Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

Dec 21, 2014

Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

by Ed Odeven

Star guard Masashi Joho’s return to the Toyama Grouses lineup this weekend delivered what the team has come to expect during his tenure with the franchise: victories. Joho, the 2013-14 bj-league MVP, scored a game-high 20 points and made three steals in the Grouses’ ...

Iwate's Randall stays focused on winning

| Dec 1, 2014

Iwate's Randall stays focused on winning

by Ed Odeven

The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Scootie Randall of the Eastern Conference-leading Iwate Big Bulls is the subject of this week’s profile. Position: Forward Age: 24 Ht: 198 cm Wt: 102 kg Hometown: Philadelphia College: Temple University Noteworthy: Randall, ...

Nov 23, 2014

Big Bulls beat B-Corsairs to stretch win streak to 14

by Ed Odeven

What has defined the Iwate Big Bulls’ performance this season? Wins. Lots of wins. And what’s defined those wins? “I think we are the best ‘hustle’ team,” Iwate coach Dai Oketani told The Japan Times after the Big Bulls defeated the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs ...

Iwate crushes Tokyo, improves to 8-1

Nov 1, 2014

Iwate crushes Tokyo, improves to 8-1

by Ed Odeven

Nothing the Tokyo Cinq Reves did on Saturday could slow down the Iwate Big Bulls, and nothing could stop them from taking an insurmountable lead. The Big Bulls led by 15 points after one quarter, and then it was a 51-17 advantage at halftime. ...

Key questions entering 10th season

| Oct 2, 2014

Key questions entering 10th season

by Ed Odeven

Japan’s first men’s pro basketball circuit tips off its 10th season with 10 games on Saturday. Now with a new title sponsor on board, the Turkish Airlines bj-league will have one franchise making its regular-season debut on the same day. The Fukushima Firebonds play ...

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, ...