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Oct 11, 2014

Hiroshima Dragonflies triumph in NBL regular-season debut

The Hiroshima Dragonflies, an NBL expansion club, won their first regular-season game on Saturday, defeating the visiting Hyogo Storks 80-63 in the season opener for both teams. Point guard Atsunobu Hirao paced the Dragonflies with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Hiroshima had ...

Oct 11, 2014

Balanced attack lifts Oklahoma City

Anthony Morrow scored 21 points, Steven Adams and Jeremy Lamb added 19 apiece, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 118-109 on Friday. Reggie Jackson had 13 points before leaving early in the third quarter after landing hard on his right shoulder. ...

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

Oct 9, 2014

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In many ways, the National Basketball League’s first year was a trial-and-error period. And Year Two is geared to provide more diversion and success. As the 2014-15 NBL campaign opens on Friday night with a game between the reigning champion Toshiba Brave Thunders and ...

Oct 7, 2014

Fukushima Firebonds sign Jones to bolster backcourt

by Ed Odeven

The Fukushima Firebonds have signed guard Verdell Jones III, bj-league sources have told The Japan Times. The Indiana University product is currently waiting for his visa paperwork to be processed. The expansion Firebonds went 1-1 in the first weekend of the regular season, edging ...

Togashi invited to Dallas Mavericks training camp

Oct 7, 2014

Togashi invited to Dallas Mavericks training camp

by Ed Odeven

The Dallas Mavericks have invited point guard Yuki Togashi to their preseason training camp, according to Cloud9, his management company. The announcement was made on Tuesday, and Togashi is scheduled to travel to Dallas on Saturday. Japanese supporters expressed their excitement via Twitter. Exhibit ...

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

Oct 5, 2014

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

by Ed Odeven

Yuji Ide emerged as a team catalyst for the Tokyo Cinq Reves last season. He averaged 15.0 points per game and was named the bj-league’s Most Improved Player award for the 2013-14 season, his second in the league, though he played only 54 total ...

Oct 4, 2014

Fukushima falls to Aomori in bj-league opener

by Ed Odeven

The Aomori Wat’s began their second season by recording a road victory against the Fukushima Firebonds, a first-year franchise, on Saturday night. The final score: Aomori 82, Fukushima 70. An announced crowd of 2,018 witnessed the first regular-season game in Firebonds history, and nine ...

Key questions entering 10th season

| Oct 2, 2014

Key questions entering 10th season

by Ed Odeven

Japan’s first men’s pro basketball circuit tips off its 10th season with 10 games on Saturday. Now with a new title sponsor on board, the Turkish Airlines bj-league will have one franchise making its regular-season debut on the same day. The Fukushima Firebonds play ...