Apr 18, 2015

Akita beats Iwate, ties rival for top record in East

by Ed Odeven

In a clash of Eastern Conference heavyweights, the Akita Northern Happinets delivered a stellar effort in the opening quarter and maintained their poise throughout the game in a 67-58 win over the visiting Iwate Big Bulls. Shigehiro Taguchi drained four 3-pointers and led the ...

Mar 24, 2015

Legends guard Togashi sidelined for rest of D-League season

Texas Legends guard Yuki Togashi will miss the remainder of the NBA Development League season due to an injured left ankle, his management company said Tuesday. The 167-cm Togashi, 21, injured his left ankle in a game against the Oklahoma City Blue on Feb. ...

Feb 7, 2015

Defense, fan support fuel Akita's success on road

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets have rattled off 16 victories in their past 17 games. What’s more, first-year bench boss Makoto Hasegawa’s team now has a jaw-dropping 16-2 record in road games after a 97-74 dismantling of the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday afternoon. Akita, ...

Jan 11, 2015

Akita dominates second half, rolls to 12th straight win

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets erupted for 62 second-half points against the Saitama Broncos on Sunday. They turned a seven-point halftime deficit into an afterthought, clobbering the Broncos 102-87 for their 12th straight victory. Eastern Conference-leading Akita (24-4 overall, 15-1 on the road) dropped two ...

Dec 19, 2014

Akita pummels struggling Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets pounded the host Tokyo Cinq Reves from start to finish in Friday’s series opener in Inagi. Seven Akita players scored in double figures as the Happinetes demolished Tokyo 108-59. Kenta Tateyama paced the visitors with 20 points, knocking down 4 ...

Dec 6, 2014

Togashi scores season-high five points

Texas Legends guard Yuki Togashi sank a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to finish with a season-best five points in his fifth NBA Development League game on Friday in a 119-113 loss to the visiting Oklahoma City Blue. The Niigata Prefecture native ...

Togashi makes D-League debut

Nov 22, 2014

Togashi makes D-League debut

Texas Legends guard Yuki Togashi made his NBA Development League debut on Friday in a 114-106 home loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. The 21-year-old Togashi, who hails from Niigata Prefecture, played 4 minutes, 41 seconds, all in the second quarter. He had one ...

Nov 7, 2014

Hot-shooting Akita pounds struggling Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Deshawn Stephens scored a team-high 24 points on 9-for-11 shooting and five teammates reached double figures as the Akita Northern Happinets rolled to a 116-86 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. Akita (9-2 overall, 6-1 on the road) led 33-15 after ...