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Takatoshi “Big Bashi” Ishibashi served as the Shinshu Brave Warriors’ capable assistant coach during the team’s inaugural season under Motofumi Aoki, the 2006-07 bj-league Coach of the Year.

And as expected, the Brave Warriors had an up-and-down 2011-12 season — 18 victories and 34 defeats, to be precise — as they experienced the normal growing pains of a brand new team.

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