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Veteran forward Cummings joins 89ers - Dec 12, 2012
Reports monitored by the Japan Times reveals that T.J. Cummings who officially parted ways with the Akita Northern Happinets, has moved on to the struggling Sendai 89ers, another Eastern Conference team in the bj-league. The move was announced Monday by the 89ers (5-10).
The 31-year-old Cummings, son of longtime NBA big man Terry, averaged 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 12 games for Oita. The signing fills a roster spot vacated by forward Karron Clarke, who was cut. Clarke, who played college ball at DePaul, averaged 8.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in 15 games.
Clarke shot 29.5 percent on 3s, 37.5 percent from inside the arc and 59.5 at the free-throw line.
Sendai coach Bob Pierce said Clarke was "a great guy and teammate who never quite found his ideal role here."
In other league news, the Shimane Susanoo Magic on Tuesday signed forward Kazuya "J." Hatano, who played his final game for the cash-strapped Oita HeatDevils on Sunday. In his HeatDevils finale, Hatano played all 40 minutes and contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot against the Takamatsu Five Arrows. On Saturday, he had 12 points, 11 boards and two blocks in 40 minutes.
Hatano, 30, averaged 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18 games for the HeatDevils. He previously suited up for the Osaka Evessa (2005-09), Saitama Broncos (2009-11), and Shiga Lakestars (2011-12).
Also Tuesday, center Taj Finger, who played for Oita from 2010-12, joined the Niigata Albirex BB. The Stanford product averaged 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in eight games for the HeatDevils this season.
The Albirex released 206-cm post player Marquise Gray (Michigan State), who averaged 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17 games.
| East power Akita decides to make roster move: source- Feb.7, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan times, despite the Akita Northern Happinets 28-4 record and 11-game winning streak, coach Kazuo Nakamuras club is tinkering with its chemistry.After 16 games in an Akita uniform, forward Sylvester Seay has been released. His replacement? Forward Deshawn Stephens, whos been let go by the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, The Japan Times learned on Tuesday.In a Wednesday press release, the Phoenix announced Stephens has been released.Though the Happinets already have p... [read more]
According to the Japan times, despite the Akita Northern Happinets 28-4 record and 11-game winning streak, coach Kazuo Nakamuras club is tinkering with its chemistry.
After 16 games in an Akita uniform, forward Sylvester Seay has been released. His replacement? Forward Deshawn Stephens, whos been let go by the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, The Japan Times learned on Tuesday.
In a Wednesday press release, the Phoenix announced Stephens has been released.
Though the Happinets already have plenty of youth on the squad for instance, All-Star guards Yuki Togashi and Shigehiro Taguchi are 20 and 23, respectively the aforementioned changes make the team even younger. Seay is 28; Stephens is 24.
Seay, a Fresno State product, averaged 6.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for Akita. The 208-cm veteran shot 29.3 percent from 3-point range and 36.2 percent from inside the arc.
Stephens, a San Diego State product, contributed 9.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27 games for Hamamatsu, shooting 5-for-27 on 3s and 53.7 percent (95-for-177) on 2s.
Stephens met his new Akita teammates on Tuesday and was slated to practice with the Eastern Conferences first-place team for the first time on Wednesday, according to a well-connected league source.
The Happinets, meanwhile, are preparing for a highly anticipated mentor vs. pupil matchup, pitting Nakamura against his ex-Hamamatsu assistant Ryuji Kawai, the Shinshu Brave Warriors coach, in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture.
Shinshu (20-8, fourth place) is 0-2 against its Eastern Conference rival this season, but the Warriors are 11-3 at home. Shinshu has won five straight and seven of its last 10 games, and guard Shota Konno is having his best season as a pro, scoring 13.4 ppg. Konno ought to be a top candidate for the leagues Most Improved Player award.
Happinets center Chas McFarland is the teams lone starter who didnt start in the All-Star Game on Jan. 26 in Akita, but his 13.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game have helped stabilize the frontcourt.
Rizing update: Fukuoka swept Saitama over the weekend, improving to 13-17 and giving new Canadian bench boss James Duncan a successful start in the bj-league.
Im pleased that we were able to get two road wins, Duncan told The Japan Times. Its always difficult winning on the road and we did not have much practice time together to implement my new system. Defensively, we did a better job controlling the defensive glass and slowing them down in transition.
Overall, we took some small steps in the right direction but we have a long way to go and much work to do in the second half of the season. If we are committed to getting better as a team, positive things will happen for us.
