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Apr 16, 2016

Nash's 42-point night ignites Fukushima

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Rookie forward Le’Bryan Nash scored a game-high 42 points and the Fukushima Firebonds snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday, beating the visiting Sendai 89ers 94-93. As a result, Fukushima also halted Sendai’s 10-game winning streak. Nash, an Oklahoma State product, made 17 of ...

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

| Apr 16, 2016

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

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Second in a three-part series For the team’s inaugural 2005-06 season in the bj-league, the Tokyo Apache hired a head coach with a catchy nickname and a globally renowned son named after a Japanese delicacy. Yes, Kobe’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. The elder Bryant, ...

Apr 10, 2016

Aomori surges late to defeat rival Fukushima

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The growing rivalry between the Aomori Wat’s and Fukushima Firebonds reached another level over the weekend, when fourth-quarter offensive fireworks intensified in both games. In the series finale on Sunday, Aomori used a 30-point fourth quarter to close out a hard-fought 84-79 home win ...

Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

Apr 10, 2016

Veteran Oguchi provides spark for Phoenix

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Players nearly half his age are beginning their professional careers, and high-energy guard Masahiro Oguchi continues to make his mark for the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and defy the odds. He remains a textbook example of gutsy play and the importance of veteran smarts for ...

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

| Apr 7, 2016

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

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Building an offense around good ball movement isn’t a revolutionary concept in basketball. It’s a proven formula for success at all levels. Good passing always helps to create scoring opportunities. The Sendai 89ers rely on gifted passers to generate their high-powered offense. That approach ...

Apr 3, 2016

HeatDevils pound hapless Lightning

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The Hiroshima Lightning are getting outscored by 42.3 points per game this season. Which means that a 58-36 halftime deficit on Sunday is only a minor snapshot of their woes. As expected, things fell part for Hiroshima in the second half against the visiting ...