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 ...

Swift's comeback bid continues with tryout

Oct 20, 2016

Swift's comeback bid continues with tryout

Robert Swift’s attempt to revive his pro basketball career continues. More than five-and-a-half years after playing his final professional game for the Tokyo Apache, the veteran center is vying to make a comeback in the NBA Development League. On Sunday, Swift participated in a ...

Alvark cruise to win over 89ers

Oct 16, 2016

Alvark cruise to win over 89ers

The Tokyo Alvark set the tone for game-long dominance with consistent scoring in the paint and tough defense, featuring a persistent pursuit of the ball. Conversely, the Sendai 89ers never found a way to slow down the Alvark offense, and they struggled to score ...

SeaHorses jump out to big lead, fend off Evessa comeback

Oct 15, 2016

SeaHorses jump out to big lead, fend off Evessa comeback

The Osaka Evessa mounted a spirited comeback during Saturday’s series opener against the visiting SeaHorses Mikawa. But Evessa coach Dai Oketani’s squad fell short in the end, losing 76-69 at Fumin Kyosai Super Arena. Osaka (2-5) trailed 31-7 after the opening quarter and 46-25 ...