Coaching moves already underway

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Jun 2, 2016

Coaching moves already underway

by Ed Odeven

The annual coaching carousel changes the landscape of who's in charge. With the conclusion of the bj-league's 11th and final season on May 15, when the Ryukyu Golden Kings captured their record fourth title, a number of teams have switched — or plan to switch ...

Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

Basketball Apr 10, 2016

Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

by Ed Odeven

Players nearly half his age are beginning their professional careers, and high-energy guard Masahiro Oguchi continues to make his mark for the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and defy the odds. He remains a textbook example of gutsy play and the importance of veteran smarts for ...

Basketball Apr 2, 2016

Hamamatsu relies on outside shooting to edge Iwate

by Ed Odeven

Strong 3-point shooting carried the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix past the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday night. The Phoenix recorded a 69-68 victory in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. The defending champions (31-14) shot 12-for-27 from beyond the arc. Seven Phoenix players made at least one 3-pointer. DeAngelo Kirkland ...

Basketball Mar 27, 2016

Johnson leads Phoenix past Hannaryz

by Ed Odeven

Kejuan Johnson, the bj-league's 2014-15 regular-season MVP while playing for the Sendai 89ers, delivered a big, bold reminder of his talent and impact on Saturday night. Now an integral part of the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix's lineup, Johnson had team-high totals in points (20), rebounds (10) ...

Basketball Mar 18, 2016

Hiroshima loses 33rd straight game

by Ed Odeven

The Hiroshima Lightning's rapid-fire 3-point shooting failed to product the desire result on Friday. The visiting Osaka Evessa dominated on the boards and handed the Lightning a 99-81 defeat, the team's 33rd straight loss. Hiroshima (1-38) made 16 of 41 3s in the bj-league series opener ...

Samuraiz avenge defeat by Phoenix

Basketball Mar 13, 2016

Samuraiz avenge defeat by Phoenix

by Ed Odeven

After getting waxed by 20 points in the series opener, the Kanazawa Samuraiz avenged Saturday's defeat by thrashing the reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix. Coach Yukinori Suzuki's Samuraiz set the tone for the game from the get-go in Kanazawa. After one quarter, Kanazawa led 26-7, and ...

Warren remains one of best on boards

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Mar 3, 2016

Warren remains one of best on boards

by Ed Odeven

Whenever he steps onto a basketball court, Reggie Warren's fierce desire to win is a recognizable trait. Since 2006, the veteran power forward has been a key piece to the puzzle for five bj-league franchises: Takamatsu Five Arrows (2006-08), Saitama Broncos (2008-09), Kyoto Hannaryz (2010-11, ...

Basketball Feb 28, 2016

Phoenix consign Lightning to 28th straight loss

by Ed Odeven

The reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix used their bench early and often in a 119-57 thrashing of the host Hiroshima Lightning on Saturday. Phoenix coach Tomoya Higashino only used one player for more than 25 minutes in the series finale in Yamaguchi. Big man Atsuya Ota, ...