Sakuragi still going strong for SeaHorses

May 28, 2016

Sakuragi still going strong for SeaHorses

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Two decades ago, J.R. Sakuragi — well, J.R. Henderson, as he was known then — achieved the best accomplishment of his basketball career as his UCLA Bruins captured the NCAA championship with a 89-78 victory over Arkansas in the final at Seattle’s Kingdome during ...

Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

May 21, 2016

Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

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Bench players Tomoya Hasegawa and Shinsuke Kashiwagi came through to lead the Aisin SeaHorses past the Toyota Alvark with a 69-67 victory in Game 1 of the their NBL playoff semifinal series at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Saturday. Aisin, the reigning league ...

Events canceled after earthquakes

Apr 16, 2016

Events canceled after earthquakes

Sporting events scheduled for Saturday in southwestern Japan and elsewhere were called off due to a series of massive earthquakes that first shook the island of Kyushu Thursday evening. Soccer and baseball games that were to be played in or near the quake-hit areas ...

Struggling Chiba Jets fire Pavlicevic

Mar 4, 2016

Struggling Chiba Jets fire Pavlicevic

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The Chiba Jets have parted ways with head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic, the NBL club announced on Friday. Former Jets guard Hiroki Sato was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Pavlicevic, a well-traveled head coach in the former Yugoslavia, Europe ...

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Feb 10, 2016

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

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Japanese athletes have always been labeled inferior in size and power, forcing them to rely on skill and technique to compete on the international stage. But here’s the question: Is their skill and technique really cutting-edge? And are they enough to make them competitive ...

Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

Oct 9, 2015

Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

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The Toshiba Brave Thunders survived a late surge by the Hitachi Sunrockers and capped a 70-69 win in their NBL season-opening game on Friday night at Ota City General Gymnasium. Nick Fazekas led Toshiba with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and newcomer Brian Butch ...