Ryukyu is making its first appearance in the circuit’s championship series, while Utsunomiya is back for the third time in six years.
In the next postseason round, the Brave Thunders play host to the Brex and the Golden Kings face the visiting Susanoo Magic.
The Japan men’s soccer team completed its quest with late drama against Australia, getting two goals from substitute Kaoru Mitoma.
The region’s recovery from the 3.11 disasters is deeply connected to its residents’ leisure activities and their fervent support of individual athletes and teams.
The Sunrockers Shibuya, Toyama Grouses, Alvark Tokyo, Nagoya Diamond Dolphins and Akita Northern Happinets are in the hunt for two wild-card berths.
Athletes, teams, leagues and sports fans supported one another in the aftermath of the Tohoku disasters, lifting each other's spirits.
With just two weeks of games completed, parity is a defining trait of the new B. League season. Only three squads (Akita Northern Happinets,...