Dec 14, 2014

89ers punish sloppy Broncos

by Ed Odeven

There were several stretches of Sunday’s Saitama Broncos-Sendai 89ers game when the home squad’s defense was in complete disarray. Sendai players were left wide open on the perimeter or underneath the basket, and when a Broncos defender appeared, it often happened too late. As ...

Nov 21, 2014

Shinshu signs post player Washington

by Ed Odeven

The Shinshu Brave Warriors on Friday filled a roster vacancy, signing forward/center DeVaughn Washington. The 25-year-old Washington played 10 games for the NBL’s Hyogo Storks to open the 2014-15 season. He averaged 10.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from the field. ...

Takamatsu making steady strides

| Nov 20, 2014

Takamatsu making steady strides

by Ed Odeven

Like the Osaka Evessa, their Western Conference rival, the Takamatsu Five Arrows did not push the panic button after struggling to string together back-to-back wins in early October. Smart decision. Coach Kenzo Maeda’s team has turned around its season, winning five of its past ...

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 ...

Apr 20, 2014

Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers

by Ed Odeven

The Shinshu Brave Warriors suffered a 16-point loss at home to open the weekend, yielding 101 points to the visiting Sendai 89ers. Coach Ryuji Kawai’s team regrouped in a big, bold way and pounded the 89ers on Sunday, winning 113-91. Patrick Sanders’ long-range shooting ...

Feb 14, 2014

Ide provides spark as Tokyo edges Gunma

by Ed Odeven

Yuji Ide canned four 3-point shots and scored a game-high 22 points and Ricky Woods and Edward Morris poured in 19 points apiece as the Tokyo Cinq Reves defeated the Gunma Crane Thunders 81-75 on Friday night. The Cinq Reves led 38-37 at halftime ...