Basketball 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 ...

Ryukyu clobbers Oita Ehime as West title race heats up

Basketball Mar 19, 2016

Ryukyu clobbers Oita Ehime as West title race heats up

by Ed Odeven

The fight for the Western Conference regular-season crown is far from over. The Ryukyu Golden Kings manhandled the host Oita Ehime HeatDevils on Saturday, winning 103-82 in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture. Ryukyu (31-10) is tied with the rival Shimane Susanoo Magic and Kyoto Hannaryz for the fewest ...

Basketball 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 Nov 13, 2015

Defensive effort carries Hannaryz past Evessa

by Ed Odeven

The Kyoto Hannaryz swatted seven shots and defense fueled their 73-70 victory over the visiting Osaka Evessa on Friday night. The Hannaryz (8-3) trailed by five points after the first quarter. Coach Honoo Hamaguchi's club outscored the visitors 28-19 in the second period to grab ...

Basketball Oct 20, 2015

Kyoto whips Oita, completes series sweep

The Kyoto Hannaryz had six double-digit scorers in a runaway 95-64 victory over the host Oita Ehime HeatDevils in the bj-league on Monday night. The HeatDevils (1-5) trailed 21-6 after the first quarter and 44-20 at halftime in Oita. David Palmer led Kyoto (4-2) with 16 ...