Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

Jun 23, 2015

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

by Ed Odeven

Geoffrey Katsuhisa will be named the new head coach of the Iwate Big Bulls, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is imminent, basketball sources said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Katsuhisa has served as an assistant coach for the Chiba Jets since their inception ...

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

Jun 14, 2015

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The NBL’s Chiba Jets have hired former Japan men’s national team head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic as their new bench boss, the Eastern Conference club announced on Sunday. The 64-year-old Croatian established his name during a long coaching career in Europe. His successes include a ...

Sunrockers complete sweep of Jets

May 9, 2015

Sunrockers complete sweep of Jets

The Hitachi Sunrockers completed a 2-0 sweep of the Chiba Jets with an 86-60 win in their best-of-three first-round series at Ota Citu General Gymnasium on Saturday. Hitachi center Josh Heytvelt racked up 22 points and eight rebounds while Joji Takeuchi had a double-double ...

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

May 8, 2015

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Hitachi Sunrockers had to take a ferocious challenge from the Chiba Jets in their playoff opener. But they managed to survive it, coming through in the end. Hitachi forward Aki Chambers shot 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc and scored a team-high 22 ...

Revamped Tsukuba Robots fall to 0-17

Dec 6, 2014

Revamped Tsukuba Robots fall to 0-17

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive” was playing in the arena. The Tsukuba Robots intentionally did so and that was their message: they have made a fresh start. The Ibaraki Prefecture-based team played its first game under new management on Saturday, two days after it ...

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

Oct 9, 2014

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In many ways, the National Basketball League’s first year was a trial-and-error period. And Year Two is geared to provide more diversion and success. As the 2014-15 NBL campaign opens on Friday night with a game between the reigning champion Toshiba Brave Thunders and ...

Dec 21, 2013

Chiba Jets snap 20-game skid

by Ed Odeven

The Chiba Jets’ 20-game losing streak ended on Saturday with an 81-57 victory over the Tsukuba Robots in the NBL. Coach Reggie Geary’s squad outscored the host Robots 21-4 in the opening quarter, using a 26-0 run to take a 28-4 lead early in ...