Geary has Nagoya thriving with defense

| Oct 13, 2016

Geary has Nagoya thriving with defense

The Nagoya Diamond Dolphins have opened the new season with a strong overall showing over the first three weeks. Second-year coach Reggie Geary’s team has won four straight games and shares the league lead for the best record (5-1) through Sunday. Four other teams ...

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

Oct 11, 2016

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

Whenever he stepped on the court during 11 distinguished seasons as a special ambassador for Japan pro basketball, Cohey Aoki increased the visibility of the sport. Fans loved watching him play, and rightfully so. He displayed a pure joy for the game, but exhibited ...

Hokkaido offense clicks in triumph over Akita

Oct 9, 2016

Hokkaido offense clicks in triumph over Akita

Balanced scoring guided the Levanga Hokkaido past the Akita Northern Happinets in their series opener on Sunday in Sapporo. Takanobu Nishikawa scored a team-high 24 points in Levanga’s 76-70 victory at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center. Hokkaido’s Daniel Miller added 15 points, 46-year-old shooting ...

NeoPhoenix's defense shines in triumph over B-Corsairs

Oct 8, 2016

NeoPhoenix's defense shines in triumph over B-Corsairs

The San-en NeoPhoenix delivered an impressive defensive performance on Saturday in their series opener against the struggling Yokohama B-Corsairs. First-year NeoPhoenix head coach Hiroki Fujita’s team rejected nine shots, with six players blocking one or more attempts in a 71-62 home victory. San-en, the ...

Armstrong extends career in Japan

| Oct 8, 2016

Armstrong extends career in Japan

The Chiba Jets’ home gymnasium is far from the ultra-bright lights and mammoth-size arenas that dot the NBA landscape. But, in its first season, the new B. League offers rookies and seasoned veterans the same opportunity: a chance to play the game and earn ...

Brave Thunders cruise past Albirex

Oct 7, 2016

Brave Thunders cruise past Albirex

The Kawasaki Brave Thunders dominated the second quarter and built a sizable advantage that never vanished en route to a 103-70 series-opening victory over the visiting Niigata Albirex BB on Friday. Leading by a point after the opening period, the Brave Thunders outscored the ...

Patience pays off as Brex run away from Jets

Oct 2, 2016

Patience pays off as Brex run away from Jets

Effective coaches trust their instincts. Effective coaches also trust their players’ ability to make adjustments and handle new tactics during the course of a sporting event. Tochigi Brex bench boss Tom Wisman relied on his instincts and his deep knowledge of the game to ...

Golden Kings outshine Lakestars for first B. League triumph

Oct 1, 2016

Golden Kings outshine Lakestars for first B. League triumph

After ushering in the B. League’s inaugural season with the opening series on Sept. 22-23 against the Alvark Tokyo at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, the Ryukyu Golden Kings were still searching for their first victory this weekend. Mission accomplished. Ryukyu, which captured a record four ...

Fazekas guides Brave Thunders past B-Corsairs

Sep 30, 2016

Fazekas guides Brave Thunders past B-Corsairs

Former NBA center Nick Fazekas scored a game-high 31 points, including a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining, in the Kawasaki Brave Thunders’ 87-85 win over the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs on Friday night. Kawasaki (1-2) lost two road games by a combined ...