Apr 10, 2016

Aomori surges late to defeat rival Fukushima

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The growing rivalry between the Aomori Wat’s and Fukushima Firebonds reached another level over the weekend, when fourth-quarter offensive fireworks intensified in both games. In the series finale on Sunday, Aomori used a 30-point fourth quarter to close out a hard-fought 84-79 home win ...

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 ...

Jan 2, 2016

Soma sparks Osaka in rout of Niigata

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The Osaka Evessa didn’t shy away from feeding the ball to Takuya Soma on the perimeter on Saturday. Smart move. The 24-year-old swingman sank 9 of 16 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points, leading the Evessa to an 85-64 victory over the Niigata ...

Surging Shimane beats Aomori

Dec 14, 2015

Surging Shimane beats Aomori

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Quietly, the Shimane Susanoo Magic have put together an impressive winning streak that’s been overshadowed by other successful teams this season. The streak reached 10 games with Shimane’s 78-59 victory over the host Aomori Wat’s on Sunday While Western Conference rivals Kyoto Hannaryz and ...

Joho dazzles as Grouses thrash Wat's

Oct 18, 2015

Joho dazzles as Grouses thrash Wat's

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Since his arrival in Toyama for the start of the 2011-12 season, Masashi Joho, aka the consummate competitor, has been as fiercely determined to win as any player in the bj-league. What’s more, he changed the course of franchise history when he first donned ...

Aug 8, 2015

Wat's acquire Murry, Alexander

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The Aomori Wat’s have finalized contractual agreements with veteran guard Nile Murry and post player Quintin “Kwame” Alexander, the bj-league club announced on Friday. Murry, one of the most familiar and popular players in the league, was named the playoff MVP in May after ...

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 ...