Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

Basketball Oct 11, 2016

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

by Ed Odeven

Whenever he stepped on the court during 11 distinguished seasons as a special ambassador for Japan pro basketball, Cohey Aoki increased the visibility of the sport. Fans loved watching him play, and rightfully so. He displayed a pure joy for the game, but exhibited a ...

Basketball / BJ-League Apr 22, 2016

Yokohama cruises past Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

The Yokohama B-Corsairs ended an eight-game slide on Friday night, whipping the Tokyo Cinq Reves in their bj-league series opener. Yokohama scored 64 second-half points en route to a 114-91 triumph in Tokyo's Chuo Ward. B-Corsairs big man Jordan Henriquez-Roberts was unstoppable, pacing his team ...

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

Basketball / BJ-League Feb 26, 2016

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets jumped out to a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a lopsided win over the host Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night. The Northern Happinets recorded a clinical 100-78 victory, condemning Tokyo to its 28th ...

Basketball / BJ-League Dec 18, 2015

Balanced scoring guides Nara past Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

The Bambitious Nara handed the Tokyo Cinq Reves their 16th straight defeat on Friday night. In Nara's 89-72 victory in Tachikawa, six Bambitious players reached double digits in scoring, including guard Jumpei Honda and big man Julius Ashby, who finished with 17 points apiece. Charles Hinkle ...

Basketball / BJ-League Dec 4, 2015

Mavunga lifts Shiga past Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

Power forward Julian Mavunga had 36 points and 14 rebounds and Masahiro Kano made six steals to propel the Shiga Lakestars to a 73-63 victory over the Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night in the bj-league. Shiga (12-5) outscored the hosts 44-29 in the second ...

Crane Thunders crush Cinq Reves

Basketball / BJ-League Nov 23, 2015

Crane Thunders crush Cinq Reves

by Ed Odeven

The Gunma Crane Thunders reached the playoffs last season after a 1-12 start, making necessary adjustments and steady improvement over their remaining 39 regular-season contests under veteran bench boss Charlie Parker. This season, new head coach Hirokazu Nema, formerly an assistant under Parker, has steered ...

Basketball / BJ-League 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 ...