JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

Aug 29, 2015

JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

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The Japan Professional Basketball League revealed which divisions the remaining 25 clubs have been allocated to for the new men’s professional circuit, which tips off in 2016, at a Tokyo news conference on Saturday. Assignments for 20 clubs had already been announced in late ...

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

| Jul 4, 2015

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

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It’s no surprise that the Hiroshima Lightning have endured a soap opera-like saga before even playing their first bj-league game. In fact, it’s quite predictable. Leadership woes and institutional ineptitude have plagued Japan basketball for many decades, and a fundamental lack of understanding about ...

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

Jun 14, 2015

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

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The NBL’s Chiba Jets have hired former Japan men’s national team head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic as their new bench boss, the Eastern Conference club announced on Sunday. The 64-year-old Croatian established his name during a long coaching career in Europe. His successes include a ...

Aisin beats Toyota, wraps up NBL title

May 30, 2015

Aisin beats Toyota, wraps up NBL title

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Needing just one more win, the Aisin SeaHorses wasted no time to extend the best-of-five series into a decisive game. Instead, they clinched the NBL championship in front of their loyal fans, who traveled from Aichi Prefecture. The Western Conference club seized its first ...

Alvark advance to NBL Finals

May 18, 2015

Alvark advance to NBL Finals

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The Toyota Alvark are going back to the title series. Toyota came through, playing resilient defense, down the stretch and went on to book a spot in the NBL Finals with a 81-72 victory over the Hitachi Sunrockers in the decisive third game of ...

Toyota tops Hitachi for 26th straight victory

May 16, 2015

Toyota tops Hitachi for 26th straight victory

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With exceptional versatility, a player like him is often dubbed a Mr. Everything. But he has a more privileged nickname, “Mr. Incredible.” Toyota forward/center Jeff Gibbs came through in every phase of the game on both sides of the ball to guide the Alvark ...