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Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported on a wide range of sports from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Summer Games for this newspaper. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Odeven is a graduate of Arizona State University. He previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., reporting on high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic sports (Flagstaff is a major international Olympic training site due to its high elevation) and writing a weekly column. His articles have appeared in Venezuela Online News, The Gleaner (Jamaica), the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times, Swimming World Magazine and numerous other publications.

For Ed Odeven's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Alvark use early surge to put away Evessa

/ Dec 10, 2017

Alvark use early surge to put away Evessa

Osaka Evessa forward Shinnosuke Negoro canned a 3-pointer with 7:39 to play in the opening quarter on Sunday afternoon. Briefly, that put the Evessa ahead 5-4. What followed was a game-changing 12-0 run for the hosts. For large chunks of the match, the Alvark Tokyo controlled the ...

Brave Thunders avenge loss to rival SeaHorses

/ Dec 9, 2017

Brave Thunders avenge loss to rival SeaHorses

After a high-scoring loss on Friday night, the Kawasaki Brave Thunders regrouped and salvaged a series split the next day. Reigning B. League MVP Nick Fazekas scored 25 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made a game-high four steals in the Brave Thunders' 89-58 rout of ...

Golden Kings ease to victory over B-Corsairs

/ Dec 3, 2017

Golden Kings ease to victory over B-Corsairs

The Ryukyu Golden Kings put points on the board in a hurry on Sunday afternoon. Along the way, they made it look easy, too. Five Ryukyu players scored in double figures in a 74-55 victory over the Yokohama B-Corsairs as the Okinawan visitors completed a two-game ...

Alvark end SeaHorses' 16-game winning streak

/ Dec 2, 2017

Alvark end SeaHorses' 16-game winning streak

The SeaHorses Mikawa's epic winning streak is over. In a battle of title contenders, the Alvark Tokyo came through with key plays in the closing seconds to pull off a 77-74 win over the SeaHorses on Saturday afternoon in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture. The SeaHorses (16-2) lost ...

Tom Wisman moves to B-Corsairs as adviser

/ Dec 1, 2017

Tom Wisman moves to B-Corsairs as adviser

The Yokohama B-Corsairs this week hired veteran bench boss Tom Wisman as an adviser. The well-traveled Wisman guided the Tochigi Brex to a title in the B. League's inaugural season last May. The team didn't offer him a new contract, leaving the successful mentor of ...

Cumulative stats tell big part of story

/ | Nov 30, 2017

Cumulative stats tell big part of story

There are 12 categories of traditional team statistics that the B. League religiously charts and distributes to the media. Naturally, it begins with wins and losses. Points per game, opponent's ppg, field-goal shooting percentage, opponent's field-goal percentage, as well as 3-pointers, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and ...