Jul 25, 2014

Veteran guard Murry joins Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

Nile Murry, a dependable backcourt leader for four bj-league franchises, has joined his fifth club in the fledgling circuit. The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix on Thursday announced Murry had finalized a contract with the club for the 2014-15 season. The 193-cm Murry spent the past ...

May 10, 2014

Ryukyu thrashes Hamamatsu in Game 1

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings resembled a demolition crew on Saturday afternoon. Their target? Every phase of the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s game plan. The top-seeded Golden Kings recorded a 79-49 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series in Okinawa City. Ryukyu, which ...

Apr 12, 2014

Golden Kings take down Phoenix

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings’ high-powered offense was rolling on all cylinders on Saturday night. There was Draelon Burns scoring a game-high 30 points, teammate Naoto Kosuge draining 5 of 10 3-pointers and Narito Namizato dishing out seven assists. The result? The Golden Kings beat ...

Mar 15, 2014

Kyoto mauls Hamamatsu in showdown of West rivals

by Ed Odeven

The Saturday showdown between the Western Conference’s second- and third-place teams turned into a rout. Six Kyoto Hannaryz players scored in double figures and the visitors routed the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 101-73. The Phoenix (27-16) trailed 45-32 after two quarters, and never recovered. Kyoto ...

Gunma thumps Nara in series opener

Mar 7, 2014

Gunma thumps Nara in series opener

by Ed Odeven

Friday’s series opener against the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders started off well, but finished poorly for the Bambitious Nara. Nara, a first-year bj-league franchise, led 22-10 entering the second quarter. Gunma controlled the action in the second half en route to an 84-67 victory. ...

Mar 6, 2014

Warren, Aoki carry Fukuoka past Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

With center Julius Ashby serving a one-game suspension stemming from a tussle with Oita HeatDevils big man Devonne Giles last Saturday, Rizing Fukuoka could have been short-handed in the frontcourt on Thursday night. Macho forward Reggie Warren refused to let that happen. Warren provided ...

Feb 16, 2014

Dixon leads by example as Hamamatsu edges Takamatsu

by Ed Odeven

This much is certain: Jermaine Dixon is the most important player on the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix roster. He leads the team in points, assists and steals. Furthermore, his athleticism and hunger to win, supported by a healthy swagger and basketball genes (his brother, Juan ...

Jan 17, 2014

Hamamatsu beats Tokyo for fifth straight win

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix are hitting their stride as the second half of the season begins. Coach Tomoya Higashino’s squad extended its winning streak to five games on Friday, beating the host Tokyo Cinq Reves 75-69. Fueled by high-energy veterans and all-around depth, the ...

Oguchi sparks Phoenix against ex-coach Kawai, Brave Warriors

Dec 22, 2013

Oguchi sparks Phoenix against ex-coach Kawai, Brave Warriors

by Ed Odeven

When the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix captured their first of back-to-back bj-league championships in May 2010, Masahiro Oguchi played a pivotal role in making that happen. Oguchi’s 35-points, including 10-for-14 on 3-point shots, in the Eastern Conference final, the next-to-last game of that championship journey, ...

Dec 13, 2013

Hamamatsu ekes out road win over Oita

by Ed Odeven

Four fewer turnovers and five more 3-pointers helped seal the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s 71-65 road victory for the Oita HeatDevils on Friday night. Jermaine Dixon led the Phoenix (11-8) with 17 points and shared the team lead in assists (four) with Masahiro Oguchi. Deshawn ...