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Rizing Fukuoka's Game-Winning turnaround. - Nov 9, 2012
As reported by the Japan Times, Coach Atsushi Kanazawa's club triumphed twice last weekend against the Takamatsu Five Arrows to jump into fifth place in the 10-team Western Conference.
The Rizing are relying on mainstays Jun Nakanishi and Akitomo Takeno in the backcourt along with newcomers Josh Peppers, Julius Ashby and Reggie Warren for the majority of the team's production.
Also in the mix are rookie sharpshooter Zane Johnson, a University of Hawaii product, veterans Satoshi Ishitani and Masahiro Kano, along with relatively unknown Rintaro Tokunaga, Keisuke Takabatake and Junya Masumoto.
Warren was an integral part of Takamatsu and Kyoto Hannaryz playoff teams in years past, and Ashby has been to the Final Four as a member of the Five Arrows, Tokyo Apache and Niigata Albirex BB.
Peppers has made major contributions for the Sendai 89ers and Shiga Lakestars in the postseason, while Takeno and Nakanishi have also been tested in the playoffs while competing for
Niigata and Fukuoka for the former and Tokyo, Osaka Evessa and Fukuoka for the latter.
That veteran leadership has given the Rizing an edge in preparation compared with some teams without that collective experience of years spent in the bj-league.
"I think the key to our chemistry is getting a lot better each and every game," Warren told The Japan Times on Tuesday. "With me and Peppers joining the team late, I think that played a part in the slow start.
"We are all communicating to suggest different things to the coach, especially the leaders of the team with me and Jun being more of the vocal players adding a lot of input on what's going on, and coach actually listening and respecting our voice is key," added Warren, a power forward who's averaging 15.9 points and 12.5 rebounds with six double-doubles in eight games.
Peppers, averaging 18.6 ppg, is the team's top option on offense. Ashby, an athletic, forceful presence in the middle, is scoring at an 11.5 ppg clip. Takeno, one of the best pure shooters in league history, and Nakanishi, who has played in the fledgling circuit since 2005, are both contributing 9.6 ppg.
The players have not been shy about speaking out and saying what they think are keys for the team's success, Warren said.
"Everyone has respect for each other and we all have played many games in this league and understand how it works," he added, referring to the team's veteran corps. "I think we know and understand our roles and the younger guys are following our lead.
Johnson is currently nursing a sprained ankle, but has already made a strong impression during the young season's first month.
"The guy can flat-out shoot," Warren said, "and he's going to help us so much. If teams continue to try and double team me and Ashby, Zane will make them pay."
None of the current Rizing players have been on a bj-league championship team, and that motivates them to aim to be the best this season.
"We all talk about the same thing," Warren said. "All of us have the same goals: to reach the finals. I think this team has what it takes and is hungry for a title."
| Ryukyu's Ravenel overpowers Kanazawa- Jan.7, 2016 (by Emeka)|
According to Japan times, Starting big man Evan Ravenel dominated at both ends of the court on Sunday, guiding the Ryukyu Golden Kings to an 87-83 win over the Kanazawa Samuraiz.The Golden Kings (19-7 overall, 8-4 at home) earned a series split in Okinawa City.Ravenel had a game-high 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting, including his second 3-point make of the season. The Ohio State alum also grabbed 17 rebounds (13 defensive), taking away second chance after second chance from the Samuraiz.A... [read more]
According to Japan times, Starting big man Evan Ravenel dominated at both ends of the court on Sunday, guiding the Ryukyu Golden Kings to an 87-83 win over the Kanazawa Samuraiz.
The Golden Kings (19-7 overall, 8-4 at home) earned a series split in Okinawa City.
Ravenel had a game-high 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting, including his second 3-point make of the season. The Ohio State alum also grabbed 17 rebounds (13 defensive), taking away second chance after second chance from the Samuraiz.
Anthony McHenry, a Georgia Tech product, contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Golden Kings, who led 26-15 after the first quarter and 45-34 at halftime.
