Brave Thunders roll past Alvark for 15th straight victory

Dec 23, 2016

Brave Thunders roll past Alvark for 15th straight victory

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A sensational start fueled the Kawasaki Brave Thunders’ latest victory. Coach Takuya Kita’s club opened Friday’s game against the Alvark Tokyo, another powerhouse team, with a 16-0 run. Tokyo rebounded with a strong second quarter, but lost 93-81 as the Brave Thunders extended their ...

Streaking Jets rout Grouses for 13th straight win

Dec 18, 2016

Streaking Jets rout Grouses for 13th straight win

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Winning breeds confidence. And the Chiba Jets’ sky-high confidence is augmented by relentless defensive energy and a potent offense. Those elements were on full display on Sunday in a well-rounded 90-65 victory over the struggling Toyama Grouses at Funabashi Arena. That performance gave the ...

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

| Dec 8, 2016

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

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Camaraderie pays off for successful teams. The Tochigi Brex and SeaHorses Mikawa are prime examples of that. Last weekend when the teams collided at Brex Arena Utsunomiya, there were numerous examples of players encouraging one another, making the extra pass, doing the unselfish things ...

Nov 29, 2016

Hokkaido's Orimo tops 9,000 points for career

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Levanga Hokkaido shooting guard Takehiko Orimo surpassed the 9,000-career point milestone on Monday night in an 84-62 loss to the red-hot Chiba Jets. The 46-year-old basketball icon, known for decades of outside shooting prowess, eclipsed 9,000 points on, appropriately, a 3-point basket with 50 ...

Hatakeyama's hustle helps Niigata

| Nov 3, 2016

Hatakeyama's hustle helps Niigata

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It’s early and the order will be shuffled and some players near the top will drop down, while others will rise. But already, a solid mix of defenders have staked their claim as the league’s elite takeaway specialists, aka theft artists. Through Monday, here ...

Confrontation mars Alvark's win over Jets

Oct 30, 2016

Confrontation mars Alvark's win over Jets

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In a sense, two games were staged at Funabashi Arena on Sunday. It wasn’t planned that way. One lasted less than a quarter. The other was the consequence of the abrupt end of the first “real” game. And yes, in total 40 minutes of ...