| Dec 19, 2014

Aomori relying on strong nucleus in second season

The Aomori Wat’s are positioning themselves for another postseason appearance, building on the experience the Tohoku-based team gained in its inaugural season. Coach Koju Munakata has guided the Wat’s to a respectable 13-9 start, including a 4-2 record in their past six games. Aomori, ...

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

Dec 18, 2014

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann repeatedly stated that the Japan Basketball Association’s “lack of vision” is a fundamental problem stunting the sport’s development throughout the nation. During a Thursday morning news conference, Baumann spoke with an authoritative tone about serious issues facing the Japan ...

Dec 14, 2014

89ers punish sloppy Broncos

There were several stretches of Sunday’s Saitama Broncos-Sendai 89ers game when the home squad’s defense was in complete disarray. Sendai players were left wide open on the perimeter or underneath the basket, and when a Broncos defender appeared, it often happened too late. As ...

Dec 13, 2014

Iwate edges Ryukyu in thriller, extends winning streak to 19

For the Iwate Big Bulls, eight was a key number on Saturday. They had eight blocked shots, and they held the reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings to eight second-quarter points. But for coach Dai Oketani’s club, the biggest numbers were the final score: Iwate ...

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

| Dec 12, 2014

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

The Toronto Raptors’ climb hasn’t been an overnight miracle. But it’s been a memorable climb under the steady leadership of head coach Dwane Casey. The Raptors are on pace for an increase in wins for the fourth consecutive season since Casey was hired to ...

Dec 7, 2014

Shinshu's Sanders provides big spark in triumph over Toyama

Shinshu Brave Warriors forward Patrick Sanders was an offensive force in Sunday’s series finale against the Toyama Grouses. Sanders scored a game-high 32 points and capitalized on his opportunities at the foul line, too. An 84.8 percent free-throw shooter, he made all nine of ...

Dec 6, 2014

Davis notches double-double in victorious debut for Sendai

Jeral Davis enjoyed a successful debut with the Sendai 89ers on Saturday. The 216-cm big man produced a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in 21-plus minutes, swatted two shots and helped the Sendai 89ers thump the visiting Bambitious Nara 91-67. Davis, a Talladega College ...

Roby powering Akita with strong all-around game

| Dec 4, 2014

Roby powering Akita with strong all-around game

The Akita Northern Happinets (14-4) have played nearly one-third of their 52-game schedule, and forward Richard Roby is having an MVP-caliber season. Need proof? Roby is among the league’s top 10 in four categories: scoring (18.7 points per game, seventh overall), assists (4.0, tied ...