Oct 17, 2014

Kyoto improves to 5-0; Akita routs Fukushima

After three straight trips to the Final Four, the Kyoto Hannaryz are hungry to capture a title in coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s fourth season at the helm. Winning bj-league games keeps that focus in the spotlight, and the unbeaten Kyoto Hannaryz defeated the Bambitious Nara ...

Mavericks sign Togashi to contract; D-League assignment expected

Oct 16, 2014

Mavericks sign Togashi to contract; D-League assignment expected

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Yuki Togashi to a contact, the NBA team announced on Wednesday. After Togashi showcased his offensive skills in four games during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League in July, including 12 points in 11 minutes against ...

Okada making impact for unbeaten Shiga

| Oct 16, 2014

Okada making impact for unbeaten Shiga

Yu Okada has spent nearly a decade now knocking down jump shots for a paycheck. He was an integral part of the Takamatsu Five Arrows’ remarkable run to a championship runnerup finish as a first-year franchise in the 2006-07 season, a recognizable fixture in ...

Oct 14, 2014

Toyama earns road sweep against Tokyo

Led by newcomer Keyon Carter’s 20-point performance and Masashi Joho’s 15 points, the visiting Toyama Grouses defeated the Tokyo Cinq Reves 77-71 on Monday to complete a series sweep. The Grouses, the reigning Eastern Conference regular-season bj-league champion, held Tokyo to nine fourth-quarter points ...

B-Corsairs take revenge on Brave Warriors

Oct 12, 2014

B-Corsairs take revenge on Brave Warriors

No basketball coach wants to watch his team yield 100-plus points and lose at the same time. But that’s what Yokohama B-Corsairs coach Michael Katsuhisa experienced on Saturday. One of the best things about sports, of course, is often a rematch — and a ...

Fukushima's Karimata capitalizes on opportunity

| Oct 9, 2014

Fukushima's Karimata capitalizes on opportunity

Fukushima Firebonds management achieved its first victory by establishing a pro basketball team for the residents of the Tohoku prefecture. Victory No. 2, more symbolic in the annals of sports, came on Sunday in the team’s second regular-season game. The result? The first-year franchise ...

Oct 7, 2014

Fukushima Firebonds sign Jones to bolster backcourt

The Fukushima Firebonds have signed guard Verdell Jones III, bj-league sources have told The Japan Times. The Indiana University product is currently waiting for his visa paperwork to be processed. The expansion Firebonds went 1-1 in the first weekend of the regular season, edging ...

Togashi invited to Dallas Mavericks training camp

Oct 7, 2014

Togashi invited to Dallas Mavericks training camp

The Dallas Mavericks have invited point guard Yuki Togashi to their preseason training camp, according to Cloud9, his management company. The announcement was made on Tuesday, and Togashi is scheduled to travel to Dallas on Saturday. Japanese supporters expressed their excitement via Twitter. Exhibit ...

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

Oct 5, 2014

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

Yuji Ide emerged as a team catalyst for the Tokyo Cinq Reves last season. He averaged 15.0 points per game and was named the bj-league’s Most Improved Player award for the 2013-14 season, his second in the league, though he played only 54 total ...