Not impressed: A league insider who has closely followed the Gunma Crane Thunders since the teams inception the squad went 15-37 last season and is 6-24 through Sunday believes team president Yasufumi Tanabe is to blame for the franchises struggles.
The source told The Japan Times that forward/center Darko Cohadarevics departure last week is one example of the problem. The Serbian was the teams second-leading scorer (13.9 points per game), and has resurfaced with the Osaka Evessa, who won two games last weekend with their new forward. (Newcomer DAndre Bell, a former Chiba Jets standout, also made his debut for Osaka on Saturday.)
Darko asked for his release from Gunma. He wasnt happy with the situation and the way the president is doing things, the insider said. He (Tanabe) has no clue what he is doing from a basketball or business perspective. Hes absolutely lost. But thats business as usual in the bj-league with many teams.
The source also said that coach Ryan Blackwell was fired in December when the team was 3-16 as a cost-cutting move. Or as he put it: He let (Blackwell) go so he could save money since the team was losing.
Gunmas other three imports on the opening week roster forwards Trey Britton, Marvell Waithe and Lewis Witcher have all been replaced as the team rebuilds under Hiroki Fujita, Blackwells replacement.
Upcoming games: Twenty of 21 teams are in action this weekend. Here are the matchups not involving Shinshu and Akita: Aomori vs. Tokyo, Sendai vs. Yokohama, Toyama vs. Iwate, Gunma vs. Niigata, Saitama vs. Shimane, Hamamatsu vs. Oita, Shiga vs. Takamatsu, Fukuoka vs. Kyoto and Ryukyu vs. Osaka.
Toyama had a bye last weekend. Now its Naras turn.
What a weekend: Kyoto sharpshooter David Palmer scored 28 and 25 points against Niigata on Saturday and Sunday. He made 9 of 10 3-point attempts as the Hannaryz recorded a series split. He shot 9-for-12 from inside the arc and was 8-for-9 at the free-throw line. Vintage numbers for a player with picture-perfect shooting fundamentals. Palmer, one of the leagues original stars during the Osaka dynasty years, is averaging 13.7 ppg.
League accolades: Veteran forward Dionisio Gomez of the Shiga Lakestars earned the Lawson/Ponta MVP award for his overall performance last weekend.
The 203-cm Gomez, a University of Arkansas product, had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three assists in an 86-83 victory over the Aomori Wats on Saturday. A day later, he had 17 points, 11 boards and three assists in Shigas 67-65 triumph.
Gomez, a native of Panama, is averaging 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in 29 games.
The January MVP honor was issued to Iwate Big Bulls forward Gyno Pomare, who helped his team win all six of his games in the years first month.
The University of San Diego alum averaged 16.0 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in those six games.
On the move: The Niigata Albirex BB have signed veteran forward Thomas Kennedy, who was a key playmaker for the 2012-13 champion Yokohama B-Corsairs.
Kennedy began the season with the Shimane Susanoo Magic (10 games, 17.1 ppg) and moved on to the NBLs Chiba Jets (14 games, 14.2 ppg), reuniting with ex-Yokohama coach Reggie Geary.
The Jets are 8-22, tied with Hitachi Sunrockers for the worst record in the NBLs Eastern Conference. Chiba defected from the bj-league after last season.
Kennedy fills a roster spot vacated by forward Suleiman Braimoh, who averaged 8.5 points in 22 games for the Albirex. On a team where 3-point shooting is a primary focus, Braimohs 25-percent shooting from beyond the arc did not solidify his spot on the roster.
| Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz- Jan.9, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, Taishiro Shimizu owns a well-recognized name wherever he travels around the bj-league. After all, the popular guard has played in the upstart circuit since its inception in 2005.After productive stints with the Saitama Broncos (2005-10) and his hometown Miyazaki Shining Suns (2010-12), one thing remains the same: When Shimizu starts hitting long-range shots with regularity, its best to keep feeding him the ball.Thats precisely what the HeatDevils did during a 76-71 [read more]
According to the Japan Times, Taishiro Shimizu owns a well-recognized name wherever he travels around the bj-league. After all, the popular guard has played in the upstart circuit since its inception in 2005.
After productive stints with the Saitama Broncos (2005-10) and his hometown Miyazaki Shining Suns (2010-12), one thing remains the same: When Shimizu starts hitting long-range shots with regularity, its best to keep feeding him the ball.
Thats precisely what the HeatDevils did during a 76-71 win over the Kyoto Hannaryz on Sunday.
