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Fukushima makes great progress in first season

| May 5, 2015

Fukushima makes great progress in first season

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The Fukushima Firebonds’ season-ending loss on Sunday closed one chapter in the team’s history. But of greater significance was the foundation the first-year franchise built over the past eight months. This is where you start: The Firebonds have a determined, capable young head coach ...

May 4, 2015

Hannaryz cruise past Five Arrows to reach Western semis

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The Kyoto Hannaryz took their first step toward securing a fourth consecutive trip to the Final Four. The top-seeded Hannaryz played lockdown defense en route to a 93-63 triumph over the Takamatsu Five Arrows in Game 2 of their bj-league Western Conference first-round series ...

Big Bulls extinguish Firebonds to reach next round

May 4, 2015

Big Bulls extinguish Firebonds to reach next round

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An abundance of highlight reel plays raised the excitement level for the already ecstatic home fans. But the second-seeded Iwate Big Bulls excelled in their execution of the fundamentals in a 95-71 triumph over the seventh-seeded Fukushima Firebonds in Game 2 of their bj-league ...

Big Bulls dismantle Firebonds in playoff opener

May 2, 2015

Big Bulls dismantle Firebonds in playoff opener

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Aggressive. Alert. Attentive. Those were the defining traits that shined through for the Iwate Big Bulls in their playoff opener. In a teacher’s grade book, the second-seeded Big Bulls would’ve received satisfactory scores — straight As — for their overall effort and execution. It ...

Fukushima earns playoff berth as first-year franchise

Apr 25, 2015

Fukushima earns playoff berth as first-year franchise

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In the penultimate game of their inaugural season, the Fukushima Firebonds clinched a playoff spot on Saturday. The Firebonds accomplished the feat by beating the slumping Shinshu Brave Warriors 89-77 in Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture. As the East’s seventh-place squad, Fukushima (20-31) can finish no ...

Apr 24, 2015

Takamatsu torches Fukuoka in series opener

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The Takamatsu Five Arrows shot a sizzling 57.9 percent from 3-point range and Dexter Lyons flirted with a triple-double in a 102-86 victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. Justin Watts paced the Five Arrows (17-34) with 23 points, including 3-for-4 from beyond ...