Kings, Alvark to clash in B. League opener

May 24, 2016

Kings, Alvark to clash in B. League opener

The B. League revealed on Tuesday that the Alvark Tokyo and Ryukyu Golden Kings will tip off the inaugural season on Sept. 22 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It is the sole game that will be played on the day, and the other matchups, which ...

SeaHorses upset Alvark to book place in NBL Finals

May 22, 2016

SeaHorses upset Alvark to book place in NBL Finals

The Aisin SeaHorses prevailed when things mattered most as they knocked the No. 1 seed Toyota Alvark out of the postseason with an 84-79 victory in Game 2 of the NBL playoff semifinals at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Sunday. The reigning league ...

Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

May 21, 2016

Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

Bench players Tomoya Hasegawa and Shinsuke Kashiwagi came through to lead the Aisin SeaHorses past the Toyota Alvark with a 69-67 victory in Game 1 of the their NBL playoff semifinal series at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Saturday. Aisin, the reigning league ...

Baker brings skills clinics to Japan

May 20, 2016

Baker brings skills clinics to Japan

Internationally renowned basketball skill guru Ganon Baker came to Japan earlier this month to teach local boys and girls some of the drills and techniques required to elevate a player’s game. At an event in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, which was the final of five ...

Higashino hopes to bring change to Japanese basketball

May 19, 2016

Higashino hopes to bring change to Japanese basketball

As a basketball coach, Tomoya Higashino was sometimes referred to by the nickname “Crusher” because of his dismantling of conventional thinking. Now he’s expected to break Japan’s traditional basketball status quo and spark a complete change. The Japan Basketball Association announced on Thursday that ...

Ex-coach Sato: Japan in safe hands

May 19, 2016

Ex-coach Sato: Japan in safe hands

Former head coach for the Japan men’s national volleyball team Gary Sato was thrilled to see his old team as he took in one of the two games that made up an exhibition series between Japan and the United States in Southern California on ...

Sports Agency chief Suzuki getting to grips with task

May 18, 2016

Sports Agency chief Suzuki getting to grips with task

With this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics just around the corner, sports are currently very much in the spotlight. Having been involved in sports for decades, both as an Olympic swimmer and administrator, 2016 is a key year for Daichi Suzuki, the inaugural commissioner ...

Former UCLA quarterback Neuheisel embracing Japanese challenge

May 17, 2016

Former UCLA quarterback Neuheisel embracing Japanese challenge

American quarterback Jerry Neuheisel made his debut with the Obic Seagulls, a powerhouse Japanese football squad, on Saturday in a Pearl Bowl spring tournament game against the All-Mitsubishi Lions. Neuheisel, a former UCLA Bruin, threw a 67-yard touchdown pass on his very first play, ...

Alvark, Brex enter NBL playoffs as top teams

May 12, 2016

Alvark, Brex enter NBL playoffs as top teams

Before the B. League, a brand-new men’s top hoop circuit in Japan, tips off next season, the NBL launches its playoffs this weekend. The Toyota Alvark and Link Tochigi Brex, who battled for the top spot in the standings throughout the regular season, are ...

Hachimura cleared to enroll at Gonzaga

May 11, 2016

Hachimura cleared to enroll at Gonzaga

Japanese basketball standout Rui Hachimura announced on Wednesday that he has met the academic requirements to enroll at Gonzaga University and could begin playing for the school’s basketball team as early as this fall. Hachimura, who committed to the Bulldogs last year, said that ...