Ryukyu cruises past Nara

Basketball Apr 19, 2015

Ryukyu cruises past Nara

by Ed Odeven

For the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 40-win seasons are expected — championships, too. The reigning bj-league champion, who captured three titles during their first seven seasons, have surprised nobody with their excellence again in this campaign. The Golden Kings completed a series sweep by routing the host ...

Hamamatsu torches Nara from 3-point range

Basketball Apr 4, 2015

Hamamatsu torches Nara from 3-point range

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix found their comfort zone from beyond the 3-point arc on Saturday. The Bambitious Nara only found frustration from the same spot at the opposite end of the court. The Phoenix drained 13 of 28 3-pointers and held the visitors to 0-for-9 in ...

Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

Basketball Mar 1, 2015

Peppers lifts Rizing past Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

Like teammate Cohey Aoki did in Saturday's series opener, Rizing Fukuoka star Josh Peppers carried his team on the offensive end on Sunday afternoon. Peppers poured in 33 points (three more than Aoki had a day earlier) and added 19 points and 10 rebounds to ...

Kyoto routs Nara, improves to 29-6

Basketball Feb 21, 2015

Kyoto routs Nara, improves to 29-6

by Ed Odeven

On defense, the Kyoto Hannaryz played a tough, tenacious game. On offense, four Kyoto players scored in double figures in a 78-58 shellacking of the host Bambitious Nara on Saturday night in the bj-league. Kevin Kotzur's 24 points paced the Hannaryz (29-6). Ryan Forehan-Kelly added 15 ...

Basketball Feb 14, 2015

Evessa take down Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

The one-two punch of Takuya Soma and Josh Dollard sparked the Osaka Evessa to an 86-76 victory over the visiting Bambitious Nara on Saturday. Soma sank four 3-pointers in a 22-point effort and Dollard finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks. The ...

Basketball Jan 10, 2015

Lakestars triumph over Bambitious

by Ed Odeven

The Shiga Lakestars clicked on offense in their series opener against the Bambitious Nara on Saturday night. Jeff Parmer and Ryota Kobayashi both doled out six assists and four Lakestars scored in double figures in an 85-73 triumph over Nara in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. Yu Okada ...

Hamamatsu rolls to 13th straight victory

Basketball Jan 3, 2015

Hamamatsu rolls to 13th straight victory

by Ed Odeven

Don't expect the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix's New Year's resolution to be any different than their overall season goal: to compete for a championship. The Phoenix provided a bold reminder of that on Saturday, trouncing the host Bambitious Nara 92-66 to extend their bj-league winning streak ...

Basketball Dec 28, 2014

High-scoring Nara hammers Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

The Bambitious Nara staged an offensive clinic against the struggling Tokyo Cinq Reves on Sunday. Portland State product Chehales Tapscott had a game-high 31 points and Andre Murray, also a PSU alum, added 19 as the Bambitious rolled past Tokyo 100-77 in Nara. The Cinq Reves ...

Basketball Dec 6, 2014

Davis notches double-double in victorious debut for Sendai

by Ed Odeven

Jeral Davis enjoyed a successful debut with the Sendai 89ers on Saturday. The 216-cm big man produced a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in 21-plus minutes, swatted two shots and helped the Sendai 89ers thump the visiting Bambitious Nara 91-67. Davis, a Talladega College alum, spent ...

Basketball Oct 17, 2014

Kyoto improves to 5-0; Akita routs Fukushima

by Ed Odeven

After three straight trips to the Final Four, the Kyoto Hannaryz are hungry to capture a title in coach Honoo Hamaguchi's fourth season at the helm. Winning bj-league games keeps that focus in the spotlight, and the unbeaten Kyoto Hannaryz defeated the Bambitious Nara 79-62 ...