Japan names provisional hoop squad with Olympic qualifying looming

Jun 8, 2016

Japan names provisional hoop squad with Olympic qualifying looming

With a month to go until Olympic qualifying in Belgrade, the provisional Japan men’s national basketball team entered its third training camp at Tokyo’s National Training Center on Wednesday. Head coach Kenji Hasegawa selected 16 players for the squad on Tuesday, but Ryusei Shinoyama ...

Brave Thunders ride momentum to wrap up NBL title

Jun 5, 2016

Brave Thunders ride momentum to wrap up NBL title

The Toshiba Brave Thunders are the last men standing in the NBL. The Kawasaki-based club showed lots of resilience and energy in winning the final three games of the best-of-five NBL Finals, clinching the title with a 76-70 victory in Game 5 over the ...

Cambridge dreaming of big future

Jun 4, 2016

Cambridge dreaming of big future

Born to a Jamaican father and a Japanese mother, maybe sprinter Aska Cambridge has a slight edge genetically over most other runners in Japan. But that fact alone isn’t enough to make him an elite athlete. He needs to get physically stronger. In the ...

SeaHorses dig deep to take NBL Finals opener

May 28, 2016

SeaHorses dig deep to take NBL Finals opener

For 34 minutes, 33 seconds out of the 40 minutes of regulation, the Toshiba Brave Thunders led the game. But it was their experienced opponents who ended up getting the “W.” Aisin geared up defensively to take the momentum and prevailed late in the ...

Sakuragi still going strong for SeaHorses

May 28, 2016

Sakuragi still going strong for SeaHorses

Two decades ago, J.R. Sakuragi — well, J.R. Henderson, as he was known then — achieved the best accomplishment of his basketball career as his UCLA Bruins captured the NCAA championship with a 89-78 victory over Arkansas in the final at Seattle’s Kingdome during ...

Aisin, Toshiba renew storied rivalry in NBL Finals

May 27, 2016

Aisin, Toshiba renew storied rivalry in NBL Finals

The Aisin SeaHorses and Toshiba Brave Thunders squared off against each other during the final Japan Basketball League Finals to wrap up the 2012-13 season. Aisin edged Toshiba, winning the series 3-2. During this regular season, the two met five times. Toshiba won 3-2. ...