Guard Ryuichi Kishimoto, who was held to six points and 0-for-7 from the field with one assist in Saturday's 86-84 loss, played a pivotal role in Ryukyu's strong performance in the rematch. He had 14 points, nine assists and three steals on Sunday. Shuhei Kitagawa put 12 points on the board.
For Kanazawa (13-15), Marshall Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds and Gyno Pomare stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, 11 boards and six assists. Tsubasa Yonamine added 14 points and Andrew Fitzgerald had 11.
Brave Warriors 92, Wat's 70
In Nagano, Shinshu bounced back from a four-point loss in the series opener by routing Aomori.
Xavier Gibson scored a game-high 25 points and added 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Brave Warriors (9-17). Yasuhiko Wada sank 5 of 6 3-pointers in a season-best 19-point effort. Mike Bell added 19 points, 19 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
Shinshu out-rebounded the Wat's 54-46, and coach Koju Munakata's club shot 50 percent (10-for-20) from 3-point range and knocked down 20 of 23 free throws.
Warriors guard Yosuke Saito dished out six assists.
Jesse Perry led Aomori (11-15) with 18 points and hauled in nine rebounds. Yuki Kitamuki scored 15 points and Makoto Sawaguchi had nine. Nile Murry and Alif Bland finished with eight points apiece.
The Wat's collected 14 steals, but poor 3-point shooting (6-for-31) diminished the impact of those takeaways. (Conversely, the Warriors had five steals.)
Evessa 86, Albirex BB 67
In Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, Osaka finished strong, outscoring the hosts 20-8 in the fourth quarter to earn a series sweep.
The Evessa (17-9) have now won seven of their last eight games.
Five Osaka players reached double figures in scoring in the series finale: Lawrence Blackledge (28 points on 11-for-15 shooting with five steals and three blocks), Michael Singletary (16 points, including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc), Olu Ashaolu (14 points, 10 boards), Shun Watanuki (13 points) and Narito Namizato (10 points, five assists).
Takuya Soma, who had a season-high 29 points, including 9-for-16 on 3s on Saturday, only attempted four shots a day later and missed them all, and finished with zero points. He did, however, share the team lead in assists (five) with Namizato.
Niigata (16-10) trailed 49-37 at halftime.
Kimitake Sato paced the Albirex with 17 points, Ryan Reid added 16 points, eight boards and eight assists and Faye Pape Mour chipped in with 15 points, 16 rebounds and six assists. Ryota Kato scored nine points.
| Hannaryz looking good to contend for title- Dec.4, 2015 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan times, Kyoto Hannaryz, last season's 44-8 record, the best in bj-league history - was no fluke.After all, they have mostly played at an elite level since the arrival of coach Honoo Hamaguchi in 2011. But, in May, the Hannaryz failed to reach the Final Four for a fourth consecutive season.Hamaguchi's club is still chasing its first title and remains as dangerous as ever.After a 2-2 start in October, the Hannaryz are firing on all cylinders on offense and providing fi... [read more]
According to the Japan times, Kyoto Hannaryz, last season's 44-8 record, the best in bj-league history - was no fluke.
After all, they have mostly played at an elite level since the arrival of coach Honoo Hamaguchi in 2011. But, in May, the Hannaryz failed to reach the Final Four for a fourth consecutive season.
Hamaguchi's club is still chasing its first title and remains as dangerous as ever.
After a 2-2 start in October, the Hannaryz are firing on all cylinders on offense and providing fits for foes on defense. They edged the Ryukyu Golden Kings by two-point margins on both Saturday and Sunday. In doing so, they improved to 11-3, and they sit second in the 12-team Western Conference behind the reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix (13-3), who have won nine straight.
With 14 games in the books, Kyoto has made it clear that longtime bench boss Hamaguchi's everlasting message - spread the wealth on offense - is being followed. This has been a staple of his teams, first the Sendai 89ers (2005-11) and Kyoto, and a recipe for success.
