Basketball Feb 19, 2016

Blackledge sparks Osaka in rout of Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Lawrence "Trend" Blackledge put his stamp on Friday's game against the Rizing Fukuoka. The talented forward's all-around effort — 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals — helped steer the Evessa to an 89-68 triumph, and the hosts extended ...

Basketball Feb 18, 2016

Osaka clamps down on Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa's defense pressured the visiting Rizing Fukuoka throughout Thursday's series opener. That effort and energy paid off for the hosts. Osaka earned an 89-70 victory and forced 23 turnovers. The Evessa (24-11) won their third straight game and picked up their seventh victory in eight ...

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Jul 17, 2015

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

by Ed Odeven

As the summer marches on and the start of training camp gets closer and closer, it appears that the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix will not have a roster resembling the one that captured the title in May. Star guard Nile Murry, the playoff MVP ...

Iwate's Oketani earns 300th career victory

Basketball Feb 15, 2015

Iwate's Oketani earns 300th career victory

by Ed Odeven

When the bj-league tipped off in the fall of 2005, Dai Oketani was working as an assistant under Oita HeatDevils head coach Jawann Oldham, a former NBA big man. Oldham's tenure in the bj-league lasted just 16 games, and Oita was 4-12 when he was ...

Basketball Jun 27, 2014

Upcoming bj-league season set for Oct. 4 start

by Ed Odeven

The 2014-15 bj-league season, the league's 10th, is set to tip off on Oct. 4. Each of the league's 22 teams, including the expansion Fukushima Firebonds, will play regular-season 52 games, according to a news release issued on Thursday. With the addition of Fukushima, the Eastern ...