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 ...

Jan 24, 2014

Former NBA forward Andre Brown joins Sendai 89ers

by Ed Odeven

Andre Brown’s professional basketball career can be best described as a global odyssey. The 32-year-old power forward’s latest stop brought him to Tohoku to play for the Sendai 89ers, who released James Hughes earlier this week to make room for Brown on the roster. ...

Jan 19, 2014

Akita rolls to ninth straight victory

by Ed Odeven

The All-Star spotlight will shine on Akita next Sunday. On Sunday, the Akita Northern Happinets also made sure there were plenty of highlights to talk about in the buildup to the bj-league’s eighth annual All-Star Game. Mission accomplished. There was sharpshooter Shigehiro Taguchi knocking ...

Dec 9, 2013

Resurgent 89ers rout Wat's

by Ed Odeven

Things are starting to fall into place for the Sendai 89ers. After missing five straight games, center Dzaflo Larkai returned from a knee injury on Nov. 30. And since then, the 89ers have quietly continued their climb in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Sendai ...