Reigning B. League MVP Makoto Hiejima joins Tochigi Brex

Basketball / B. League Jul 20, 2018

Reigning B. League MVP Makoto Hiejima joins Tochigi Brex

Star shooting guard Makoto Hiejima has joined the Tochigi Brex after five seasons with the SeaHorses. Hiejima was introduced at a news conference on Friday in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. The 27-year-old Hiejima's rise to stardom has bridged the NBL and B. League eras. He made his ...

SeaHorses dig deep to take NBL Finals opener

Basketball May 28, 2016

SeaHorses dig deep to take NBL Finals opener

by Kaz Nagatsuka

For 34 minutes, 33 seconds out of the 40 minutes of regulation, the Toshiba Brave Thunders led the game. But it was their experienced opponents who ended up getting the "W." Aisin geared up defensively to take the momentum and prevailed late in the game as ...

Sakuragi still going strong for SeaHorses

Basketball May 28, 2016

Sakuragi still going strong for SeaHorses

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Two decades ago, J.R. Sakuragi — well, J.R. Henderson, as he was known then — achieved the best accomplishment of his basketball career as his UCLA Bruins captured the NCAA championship with a 89-78 victory over Arkansas in the final at Seattle's Kingdome during ...

Aisin, Toshiba renew storied rivalry in NBL Finals

Basketball May 27, 2016

Aisin, Toshiba renew storied rivalry in NBL Finals

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Aisin SeaHorses and Toshiba Brave Thunders squared off against each other during the final Japan Basketball League Finals to wrap up the 2012-13 season. Aisin edged Toshiba, winning the series 3-2. During this regular season, the two met five times. Toshiba won 3-2. Expect cutthroat battles when ...

Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

Basketball May 21, 2016

Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

by Kaz Nagatsuka

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 champion, ...

Alvark, Brex enter NBL playoffs as top teams

Basketball May 12, 2016

Alvark, Brex enter NBL playoffs as top teams

by Kaz Nagatsuka

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 in ...