Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

Oct 19, 2014

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Toyama Grouses have traveled to Kanto twice over the past eight days to face Tokyo-area teams. Maybe the expression “home sweet home” should be altered for Toyama’s sake — with the current emphasis on road trips. Coach Bob Nash’s club swept the Tokyo ...

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

Oct 5, 2014

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

by Ed Odeven

Yuji Ide emerged as a team catalyst for the Tokyo Cinq Reves last season. He averaged 15.0 points per game and was named the bj-league’s Most Improved Player award for the 2013-14 season, his second in the league, though he played only 54 total ...

Key questions entering 10th season

| Oct 2, 2014

Key questions entering 10th season

by Ed Odeven

Japan’s first men’s pro basketball circuit tips off its 10th season with 10 games on Saturday. Now with a new title sponsor on board, the Turkish Airlines bj-league will have one franchise making its regular-season debut on the same day. The Fukushima Firebonds play ...

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

| May 29, 2014

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

by Ed Odeven

What made the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable championship season even more startling was the team’s cohesiveness and singular focus. It started in training camp and lasted until the final second ticked off the clock at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Golden Kings’ strictly business ...

Mar 22, 2014

Northern Happinets breeze past Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Eastern Conference leaders put on an offensive clinic against cellar-dwelling Saitama on Saturday afternoon. The result? The Akita Northern Happinets defeated the Broncos 113-96 in Odate, Akita Prefecture. Not only did the Northern Happinets improve to 34-9, they also shot 67.3 percent (35-for-52) ...

Hustle, all-out effort propel Aomori past Saitama

Mar 8, 2014

Hustle, all-out effort propel Aomori past Saitama

by Ed Odeven

The Aomori Wat’s didn’t rely on gimmicks or flashy showmanship against the Saitama Broncos on Saturday night. That wasn’t necessary. The first-year franchise used balanced scoring and persistent defense in a methodical, 90-77 victory over the Broncos in the bj-league series opener. Aomori (18-19) ...

Jan 16, 2014

Nara completes first series sweep in franchise history

by Ed Odeven

The Bambitious Nara, a first-year bj-league franchise, have won back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history. For Nara coach Koto Toyama’s squad, Thursday’s 87-74 triumph over the visiting Saitama Broncos featured several key contributors. Rookie guard Tatsuya Suzuki had 20 points, drained ...

Jan 15, 2014

Ex-Gator Moss powers Nara past Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Big man Adrian Moss delivered a gutsy 20-point, 21-rebound performance to lead the Bambitious Nara to a 70-60 series-opening victory over the Saitama Broncos on Wednesday night. The 204-cm Moss, who starred on the 2006 NCAA Division I champion University of Florida Gators, led ...