Kohama's legacy certain to live on

| Feb 11, 2017

Kohama's legacy certain to live on

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Mototaka Kohama leaves behind a trail of memories with those who knew him well or casually crossed paths with him during his decades-long involvement in basketball. After the Godfather of Japanese basketball’s death on Jan. 12 at age 84 after a battle with cancer, ...

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

| Dec 8, 2016

Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

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Camaraderie pays off for successful teams. The Tochigi Brex and SeaHorses Mikawa are prime examples of that. Last weekend when the teams collided at Brex Arena Utsunomiya, there were numerous examples of players encouraging one another, making the extra pass, doing the unselfish things ...

Evessa whip Golden Kings in series opener

Nov 5, 2016

Evessa whip Golden Kings in series opener

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The Osaka Evessa pulled away from the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the second half on Saturday en route to a runaway victory over their former fierce bj-league rival. In the Evessa’s 96-57 triumph in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, big man Xavier Gibson, a Florida State ...

SeaHorses jump out to big lead, fend off Evessa comeback

Oct 15, 2016

SeaHorses jump out to big lead, fend off Evessa comeback

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The Osaka Evessa mounted a spirited comeback during Saturday’s series opener against the visiting SeaHorses Mikawa. But Evessa coach Dai Oketani’s squad fell short in the end, losing 76-69 at Fumin Kyosai Super Arena. Osaka (2-5) trailed 31-7 after the opening quarter and 46-25 ...

Mar 6, 2016

Hamaguchi bests old rival Oketani as Hannaryz beat Evessa

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There are no easy games when Dai Oketani and Honoo Hamaguchi are on opposite benches. Their familiarity with each other’s coaching acumen and their competitive spirits fuel this ongoing rivalry. After working in opposite conferences over the past few years — with Oketani elevating ...

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

| Feb 20, 2016

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

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Watching a pure shooter, when the shots are falling like raindrops during a summer storm, is a picture of pure art. Basketball fans were treated to this image last Sunday at Hiratsuka Gymnasium when Wayne Arnold, an accomplished star in the 24-team bj-league, put ...

Feb 18, 2016

Osaka clamps down on Fukuoka

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The Osaka Evessa’s defense pressured the visiting Rizing Fukuoka throughout Thursday’s series opener. That effort and energy paid off for the hosts. Osaka earned an 89-70 victory and forced 23 turnovers. The Evessa (24-11) won their third straight game and picked up their seventh ...