Gritty Alvark beat SeaHorses in Game 2 to tie NBL Finals

May 24, 2015

Gritty Alvark beat SeaHorses in Game 2 to tie NBL Finals

The Toyota Alvark dragged the SeaHorses into their own preferred style of contest — a tenacious defensive battle — and pulled even in the NBL Finals with a 69-66 win over Aisin in Sunday’s Game 2 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium Annex. The best-of-five series ...

Sakuragi leads SeaHorses to Game 1 victory

May 23, 2015

Sakuragi leads SeaHorses to Game 1 victory

An old scorer never dies. Veteran center and former UCLA player J.R. Sakuragi paced the Aisin SeaHorses with 30 points and four assists in their 86-82 win over the Toyota Alvark in Game 1 of the best-of-five NBL Finals at Yoyogi National Gymnasium Annex ...

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 ...