Philippines holds off Japan at FIBA Asia Championship

Sep 27, 2015

Philippines holds off Japan at FIBA Asia Championship

Philippines’ star Andray Blatche overcame a badly twisted ankle to log an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double, carrying his team past Japan 73-66 in the Asia basketball championships second round in Changsha, China, on Sunday. Japan looked like it might pull off an unlikely victory when ...

Matsui ready to be shooting star

Sep 19, 2015

Matsui ready to be shooting star

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The lack of a presence underneath the basket has been Japanese basketball’s everlasting issue. So Kenji Hasegawa, the current men’s national team head coach, looks more to his outside players than inside muscle, relying on their perimeter shooting to carry the offense. That said, ...

Japan's men hopeful of earning berth for 2016 Games

Sep 16, 2015

Japan's men hopeful of earning berth for 2016 Games

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Basketball After Japan’s women’s national basketball team successfully clinched an Olympic berth by winning the gold medal in the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship earlier this month, the men’s squad will be hoping for a similar result at the FIBA Asia Championship next week. The ...

Japan's Asian hoop champs return home

Sep 7, 2015

Japan's Asian hoop champs return home

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One day after they became the first Japanese team to clinch a berth at next summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the players and staff of Japan’s women’s basketball team made a triumphant return home with the gold medals around their necks on Sunday evening. ...

Czech Republic cagers edge Japan in exhibition

Aug 14, 2015

Czech Republic cagers edge Japan in exhibition

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On Friday, the Japan men’s national team played its first official international contest since FIBA’s suspension of the Japan Basketball Association was officially lifted last Sunday. The result? Japan fell 68-66 to the Czech Republic in an exhibition match at Chiba Port Arena. Japan ...