Free-throw dominance gives Levanga win over 89ers

Oct 31, 2016

Free-throw dominance gives Levanga win over 89ers

For the Levanga Hokkaido, their Halloween treat was repeated trips to the free-throw line. Hokkaido sank 23 of 31 attempts in an 84-69 Monday victory, its second in as many days over the visiting Sendai 89ers. Free throws proved to be a big difference ...

Oct 31, 2016

Former B-Corsair Reed drafted by D-League Iowa

Former Yokohama B-Corsairs standout Omar Reed was the first pick in the fifth round of the 2016 NBA Development League Draft on Sunday. The Iowa Energy, the Memphis Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate, selected the 29-year-old swingman. The 2016 D-League season tips off on Nov. 11. ...

Confrontation mars Alvark's win over Jets

Oct 30, 2016

Confrontation mars Alvark's win over Jets

In a sense, two games were staged at Funabashi Arena on Sunday. It wasn’t planned that way. One lasted less than a quarter. The other was the consequence of the abrupt end of the first “real” game. And yes, in total 40 minutes of ...

Sakuragi remains vital on-court presence for SeaHorses

Oct 29, 2016

Sakuragi remains vital on-court presence for SeaHorses

Throughout the 21st century, J.R. Sakuragi has been one of the most prominent names in Japan men’s basketball. Formerly known as J.R. Henderson, the ex-UCLA standout and NBA player, made his debut with the Aisin SeaHorses in 2001. And he’s still going strong for ...

Katakami preps teams for media

| Oct 27, 2016

Katakami preps teams for media

Credit the B. League for making an earnest effort to raise the professional reputation of men’s basketball in Japan. Elevating the sport is not just about having the former NBL, NBDL and bj-league teams under one umbrella. Little things that may go unnoticed to ...

Albirex repel B-Corsairs' charge

Oct 23, 2016

Albirex repel B-Corsairs' charge

After a real slow start against the Niigata Albirex BB on Sunday afternoon, the Yokohama B-Corsairs mounted a spirited comeback in the third quarter, pulling to within five points. But hot-starting Niigata never trailed and finished strong in the fourth quarter en route to ...

Brex storm past Alvark in series opener

Oct 22, 2016

Brex storm past Alvark in series opener

Two former NBL powerhouse teams squared off on Saturday in one of the early marquee matchups of the B. League’s inaugural season, and coach Tom Wisman’s Tochigi Brex made a statement. The hosts delivered an impressive effort against their East Division foe, handing the ...

Shiga finds going tough early on

| Oct 20, 2016

Shiga finds going tough early on

After a month of games, there are two 1-7 teams in the B. League’s 18-team first division. And they are both vying to climb out of the cellar. The Central Division’s Toyama Grouses, last season’s bj-league championship runner-up squad, has stumbled out of the ...