Brave Thunders beat Trians in Game 1 of NBL Finals

May 21, 2014

Brave Thunders beat Trians in Game 1 of NBL Finals

Wakayama had the momentum in the opening half, but Toshiba prevailed in the latter as the Brave Thunders defeated the Trians 69-61 in Game 1 of the NBL Finals at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Wednesday night. Youngster Naoto Tsuji led the game ...

'Unfinished business' fires up MVP Fazekas, Toshiba

May 20, 2014

'Unfinished business' fires up MVP Fazekas, Toshiba

Having wrapped up team practice, center Nick Fazekas took off his 38-cm (15-inch) shoes and sat on the bench in a relaxed manner. This laid-back American is the undisputed king of the Toshiba Brave Thunders, who seek to capture the league championship in the ...

May 16, 2014

FIBA threatens JBA with suspension for inaction over merger

It appears to be an ultimatum for the Japan Basketball Association. Yasuhiko Fukatsu, the acting president of the sport’s governing body in Japan, revealed to the media on Wednesday that it was told by FIBA that it could face a suspension, which would ban ...

Triumphant Gatlin grabs spotlight in 100-meter race

May 11, 2014

Triumphant Gatlin grabs spotlight in 100-meter race

Former Olympic champion Justin Gatlin cruised to the finish line with a winning time of 10.02 seconds, while Japanese teenage phenom Yoshihide Kiryu sank to fifth place in the men’s 100-meter dash race in the Golden Grand Prix Tokyo meet at National Stadium on ...

Gatlin urges Kiryu to believe in his ability

May 10, 2014

Gatlin urges Kiryu to believe in his ability

Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin has told Japanese sprinters that posting a sub-10-second mark is a feat, but ultimately not difficult to achieve. If you have the right mind-set, he believes, it will come. Speaking at a Saturday news conference for Sunday’s Golden Grand ...

Alvark storm past Brex in decisive Game 3

May 5, 2014

Alvark storm past Brex in decisive Game 3

Once again, the Toyota Alvark encountered a fearless challenge from the Link Tochigi Brex. But the Alvark displayed better composure and the knack for winning a big game. The Alvark defense prevailed in the second half, holding the Brex to just 20 points as ...

Brex beat Alvark to tie semifinal series

May 4, 2014

Brex beat Alvark to tie semifinal series

The Brex players gave it their all for the entire game, and sent their loyal fans nuts with an emotional victory. Guard Hironori Watanabe had a team-high 23 points, going 3-for-6 from outside the 3-point arc, and veteran big man Daiji Yamada gave the ...

Alvark clobber Brex in teams' playoff opener

May 3, 2014

Alvark clobber Brex in teams' playoff opener

Though they dealt with some threatening moments, the Toyota Motors Alvark buckled down when it mattered most and came out on top in the end. American Jeff Gibbs had a double-double performance with 22 points and 15 rebounds, followed by compatriot Philip Ricci, who ...

Fazekas named NBL MVP

May 1, 2014

Fazekas named NBL MVP

Toshiba Brave Thunders center Nick Fazekas was voted the NBL’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 regular season, the league announced on Thursday. The 210-cm Fazekas led the 12-team league with 26.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game for the Brave Thunders, who had ...