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 ...

Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

| 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 ...

Alvark storm past Brex in decisive Game 3

May 5, 2014

Alvark storm past Brex in decisive Game 3

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Once again, the Toyota Alvark encountered a fearless challenge from the Link Tochigi Brex. But the Alvark displayed better composure and the knack for winning a big game. The Alvark defense prevailed in the second half, holding the Brex to just 20 points as ...

Brex beat Alvark to tie semifinal series

May 4, 2014

Brex beat Alvark to tie semifinal series

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Brex players gave it their all for the entire game, and sent their loyal fans nuts with an emotional victory. Guard Hironori Watanabe had a team-high 23 points, going 3-for-6 from outside the 3-point arc, and veteran big man Daiji Yamada gave the ...