Basketball / BJ-League Apr 10, 2016

Aomori surges late to defeat rival Fukushima

by Ed Odeven

The growing rivalry between the Aomori Wat's and Fukushima Firebonds reached another level over the weekend, when fourth-quarter offensive fireworks intensified in both games. In the series finale on Sunday, Aomori used a 30-point fourth quarter to close out a hard-fought 84-79 home win over ...

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

Basketball / BJ-League | HOOP SCOOP Mar 12, 2016

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

by Ed Odeven

Men's pro basketball has thrived in Tohoku during the slow, difficult recovery from the March 11 disasters. Five years later, the sport has established a strong foothold and a tradition, laying the foundation for the future. A quick glance at the bj-league's Eastern Conference standings will ...

Basketball / BJ-League Jan 2, 2016

Soma sparks Osaka in rout of Niigata

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa didn't shy away from feeding the ball to Takuya Soma on the perimeter on Saturday. Smart move. The 24-year-old swingman sank 9 of 16 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points, leading the Evessa to an 85-64 victory over the Niigata Albirex BB. Lawrence ...

Surging Shimane beats Aomori

Basketball / BJ-League Dec 14, 2015

Surging Shimane beats Aomori

by Ed Odeven

Quietly, the Shimane Susanoo Magic have put together an impressive winning streak that's been overshadowed by other successful teams this season. The streak reached 10 games with Shimane's 78-59 victory over the host Aomori Wat's on Sunday While Western Conference rivals Kyoto Hannaryz and Hamamatsu ...