Hoop hero Okayama reflects on lost chance

May 20, 2015

Hoop hero Okayama reflects on lost chance

Long before recent international Japanese basketball stars like Yuta Tabuse, Yuki Togashi and Yuta Watanabe, there was Yasutaka Okayama, who might have made a name for himself the same way they did. Okayama, who stands 230 cm — which allegedly makes him the tallest ...

Alvark advance to NBL Finals

May 18, 2015

Alvark advance to NBL Finals

The Toyota Alvark are going back to the title series. Toyota came through, playing resilient defense, down the stretch and went on to book a spot in the NBL Finals with a 81-72 victory over the Hitachi Sunrockers in the decisive third game of ...

Toyota tops Hitachi for 26th straight victory

May 16, 2015

Toyota tops Hitachi for 26th straight victory

With exceptional versatility, a player like him is often dubbed a Mr. Everything. But he has a more privileged nickname, “Mr. Incredible.” Toyota forward/center Jeff Gibbs came through in every phase of the game on both sides of the ball to guide the Alvark ...

Kawabuchi chosen as new Japan Basketball Association president

May 13, 2015

Kawabuchi chosen as new Japan Basketball Association president

Japan 2024 Task Force co-chairman Saburo Kawabuchi was officially elected as the new president of the Japan Basketball Association during an extraordinary council and board meeting on Wednesday. The JBA also approved six new board members, including Kawabuchi, in the same meetings. A pair ...

Fujimitsu outsprints field for 200-meter triumph

May 10, 2015

Fujimitsu outsprints field for 200-meter triumph

One week after helping the Japan men’s 4×100 meter relay team punch its ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics with a third-place finish in Nassau May 3, sprinter Kenji Fujimitsu shouldered the load all by himself and raced to a little more success on ...

Athletes gearing up for Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki

May 9, 2015

Athletes gearing up for Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki

The Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki meet will be a rare opportunity for Japanese track and field fans to get to see some of the world’s elite athletes from outside of the country in person, as well as top Japanese ones. The 2015 edition will ...

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

May 8, 2015

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

The Hitachi Sunrockers had to take a ferocious challenge from the Chiba Jets in their playoff opener. But they managed to survive it, coming through in the end. Hitachi forward Aki Chambers shot 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc and scored a team-high 22 ...

NBL playoffs set to tip off

| May 7, 2015

NBL playoffs set to tip off

With the regular season wrapping up last weekend, the NBL is set for more heated battles when the playoffs begin on Friday. Here are the first-round matchups (best-of-three): — Hitachi Sunrockers (45-9) vs. Chiba Jets (34-20) at Ota City General Gymnasium. — Mitsubishi Diamond ...

Uchiyama defends title with patented KO

May 6, 2015

Uchiyama defends title with patented KO

Watanabe Gym chairman Hitoshi Watanabe confessed that he hadn’t been sure if it was right to select undefeated fighter Jomthong Chuwattana as the opponent for his own Takashi Uchiyama, because he knew the Thai could pose a legitimate threat. In the end, Watanabe’s fears ...