Mar 27, 2016

Broncos' woes continue in defeat to Happinets

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In the history of professional sports — pick a sport, any sport — very few franchises have achieved the level of futility that’s become the Saitama Broncos’ trademark. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Broncos have lost 133 of their 148 regular-season ...

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 ...

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

Feb 26, 2016

Akita sends Tokyo to 28th straight defeat

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The Akita Northern Happinets jumped out to a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a lopsided win over the host Tokyo Cinq Reves on Friday night. The Northern Happinets recorded a clinical 100-78 victory, condemning Tokyo to its ...

Happinets stars lead bj-league All-Star voting

Jan 8, 2016

Happinets stars lead bj-league All-Star voting

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A pair of Akita Northern Happinets players received the most fan votes as the players and coaches were announced for the Jan. 24 bj-league All-Star Game on Friday. Shooter Shigehiro Taguchi led the ballot with 35,226 votes to earn his fourth consecutive all-star appearance. ...

Dec 20, 2015

Akita surges late to take down Kyoto

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The Akita Northern Happinets’ offense was relatively quiet for three quarters in Saturday’s clash with the Kyoto Hannaryz. Akita turned it up a notch in the pivotal fourth quarter, scoring 37 points to seal an 80-76 triumph in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. The Northern Happinets ...

Golden Kings rout Happinets in series opener

Dec 6, 2015

Golden Kings rout Happinets in series opener

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Led by Morihisa Yamauchi’s five steals, the opportunistic Ryukyu Golden Kings defense caused fits for the Akita Northern Happinets in their series opener on Saturday night. Ryukyu’s 14 steals also spelled trouble for Akita. The Golden Kings blasted the visitors 99-63 in Ginowan, Okinawa ...

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

| Nov 19, 2015

Johnson rips Shiga management after release

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After being shown the door following just 12 games with the Shiga Lakestars, 2014-15 regular-season MVP Kejuan Johnson reflected on the team’s decision. Johnson insisted that he’s been made “the scapegoat” for the Lakestars’ inconsistent play. Coming off their first Final Four appearance since ...

Nov 9, 2015

B-Corsairs bounce back to earn series split

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The Yokohama B-Corsairs delivered a gritty performance to close out the weekend, beating the host Akita Northern Happinets 81-75 on Sunday. As a result, first-year B-Corsairs bench boss Taketo Aoki’s club improved to 6-6 and salvaged a series split after Akita won the weekend ...