Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

Sep 15, 2015

Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

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It’s been obvious for many years that Japan’s basketball leaders needed to take bigger, bolder steps to promote the game across the archipelago. After all, marquee events and ambitious, big-scale marketing are essential to broaden interest in the sport, propelling it from a niche ...

Aisin beats Toyota, wraps up NBL title

May 30, 2015

Aisin beats Toyota, wraps up NBL title

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...