Oct 26, 2014

Kyoto bounces back with victory over Ryukyu

by Ed Odeven

Shun Watanuki scored 20 points for the second day in a row, converting 8 of 10 shots from the field, and the Kyoto Hannaryz clamped down on the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings in the second quarter, holding them to seven points in the ...

Oct 17, 2014

Kyoto improves to 5-0; Akita routs Fukushima

by Ed Odeven

After three straight trips to the Final Four, the Kyoto Hannaryz are hungry to capture a title in coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s fourth season at the helm. Winning bj-league games keeps that focus in the spotlight, and the unbeaten Kyoto Hannaryz defeated the Bambitious Nara ...

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 ...

Ryukyu favored to win third title

| May 22, 2014

Ryukyu favored to win third title

by Ed Odeven

This season’s title chase features three teams that have won 40 or more games, and the winner will be crowned at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Kyoto Hannaryz, meanwhile, are the only one of the quartet returning to Tokyo for this season’s Final Four, ...

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

| May 15, 2014

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

by Ed Odeven

During the six seasons in which franchise cornerstones Jeff Newton and Anthony McHenry have teamed up to lead the Ryukyu Golden Kings to extraordinary success, the Okinawan powerhouse is the undisputed model franchise for the bj-league. Consider the following: 1. The Golden Kings are ...