'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

Jan 20, 2014

'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

Putting his honorable nickname behind him, Kenichi Sako is beginning a new adventure, though it may not proceed as smoothly as it did when he was a player. Sako, who was known as “Mr. Basketball” during his glorious career as a player in Japan, ...

Nomo inducted into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

Jan 17, 2014

Nomo inducted into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

People don’t remember Hideo Nomo by his records. They remember him as a trailblazer. And that’s enough to get him into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. The former starting pitcher in both Japan and the major leagues was selected by the Players Selection ...

Toshiba edges Toyota Motors for Emperor's Cup title

Jan 13, 2014

Toshiba edges Toyota Motors for Emperor's Cup title

When a big title is on the line, a winner is often decided by how resilient it is. On Monday afternoon, both the Toshiba Brave Thunders and Toyota Motors Alvark exhibited this before a big crowd of over 7,500 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. But ...

Sunflowers reign supreme in Empress' Cup

Jan 12, 2014

Sunflowers reign supreme in Empress' Cup

The JX-Eneos Sunflowers captured the Empress’ Cup, which, according to their veteran point guard Asami Yoshida, had always belonged to them. A pair of Japan national team inside players, Yuka Mamiya and Ramu Tokashiki, scored 22 points and 16 point, respectively, to guide the ...

Alvark roar back to reach All-Japan Championship final

Jan 11, 2014

Alvark roar back to reach All-Japan Championship final

The Alvark looked dead and buried early on in the game. But still they found a way to survive. Toyota Motors rebounded from a 28-point deficit in the second quarter and ended up punching its ticket to the championship game of the single-elimination All-Japan ...

Alvark down Diamond Dolphins in Emperor's Cup quarterfinals

Jan 5, 2014

Alvark down Diamond Dolphins in Emperor's Cup quarterfinals

The Toyota Motors Alvark didn’t have much spark offensively, but still managed to finish with a W, thanks to their defensive efforts in a 67-56 win over the Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dolphins in the quarterfinals of the All-Japan Championship on Sunday. The Alvark will ...

Aisin routs Tsukuba, books spot in Emperor's Cup semifinals

Jan 4, 2014

Aisin routs Tsukuba, books spot in Emperor's Cup semifinals

Former UConn player Gavin Edwards and NBL rookie Makoto Hiejima scored 22 points apiece to help the Aisin SeaHorses advance to the semifinals of the 89th All-Japan Championship with a 96-79 win over the Tsukuba Robots on Saturday. Edwards, a 207-cm player, had a ...

Hachimura powers Meisei High to Winter Cup title

Dec 29, 2013

Hachimura powers Meisei High to Winter Cup title

Freshman sensation Louis Hachimura scored 32 points to guide Sendai’s Meisei High School to its second-ever Winter Cup title with a 92-78 victory over Fukuoka University Ohori in the boys’ final of the 44th All-Japan High School Tournament on Sunday. “I was so moved,” ...