Basketball 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 ...

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 ...

Iwate's Randall stays focused on winning

Basketball | ONE-ON-ONE WITH ... Dec 1, 2014

Iwate's Randall stays focused on winning

by Ed Odeven

The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Scootie Randall of the Eastern Conference-leading Iwate Big Bulls is the subject of this week's profile. Position: Forward Age: 24 Ht: 198 cm Wt: 102 kg Hometown: Philadelphia College: Temple University Noteworthy: Randall, who can play both guard and forward ...