Basketball / BJ-League Apr 3, 2016

HeatDevils pound hapless Lightning

by Ed Odeven

The Hiroshima Lightning are getting outscored by 42.3 points per game this season. Which means that a 58-36 halftime deficit on Sunday is only a minor snapshot of their woes. As expected, things fell part for Hiroshima in the second half against the visiting Oita ...

Basketball / BJ-League 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 ...

Basketball / BJ-League Mar 4, 2016

Hiroshima suffers 29th consecutive loss

by Ed Odeven

The Hiroshima Lightning's epic losing streak reached 29 games on Friday night in a 136-68 defeat to the host Oita Ehime HeatDevils. The HeatDevils (10-27) led 31-16 after one quarter and took a 58-34 advantage into halftime in Oita. The hosts pounced on the Lightning (1-34) ...

Basketball / BJ-League 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, ...

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

Basketball / BJ-League Feb 26, 2016

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets jumped out to a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a lopsided win over the host Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night. The Northern Happinets recorded a clinical 100-78 victory, condemning Tokyo to its 28th ...

Basketball / BJ-League Feb 11, 2016

Shiga pounds Hiroshima to complete series sweep

by Ed Odeven

The Shiga Lakestars hammered the Hiroshima Lightning for the second straight day on Thursday, winning an afternoon matinee 98-56. The Lakestars (22-10) led 30-14 after the opening period in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and extended their advantage to 27 points by halftime. Shiga out-rebounded the hosts, who ...

Basketball / BJ-League Dec 4, 2015

Mavunga lifts Shiga past Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

Power forward Julian Mavunga had 36 points and 14 rebounds and Masahiro Kano made six steals to propel the Shiga Lakestars to a 73-63 victory over the Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night in the bj-league. Shiga (12-5) outscored the hosts 44-29 in the second ...

Basketball / BJ-League Dec 4, 2015

Hannaryz forward Owens done for season

by Ed Odeven

Kyoto Hannaryz forward Larry Owens is out with a season-ending knee injury, the bj-league club announced on Friday. Owens, a former NBA player, sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the third quarter against the Rizing Fukuoka on Sunday. His recovery ...

Basketball / BJ-League Nov 20, 2015

Shimane trounces Hiroshima in series opener

by Ed Odeven

The expansion Hiroshima Lightning faced a 24-point deficit after 10 minutes on Friday night, and never recovered. The visiting Shimane Susanoo Magic routed the Lightning 115-62 in the series opener in Hiroshima. Shimane (9-6) controlled the boards from start to finish, out-rebounding the hosts 63-24. Josh Davis ...