Ryukyu favored to win third title

| May 22, 2014

Ryukyu favored to win third title

by Ed Odeven

This season’s title chase features three teams that have won 40 or more games, and the winner will be crowned at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Kyoto Hannaryz, meanwhile, are the only one of the quartet returning to Tokyo for this season’s Final Four, ...

Toyama's Joho named league MVP

| May 1, 2014

Toyama's Joho named league MVP

by Ed Odeven

Shooting guard Masashi Joho and forward Ira Brown form a dynamic one-two punch for the Toyama Grouses, a partnership that has helped the Hokuriku-based team make significant improvements — notably a steady increase in wins — in each of their three seasons together. Here’s ...

Joho powers Grouses past Evessa

Mar 16, 2014

Joho powers Grouses past Evessa

by Ed Odeven

Masashi Joho’s arrival in Toyama before the start of the 2011-12 season was a clear sign that the Grouses had decided to raise the stakes for a franchise that had struggled to win games since its inception in 2006. Clearly, this signing signaled the ...

Mar 2, 2014

Streaking Grouses maintain momentum with win over Broncos

by Ed Odeven

Basketball fans are witnessing a classic dogfight in the bj-league’s Eastern Conference as the Akita Northern Happinets and Toyama Grouses vie for the regular-season conference crown. Both teams have 14 games left until the playoffs and are separated by one game in the victory ...

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

Jan 18, 2014

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

by Ed Odeven

Takeshi Mito scored a game-high 24 points and Ira Brown’s double-double helped propel the Toyama Grouses to a 68-52 home win on Saturday over the Shimane Susanoo Magic, who dropped their first game under new coach Reggie Hanson. Brown finished with 16 points, 12 ...