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The victories keep coming for the Akita Northern Happinets under first-year head coach Makoto Hasegawa, a former star point guard.

Since replacing the now-retired Kazuo Nakamura after the team’s bj-league championship runnerup finish in May, the expectations have been for the team to be a title contender once again. And the Happinets are right where they want to be — tied with the Iwate Big Bulls for the top spot in the Eastern Conference (21-4).

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