Jets soar past NeoPhoenix for 10th consecutive win

Dec 10, 2016

Jets soar past NeoPhoenix for 10th consecutive win

The Chiba Jets opened the season with three loses in their first four games. But since then, they have grown as a team and made big strides in the right direction — and taken a big leap in the standings, too. Saturday’s 84-74 win ...

Hokkaido outplays Nagoya in series opener

Dec 9, 2016

Hokkaido outplays Nagoya in series opener

Levanga Hokkaido big man Daniel Miller delivered a noteworthy performance at the defensive end of the court on Friday night. The 211-cm Miller’s game-high 10 rebounds (nine defensive) and four blocks helped guide the Levanga Hokkaido to a series-opening 69-60 triumph over the Nagoya ...

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

| Dec 8, 2016

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

Camaraderie pays off for successful teams. The Tochigi Brex and SeaHorses Mikawa are prime examples of that. Last weekend when the teams collided at Brex Arena Utsunomiya, there were numerous examples of players encouraging one another, making the extra pass, doing the unselfish things ...

Gibson, Harrellson propel Evessa past Grouses

Dec 6, 2016

Gibson, Harrellson propel Evessa past Grouses

Frontcourt mates Xavier Gibson and Josh Harrellson combined for 45 points for the second straight night to lead the Osaka Evessa to a 98-93 win over the Toyama Grouses on Tuesday. Osaka (12-9) completed a two-game series sweep at Fumin Kyosai Super Arena, with ...

Dec 6, 2016

Evessa start fast, hold off Grouses

The Osaka Evessa took an 18-point lead into the second quarter and held on for an 85-79 home win over the Toyama Grouses on Monday night in the B. League. Former University of Kentucky and NBA big man Josh Harrellson paced the Evessa (11-9) ...

Brex edge SeaHorses in heavyweight matchup

Dec 4, 2016

Brex edge SeaHorses in heavyweight matchup

Both Tochigi Brex-SeaHorses Mikawa games lived up to their lofty expectations over the weekend. The powerhouse basketball clubs exchanged down-to-the-wire wins, not unlike two heavyweight boxers trading knockout punches in back-to-back title bouts. On Sunday, it was Tochigi’s turn to chalk up a number ...

Albirex edge Lakestars, improve to 10-10

Dec 3, 2016

Albirex edge Lakestars, improve to 10-10

The Niigata Albirex BB overcame Lakestars star Julian Mavunga’s 41-point performance and escaped with a 92-91 road victory on Saturday over Shiga. Tenyoku You nailed a pair of free throws with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Albirex in front 92-85. ...

Lottich inspiring Valparaiso with passion

| Dec 3, 2016

Lottich inspiring Valparaiso with passion

For many years, Matt Lottich was one of the best basketball ambassadors that Japan has ever had. He made big contributions on a consistent basis. He respected the game and played it the right way. Above all, the cerebral guard understood what it took ...

Brave Thunders cruise past Levanga

Dec 2, 2016

Brave Thunders cruise past Levanga

There’s nothing new about Nick Fazekas scoring points in bunches. It happens all the time. The former NBA big man did it again on Friday night — 33 points to be precise. The Kawasaki Brave Thunders center also grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out ...

Ryukyu struggling to adapt in new era

| Dec 1, 2016

Ryukyu struggling to adapt in new era

The Ryukyu Golden Kings have experienced incredible success over the past nine years. The Okinawa-based franchise’s record fourth title was its crowning achievement in the final game in bj-league history in May at Ariake Colosseum. This season is a different story — so far. ...