Jun 27, 2014

Upcoming bj-league season set for Oct. 4 start

by Ed Odeven

The 2014-15 bj-league season, the league’s 10th, is set to tip off on Oct. 4. Each of the league’s 22 teams, including the expansion Fukushima Firebonds, will play regular-season 52 games, according to a news release issued on Thursday. With the addition of Fukushima, ...

Apr 19, 2014

Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls have won 20 of 26 home games and have a rock-solid 17-6 road mark. That’s currently good for third place in the bj-league’s ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, which has four 30-plus win teams, twice as many as the Western Conference. The ...

Apr 6, 2014

Iwate edges Akita again, extends win streak to six

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls improved to 3-1 against the Akita Northern Happinets, winning back-to-back weekend games by three points apiece. On Sunday, Iwate handed the hosts an 81-78 defeat, stretching its winning streak to six games. The Big Bulls improved to 34-12. The Happinets ...

Big Bull Peppers proud to be underdog

| Apr 2, 2014

Big Bull Peppers proud to be underdog

by Ed Odeven

The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Josh Peppers of the Iwate Big Bulls is the subject of this week’s profile. Position: Forward Age: 28 Ht: 200 cm Wt: 92 kg Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee College: Central Florida Noteworthy: Since 2007, ...

Feb 1, 2014

Pomare, Iwate sail past Ryukyu in OT

by Ed Odeven

Gyno Pomare delivered a splendid performance for the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday evening. His team needed every ounce of energy he provided, every statistic in the box score, too. When it was over, Pomare had 33 points, 21 rebounds and two blocked shots ...

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, ...