Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

May 21, 2016

Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

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Bench players Tomoya Hasegawa and Shinsuke Kashiwagi came through to lead the Aisin SeaHorses past the Toyota Alvark with a 69-67 victory in Game 1 of the their NBL playoff semifinal series at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Saturday. Aisin, the reigning league ...

Alvark sweep past Jets

May 14, 2016

Alvark sweep past Jets

Center Richard Solomon led the Toyota Alvark with 18 points and eight rebounds and young Japanese ace Daiki Tanaka finished with 15 points as Toyota beat the Chiba Jets 77-74 to complete a sweep of the their best-of-three series in the first round of ...

Alvark, Brex enter NBL playoffs as top teams

May 12, 2016

Alvark, Brex enter NBL playoffs as top teams

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Before the B. League, a brand-new men’s top hoop circuit in Japan, tips off next season, the NBL launches its playoffs this weekend. The Toyota Alvark and Link Tochigi Brex, who battled for the top spot in the standings throughout the regular season, are ...

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Feb 10, 2016

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

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Japanese athletes have always been labeled inferior in size and power, forcing them to rely on skill and technique to compete on the international stage. But here’s the question: Is their skill and technique really cutting-edge? And are they enough to make them competitive ...

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 ...