Alvark advance to NBL Finals

May 18, 2015

Alvark advance to NBL Finals

by Kaz Nagatsuka

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

by Kaz Nagatsuka

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 ...

Sunrockers complete sweep of Jets

May 9, 2015

Sunrockers complete sweep of Jets

The Hitachi Sunrockers completed a 2-0 sweep of the Chiba Jets with an 86-60 win in their best-of-three first-round series at Ota Citu General Gymnasium on Saturday. Hitachi center Josh Heytvelt racked up 22 points and eight rebounds while Joji Takeuchi had a double-double ...

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

May 8, 2015

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Hitachi Sunrockers had to take a ferocious challenge from the Chiba Jets in their playoff opener. But they managed to survive it, coming through in the end. Hitachi forward Aki Chambers shot 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc and scored a team-high 22 ...

Rowsom happy to coach in Japan again

Apr 25, 2015

Rowsom happy to coach in Japan again

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Basketball Kaz Nagatsuka The Toshiba Brave Thunders needed to fill an assistant coaching vacancy after last season, so his name came up. And Brian Rowsom seemed to be a good fit because he used to play for the team and had coaching experience. The ...

Apr 14, 2015

Kawabuchi to be named JBA chief: source

Saburo Kawabuchi, the former head of the Japan Football Association, will be appointed as new chairman of the Japan Basketball Association, an informed source said Tuesday. Kawabuchi, honorary president of the JFA, heads a reform task force instigated by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), ...