Feb 28, 2015

Hamamatsu triumphs over Osaka in OT

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix outlasted the Osaka Evessa on Saturday night, winning 80-76. The Phoenix (31-6) are in a three-way tie for first place in the bj-league’s 10-team Western Conference along with the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings and Kyoto Hannaryz. Hamamatsu forced 24 ...

Feb 14, 2015

Evessa take down Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

The one-two punch of Takuya Soma and Josh Dollard sparked the Osaka Evessa to an 86-76 victory over the visiting Bambitious Nara on Saturday. Soma sank four 3-pointers in a 22-point effort and Dollard finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two ...

Aug 22, 2014

Evessa sign forwards Hamilton, Tarver

by Ed Odeven

Veteran forward Gary Hamilton, an accomplished rebounder and frontcourt leader for the Shiga Lakestars and Rizing Fukuoka in past bj-league seasons, is returning to Japan. The University of Miami (Florida) product has finalized a deal to play for the Osaka Evessa this season, the ...

May 3, 2014

Osaka overpowers Shiga in second half, triumphs in Game 1

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa held the Shiga Lakestars to 19-for-60 shooting, seized control of the game in the third quarter and made a winner of Evessa coach Shunsuke Todo in his bj-league playoff debut. Osaka’s 77-54 victory in Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, included this attention-grabbing statistic: ...

Apr 26, 2014

Hot-shooting Osaka routs Shimane

by Ed Odeven

They started the season with six straight wins, followed by eight consecutive defeats. And they lost four of their last six contests entering Saturday’s series opener against the Western Conference’s cellar-dwelling Shimane Susanoo Magic. So what happened for the Osaka Evessa? Seven Evessa players ...

Apr 11, 2014

Takamatsu edges Osaka in series opener

by Ed Odeven

While playing in their 47th regular-season game on Friday night in Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, two bj-league teams shared several other similarities. Until the final second of the 40-minute game. In a game tied after both the first and second quarter, the Takamatsu Five Arrows ...

Joho powers Grouses past Evessa

Mar 16, 2014

Joho powers Grouses past Evessa

by Ed Odeven

Masashi Joho’s arrival in Toyama before the start of the 2011-12 season was a clear sign that the Grouses had decided to raise the stakes for a franchise that had struggled to win games since its inception in 2006. Clearly, this signing signaled the ...