Happinets stars lead bj-league All-Star voting

Jan 8, 2016

Happinets stars lead bj-league All-Star voting

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A pair of Akita Northern Happinets players received the most fan votes as the players and coaches were announced for the Jan. 24 bj-league All-Star Game on Friday. Shooter Shigehiro Taguchi led the ballot with 35,226 votes to earn his fourth consecutive all-star appearance. ...

Dec 20, 2015

Akita surges late to take down Kyoto

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The Akita Northern Happinets’ offense was relatively quiet for three quarters in Saturday’s clash with the Kyoto Hannaryz. Akita turned it up a notch in the pivotal fourth quarter, scoring 37 points to seal an 80-76 triumph in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. The Northern Happinets ...

Golden Kings rout Happinets in series opener

Dec 6, 2015

Golden Kings rout Happinets in series opener

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Led by Morihisa Yamauchi’s five steals, the opportunistic Ryukyu Golden Kings defense caused fits for the Akita Northern Happinets in their series opener on Saturday night. Ryukyu’s 14 steals also spelled trouble for Akita. The Golden Kings blasted the visitors 99-63 in Ginowan, Okinawa ...

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

| Nov 19, 2015

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

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After being shown the door following just 12 games with the Shiga Lakestars, 2014-15 regular-season MVP Kejuan Johnson reflected on the team’s decision. Johnson insisted that he’s been made “the scapegoat” for the Lakestars’ inconsistent play. Coming off their first Final Four appearance since ...

Nov 9, 2015

B-Corsairs bounce back to earn series split

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The Yokohama B-Corsairs delivered a gritty performance to close out the weekend, beating the host Akita Northern Happinets 81-75 on Sunday. As a result, first-year B-Corsairs bench boss Taketo Aoki’s club improved to 6-6 and salvaged a series split after Akita won the weekend ...

Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

Sep 15, 2015

Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

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It’s been obvious for many years that Japan’s basketball leaders needed to take bigger, bolder steps to promote the game across the archipelago. After all, marquee events and ambitious, big-scale marketing are essential to broaden interest in the sport, propelling it from a niche ...

NBL squads sweep Dream Games

Sep 13, 2015

NBL squads sweep Dream Games

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Sunday’s Dream Games presented a glimpse of the entertainment and talent that will be in the spotlight in the fall of 2016, when the Japan Professional Basketball League makes its debut. The two-game preseason doubleheader brought hoop fans to Ota City General Gymnasium just ...

Elite teams await weekend showcase

| Sep 10, 2015

Elite teams await weekend showcase

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Sunday’s four-game showcase featuring a quartet of accomplished NBL and bj-league teams has a fancy title: the Dream Games. For the coaches, though, the day’s on-court action is still all about evaluating their players and making preparations for the regular season. The NBL’s Toyota ...

Togashi to play in Italy

Aug 13, 2015

Togashi to play in Italy

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Guard Yuki Togashi has signed a contract with the Dinamo Sassari of the Italian Serie A, the club announced Wednesday. According to Togashi’s agent So Kamoshida, the 167-cm Togashi signed a training camp contract and will have to battle for a spot on the ...

Lakestars land MVP Johnson

| Jul 30, 2015

Lakestars land MVP Johnson

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After reaching the Final Four for the first time in franchise history in May, the Shiga Lakestars are tweaking their roster. Forward Terrance Woodbury, an NBA Development League veteran who averaged a team-high 18.3 points during the 2014-15 campaign, won’t return for the upcoming ...