Oct 7, 2014

Fukushima Firebonds sign Jones to bolster backcourt

by Ed Odeven

The Fukushima Firebonds have signed guard Verdell Jones III, bj-league sources have told The Japan Times. The Indiana University product is currently waiting for his visa paperwork to be processed. The expansion Firebonds went 1-1 in the first weekend of the regular season, edging ...

Jun 6, 2014

Fukushima Firebonds draft forwards Kanno, Masuko

by Ed Odeven

Building a team from scratch, is a step-by-step process. Each new player is a piece to the puzzle. The Fukushima Firebonds, an expansion team for the 2014-15 season, made forward Shota Kanno the No. 1 pick in Friday’s bj-league rookie draft. The 22-year-old forward ...

Apr 3, 2014

Nara bounces back against Oita

by Ed Odeven

Four Bambitious Nara players sank two 3-pointers apiece and coach Koto Toyama’s club made it difficult for the Oita HeatDevils to score in bunches, salvaging a series split against the hosts on Thursday night. Nara’s 82-64 triumph featured Joe Chapman’s 18 points and Jamar ...

Apr 2, 2014

HeatDevils run away from Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

A strong third-quarter performance fueled the Oita HeatDevils’ 97-88 victory over the visiting Bambitious Nara on Thursday. Trailing 51-47 at halftime, Oita outscored Nara 26-12 in the third quarter to take a 10-point advantage into the final period. Devonne Giles led the HeatDevils (20-25) ...

Mar 21, 2014

Oita earns comprehensive victory over Shimane

by Ed Odeven

Seeking a return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 bj-league season, the Oita HeatDevils delivered a strong effort against the visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic on Friday night. In an 89-75 win, the HeatDevils dominated in the rebounding department (51-26), forced ...

Feb 28, 2014

Fukuoka heaps more misery on Oita

by Ed Odeven

The free-falling Oita HeatDevils and Rizing Fukuoka have been heading in opposite directions. The Rizing’s 69-64 victory Friday over the HeatDevils in Hita, Oita Prefecture, gave them six victories in their past 10 games. And now the Rizing (17-20) occupy the fifth of six ...

Jan 5, 2014

Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz

by Ed Odeven

Taishiro Shimizu owns a well-recognized name wherever he travels around the bj-league. After all, the popular guard has played in the upstart circuit since its inception in 2005. After productive stints with the Saitama Broncos (2005-10) and his hometown Miyazaki Shining Suns (2010-12), one ...

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 ...

Mar 11, 2013

Jones shines as HeatDevils upset B-Corsairs

by Jack Gallagher

Verdell Jones III scored a game-high 21 points as the struggling Oita HeatDevils scored a surprise 73-67 victory over the powerhouse Yokohama B-Corsairs at Yokohama International Pool on Sunday afternoon. Taishiro Shimizu added 17 points for Oita, which improved to 13-27 with the win. ...