SeaHorses outplay Albirex, improve to 19-3

Basketball / B. League Dec 16, 2017

SeaHorses outplay Albirex, improve to 19-3

by Ed Odeven

Strength in numbers led the title-chasing SeaHorses Mikawa past the Niigata Albirex BB on Saturday afternoon. The SeaHorses had six double-digit scorers and four players with five or more assists. They chalked up 32 assists and had only six turnovers. For coach Kimikazu Suzuki's team, it ...

Balanced scoring guides Alvark past B-Corsairs

Basketball / B. League Jan 21, 2017

Balanced scoring guides Alvark past B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

There are games when almost everything goes right for an offense. Saturday was one of those games for the Alvark Tokyo. Six Alvark players reached double figures in scoring and the East Division leaders pounced on the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs, winning 98-66. Former NBA guard Diante Garrett ...

Matsui happy to be Japan's sixth man

Basketball Jun 29, 2016

Matsui happy to be Japan's sixth man

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Keijuro Matsui isn't quite like the rest of the 12 players on the Japan men's national team for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade. While his teammates are starters for their respective clubs, that is not the case for Matsui. The 30-year-old shooting guard comes ...

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Basketball Feb 10, 2016

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japanese athletes have always been labeled inferior in size and power, forcing them to rely on skill and technique to compete on the international stage. But here's the question: Is their skill and technique really cutting-edge? And are they enough to make them competitive at ...

Matsui ready to be shooting star

Basketball Sep 19, 2015

Matsui ready to be shooting star

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The lack of a presence underneath the basket has been Japanese basketball's everlasting issue. So Kenji Hasegawa, the current men's national team head coach, looks more to his outside players than inside muscle, relying on their perimeter shooting to carry the offense. That said, Keijuro ...