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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."
| Shiga outplays Gunma in first bj-league contest for ex-NBA coach Parker, center Ely- Oct.11, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, longtime NBA assistant coach Charlie Parker and big man Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, made their bj-league regular-season debuts on Saturday.But the Shiga Lakestars upstaged the hosts, winning 96-85 and stealing the thunder from Parkers first regular-season as the Gunma Crane Thunders bench boss.In 23-plus minutes, the 208-cm Ely scored 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting. The 36-year-old, who wrapped up the 2013-14 NBA season playing for... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, longtime NBA assistant coach Charlie Parker and big man Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, made their bj-league regular-season debuts on Saturday.
But the Shiga Lakestars upstaged the hosts, winning 96-85 and stealing the thunder from Parkers first regular-season as the Gunma Crane Thunders bench boss.
In 23-plus minutes, the 208-cm Ely scored 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting. The 36-year-old, who wrapped up the 2013-14 NBA season playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, had four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture.
Parker was an assistant for the NBA Development Leagues Texas Legends lasts season. The 65-year-old had previously worked as an assistant for New Orleans (2006-07) and Dallas Mavericks (1995-02005).
Elys inside presence helped the Crane Thunders, a third-year franchise, have an efficient inside game. Gunma made 29 of 47 shots from 2-point range, but Parkers squad also committed 22 turnovers.
Shigas Terrance Woodbury and Yu Okada proved to be the games most dynamic one-two punch. The former had 30 points and four steals; Okada, meanwhile, pumped in 27 points and collected four steals. Jeff Parmer added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Lakestars, who are 3-0 to open the season under new coach Koto Toyama.
Masahiro Kano and Chris Holm both scored seven points for Shiga, with Holm pulling down 10 rebounds.
Gunma led 43-41 at halftime.
Shiga scored 33 third-quarter points to take control of the game.
Daniel Northern had a team-high 17 points with 10 rebounds for the Crane Thunders. Kenya Tomori scored 15 points and dished out six assists, and Carlos Dixon matched Tomoris scoring output.
Despite the perceived motivation that fires up some players to compete against ex-NBA players, Parmer insisted that it was just another game to me and my teammates.
In a post-game interview with The Japan Times, he added: (It was) another day to get better as a team and put another W on the board. Whether he (Ely) played in the NBA or not doesnt change how were going to come out and play as a team each and every game.
Were going to play with the same intensity level every practice and game. That is the only way we will reach our ultimate team goal, which is to win a championship.
What presence did Ely bring to Gunma to start its season?
He brings a nice inside presence for Gunma, Parmer said.
Golden Kings 83, Five Arrows 75
In Takamatsu, Draelon Burns, a title winner the past two seasons with Yokohama and Ryukyu, canned six 3-pointers in an electrifying 23-point outing off the bench as reigning champion Ryukyu rolled past the Five Arrows.
Kibwe Trim scored 19 points on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting night and Anthony McHenry supplied 15 points, 10 boards, four assists and two blocks for the Golden Kings. Anthony Kent contributed 10 points and Narito Namizato and Ryuichi Kishimoto both scored six.
Justin Watts and Dexter Lyons paced Takamatsu with 15 points apiece. Masaaki Suzuki scored 11 points and B.J. Puckett had nine points and nine rebounds.
Hannaryz 81, Rizing 54
In Kama, Fukuoka Prefecture, Reggie Warrens 16-point, nine-rebound effort and Kyotos balanced scoring guided the visitors to a well-rounded win over the hosts.
Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 15 points, Kevin Kotzur had 14 and David Palmer and Shun Watanuki added 10 apiece for the Hannaryz, who are 3-0 to open the season.
Fukuoka was held to three assists and turned the ball over 17 times.
The Rizing were 0-for-13 from 3-point range. Josh Peppers led the hosts with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Kirk Van Slyke had 11 points.
Phoenix 70, Susanoo Magic 49
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Nile Murry and Olu Ashaolu scored 13 points apiece and Hamamatsu Higashimikawas defense tormented the hosts all night.
Shimane finished with 29 turnovers, two shy of the league record, which was set by Shinshu on March 17, 2012, against Akita.
The Magic faced a 17-6 deficit after one quarter, and never recovered.
Masahiro Oguchi and Mo Charlo both scored nine points for the Phoenix, while Tasuku Namizato had six assists.
Tatsuhiro Yokoo was Shimanes lone double-digit scorer (13 points.).
The Magic were held to 16-for-47 shooting.
