Nov 7, 2014

Hot-shooting Akita pounds struggling Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Deshawn Stephens scored a team-high 24 points on 9-for-11 shooting and five teammates reached double figures as the Akita Northern Happinets rolled to a 116-86 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. Akita (9-2 overall, 6-1 on the road) led 33-15 after ...

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

Jul 4, 2014

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

by Ed Odeven

Veteran guard Akitomo Takeno, a perimeter marksman with an explosive first step, has left the Rizing Fukuoka and OK’d a contractual agreement to play for the Akita Northern Happinets for the 2014-15 season. The Happinets, last season’s championship runnerup team, announced the deal on ...

May 16, 2014

Kanazawa to coach NBDL's Yamagata team

by Ed Odeven

The well-traveled Atsushi Kanazawa will lead the Passlab Yamagata Wyverns in the NBDL, the JBL2′s successor, next season, it was announced on Thursday. “It is a great honor to be in charge of a new team,” Kanazawa was quoted as saying in published reports. ...

Rizing Fukuoka president suspected of embezzlement

Apr 15, 2014

Rizing Fukuoka president suspected of embezzlement

by Ed Odeven and Kaz Nagatsuka

Rizing Fukuoka president Go Takenaka was arrested by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday along with three current employees of First-Consul, a Tokyo-based consulting company, and a former company employee on suspicion of embezzling ¥380 million. The alleged illegal activities took place in July and ...

Ryukyu outlasts West rival Fukuoka in OT

Mar 14, 2014

Ryukyu outlasts West rival Fukuoka in OT

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings ended the Rizing Fukuoka’s five-game winning streak on Friday, handing the hosts an 80-74 defeat in overtime. Sixth man extraordinaire Draelon Burns scored a game-high 31 points for the Golden Kings, draining 11 of 14 free throws. Reigning bj-league MVP ...

Mar 13, 2014

Fukuoka wins fifth straight

by Ed Odeven

The Rizing Fukuoka rolled to their fifth consecutive win on Thursday night, beating Western Conference-leading Ryukyu Golden Kings 74-64 in the bj-league series opener. A strong fourth quarter (Fukuoka outscored Ryukyu 27-16) and opportunistic defense (13 steals) fueled the victory for coach James Duncan’s ...

Gunma thumps Nara in series opener

Mar 7, 2014

Gunma thumps Nara in series opener

by Ed Odeven

Friday’s series opener against the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders started off well, but finished poorly for the Bambitious Nara. Nara, a first-year bj-league franchise, led 22-10 entering the second quarter. Gunma controlled the action in the second half en route to an 84-67 victory. ...

Mar 6, 2014

Warren, Aoki carry Fukuoka past Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

With center Julius Ashby serving a one-game suspension stemming from a tussle with Oita HeatDevils big man Devonne Giles last Saturday, Rizing Fukuoka could have been short-handed in the frontcourt on Thursday night. Macho forward Reggie Warren refused to let that happen. Warren provided ...