Jun 9, 2015

Munakata replaces Kawai on Shinshu bench

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Six days after his tenure with the Amori Wat’s ended, Koju Munakata became the Shinshu Brave Warriors’ new head coach. The bj-league’s Eastern Conference team announced the hire on Monday. The 48-year-old Munakata led the Aomori Wat’s for the past two seasons, which were ...

| Jun 2, 2015

Nakamura takes reins in Niigata

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Kazuo Nakamura on Tuesday was named the Niigata Albirex BB’s new head coach. He last coached a bj-league team for the 2013-14 season, when his Akita Northern Happinets went 40-12 and earned a championship runnerup finish. Nakamura ran the show in Akita for three ...

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

May 10, 2015

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

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The Final Four picture is now set, and it’s a decidedly different look this year. The Akita Northern Happinets and Iwate Big Bulls will represent the Eastern Conference, while the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Shiga Lakestars advanced from the Western Conference. The Big Bulls ...

Jan 30, 2015

Aomori signs Klaiber, releases Saunders

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This week, the Aomori Wat’s made a pair of roster moves in advance of the season’s second half, adding an older, more experienced veteran. The second-year bj-league franchise on Tuesday released 203-cm small forward Damian Saunders, who is 26. Two days later, Aomori announced ...

Jan 25, 2015

Wat's head into All-Star break with win over B-Corsairs

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Aomori Wat’s frontcourt standouts Gyno Pomare and Paul Williams made their presence felt against the Yokohama B-Corsairs on Sunday in the teams’ final game before the bj-league’s 2015-16 All-Star Game, which will be held on Feb. 1 in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture. Pomare converted 10 ...

Oct 4, 2014

Fukushima falls to Aomori in bj-league opener

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The Aomori Wat’s began their second season by recording a road victory against the Fukushima Firebonds, a first-year franchise, on Saturday night. The final score: Aomori 82, Fukushima 70. An announced crowd of 2,018 witnessed the first regular-season game in Firebonds history, and nine ...