89ers 90, Northern Happinets 76
In Akita, Long Beach State alum Kejuan Johnson buried 6 of 7 3-point attempts en route to a game-high 28 points and added seven rebounds, five assists and two steals for Sendai.
Johnson shot 11-for-14 from the field.
Wendell White finished with 25 points, while DeAngelo Hamilton chipped in with 15 points and 12 boards for the 89ers. Veteran point guard Takehiko Shimura added 10 points and three assists.
The 89ers outscored the hosts 29-16 in the pivotal third quarter to take a 67-55 advantage into the final stanza.
For the Northern Happinets, Richard Roby was the high scorer with 24 points and Ruben Boykin had 21 points and five assists. Akita guard Shigehiro Taguchi scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Big Bulls 91, Firebonds 57
In Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, coach Dai Oketanis club put 55 points on the board in the second half and held Fukushima to 26 as the game turned into a rout.
The Firebonds, a 2014-15 expansion team, trailed 36-31 at halftime.
Scootie Randall paced Iwate with 18 points, adding nine rebounds, three assists and three steals for good measure. Lawrence Blackledge had 14 points, nine boards and four assists and Wayne Arnold and Tsubasa Yonamine each scored 13 points.
The Big Bulls shot 30-for-52 from 2-point range and 16-for-18 at the foul line. They dished out 18 assists with only nine turnovers on the afternoon.
Edward Morris scored 14 points for Fukushima, which had 15 turnovers. James Hughes had 12 points, while Terrance Shannon and Atsushi Nogami both poured in nine. Masaya Karimata contributed seven points, four assists and three steals.
The Firebonds were playing their first game since beating the Aomori Wats 66-64 on Sunday, which was the first-regular season victory in franchise history.
Fukushima shot 10-for-20 at the free-throw line.
Albirex BB 73, Broncos 64
In Niigata, Patrick Sullivan scored 18 points and Thomas Kennedy supplied 16 as the hosts earned a win over fellow JBL defector Saitama.
Kennedy and Stephen Van Treese each had 10 rebounds for Niigata. Kennedy and Sullivan were the teams assist leaders with five apiece.
Kimitake Sato poured in 14 points and Van Treese, a former University of Louisville player, had 10 points.
For the Broncos, who are 0-3 under new coach Kazuaki Shimoji, Jon Ekey had 18 points, including five 3-pointers. Takato Hara, Gary Johnson and Yuki Sasaki all scored nine points in the loss, while Koji Nagata added eight.
Saitama was 11-for-21 at the charity stripe.
Brave Warriors 105, B-Corsairs 90
In Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Shinshu raced out to a 31-17 lead after one quarter and sank 14 3-pointers in a high-scoring performance.
Patrick Sanders knocked down 5 of 6 3s in a banner 22-point effort, while center Mohamed Abukar scored 20 points. Floor leader Jermaine Dixon added 15 points, a game-high 12 assists and three steals for the Brave Warriors. Carl Hall and Takato Saito scored 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Both teams dished out 27 assists.
Yokohamas Warren Niles led the team with 21 points, but shot 2-for-9 from beyond the arc. Dzaflo Larkai added 17 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Wayne Marshall had 11 points and six assists and Kenji Yamada and Seiji Kono both scored 10 points.
Bambitious 91, Evessa 79
In Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, Tatsuya Suzuki paced the hosts with 18 points and five assists and the Bambitious shot 58.7 percent from inside the arc in a victory over Osaka.
Forward Chehales Tapscott, a Portland State product, had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and guard Andre Murray, who attended the same college, also put 17 points on the board. Michael St. John added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts, while Takuro Ito scored 13 points.
Coach Ryutaro Onoderas club hauled in 17 offensive rebounds and held a 46-36 overall advantage.
Joshua Dorado paced the Evessa with 31 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Shota Konno and Seth Tarver finished with 12 points apiece. Gary Hamilton added 10 points, 12 boards and three steals, while Naoto Nakamura contributed eight points.
Wats 92, HeatDevils 85 (OT)
In Oita, Gyno Pomare scored a game-high 21 points as Aomori outlasted the HeatDevils in overtime.
Paul Williams notched a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Yuki Kitamuki, Kenichi Takahashi and Damian Saunders all scored 11 points apiece for the Wats. Makoto Sawaguchi had 10 points.
Aomori raked in 56 rebounds to the hosts 42.
