Oct 12, 2013

Defending champion Yokohama drops opener to Shinshu

by Ed Odeven

The Yokohama B-Corsairs have a new head coach (Michael Katsuhisa) and a vastly different lineup than the one the team had when it won the bj-league title in May as a second-year franchise. And the B-Corsairs are now 0-1 after dropping their season opener, ...

Sep 6, 2013

Akita releases star guard Burns

by Ed Odeven

Star guard Draelon Burns sustained an eye injury playing pickup basketball in late August in Milwaukee, and his plans to play for the Akita Northern Happinets have been derailed. The bj-league team announced on Thursday it has voided his contract after an eye doctor ...

Jul 26, 2013

Fukuoka hires Tuck

by Ed Odeven

Former Chinese Basketball Association star Mack Tuck has been hired as the Rizing Fukuoka’s new head coach, a source close to the situation confirmed Friday morning. The team made an announcement later in the day. “It’s a great honor for me to be named ...

Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach

Jul 20, 2013

Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach

by Ed Odeven

A familiar face will be on the sideline for the Yokohama B-Corsairs next season. Multiple league insiders have told The Japan Times that Michael Katsuhisa will be named the second coach in team history. Katsuhisa served as assistant coach under Reggie Geary during the ...

Yokohama captures first-ever bj-league title

May 20, 2013

Yokohama captures first-ever bj-league title

by Ed Odeven

One team’s quest for a first title has ended. The other team’s fight will continue next season. The Yokohama B-Corsairs outplayed the Rizing Fukuoka in Sunday’s bj-league championship game, controlling the tempo for larger stretches and making enough timely baskets to fill an instructional ...

Captain Kabaya picks up MVP award

May 20, 2013

Captain Kabaya picks up MVP award

by Ed Odeven

Masayuki Kabaya, the Yokohama B-Corsairs captain, knocked down five 3-pointers — all five attempts — in a mesmerizing 35-point performance that had fans from both teams dropping their jaws in astonishment. Kabaya was named the playoff MVP after helping Yokohama capture its first championship, ...

Burns heroics give B-Corsairs shot at championship

May 19, 2013

Burns heroics give B-Corsairs shot at championship

by Ed Odeven

Unbelievable energy. Splendid self confidence. Never-wavering faith in his abilities or his teammates. Those are ingredients to success for Draelon Burns, the Yokohama B-Corsairs’ super substitute. Burns buried a remarkable three buzzer-beating shots to close out the three final quarters, and his team needed ...