Niigata edges Fukuoka in overtime

Basketball / B. League Jan 26, 2019

Niigata edges Fukuoka in overtime

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB are tough to beat at home. Saturday's series opener against the Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka was a reminder of that fact. Davante Gardner, the B. League's leading scorer, and veteran teammates Lamont Hamilton and Kei Igarashi set the tone for Niigata in an ...

Niigata outplays Mikawa in series opener

Basketball / B. League Dec 22, 2018

Niigata outplays Mikawa in series opener

by Ed Odeven

Niigata Albirex BB star Davante Gardner received an abundance of Christmas presents from the SeaHorses Mikawa on Saturday afternoon. The B. League's leading scorer was repeatedly sent to the free-throw line, and the Marquette University product drained 12 of 13 attempts in an 86-77 road ...

Albirex soar past Happinets in series opener

Basketball / B. League Oct 11, 2018

Albirex soar past Happinets in series opener

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB employed a three-guard lineup in Thursday's series opener against the Akita Northern Happinets. Veterans Kei Igarashi and Shinsuke Kashiwagi started alongside combo guard Ryonosuke Watanabe, and the trio scored a combined 28 points in Niigata's 84-74 victory. Igarashi, who played on Japan's ...

Balanced scoring powers Albirex past Grouses

Basketball / B. League Nov 4, 2017

Balanced scoring powers Albirex past Grouses

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB's offense performed at a high level on Saturday. Six Albirex players scored in double figures, including B League scoring leader Davante Gardner, who had a game-best 24 points, in Niigata's 95-86 triumph over the host Toyama Grouses. Gardner, a Marquette University alum, ...