Jets win Emperor's Cup in overtime thriller

Basketball Jan 13, 2019

Jets win Emperor's Cup in overtime thriller

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Diminutive star Yuki Togashi ended the nail-biting, seesaw game with a clutch shot. With just seconds remaining, the point guard put his Chiba Jets ahead with a 3-pointer in their 71-69 overtime win over the Tochigi Brex in Sunday's All-Japan Championship final at Saitama Super ...

Dominant Sunflowers finish season unbeaten

Basketball Mar 13, 2017

Dominant Sunflowers finish season unbeaten

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Jx-Eneos Sunflowers are perhaps the most dominant sports team in Japan today. They tamed the Toyota Antelopes 75-51 in Game 3 of the Women's Japan Basketball League Finals at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Sunday to complete a series sweep. They completed the ...

WJBL's Antelopes focus on positive gains

Basketball Dec 4, 2015

WJBL's Antelopes focus on positive gains

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In Japan's sports culture, you are supposed to be disappointed and mourn when you lose a game. That's, of course, a natural reaction for competitors. But you also need positive energy to channel that frustration into a vital force to move forward. This season, the Toyota ...

Basketball May 28, 2015

Star guard Oga joins WJBL's Toyota Antelopes

Yuko Oga is returning to the WBJL to play for the Toyota Antelopes, according to published reports this week. The 32-year-old veteran guard, a Yamagata native, helped lead the Japan national team to the 2013 FIBA Asian Championship for Women title, its first continental title ...