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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 ...

Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

Basketball / BJ-League | HOOP SCOOP Dec 12, 2015

Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

by Ed Odeven

His name isn't LeBron James, but his play, like the NBA legend's, captivates a pro basketball league's audience. And many of his performances in October, November and early December have been among the best of the 2015-16 bj-league season. Le'Bryan Nash, a rookie forward for ...

Basketball / BJ-League Dec 6, 2015

Kyoto edges Fukushima to complete series sweep

by Ed Odeven

After outlasting the Fukushima Firebonds in triple overtime on Saturday, the Kyoto Hannaryz played another tight, down-to-the-wire contest a day later. The Sunday showdown, however, didn't require extra time to determine the winner. Kyoto edged Fukushima by the slimmest of margins, winning 62-61 in their ...

Basketball Nov 3, 2015

Verdell Jones III joins D-League's Warriors

by Ed Odeven

Guard Verdell Jones III, who helped the Fukushima Firebonds reach the bj-league playoffs as an expansion team last season, has been named to the Santa Cruz Warriors' 15-man training camp roster, the NBA Development League team announced on Monday. Training camp opened on Tuesday for ...

Basketball / BJ-League Oct 25, 2015

White leads 89ers to narrow win over Firebonds

by Ed Odeven

Veteran forward Wendell White had 41 points and 10 rebounds as the Sendai 89ers edged the Fukushima Firebonds 97-95 in Saturday's series opener. White sank five 3-pointers and 10 of 13 shots from the free-throw line in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, helping the 89ers improve to ...

Kanazawa signs veteran Yonamine

Basketball / BJ-League | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Jun 25, 2015

Kanazawa signs veteran Yonamine

by Ed Odeven

The expansion Kanazawa Samuraiz made cerebral backcourt leader Tsubasa Yonamine their first veteran acquisition, reuniting him with his former Oita HeatDevils backcourt mate Yukinori Suzuki, the team's new coach. Yonamine, 32, spent the past two seasons with the Iwate Big Bulls. He brings a wealth ...