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 ...

May 16, 2014

Kanazawa to coach NBDL's Yamagata team

by Ed Odeven

The well-traveled Atsushi Kanazawa will lead the Passlab Yamagata Wyverns in the NBDL, the JBL2′s successor, next season, it was announced on Thursday. “It is a great honor to be in charge of a new team,” Kanazawa was quoted as saying in published reports. ...

Apr 11, 2014

Takamatsu edges Osaka in series opener

by Ed Odeven

While playing in their 47th regular-season game on Friday night in Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, two bj-league teams shared several other similarities. Until the final second of the 40-minute game. In a game tied after both the first and second quarter, the Takamatsu Five Arrows ...

Feb 16, 2014

Dixon leads by example as Hamamatsu edges Takamatsu

by Ed Odeven

This much is certain: Jermaine Dixon is the most important player on the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix roster. He leads the team in points, assists and steals. Furthermore, his athleticism and hunger to win, supported by a healthy swagger and basketball genes (his brother, Juan ...

Feb 2, 2014

Akita holds off Takamatsu for 11th consecutive victory

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets edged the Takamatsu Five Arrows on Sunday, winning 77-75 to record a two-game series sweep on the road. The Northern Happinets (28-4) extended their winning streak to 11 games. They sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, fueled by a high-powered ...

Jan 14, 2014

Golden Kings roll past Five Arrows at home

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have a superb home-court advantage in Okinawa. The team’s rabid, rowdy fans always make that possible, and are among the bj-league’s team attendance leaders season after season. A quality team to watch provides that motivation, too. Ryukyu rolled to its ...

Dec 31, 2013

Five Arrows end 2013 on high note

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows closed out 2013 with a positive finish: a 63-50 New Year’s Eve triumph over the Niigata Albirex BB. The Five Arrows outscored the visitors 19-3 in the second quarter to take a 28-15 advantage into halftime in Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture. ...

Nov 22, 2013

Takamatsu outlasts Osaka in OT

by Ed Odeven

Dexter Lyons scored a game-high 35 points and four teammates reached double figures in points in a 101-95 overtime victory over the visiting Takamatsu Five Arrows on Friday night. Lyons, who buried 5 of 10 3-pointers, sank 12 of 15 shots from the free-throw ...