Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

Basketball Oct 9, 2015

Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Toshiba Brave Thunders survived a late surge by the Hitachi Sunrockers and capped a 70-69 win in their NBL season-opening game on Friday night at Ota City General Gymnasium. Nick Fazekas led Toshiba with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and newcomer Brian Butch chipped ...

Star guard Togashi joins Jets

Basketball Sep 29, 2015

Star guard Togashi joins Jets

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Star guard Yuki Togashi has signed with the Chiba Jets, the NBL Eastern Conference club announced on Monday. Togashi was released from Italian Serie A club Dinamo Sassari, with whom the 22-year-old had signed a preseason contract, last week. "I'm grateful to the Chiba Jets officials ...

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

Basketball Sep 15, 2015

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

by Kaz Nagatsuka

A brand-new name for the brand-new professional league. The Japan Professional Basketball League office announced on Tuesday that the new men's basketball circuit that tips off in the fall of 2016 will be called the "B. League." The league's logo was also revealed. The league ...

Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

Basketball Sep 15, 2015

Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

by Ed Odeven

It's been obvious for many years that Japan's basketball leaders needed to take bigger, bolder steps to promote the game across the archipelago. After all, marquee events and ambitious, big-scale marketing are essential to broaden interest in the sport, propelling it from a niche audience ...

NBL squads sweep Dream Games

Basketball Sep 13, 2015

NBL squads sweep Dream Games

by Ed Odeven

Sunday's Dream Games presented a glimpse of the entertainment and talent that will be in the spotlight in the fall of 2016, when the Japan Professional Basketball League makes its debut. The two-game preseason doubleheader brought hoop fans to Ota City General Gymnasium just weeks ...

Elite teams await weekend showcase

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Sep 10, 2015

Elite teams await weekend showcase

by Ed Odeven

Sunday's four-game showcase featuring a quartet of accomplished NBL and bj-league teams has a fancy title: the Dream Games. For the coaches, though, the day's on-court action is still all about evaluating their players and making preparations for the regular season. The NBL's Toyota Alvark and ...

JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

Basketball Aug 29, 2015

JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan Professional Basketball League revealed which divisions the remaining 25 clubs have been allocated to for the new men's professional circuit, which tips off in 2016, at a Tokyo news conference on Saturday. Assignments for 20 clubs had already been announced in late July, ...