Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

Oct 11, 2016

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

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Whenever he stepped on the court during 11 distinguished seasons as a special ambassador for Japan pro basketball, Cohey Aoki increased the visibility of the sport. Fans loved watching him play, and rightfully so. He displayed a pure joy for the game, but exhibited ...

Mar 18, 2016

Hiroshima loses 33rd straight game

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The Hiroshima Lightning’s rapid-fire 3-point shooting failed to product the desire result on Friday. The visiting Osaka Evessa dominated on the boards and handed the Lightning a 99-81 defeat, the team’s 33rd straight loss. Hiroshima (1-38) made 16 of 41 3s in the bj-league ...

Feb 19, 2016

Blackledge sparks Osaka in rout of Fukuoka

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Lawrence “Trend” Blackledge put his stamp on Friday’s game against the Rizing Fukuoka. The talented forward’s all-around effort — 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals — helped steer the Evessa to an 89-68 triumph, and the hosts extended ...

Feb 18, 2016

Osaka clamps down on Fukuoka

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The Osaka Evessa’s defense pressured the visiting Rizing Fukuoka throughout Thursday’s series opener. That effort and energy paid off for the hosts. Osaka earned an 89-70 victory and forced 23 turnovers. The Evessa (24-11) won their third straight game and picked up their seventh ...

Feb 13, 2016

Johnson sparks Kyoto in rout of Fukuoka

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Tyren Johnson, who made his debut with the Kyoto Hannaryz a few days before Christmas, delivered an all-around performance that helped carry the Western Conference leaders to a 71-58 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Saturday. Johnson, a 2012 NBA Development League All-Star ...

League blows chance to honor Aoki

| Jan 23, 2016

League blows chance to honor Aoki

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It’s absolutely ridiculous that the most popular player in bj-league history is not going to play in the circuit’s 10th and final All-Star Game. But it’s not surprising. Really, it isn’t. The bj-league has often failed to do things logically. And it’s often failed ...

Sharpshooter Aoki leads Rizing past Bambitious

Oct 26, 2015

Sharpshooter Aoki leads Rizing past Bambitious

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Old reliable Cohey Aoki remains one of the few constants in an ever-changing Japan basketball landscape. Season after season, Aoki knocks down big shots at crucial moments of countless contests. What’s more, his free-throw shooting accuracy (around 90 percent since the bj-league’s launch in ...

Oct 16, 2015

Lakestars roll past Rizing

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The Shiga Lakestars relied on a standout trio to ignite them to a series-opening 77-61 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday. Shiga’s Kejuan Johnson, the league’s reigning MVP who suited up for the Sendai 89ers last season, scored a game-high 24 points, ...