Translator Takamori leaves Niigata

| Sep 11, 2014

Translator Takamori leaves Niigata

by Ed Odeven

All professional basketball leagues have people working behind the scenes or in roles that are less glamorous than the starting five or head coach. For the Niigata Albirex BB, who became Japan’s first professional basketball team when it entered the old-school corporate Japan Basketball ...

Kennedy gives Niigata edge over Shinshu

May 4, 2014

Kennedy gives Niigata edge over Shinshu

by Ed Odeven

Thomas Kennedy thrived in pressure-packed games for the Yokohama B-Corsairs last season en route to the franchise’s bj-league championship. This season, his role as a go-to scorer has seen him suit up for the Shimane Susanoo Magic (10 games), followed by a 14-game stint ...

Mar 29, 2014

Struggling Yokohama falling out of playoff race

by Ed Odeven

The defending bj-league champion Yokohama B-Corsairs are fading from playoff contention. The visiting Niigata Albirex BB handed Yokohama its eighth loss in the past 10 games on Saturday, winning 92-82. The B-Corsairs (18-25) have lost four straight games and occupy eighth place in the ...

Dec 31, 2013

Five Arrows end 2013 on high note

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows closed out 2013 with a positive finish: a 63-50 New Year’s Eve triumph over the Niigata Albirex BB. The Five Arrows outscored the visitors 19-3 in the second quarter to take a 28-15 advantage into halftime in Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture. ...

Dec 6, 2013

Sanders guides Shinshu to victory over Niigata

by Ed Odeven

Patrick Sanders scored a game-high 28 points and three teammates reached double figures in scoring as the Shinshu Brave Warriors defeated the Niigata Albirex BB 88-78 on Friday night in their bj-league series opener. The Brave Warriors improved to 10-5, including 6-1 at home. ...