Jan 18, 2015

Lakestars halt Phoenix's win streak at 15

by Ed Odeven

All streaks eventually come to an end. For the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, that reality came true on Sunday in an 89-84 home loss to the Shiga Lakestars. The Lakestars had 33 fourth-quarter points and held the Phoenix to 23 to secure a victory in ...

Jan 10, 2015

Lakestars triumph over Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

The Shiga Lakestars clicked on offense in their series opener against the Bambitious Nara on Saturday night. Jeff Parmer and Ryota Kobayashi both doled out six assists and four Lakestars scored in double figures in an 85-73 triumph over Nara in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. ...

| 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 ...

Jun 6, 2014

Fukushima Firebonds draft forwards Kanno, Masuko

by Ed Odeven

Building a team from scratch, is a step-by-step process. Each new player is a piece to the puzzle. The Fukushima Firebonds, an expansion team for the 2014-15 season, made forward Shota Kanno the No. 1 pick in Friday’s bj-league rookie draft. The 22-year-old forward ...