B. League boosts Kumamoto recovery

Basketball / B. League | HOOP SCOOP Feb 2, 2018

B. League boosts Kumamoto recovery

by Ed Odeven

Sometimes, the combined efforts of government officials, volunteers, local residents and sports leagues team up to produce a certifiable winner. Such was the case with the second annual B. League All-Star Game on Jan. 15 at Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium. All in all, the weekend was ...

Kinjo leads by example for Ryukyu

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Mar 31, 2016

Kinjo leads by example for Ryukyu

by Ed Odeven

In the Ryukyu Golden Kings' infancy, before the team made multiple championship game appearances, Shigeyuki Kinjo was one of the league's most exciting, explosive Japanese backcourt stars. The Okinawa native had a real gift for taking — and making — gutsy shots and a riverboat ...

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, ...

Defense paying dividends in West

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Dec 3, 2015

Defense paying dividends in West

by Ed Odeven

Tenacity and rock-solid fundamentals fuel top defenses. What else makes them click? An intense desire to limit foes' scoring chances and high-percentage shots and keeping their point totals down, too. With about one-third of the season in the books, several teams have emerged as the league's elite ...

Basketball Nov 23, 2015

Hamamatsu overwhelms Nara for ninth straight victory

by Ed Odeven

The defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix drained 19 3-pointers in a runaway 109-63 triumph over the Bambitious Nara on Monday afternoon in the bj-league. The Western Conference-leading Phoenix (13-3 overall, 8-2 at home) led 25-10 after one quarter and 51-26 at halftime, and were never ...