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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:

Jets throttle Levanga for eighth straight win

/ May 6, 2017

Jets throttle Levanga for eighth straight win

The Chiba Jets cruised past the Levanga Hokkaido on Saturday, producing a 77-60 triumph for their eighth consecutive victory. Over their past 10 games, the Jets are 9-1, the best current stretch in the 18-team top flight. And perhaps a strong finish to the regular season ...

Brave Thunders soar past Sunrockers in OT

/ May 5, 2017

Brave Thunders soar past Sunrockers in OT

The Kawasaki Brave Thunders' two-point halftime deficit increased to 12 entering the fourth quarter on Friday night. The Brave Thunders didn't panic against the Sunrockers Shibuya. They did the opposite, playing effective basketball in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime on Nick Fazekas' game-tying shot with 9 ...

Lack of draft impacting competitive balance

/ | May 4, 2017

Lack of draft impacting competitive balance

In an analysis stretching back to September, there have been a number of important accomplishments during the B. League's inaugural season. The league has witnessed the steady growth of coverage from traditional media outlets plus online platforms. And there's been the encouraging, ubiquitous presence on ...

NeoPhoenix bounce back against Albirex

/ Apr 30, 2017

NeoPhoenix bounce back against Albirex

Rebounding takes effort, hard work and determination. The San-en NeoPhoenix demonstrated this winning formula in a 73-69 victory over the Niigata Albirex BB on Sunday. The NeoPhoenix won the battle on the boards, outrebounding the hosts 50-44 in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture. Six San-en players had four or ...

Walters aims to inspire with coaching

| Apr 29, 2017

Walters aims to inspire with coaching

After his first year as an NBA Development League head coach, Rex Walters looked back on the experience with upbeat answers and enthusiasm for next season. The former Northwestern University, University of Kansas and NBA guard also reflected on the challenges of this new, interesting ...

Brave Thunders thrash B-Corsairs

/ Apr 28, 2017

Brave Thunders thrash B-Corsairs

For one quarter, the Yokohama B-Corsairs were in striking distance of the Kawasaki Brave Thunders. That changed quickly. The title-chasing Brave Thunders more than doubled their lead in the second quarter en route to a 92-63 series-opening victory at Todoroki Arena in Kawasaki on Friday night. MVP ...

Sunrockers rebound in style to sink listless Brave Thunders

/ Apr 23, 2017

Sunrockers rebound in style to sink listless Brave Thunders

After a lousy first quarter against the Kawasaki Brave Thunders on Saturday, Sunrockers Shibuya coach BT Toews challenged his players to elevate their game in the series finale. Veteran forward Kenta Hirose revealed later that Toews' message focused on one thing: "intensity." That intensity and lock-down ...