Shimizu sank 6 of 10 3-point shots and scored a game-high 27 points for Oita (14-12).
Kyoto (16-10) lost its third straight game.
HeatDevils star Verdell Jones III provided a spark for the teams passing game, finishing with seven assists. Jones also scored 10 points. Devonne Giles chipped in with 16 points and 16 rebounds and Manabu Umemiya netted 12 points.
Oita trailed 33-19 at halftime and stormed back by scoring 34 third-quarter points in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture. The Hannaryz were unable to stave off the HeatDevils momentum.
Edwin Ubiles paced Kyoto with 17 points, Yu Okada scored 12 and Shun Watanuki had 10. Chris Holm provided nine points and nine rebounds for the hosts.
Five Arrows 86, Crane Thunders 81
In Takamatsu, 208-cm center Paul Williams gave Gunma defenders fits for the second game in as many days to lead the Five Arrows to a series sweep.
Williams, a St. Bonaventure (New York) University product, scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. He made 10 of 12 shots from the field on Sunday. In the series opener, he converted 11 of 12.
Takamatsu improved to 13-11, solidifying its playoff hopes. Gunma fell to 4-20, the second-worst record in the league.
Five Arrows floor leader Dexter Lyons finished with 16 points, five assists and three steals and Andrais Thornton had 14 points and nine rebounds. Tsubasa Yonezawa scored 13 points and Sean Smith had 11.
For the Crane Thunders, Carlos Dixon had a team-high 24 points with six assists. Shingo Okada added 15 points and Kenya Tomori netted 14.
Lakestars 87, Bambitious 71
In Nara, Marshall Brown scored 28 points, Dionisio Gomez had 17 and Brandon Fields went 10-for-10 at the free-throw line as Shiga bounced back from a loss on Saturday.
Fields, a University of Nevada alum, finished with 16 points.
The Lakestars (12-14) built a 48-29 advantage by halftime.
Joe Chapman had six 3-pointers and 22 points to lead Nara (6-18). Tatsuya Suzuki added 11 points, six assists and four steals, while Jamar Abrams scored 10 points.
Grouses 82, Rizing 70
In Fukuoka, Takeshi Mito, Tatsunori Fujie and Masashi Joho each dished out five assists and Toyamas offense clicked in a series-closing win.
The Grouses (20-6) recorded a series split and shot 30-for-49 (61.2 percent) from 2-point range.
Mito finished with 19 points, Fujie scored 18 and Ira Brown had 16 points and nine rebounds. Sam Willard supplied 14 points and 20 rebounds for Toyama, which owned a 52-39 advantage on the boards.
Reggie Warren led Fukuoka (9-15) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Dale scored 14 points and Cohey Aoki, Akitomo Takeno and Masahiro Kano had 10 apiece.
| Shimane struggling after departure of coach, top star- Jan.9, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, the Shimane Susanoo Magic have dropped out of playoff contention this season, but big man Jeral Davis remains a bright spot for the fourth-year franchise.The center leads the team in scoring (16.6 points), rebounds (9.7), blocks (2.7, No. 2 in league) and dunks (39). In past seasons, Davis was not a go-to scorer, but could give the team a timely inside bucket a putback or stuff perhaps more times than not.This season, Davis became the focal point of the teams offe [read more]
According to the Japan Times, the Shimane Susanoo Magic have dropped out of playoff contention this season, but big man Jeral Davis remains a bright spot for the fourth-year franchise.
The center leads the team in scoring (16.6 points), rebounds (9.7), blocks (2.7, No. 2 in league) and dunks (39). In past seasons, Davis was not a go-to scorer, but could give the team a timely inside bucket a putback or stuff perhaps more times than not.
This season, Davis became the focal point of the teams offense when forward Thomas Kennedy (17.1 ppg) was released after 10 games. Since then, Kennedy has reunited with ex-Yokohama B-Corsairs coach Reggie Geary on the NBLs Chiba Jets.
Davis and his teammates, meanwhile, have endured a rocky season under first-year coach Vlasios Vlaikidis, whose squad has lost six of its past seven games. Shimane (5-19) has the worst record in the 10-team Western Conference.
The Magic, who advanced to the playoffs in each of their first three seasons under ex-coach Zeljko Pavlicevic, have had just one winning streak (two games) as the 52-game season reaches its midway point. Pavlicevic now coaches the NBLs Wakayama Trians (16-8 in the regular season; they have also advanced to the ongoing Emperors Cup semifinals) and do-it-all forward Michael Parker, who starred for the Magic for the past two seasons, is an all-around force for the club.
