The departing Tokyo and Chiba bench bosses guided the perennial title contenders with astute leadership and passion.
In the next postseason round, the Brave Thunders play host to the Brex and the Golden Kings face the visiting Susanoo Magic.
The Brave Thunders rout the Alvark Tokyo for their fifth straight victory heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
The Alvark, who improved to 36-9, extended their winning streak to seven.
In the B. League teams’ series finale, the visiting Hannaryz avenged their weekend-opening loss in a down-to-the-wire rematch.
The former California governor, movie star and bodybuilder recalls boyhood idol Yury Vlasov in an emotional anti-war video.
First-year coach Fujitaka Hiraoka’s team has lost 25 consecutive games, a B. League record.
Alvark coach Luka Pavicevic’s squad focused on playing more aggressively in its weekend rematch with the Kawasaki Brave Thunders, and the strategy paid off.
Ando directs Shimane’s high-powered offense and leads the B. League in assists, while Okada’s long-range shooting is a key element of Shinshu’s attack.
Riding a five-game winning streak, the Jets are one of three teams with 5-1 records to open the 2021-22 season.
For Ryukyu, a 14-0 scoring run to open the fourth quarter sparked a spirited comeback against Tokyo at Okinawa Arena.
Four sports ー gymnastics, judo, swimming and wrestling ー have provided the vast majority of the nation’s top-three finishes in Olympic competitions.