Apr 16, 2016

Nash's 42-point night ignites Fukushima

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Rookie forward Le’Bryan Nash scored a game-high 42 points and the Fukushima Firebonds snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday, beating the visiting Sendai 89ers 94-93. As a result, Fukushima also halted Sendai’s 10-game winning streak. Nash, an Oklahoma State product, made 17 of ...

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

| Apr 7, 2016

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

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Building an offense around good ball movement isn’t a revolutionary concept in basketball. It’s a proven formula for success at all levels. Good passing always helps to create scoring opportunities. The Sendai 89ers rely on gifted passers to generate their high-powered offense. That approach ...

Kinjo leads by example for Ryukyu

| Mar 31, 2016

Kinjo leads by example for Ryukyu

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In the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ infancy, before the team made multiple championship game appearances, Shigeyuki Kinjo was one of the league’s most exciting, explosive Japanese backcourt stars. The Okinawa native had a real gift for taking — and making — gutsy shots and a ...

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 ...

Brave Warriors beat 89ers to continue hot streak

Feb 21, 2016

Brave Warriors beat 89ers to continue hot streak

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The Shinshu Brave Warriors aren’t at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. And the Nagano Prefecture-based club isn’t the metaphorical king of the hill. But they’ve made giant steps in the right direction. And over the past several weeks, Shinshu coach Koju Munakata’s ...

Dec 13, 2015

89ers snap Phoenix's winning run at 11

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The Sendai 89ers ended the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix’s 11-game winning streak on Saturday night, defeating the defending champions 75-64. Former Phoenix star Wendell White had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Sendai (16-5), and Jamal Boykin chipped in with 19 points and five steals. ...