Todd OBrien scored 20 points for Oita. Kellen Thornton added 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Demetri McCamey provided 14 points and six assists. Drew Barnham and Hiroki Oshiro scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.
| Alvark hold off Kings spirited comeback- Sep.6, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, the Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday's preseason game in Okinawa City. The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team, held on for a 76-75 victory over the defending bj-league champion before an announced crowd of 3,223. On Wednesday, Toyota defeated host Ryukyu 80-78 in the preseason opener for both teams. Golden Kings guard Draelon Burns scored a ga... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, the Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first
quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday's preseason game
in Okinawa City.
The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team,
held on for a 76-75 victory over the defending bj-league champion before
an announced crowd of 3,223.
On Wednesday, Toyota defeated host Ryukyu 80-78 in the preseason opener for both teams.
Golden Kings guard Draelon Burns scored a game-high 27 points in the
rematch, draining 5 of 8 3-point shots. Teammate Anthony McHenry had a
sensational all-around game with 17 points, nine rebounds, seven
assists, five blocks and two steals. McHenry also had five blocks in the
Ryuichi Kishimoto added 11 points for Ryukyu but struggled to knock
down shots. He was 2-for-11 from beyond the arc and 3-for-14 from the
field. Naoto Kosuge had an eight-point effort in the loss.
Toyota held the Kings to 12-for-31 shooting from 2-point range.
Swingman Naoki Uto paced the Alvark with 23 points and Keijuro Matsui
and Xavier Gibson had 14 points apiece. Gibson, who played for the
bj-league's Shinshu Brave Warriors, last season added 12 boards and
Toyota coach Don Beck's squad out-rebounded the hosts 50-42.
Ryukyu trailed 41-28 at halftime, then chipped away at the lead over
the final two quarters. The Kings had 35 fourth-quarter points and held
the Alvark to 25.
Takamatsu update: Floor leader Dexter Lyons, a
gifted scorer and playmaker, has announced he won't play for the Five
Arrows this season. He recently informed the team of his plans to sit
out the season in order to tend to family matters.
Lyons attended the University of Central Florida. He played the past
two seasons for Takamatsu and competed for the now-defunct Miyazaki
Shining Suns in 2011-12.
| Gunma hires longtime NBA assistant Parker as new coach- Aug.2, 2014 (by Emeka)|
Charlie Parker, who spent more than a decade as an NBA assistant coach, this week was named the Gunma Crane Thunders new bench boss.Entering their third season, Gunma handed its coaching reins to a well-traveled, experienced mentor to build a winning foundation.Parker received a one-year contract to coach the Eastern Conference team.The Crane Thunders went 13-39 last season, They had a 15-37 record in 2012-13, their inaugural campaign.I am looking forward sincerely to be a coach in the bj... [read more]
Charlie Parker, who spent more than a decade as an NBA assistant coach, this week was named the Gunma Crane Thunders new bench boss.
Entering their third season, Gunma handed its coaching reins to a well-traveled, experienced mentor to build a winning foundation.
Parker received a one-year contract to coach the Eastern Conference team.
The Crane Thunders went 13-39 last season, They had a 15-37 record in 2012-13, their inaugural campaign.
I am looking forward sincerely to be a coach in the bj-league, Parker said in comments posted on the Gunma website.
He added that the goal is for the team to play an exciting NBA style of basketball, including aggressive defense.
Parker, 65, served as an assistant coach for the NBA Development Leagues Texas Legends during the 2013-14 season. (Parker worked alongside former Saitama Broncos head coach Dean Murray, a Legends assistant coach.)
From 2011-13, he coached Al Muharraq to one Bahrain League title and one championship runnerup finish.
He also led the Chinese Basketball Associations Foshan club from 2010-11.
He served as a Dallas Mavericks assistant from 1996-2006, and worked for the New Orleans Hornets in that same role from 2007-10, during which he also guided the clubs Summer League team in Las Vegas
In the collegiate ranks, he was a head coach at the University of Southern California in 1995-96. He was named the interim head coach as Trojans mentor George Ravelings successor the previous season. Parker was on Ravelings USC staff for six seasons before the promotion.
Before his move to USC, Parker was head coach at Wayne State, an NCAA Division II school in Michigan, from 1982-88. He compiled a 120-56 record in that time. He collected two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades while at Wayne State.
Parker started coaching in 1972 at the University of Findlay (Ohio) as an assistant and spent four seasons at the school before a six-year stint as an assistant at Bowling Green.
News from Akita: Power forward Ruben Boykin, who had a terrific 2013-14 season for the championship runnerup Happinets, will play for Ludwigsburg, the top-flight Basketball Bundesliga (Germany) club, this coming season.
