeven

Never a superstar, but always a hard-working, team-first player, shooting guard Jumpei Nakama has enjoyed popularity and the respect of his peers since the bj-league’s inception in 2005. He’s been a fan favorite throughout the country as the league has grown nonstop for nearly ...

Mar 21, 2014

Oita earns comprehensive victory over Shimane

by Ed Odeven

Seeking a return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 bj-league season, the Oita HeatDevils delivered a strong effort against the visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic on Friday night. In an 89-75 win, the HeatDevils dominated in the rebounding department (51-26), forced ...

Ryukyu books spot in playoffs for sixth straight season

Mar 2, 2014

Ryukyu books spot in playoffs for sixth straight season

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings clinched their sixth consecutive playoff berth on Saturday, beating the host Shimane Susanoo Magic 79-64. Anthony McHenry, the reigning regular-season MVP, set the tone for Ryukyu (30-5) with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals. The ...

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

Jan 18, 2014

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

by Ed Odeven

Takeshi Mito scored a game-high 24 points and Ira Brown’s double-double helped propel the Toyama Grouses to a 68-52 home win on Saturday over the Shimane Susanoo Magic, who dropped their first game under new coach Reggie Hanson. Brown finished with 16 points, 12 ...

Jan 10, 2014

Fukuoka sweeps lowly Shimane

by Ed Odeven

Reggie Warren scored a game-high 23 points and added 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked to lead the Rizing Fukuoka to a 91-82 victory and a series sweep over the visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic on Friday night. The Rizing (11-15) trailed ...

Jan 2, 2014

Big Bulls open 2014 by dominating Magic

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls ushered in the new year with a thorough throttling of the host Shimane Susanoo Magic, winning 86-71 on Thursday afternoon. Iwate took a 27-10 advantage into the second quarter and held a comfortable lead during the remainder of the game, ...

Nov 18, 2013

Kennedy set to join NBL's Jets

by Ed Odeven

Forward Thomas Kennedy left one struggling bj-league team last week and is getting ready to join another struggling squad, this time in the NBL, The Japan Times has learned. A longtime Japan basketball insider on Monday informed this newspaper that Kennedy is poised to ...

Kennedy rips Shimane management following release

Nov 15, 2013

Kennedy rips Shimane management following release

by Ed Odeven

The Shimane Susanoo Magic, who reached the playoffs in each of their first three seasons, have dropped nine of their first 10 games under new coach Vlasios Vlaikidis. On Tuesday, leading scorer Thomas Kennedy was released despite averaging 17.1 points per game, which places ...