Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

Mar 1, 2015

Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

Like teammate Cohey Aoki did in Saturday’s series opener, Rizing Fukuoka star Josh Peppers carried his team on the offensive end on Sunday afternoon. Peppers poured in 33 points (three more than Aoki had a day earlier) and added 19 points and 10 rebounds ...

'Helicopter' flies in for reunion with Bryant in Fukuoka

Jan 26, 2015

'Helicopter' flies in for reunion with Bryant in Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Veteran scoring standout John “Helicopter” Humphrey arrived in Fukuoka on Monday to join the bj-league’s Rizing Fukuoka, a league source told The Japan Times. The four-time bj-league season scoring champion (2005-06, 2006-07, 2012-13 and 2013-14) will reunite with Fukuoka coach Joe Bryant, his former ...

Jan 24, 2015

Takamatsu snaps 14-game losing streak

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows collected their first victory since Nov. 16 on Saturday, topping the visiting Rizing Fukuoka 88-86. Takamatsu (8-21) ended a 14-game slide in the bj-league. The Five Arrows had the game’s highest scoring quarter by either team in the final stanza ...

Ex-Apache coach Bryant hired to lead struggling Fukuoka

Dec 30, 2014

Ex-Apache coach Bryant hired to lead struggling Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache’s original head coach, will take over as the Rizing Fukuoka’s next bench boss, the bj-league club announced on Monday evening. Bryant is scheduled to return to the sideline for the Western Conference club’s next home series, Jan. 17-18, ...

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

Dec 23, 2014

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

by Ed Odeven

The Rizing Fukuoka, who gutted their roster of several prominent bj-league veterans in the offseason, made another big move on Monday. Head coach James Duncan was relieved of his duties a day after his team defeated the Saitama Broncos twice in their two-game series ...

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. ...