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 ...

Nov 23, 2013

Ryukyu rolls on all cylinders against Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings boosted their championship hopes by signing Draelon Burns earlier this month, and the DePaul University product has made a seamless transition to the Western Conference powerhouse. Coming off the bench, Burns scored 11 points and dished out eight assists on ...

Shimane's Davis stands tall in Game 1 win over Hamamatsu

May 4, 2013

Shimane's Davis stands tall in Game 1 win over Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

Shimane center Jeral Davis dominated defensively in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series, helping the Susanoo Magic rout the visiting Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 80-67 on Friday afternoon. Davis, who was named to the 2012-13 Best Five team earlier this week, swatted ...

Burns energizes triumphant B-Corsairs in return

Mar 20, 2013

Burns energizes triumphant B-Corsairs in return

by Ed Odeven

All-Star guard Draelon Burns played a game for the first time in nearly a month, and made an impressive all-around impact. Burns had 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, a season-high five steals and a blocked shot in the B-Corsairs’ 81-67 victory over the ...