Albirex edge Lakestars, improve to 10-10

Dec 3, 2016

Albirex edge Lakestars, improve to 10-10

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The Niigata Albirex BB overcame Lakestars star Julian Mavunga’s 41-point performance and escaped with a 92-91 road victory on Saturday over Shiga. Tenyoku You nailed a pair of free throws with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Albirex in front 92-85. ...

Fazekas powers Brave Thunders past Albirex

Nov 19, 2016

Fazekas powers Brave Thunders past Albirex

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There’s no secret about the Kawasaki Brave Thunders’ recipe for success. It all starts with Nick Fazekas. The ex-NBA big man delivered a splendid 36-point, 11-rebound performance to guide Kawasaki past the Niigata Albirex BB on Saturday. Fazekas made 13 of 18 shots from ...

Hatakeyama's hustle helps Niigata

| Nov 3, 2016

Hatakeyama's hustle helps Niigata

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It’s early and the order will be shuffled and some players near the top will drop down, while others will rise. But already, a solid mix of defenders have staked their claim as the league’s elite takeaway specialists, aka theft artists. Through Monday, here ...

Albirex repel B-Corsairs' charge

Oct 23, 2016

Albirex repel B-Corsairs' charge

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After a real slow start against the Niigata Albirex BB on Sunday afternoon, the Yokohama B-Corsairs mounted a spirited comeback in the third quarter, pulling to within five points. But hot-starting Niigata never trailed and finished strong in the fourth quarter en route to ...

Brave Thunders cruise past Albirex

Oct 7, 2016

Brave Thunders cruise past Albirex

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The Kawasaki Brave Thunders dominated the second quarter and built a sizable advantage that never vanished en route to a 103-70 series-opening victory over the visiting Niigata Albirex BB on Friday. Leading by a point after the opening period, the Brave Thunders outscored the ...

Jun 3, 2016

Niigata selects Shoji to be next head coach

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Kazuhiro Shoji, a former Niigata Albirex BB player at the start of the 21st century, takes over as the team’s new head coach as the franchise prepares for the inaugural B. League season. The Albirex made the announcement on Thursday. Shoji, 42, returns to ...

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 ...

Jan 2, 2016

Soma sparks Osaka in rout of Niigata

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The Osaka Evessa didn’t shy away from feeding the ball to Takuya Soma on the perimeter on Saturday. Smart move. The 24-year-old swingman sank 9 of 16 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points, leading the Evessa to an 85-64 victory over the Niigata ...

Nakamura working old magic with Niigata

| Nov 6, 2015

Nakamura working old magic with Niigata

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It shouldn’t be a big shock that the Niigata Albirex BB have made a sizzling start under fiery bench boss Kazuo Nakamura, whose alleged retirement lasted one season. Nakamura, who turns 75 next month, has transformed the East-leading Albirex (9-1) into the league’s highest-scoring ...