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 ...

Feb 22, 2014

Fukuoka routs Osaka, keeps playoff hopes alive

by Ed Odeven

The Rizing Fukuoka used a simple formula for success on Saturday: Outscore the Osaka Evessa in all four quarters. It worked. Led by Seth Tarver’s team-high 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting, Fukuoka blasted Osaka, winning 90-67 and moving within three games of a .500 ...

Dec 14, 2013

Ryukyu triumphs over Osaka in overtime

by Ed Odeven

The shots weren’t falling and their overall game was not a thing of beauty, not a well-choreographed artistic production. Didn’t matter. The Ryukyu Golden Kings found a way to win. They edged the host Osaka Evessa 79-77 in overtime on Saturday, running their winning ...

Nov 22, 2013

Takamatsu outlasts Osaka in OT

by Ed Odeven

Dexter Lyons scored a game-high 35 points and four teammates reached double figures in points in a 101-95 overtime victory over the visiting Takamatsu Five Arrows on Friday night. Lyons, who buried 5 of 10 3-pointers, sank 12 of 15 shots from the free-throw ...

Hannaryz pile more misery on Evessa

Nov 17, 2013

Hannaryz pile more misery on Evessa

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa’s roller-coaster season has had two extremes: a long winning streak and a long losing streak. First-year Osaka head coach Shunsuke Todo’s team suffered its sixth straight defeat on Sunday, losing 82-72 to the host Kyoto Hannaryz. Former Evessa star David Palmer ...

Popular Goya nearing return

Nov 7, 2013

Popular Goya nearing return

by Ed Odeven

Guard Takanori Goya is one of the bj-league’s most well-known players, even though his career has been saddled by injuries. The 30-year-old native of Okinawa was selected No.1 by the Toyama Grouses in the 2006 bj-league draft, and has suited up for the Grouses ...