Apr 24, 2015

Takamatsu torches Fukuoka in series opener

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows shot a sizzling 57.9 percent from 3-point range and Dexter Lyons flirted with a triple-double in a 102-86 victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. Justin Watts paced the Five Arrows (17-34) with 23 points, including 3-for-4 from beyond ...

Apr 3, 2015

Ryukyu whips West rival Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Kibwe Trim notched a double-double and five teammates scored in double figures as the Ryukyu Golden Kings steamrolled the host Rizing Fukuoka 108-79 in their bj-league series opener on Friday. Reigning champion Ryukyu (38-9 overall, 18-5 on the road) led 60-45 at halftime, then ...

Mar 6, 2015

Fukuoka comeback falls short against Shiga

by Ed Odeven

A slow start spelled trouble for the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. The end result? A 95-85 loss to the Shiga Lakestars, who earned a two-game sweep in the bj-league series. The Rizing trailed 27-15 after the opening quarter and 51-33 at halftime. They ...

Mar 5, 2015

Hot 3-point shooting carries Shiga past Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Led by a trio of 3-point shooting specialists, the visiting Shiga Lakestars halted the Rizing Fukuoka’s three-game winning streak on Thursday night, winning the bj-league series opener 95-93. Shiga’s Ray Nixon, a University of Wisconsin product, buried 8 of 13 long-range shots en route ...

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, ...