Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

Basketball Oct 11, 2016

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

by Ed Odeven

Whenever he stepped on the court during 11 distinguished seasons as a special ambassador for Japan pro basketball, Cohey Aoki increased the visibility of the sport. Fans loved watching him play, and rightfully so. He displayed a pure joy for the game, but exhibited a ...

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

Basketball / BJ-League Jul 24, 2015

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

by Ed Odeven

The Rizing Fukuoka on Thursday handed the coaching reins to Tomohiro Moriyama, who steered the Shimane Susanoo Magic to the playoffs after a disastrous start last season. The 31-year-old Moriyama replaces veteran mentor Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache's original bench boss, on the Rizing ...

Basketball / BJ-League Mar 5, 2015

Hot 3-point shooting carries Shiga past Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Led by a trio of 3-point shooting specialists, the visiting Shiga Lakestars halted the Rizing Fukuoka's three-game winning streak on Thursday night, winning the bj-league series opener 95-93. Shiga's Ray Nixon, a University of Wisconsin product, buried 8 of 13 long-range shots en route to ...

Basketball / BJ-League Jan 24, 2015

Takamatsu snaps 14-game losing streak

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows collected their first victory since Nov. 16 on Saturday, topping the visiting Rizing Fukuoka 88-86. Takamatsu (8-21) ended a 14-game slide in the bj-league. The Five Arrows had the game's highest scoring quarter by either team in the final stanza (30 points), ...