Eleven Hannaryz players have seen court time this season; all 11 players have 10 or more assists, with Koki Yabuuchi leading the way with 41. Former NBA forward Larry Owens, a newcomer to the league this season, is No. 2 with 35.
After their 87-85 Sunday triumph over the Golden Kings, Hamaguchi stressed the importance of 'teamwork' as the key factor in the victory.
In addition, Owens, an Oral Roberts University alum, is a tone-setter for the club, averaging a team-best 16.1 points. Returning standouts David Palmer and Kevin Kotzur are next with 14.0 and 11.3 points, respectively, followed by Takuya Komoda (8.9), Yabuuchi (8.6) and Sunao Murakami (6.4).
In addition to his scoring contributions, Palmer exudes confidence in his teammates - and, in turn, makes each of them more effective - thanks to his brilliant shooting form. A perimeter marksman, who first made his mark on the Osaka Evessa's first title-winning squad (2005-06) and latter starred for the Golden Kings, the Southern Utah product is off to a terrific start in the bj-league's 11th and final campaign. His shooting numbers: 61 percent from inside the arc, 48.9 on 3-pointers and 87.0 from the free-throw line.
As longtime Ryukyu assistant coach Keith Richardson told The Japan Times in a 2012 interview about Palmer, 'I have said this a thousand times, 'The best shooter not in the NBA!' '
Kyoto is a veteran team with proven veteran leadership in the starting lineup and on the bench, and the potential to contend for a title. It will be interesting to see how the Hannaryz perform over the remaining five months of the regular season.
League accolade: Owens received the Lawson/Ponta Weekly MVP accolade after helping the Hannaryz collect the aforementioned victories over West rival Ryukyu in Okinawa City over the weekend.
On Saturday, Owens had 23 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. He followed up that performance with a 20-point, eight-rebound, four-assist effort a day later.
By the numbers: The Cinq Reves (1-15) have been outscored by 446 points and the Broncos (1-14) by 225. . . . The East-leading 89ers (12-4) have a league-best eight road victories. The Phoenix lead the circuit with eight home triumphs. . . .
The passing game: The top passer among frontcourt players is former California Golden Bear Jamal Boykin of Sendai. The veteran big man is No. 4 among all players in assists (4.8 per game). The top three are guards: Nara's Tatsuya Suzuki (5.9), Osaka's Narito Namizato (5.8) and Fukushima's Masaya Karimata (5.0).
Many forwards have more turnovers than assists. Indeed, many big men aren't known for their passing or dribbling skills, but Boykin excels as a playmaker. He has 77 assists and 33 turnovers.
His older brother, Ruben Boykin, starred for Akita during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He is now playing in Germany for BC Goettingen.
| West' defense pays off- Dec.4, 2015 (by Emeka)|
According to the Times of Japan, 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 defensive squads, using points allowed as the key measuring stick.The four stingiest defenses are Western Conference teams: Kyoto Hannaryz (66.6 points per game al... [read more]
According to the Times of Japan, 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 defensive squads, using points allowed as the key measuring stick.
The four stingiest defenses are Western Conference teams: Kyoto Hannaryz (66.6 points per game allowed), Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix (66.9), Shimane Susanoo Magic (69.7) and Osaka Evessa (70.7). Rounding out the top seven are a trio of Eastern Conference clubs: the Toyama Grouses (71.0), Niigata Albirex BB (71.6) and Iwate Big Bulls (71.8).
These seven teams all have winning records.
Of course, teams can pile up wins by putting points on the board in a hurry.
Exhibit A: The East-leading Sendai 89ers (135) are seventh among 12 conference teams in points allowed (78.1). But they are No. 1 in points scored (86.2).
Looking at all 24 teams' steals and blocked shots instrumental in disrupting and limiting opponents' scoring chances, Niigata is No. 1 with a combined 231 (186 blocks and 45 steals).
The runnerup in the steals department?
The Takamatsu Five Arrows (511) have made the fewest steals (96). Every other team has triple-digit totals.
Yokohama (108) is first in blocks (79). The rest of the league ranges from the Aomori Wat's total of 25 to the Shinshu Brave Warriors' 64.