The 29-year-old Boykin averaged 13.9 points and a league-high 13.5 rebounds for the Happinets. He had 183 assists against 93 turnovers with 52 steals.
In his one season in Japan, Boykin quickly emerged as one of the bj-leagues premier all-around forwards.
Akita recently announced it has re-signed high-scoring forward Richard Roby.
Firebonds update: Expansion club Fukushima has signed its first two foreign players, big man James Hughes, who split last season between Sendai and Gunma, and forward Nick Thompson.
Hughes played 21 games for Gunma (7.0 points, 5.9 rebounds) and 24 games for Sendai (8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds) last season.
The 211-cm Northern Illinois product said, I would like to thank Fukushima and Coach Theo (Hiroki Fujita) for giving me the opportunity to return to Japan. We look forward to show the fans hard work and excitement for their support.
As a rookie pro last season, the 206-cm Thompson averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 28 games for Finke Baskets in the German ProA League.
My wife and I are very excited about this opportunity, and cant wait to move to Japan and get started, Thompson said in a statement posted on the Fukushima website. Im grateful to be part of the Fukushima Sports Entertainment family, and am looking forward to getting there and working hard to help the organization have a great first season.
Thompson completed his college career at Utah Valley State after stints at Oklahoma and College of Eastern Utah.
Returning to Kyoto: As expected, forward David Palmer will be back with the Hannaryz for a third season.
Kyoto made the official announcement on Wednesday.
Palmer, 32, averaged 13.9 points per game for the Hannaryz last season. The sharpshooter made 41.8 percent of his 3-point shots, 46.2 percent from inside the arc and 87.2 percent at the free-throw line.
Frontcourt addition: Forward Olu Ashaolu has joined Hamamatsu for the upcoming campaign.
The 200-cm University of Oregon product was born in Nigeria. He lists Toronto as his hometown.
Ashaolu, who wrapped up his college career in 2012, played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He has previously competed for pro teams in Spain and France. He is a former member of the Canada junior national team.
Im very excited for my arrival and to be a part of the club, Ashaolu said in a statement issued by the team. I am looking forward to having a great year with all the teammates, coaches, sponsors and fans.
Before attending Oregon, Ashaolu went to Louisiana Tech.
Susanoo Magic addition: Shimane filled a spot on its roster by signing 211-cm post player Brandon Hassell.
After playing in Europe last season for the first time, Im excited to play my first season in Japan, Hassell, a Penn State alum, said in a statement.
Id like to thank the Shimane Susanoo Magic organization for giving me this opportunity.
I am going to come in, work hard, and do the best I can to make an impact on the court and help this team.
Hassell began his pro career in 2008. He played for Swedish club Eco Orebro last season, averaging 13.9 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds in 36 games, according to eurobasket.com.
Bambitious pickup: Nara has added veteran forward Michael St. John for next season.
The 203-cm La Salle University product played for Norwegian League team Tromso Storm last season, providing 18 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 23 games, eurobasket.com reported.
Johnson, 30, has also played in Poland, Denmark and Romania.
Staying in Gunma: Guard Kenya Tomori has finalized a deal to return to the Crane Thunders for a third season.
He began his pro career in 2007 with Ryukyu.
| 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 |
| B-Corsairs slump to defeat against Big Bulls Nov.6, 2013 |
| Alvark beat Brex to get NBL up and running Oct.3, 2013 |
| Players react after NBL takes unilateral action Oct.3, 2013 |
| Nakamuras coaching tree stretches throughout league Sep.2, 2013 |
| Hitachi Sunrockers sign Darryl Webb Jul.28, 2013 |
| Kyoto set to join NBL for 2014-15 season Jul.22, 2013 |
| Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach Jul.22, 2013 |
| Nara selects Toyama as first coach Jun.23, 2013 |
| Kyoto acquires forward Komoda Jun.23, 2013 |
| Nara takes Yamashiro with first pick in expansion draft Jun.23, 2013 |
| Toshiba shows determination in Game 3 win over Aisin As Brave Thunders take 2-1 series lead Apr.22, 2013 |
| Sea Horses win Game 5 to reclaim JBL crown Apr.22, 2013 |
| Shimane reaches 30 victories for first time in franchise history Mar.28, 2013 |
| Big contributions from post players, as bench propel B-Corsairs past Brave Warriors Feb.19, 2013 |
| Five 3-pointers seal victory for Niigata Jan.16, 2013 |
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