Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

Basketball Apr 10, 2016

Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

by Ed Odeven

Players nearly half his age are beginning their professional careers, and high-energy guard Masahiro Oguchi continues to make his mark for the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and defy the odds. He remains a textbook example of gutsy play and the importance of veteran smarts for ...

Basketball Feb 20, 2016

Takamatsu edges Nara to end eight-game slide

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows halted their eight-game losing streak on Saturday, earning a 74-71 road victory over the Bambitious Nara. Anthony Kent and Jarvis Williams each scored 14 points for the Five Arrows (9-24), who trailed 23-10 after the first quarter but turned the tide ...

Basketball Oct 18, 2015

Lightning beat Five Arrows for first-ever bj-league win

by Ed Odeven

After an 0-5 start, the Hiroshima Lightning achieved team history on Saturday, beating the visiting Takamatsu Five Arrows 95-79 for the franchise's first victory as a bj-league team. Andre Murray, a Portland State alum, had 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting and Lightning teammate Gijo Bain ...

Basketball May 8, 2015

Takamatsu hires Ito to replace Maeda as bench boss

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows made their first coaching change since 2011 on Friday. Nobuyoshi Ito, who has earned recognition as a high school bench boss during the annual Winter Cup in recent years, will replace Kenzo Maeda on the Five Arrows bench, the Western Conference ...

Basketball May 4, 2015

Hannaryz cruise past Five Arrows to reach Western semis

by Ed Odeven

The Kyoto Hannaryz took their first step toward securing a fourth consecutive trip to the Final Four. The top-seeded Hannaryz played lockdown defense en route to a 93-63 triumph over the Takamatsu Five Arrows in Game 2 of their bj-league Western Conference first-round series on ...

Basketball Apr 24, 2015

Takamatsu torches Fukuoka in series opener

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows shot a sizzling 57.9 percent from 3-point range and Dexter Lyons flirted with a triple-double in a 102-86 victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. Justin Watts paced the Five Arrows (17-34) with 23 points, including 3-for-4 from beyond the ...

Basketball 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), ...

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Nov 20, 2014

Takamatsu making steady strides

by Ed Odeven

Like the Osaka Evessa, their Western Conference rival, the Takamatsu Five Arrows did not push the panic button after struggling to string together back-to-back wins in early October. Smart decision. Coach Kenzo Maeda's team has turned around its season, winning five of its past seven games. ...