I think the function as a team (has) collapsed in Shimane, a longtime league observer told The Japan Times on Sunday. Players and the head coach quarreled during the (last) game. The team need a head coach with strong leadership.
Bright future: Bambitious Nara guard Tatsuya Suzuki has had a solid start to his bj-league career. The 22-year-old leads the expansion franchise in minutes played (864) through 24 games. Hes also averaging 6.8 points and 5.3 assists (tied for the fourth-best output in the league). The Takushoku University product has 128 assists against 55 turnovers with 40 steals.
Among his highlights to date, Suzuki had a season-best 22 points on Nov. 16 against Takamatsu and a season-high 10 assists on Nov. 9 against Kyoto.
Nara drafted Suzuki, a Tokyo native, in the second round of Mays rookie draft.
Seeing the big picture: Toyama coach Bob Nash stresses pointing out the positives from his players performances during games and practices. The former NBA forward and University of Hawaii head coach also recognizes the value of commending the work of league officials.
The bj-league referees are doing a great job this season of letting the players play and deciding the outcome of games, Nash told The Japan Times. They dont always get it right, but I see a much-improved effort of consistency to try to get it right.
While Nash is not an official spokesman for the league, he is one of the circuits elder statesmen and understands the importance of promotions.
For instance, he said, speaking out to the nations sports enthusiasts, Please support your local team or the bj-league in the New Year, as the level of play in the bj-league is an exciting brand of basketball. Looking ahead, the race for the East and West Conference championships will produce some exciting games and matchups in the months to come. Hopefully, one of the national television networks will see the opportunity and possibly broadcast a bj-league game.
Delivering a strong message to a team and to the general public is a vital role for a coach.
Just ask Nash.
In most of my post-game interviews, I always acknowledge the press for their coverage of our games and the bj-league, he said, because without the press we cant reach our fans. I ask my fellow coaches to do the same thing to help our league to become stronger and more recognizable. . . .
Road struggles: Only six of 21 teams have winning road records through Sunday. Four of those teams are in the Eastern Conference: Akita (9-3 in away games), Toyama (11-3), Iwate (6-2) and Shinshu (7-5). In the West, the Ryukyu (8-2) and Oita (10-6) are above .500 on the road.
League honors: Hot-shooting Taishiro Shimizu of the HeatDevils received the Lawson/Ponta Weekly MVP award after helping his team sweep Kyoto last weekend. Shimizu scored 16 points and nailed 4 of 5 3-pointers in a 13-point victory in the series opener on Saturday. A day later, he canned 6 of 10 3s en route to 27 points in Oitas five-point triumph.
Takamatsu Five Arrows center Paul Williams was named the December MVP, helping the Shikoku club climb from eighth to fifth in the Western Conference standings in the years final month.
Williams, a St. Bonaventure (New York) University product, averaged 11.5 points and 13.9 rebounds in December, when Takamatsu went 6-2 in series that started and ended in the month. (The teams Dec. 1 game, a series finale, went into consideration for November accolades).
In addition, Williams has made a big impact to start 2014. The 208-cm big man converted 21 of 24 shots from the field in a pair of wins over the Gunma Crane Thunders last weekend. He scored 25 and grabbed 15 rebounds in the opener and netted 21 points and cleaned the glass for 11 rebounds in the finale.
Looking ahead: Games resume on Thursday as Fukuoka opens its series against visiting Shimane. The Saturday-Sunday docket features Akita vs. Shiga, Shinshu vs. Toyama, Saitama vs. Gunma, Hamamatsu vs. Aomori and Nara vs. Kyoto.
The Sunday-Monday series are Sendai vs. Osaka and Tokyo vs. Iwate, the Monday-Tuesday matchup is Ryukyu vs. Takamatsu, while Nara meets visiting Saitama on Jan. 15-16.
| 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 |
| Jets Defeat Broncos Jan.16, 2013 |
| Yokohama edges past Akita. Jan.16, 2013 |
| Veteran forward Cummings joins 89ers Dec.12, 2012 |
| Rizing Fukuoka's Game-Winning turnaround. Nov.9, 2012 |
| T-Mac to move to China. Oct.9, 2012 |
| Preseason Workout Sep.7, 2012 |
| Chiba Jets Defect To The JBL Jul.30, 2012 |
| Sendai 89ers Get New Home Ground For Next Season. Jun.16, 2012 |
| BJ League Operations. May.15, 2012 |
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