Apr 16, 2016

Nash's 42-point night ignites Fukushima

Rookie forward Le’Bryan Nash scored a game-high 42 points and the Fukushima Firebonds snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday, beating the visiting Sendai 89ers 94-93. As a result, Fukushima also halted Sendai’s 10-game winning streak. Nash, an Oklahoma State product, made 17 of ...

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

| Apr 16, 2016

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

Second in a three-part series For the team’s inaugural 2005-06 season in the bj-league, the Tokyo Apache hired a head coach with a catchy nickname and a globally renowned son named after a Japanese delicacy. Yes, Kobe’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. The elder Bryant, ...

Apr 10, 2016

Aomori surges late to defeat rival Fukushima

The growing rivalry between the Aomori Wat’s and Fukushima Firebonds reached another level over the weekend, when fourth-quarter offensive fireworks intensified in both games. In the series finale on Sunday, Aomori used a 30-point fourth quarter to close out a hard-fought 84-79 home win ...

Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

Apr 10, 2016

Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

Players nearly half his age are beginning their professional careers, and high-energy guard Masahiro Oguchi continues to make his mark for the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and defy the odds. He remains a textbook example of gutsy play and the importance of veteran smarts for ...

Former Evessa star Lottich named new Valparaiso head coach

Apr 8, 2016

Former Evessa star Lottich named new Valparaiso head coach

Ten years after helping lead the Osaka Evessa to the first of three consecutive bj-league championships, Matt Lottich has become a Division I head coach. Lottich on Thursday was named Valparaiso University’s new men’s basketball coach. He replaces Bryce Drew, who was hired this ...

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

| Apr 7, 2016

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

Building an offense around good ball movement isn’t a revolutionary concept in basketball. It’s a proven formula for success at all levels. Good passing always helps to create scoring opportunities. The Sendai 89ers rely on gifted passers to generate their high-powered offense. That approach ...