JX-Eneos outplays Denso in fourth quarter, claims Empress Cup

Jan 11, 2015

JX-Eneos outplays Denso in fourth quarter, claims Empress Cup

The Sunflowers players and staff insisted after the game that what separated them from their opponents was their spirited mentality rather than their skills. In a highly defensive battle, the reigning champion Sunflowers prevailed in the final quarter, dominating the inside game, as JX-Eneos ...

Dragonflies stun Alvark to reach All-Japan final

Jan 10, 2015

Dragonflies stun Alvark to reach All-Japan final

In a win-or-go-home tournament, things like this can happen. Just not all the time. The Hiroshima Dragonflies, a first-year professional club in the NBL, stunned Japanese basketball fans when they advanced to the All-Japan Championship men’s final with a 80-78 victory over the powerhouse ...

Financial woes force Trians to quit NBL

Jan 7, 2015

Financial woes force Trians to quit NBL

The Wakayama Trians finished runnerup last year in the NBL, but they were able to enjoy that success for only a short time. The club announced Wednesday that it will not complete the remainder of the current season due to severe financial woes and ...

Cameron delighted to share success with brother

Jan 4, 2015

Cameron delighted to share success with brother

In his first year in Japan, American quarterback Colby Cameron had a successful season and was rewarded at the end with a visit from his family from back home. Nearly three weeks ago at the Japan X Bowl, the X League championship, his parents ...

Hachimura beginning to turn heads overseas

Jan 4, 2015

Hachimura beginning to turn heads overseas

Rui “Louis” Hachimura is the next big thing coming out of Japan, and many are already paying attention to the 16-year-old basketball player’s post-high school career. In fact, Hachimura, who was born to a Japanese mother and a father from Benin, has publicly stated ...

Uchiyama slips back into the groove to defend title

Dec 31, 2014

Uchiyama slips back into the groove to defend title

Takashi Uchiyama had his first bout of 2014 on the very final day of the year. In fact, it was his first fight in exactly a year, since last New Year’s Eve. That long layoff didn’t bother the 35-year-old champion, however. Uchiyama defended his ...

Hachimura delivers as Meisei claims high school title

Dec 29, 2014

Hachimura delivers as Meisei claims high school title

Louis Hachimura and Meisei High School came through at the right time — when the championship banner was on the line. With less than a minute left in the game, big man Hachimura blocked a dunk and then moments later made the game-winning basket ...

Oka Gakuen beats Showa Gakuin for Winter Cup girls title

Dec 28, 2014

Oka Gakuen beats Showa Gakuin for Winter Cup girls title

After the game, Shinichi Inoue, longtime head coach for the Oka Gakuen High School girls basketball team, said that his team was “still weak.” The team may not have received enough compliments from its boss. But it will bring another championship banner back to ...

Gordon stars on big stage

Dec 17, 2014

Gordon stars on big stage

In a marquee matchup of American quarterbacks, which likely led fans to expect an aerial game, running back Gino Gordon stole the show with his stellar performance on the ground. Gordon rushed for 112 yards and scored four touchdowns to guide the Fujitsu Frontiers ...