Japan's shortcomings laid bare at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Sep 11, 2019

Japan's shortcomings laid bare at FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

High hopes turned into devastation — and misery. With an 80-65 loss to Montenegro on Monday, the Japan men's basketball team concluded its campaign at the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a disastrous 0-5 record, the worst-ever outcome for the team in the sport's extravaganza. Considering ...

New Zealand cruises past winless Japan

Basketball Sep 7, 2019

New Zealand cruises past winless Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Despite playing without two key members, the Japan men's national squad expected to have a tough contest against another competitive team. But probably not this tough. The team remains winless at the FIBA World Cup after a crushing 111-81 defeat to New Zealand in a ...

Japan dominates second half in rout of Qatar

Basketball Nov 30, 2018

Japan dominates second half in rout of Qatar

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Akatsuki Five received a tough challenge from Qatar early but wound up posting a 85-47 victory in a FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier at Toyama City Gymnasium on Friday night. The Japan men's national team (5-4) extended its winning streak in the preliminaries to ...

Daiki Tanaka named FIBA Asia Champions Cup MVP

Basketball / B. League Oct 3, 2018

Daiki Tanaka named FIBA Asia Champions Cup MVP

by Ed Odeven

Alvark Tokyo guard Daiki Tanaka received FIBA Asia Champions Cup MVP honors on Tuesday after helping the defending B. League champions place runner-up at the prestigious eight-team tournament in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Iranian club Petrochimi defeated Tokyo 68-64 in the final, with Tanaka keeping the Alvark ...

Alvark capture B. League title

Basketball / B. League May 26, 2018

Alvark capture B. League title

by Ed Odeven

Championships are won with well-orchestrated teamwork. The Alvark Tokyo did just that and played a polished, patient but aggressive game on Saturday. They showcased flashy plays but mostly stuck with their bread-and-butter offense, moving the ball and taking shots in players' comfort zones. Smart plan. Conversely, ...