Baranski stays cool as Alvark sweep past Albirex

Jan 2, 2017

Baranski stays cool as Alvark sweep past Albirex

Like every job, there is work-related pressure in basketball. How a team copes with the biggest pressure-packed moments is often the difference between winning and losing. Alvark Tokyo forward Zack Baranski handled that pressure with flying colors on Monday afternoon. In the pivotal third ...

Effective Evessa stifle 89ers

Dec 29, 2016

Effective Evessa stifle 89ers

The Osaka Evessa started and finished strong en route to a 79-67 victory over the visiting Sendai 89ers on Thursday night. The Evessa (16-12) jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the series opener in Osaka, and held the visitors to 36.8 percent shooting ...

Fazekas, Spangler shine for Kawasaki

| Dec 29, 2016

Fazekas, Spangler shine for Kawasaki

A season ago, established stars Nick Fazekas and Naoto Tsuji set the tone for the then-Toshiba Brave Thunders in the final NBL season. From a statistical standpoint, they were the driving force behind the team’s championship. Consider the dynamic duo’s performances in the decisive ...

Brex beat B-Corsairs in Christmas Day showdown

Dec 25, 2016

Brex beat B-Corsairs in Christmas Day showdown

Tochigi Brex supporters came out in full force, putting fannies in every seat. There wasn’t an empty seat in the packed joint. The Brex returned the favor — a gift that didn’t need to be wrapped with a fancy bow — to the delight ...

High-scoring Alvark end Brave Thunders' 15-game winning streak

Dec 24, 2016

High-scoring Alvark end Brave Thunders' 15-game winning streak

In a Christmas Eve clash of B. League heavyweights, the Alvark Tokyo avenged Friday’s series-opening loss and halted the Kawasaki Brave Thunders’ 15-game winning streak at the same time. Troy Gillenwater scored 32 points and Daiki Tanaka poured in 30 in Tokyo’s 106-92 victory ...

Toyama coach Nash persevering through challenges

| Dec 24, 2016

Toyama coach Nash persevering through challenges

The Toyama Grouses have experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum over the past seven-plus months. First, there was the euphoric ride of coming one win away from a storybook ending in the spring. Coach Bob Nash led them to a bj-league championship game ...

Brave Thunders roll past Alvark for 15th straight victory

Dec 23, 2016

Brave Thunders roll past Alvark for 15th straight victory

A sensational start fueled the Kawasaki Brave Thunders’ latest victory. Coach Takuya Kita’s club opened Friday’s game against the Alvark Tokyo, another powerhouse team, with a 16-0 run. Tokyo rebounded with a strong second quarter, but lost 93-81 as the Brave Thunders extended their ...