B. League ready to begin first-ever season

Sep 21, 2016

B. League ready to begin first-ever season

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A new era in Japan pro basketball begins this week. Thirty-six teams, equally divided among the first and second divisions, will vie for popularity and notoriety in the inaugural B. League season. It all starts on Thursday night at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, where the ...

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

Jun 23, 2016

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

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George Washington standout Yuta Watanabe, veteran star guard Yuta Tabuse and the Takeuchi twins (Joji and Kosuke) will lead the “Akatsuki Five” as Japan men’s national team head coach Kenji Hasegawa on Thursday revealed his final roster for the final Olympic qualifier, which takes ...

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 ...

Softbank named top B. League partner

Mar 10, 2016

Softbank named top B. League partner

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The B. League officially revealed on Thursday that Softbank Group Corp. has become the circuit’s top partner, starting with the inaugural 2016-17 season. Japan Basketball Association president Saburo Kawabuchi emphasized that the sport has enormous potential both globally and domestically and the participation of ...

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

Jan 29, 2016

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

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In Japanese basketball, teams usually ask import players to provide size and scoring ability. But what Tommy Brenton supplies is much more than that. Brenton is averaging just 8.7 points per game this season, but he has still found his comfort zone in his ...

Japan hoping to earn semifinal berth at Asia championship

Sep 30, 2015

Japan hoping to earn semifinal berth at Asia championship

A win against Qatar is all that stands between Japan and an Asia championship semifinal place, and with Thursday’s winner booking a place in the Rio 2016 pre-Olympic qualifying tournament, it will be a very important day for basketball in Japan. Qatar has had ...

Takeuchi double-double steers Japan past India

Sep 25, 2015

Takeuchi double-double steers Japan past India

Joji Takeuchi carried Japan to an important 83-65 victory over India in the final preliminary round group game of the FIBA Asia Championship on Friday. Takeuchi delivered a 22-point, 19-rebound performance, shouldering a big load to ensure that Japan would advance to the second ...

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

Sep 15, 2015

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

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A brand-new name for the brand-new professional league. The Japan Professional Basketball League office announced on Tuesday that the new men’s basketball circuit that tips off in the fall of 2016 will be called the “B. League.” The league’s logo was also revealed. The ...