Aisin beats Toyota, wraps up NBL title

May 30, 2015

Aisin beats Toyota, wraps up NBL title

by Kaz Nagatsuka

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 ...

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 ...

Dragonflies stun Alvark to reach All-Japan final

Jan 10, 2015

Dragonflies stun Alvark to reach All-Japan final

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In a win-or-go-home tournament, things like this can happen. Just not all the time. The Hiroshima Dragonflies, a first-year professional club in the NBL, stunned Japanese basketball fans when they advanced to the All-Japan Championship men’s final with a 80-78 victory over the powerhouse ...

Nov 27, 2014

Veteran star Parker to leave Wakayama, join Toyota

by Ed Odeven

The NBL’s Wakayama Trians have gone from title contender to near-the-basement dweller in less than a year. And now, the cash-strapped Trians have lost star forward Michael Parker to the Toyota Alvark, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is expected within the next ...

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

Oct 9, 2014

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In many ways, the National Basketball League’s first year was a trial-and-error period. And Year Two is geared to provide more diversion and success. As the 2014-15 NBL campaign opens on Friday night with a game between the reigning champion Toshiba Brave Thunders and ...

Sep 6, 2014

Alvark hold off Kings' spirited comeback

by Ed Odeven

The Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday’s preseason game in Okinawa City. The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team, held on for a 76-75 ...

| Sep 4, 2014

Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

by Ed Odeven

The preseason began in earnest for the league’s 10th season on Wednesday. But this time with a twist. The reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings played host to the NBL powerhouse Toyota Alvark in the first of two scheduled exhibition games in a three-day span ...

May 11, 2014

Fazekas leads Toshiba to NBL Finals

Toshiba’s scoring champion Nick Fazekas had a game-high 29 points and the Brave Thunders punched a ticket to the NBL Finals with an 86-71 win over the Toyota Alvark in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday. The Kawasaki-based club advanced to ...