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Saturday, May 17, 2008

BJ-LEAGUE

Oketani fired by HeatDevils

The Japan Times

The Oita HeatDevils have fired coach Dai Oketani. His contract expires on May 31.

Oketani has coached the HeatDevils during the team's three-year existence in the bj-league. In its inaugural season, Oita posted a 15-25 record. In 2006-07, Oita reached the playoffs, winning 22 of 40 regular-season games. The team slipped to 19-21 this season, missing out on the Western Conference's wild-card spot on the final weekend of the season to the Takamatsu Five Arrows.

The high-scoring HeatDevils were one of the league's top offensive teams this past season. Andy Ellis led the league in scoring (25.5 points per game) and Tsubasa Yonamine was No. 2 in assists (5.6) but the team's defense was mediocre.



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