• SHARE

Kick returner Naoki Maeda returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds to play, giving the Lixil Deers a 21-16 comeback victory over the Obic Seagulls on Sunday in the semifinals of the Pearl Bowl tournament.

The Deers advanced to the final for the first time since 2013 and will take on the IBM BigBlue, who beat the Nojima Sagamihara Rise 34-21 in Sunday’s later semifinal game at the same venue, on June 13 at Tokyo Dome.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)