Apr 2, 2016

Hamamatsu relies on outside shooting to edge Iwate

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Strong 3-point shooting carried the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix past the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday night. The Phoenix recorded a 69-68 victory in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. The defending champions (31-14) shot 12-for-27 from beyond the arc. Seven Phoenix players made at least one 3-pointer. ...

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

| Mar 12, 2016

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

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Men’s pro basketball has thrived in Tohoku during the slow, difficult recovery from the March 11 disasters. Five years later, the sport has established a strong foothold and a tradition, laying the foundation for the future. A quick glance at the bj-league’s Eastern Conference ...

Jun 29, 2015

Big Bulls name Katsuhisa new head coach

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Geoffrey Katsuhisa is the Iwate Big Bulls’ new head coach, the bj-league squad announced on Monday. Katsuhisa steps into the spotlight following Dai Oketani’s departure after three stellar seasons and three playoff appearances at the helm, and the Big Bulls are coming off their ...

Kanazawa signs veteran Yonamine

| Jun 25, 2015

Kanazawa signs veteran Yonamine

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The expansion Kanazawa Samuraiz made cerebral backcourt leader Tsubasa Yonamine their first veteran acquisition, reuniting him with his former Oita HeatDevils backcourt mate Yukinori Suzuki, the team’s new coach. Yonamine, 32, spent the past two seasons with the Iwate Big Bulls. He brings a ...

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

Jun 23, 2015

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

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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 ...

| Jun 4, 2015

Disgraceful treatment of coaches must end

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Now, more than ever, the coaching profession is on impossibly shaky ground in the bj-league. Job security is, well, only a theory. Already this offseason, 12 head coaches from the 22 teams who competed in the 2014-15 season have parted ways with their clubs. ...