League accolades: Hamamatsu macho forward Reggie Warren, a University of West Florida alum, was named the November MVP, the league announced on Wednesday.
Nov. 1 games were accounted for in the October MVP award.
In eight November games, Warren, 34, averaged 17.4 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
He is the league's No. 2 rebounder (13.5 per game). He is one of the best all-around frontcourt players in league history.
The Western Conference-leading Phoenix (153) have won 11 straight games. The reigning champions have a bye this weekend, then face the host and 89ers in a showdown of league powers on Dec. 12-13.
In related news, Tatsuhiko Toshino earned the Lawson/Ponta Weekly MVP accolade. The Oita Ehime HeatDevils forward had a career-best 41-point outburst on Saturday, knocking down 10 of 17 3s against the Bambitious Nara. He also had seven rebounds and six assists. He supplied 16 points and eight assists on Sunday as the HeatDevils completed a series sweep.
Toshino, 27, is averaging 15.6 points per game. His previous season high was a 24-point effort on Oct. 25.
Like the Sixers: Dating back to last season, the Tokyo Cinq Reves have lost 53 of their past 55 games, an epic stretch of awful basketball that reminds one of the Philadelphia 76ers' current woes.
On Nov. 23, 2014, the Cinq Reves started an 18-game losing streak, then they won a game.
What happened next?
An 18-game slide to end the season. (They went 5-47 overall.)
This season, Tokyo is 1-17 through Sunday.
The Cinq Reves' lone win?
A 91-62 thrashing of the Saitama Broncos (1-15) on Oct. 25.
Upcoming games: The Hiroshima-Sendai series was set to get underway on Thursday night in Hiroshima, while Tokyo is scheduled to play host to Shiga, starting on Friday.
This weekend, the league shifts to non-conference foes for the first time. The rest of the weekend action tips off on Saturday. It features Fukushima vs. Kyoto, Niigata vs. Kanazawa, Toyama vs. Fukuoka, Shinshu vs. Osaka, Gunma vs. Nara, Yokohama vs. Oita, Shimane vs. Saitama, Takamatsu vs. Aomori and Ryukyu vs. Akita. The final matchup features the teams that squared off in May 2014 for the title, which the Golden Kings won.
| Albirex defeat Broncos Nov.3, 2015 |
| Broncos bow to Albirex Nov.3, 2015 |
| Hamamatsu target another league title. Oct.2, 2015 |
| Holm returns to Sendai Aug.29, 2015 |
| Warren joins Hamamatsu Aug.29, 2015 |
| Hamamatsu sign Warren Aug.29, 2015 |
| JPBL to face many challenges from inaugural season Jul.23, 2015 |
| Suzuki takes charge at Kanazawa Jun.20, 2015 |
| Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four May.12, 2015 |
| Shiga's Toyama relies on mentor to improve Lakestars Apr.10, 2015 |
| Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama Mar.31, 2015 |
| Akita overcome struggling Tokyo Dec.19, 2014 |
| Shiga outplays Gunma in first bj-league contest for ex-NBA coach Parker, center Ely Oct.11, 2014 |
| Alvark hold off Kings spirited comeback Sep.6, 2014 |
| Gunma hires longtime NBA assistant Parker as new coach Aug.2, 2014 |
| Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season Jun.26, 2014 |
| Golden Kings dismantle Happinets in bj-league final As Kishimoto is named MVP May.26, 2014 |
| Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers Apr.21, 2014 |
| Nakama set to retire Apr.21, 2014 |
| Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive Apr.21, 2014 |
| Joho powers Grouses past Evessa Mar.18, 2014 |
| East power Akita decides to make roster move: source Feb.7, 2014 |
| Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz Jan.9, 2014 |
| Shimane struggling after departure of coach, top star Jan.9, 2014 |
| Akita making run for title Dec.8, 2013 |
| D-League teams draft five bj-league alumni Nov.6, 2013 |
| Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama Nov.6, 2013 |
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