Brave Thunders beat Brex for place in NBL Finals

Basketball May 23, 2016

Brave Thunders beat Brex for place in NBL Finals

The Toshiba Brave Thunders defeated the Link Tochigi Brex 69-60 in the decisive third game of the playoff semifinals on Monday in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, and advanced to the NBL Finals. The Brave Thunders, the inaugural NBL champions in the 2013-14 season, will take on ...

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 ...

Softbank named top B. League partner

Basketball Mar 10, 2016

Softbank named top B. League partner

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The B. League officially revealed on Thursday that Softbank Group Corp. has become the circuit's top partner, starting with the inaugural 2016-17 season. Japan Basketball Association president Saburo Kawabuchi emphasized that the sport has enormous potential both globally and domestically and the participation of Softbank, ...

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

Basketball Jan 29, 2016

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In Japanese basketball, teams usually ask import players to provide size and scoring ability. But what Tommy Brenton supplies is much more than that. Brenton is averaging just 8.7 points per game this season, but he has still found his comfort zone in his third ...

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

Basketball Oct 9, 2014

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In many ways, the National Basketball League's first year was a trial-and-error period. And Year Two is geared to provide more diversion and success. As the 2014-15 NBL campaign opens on Friday night with a game between the reigning champion Toshiba Brave Thunders and the ...