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| Shiga's Toyama relies on mentor to improve Lakestars- Apr.10, 2015 (by Emeka)|
According to Japan Times, coach Koto Toyama's stint as an assistant coach for the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix's 2009-10 title-winning team to veteran forwards Ray Nixon and Jeff Parmer teaming up to help lead the squad to a second championship under Kazuo Nakamura in May 2011, those experiences serve as building blocks for the Lakestars.Toyama, 32, is a bench boss for a fourth franchise in as many seasons.Following his departure from the now-defunct Miyazaki Shining Suns in 2012, the... [read more]
According to Japan Times, coach Koto Toyama's stint as an assistant coach for the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix's 2009-10 title-winning team to veteran forwards Ray Nixon and Jeff Parmer teaming up to help lead the squad to a second championship under Kazuo Nakamura in May 2011, those experiences serve as building blocks for the Lakestars.
Toyama, 32, is a bench boss for a fourth franchise in as many seasons.
Following his departure from the now-defunct Miyazaki Shining Suns in 2012, the Hokkaido native spent one season each with the Ryukyu Golden Kings (who fired him after they went 42-10 but failed to defend their title or reach the Final Four) and expansion Bambitious Nara before being hired by Shiga.
Parmer and Nixon have reunited as teammates this season. The former stayed with the Phoenix until 2013, then suited up for the Shinshu Brave Warriors last season. The latter competed for the Lakestars for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns, went back to Hamamatsu last season, and is now on his second tour of duty with the Kansai-based franchise, which will finish above .500 for the sixth straight season.
Having both played under the now-retired Nakamura, who turned 74 in December and led the Akita Northern Happinets for three seasons, Parmer and Nixon said they can see the influence that the respected mentor has on Toyama's coaching philosophy. (In fact, Nakamura's coaching tree extends throughout the league under former Hamamatsu staff members-turned sideline supervisors: Akita's Makoto Hasegawa, Sendai's Shuto Kawachi, Shinshu's Ryuji Kawai and Fukushima's Hiroki Fujita.)
Shiga, meanwhile, improved to 30-16 on Sunday, handing the host Saitama Broncos a 104-69 beatdown. The Lakestars have won four straight and eight of their last 10.
Looking at the influence that Nakamura has had on Toyama, Parmer had this to say at Saitama Municipal Gymnasium after the series finale: 'He has his own ideas in certain ways, and also he has some similarities to Kazuo. Each way is good.
'For me, I love his energy and the way he coaches us. He's striving for us to attain a certain excellence, and that's the only way you're going to get better - if you have a coach that's always pushing you. . . . He just wants us to get better and I love that about him as a coach and I respect that.
'That helps me play harder and be a better leader out there on the court,' Parmer added after his 22-point, six-assist, three-block, two-steal performance.
Nakamura stays actively involved in observing his former staff members' teams, including the Lakestars.
Has that helped Shiga?
'Well, at the beginning of the season, coach was really finding his way on how to really use us and our strengths,' recalled Parmer, who is tied with Yu Okada as the team's second-leading scorer (13.1 points per game, trailing only Terrance Woodbury's 18.2).
A conversation with Nakamura after Shiga faced host Akita on Dec. 6-7 (two losses for the visitors, which dropped them to 11-5) proved helpful for Toyama.
Parmer recounted Nakamura's message to Toyama: 'If you want to win games, you have to use Jeff and Ray more.'
'So after that, he's been pretty consistent on trying to do that, and that has helped us as a team. Kazuo has been a huge influence on him this year,' Parmer said of his coach.
Which has meant Nixon, who has made the most of his court time, will be called upon to be a key contributor. The University of Wisconsin alum leads the team in 3-pointers made (94) and dunks (21) and is averaging 12.3 ppg.
Despite Nakamura's advice and longtime mentorship, Toyama, a manager for the JBL's OSG Phoenix from 2005-08 before the team defected to the bj-league, is putting his own stamp on the Lakestars.
'He bring his own brand of basketball,' Parmer insisted, 'because he wants us to be more of like a motion team, move the ball and nobody is holding the ball and stagnant with the ball. He wants everybody to get involved in the game, and that's his own style, and it's working for us.
'Everyone is knowing their role and taking heat to the role, and that's the difference between him and Kazuo.'
With Toyama at the helm, the Lakestars study successful NBA teams and watch game highlights (Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs, for instance) as a learning tool.
'He's definitely up on the NBA,' Parmer said of Toyama.
Toyama also gleaned material while watching a Chicago Bulls-Houston Rockets showdown, especially a 21-4 Chicago run, according to Parmer.
That game turned into a talking point for Toyama and Co. Or as Parmer put it: 'When you guys don't have the rhythm, you have to do certain other things to get the rhythm. He was showing how the Chicago Bulls got the rhythm from the Rockets, and after that the game's over.'
Nixon agreed with Parmer that Nakamura and Toyama share similar traits on the court.
'They are both extremely passionate coaches,' Nixon said. 'Kazuo has a bit more extreme style, but it definitely shows in Coach Toyama and the way he goes about coaching the basketball game. He wants to leave an imprint on his players and make sure that they all do well, and I think he got a lot of that from Coach Kazuo.'
Is Toyama as fiery as Nakamura during practices and games?
'It really depends on us,' Nixon told The Japan Times. 'If we're playing well and doing the things that we're supposed to do, then he's pretty laid back, but just like Kazuo, when things get out of hand, that's when the intensity picks up.'
There are times, too, when Toyama keeps his emotions in check. 'Sometimes he even says it in practice like, 'Right now, I want to yell at you guys, but I'm not,' ' Nixon explained. 'So that let's us know we need to tighten things up and get back to square one.'
The Kyoto Hannaryz (38-8), Ryukyu Golden Kings (39-9) and Hamamatsu (38-10) are ahead of the Lakestars in the Western Conference standings, but Shiga is locked into the fourth-place spot as the season winds down.
'There's a couple of games that we could have won, and could've been in a better position or a higher seed or whatever, but I think he's doing an excellent job with our team this season,' Nixon said of Toyama.
And that carries over to defense as well. The Lakestars rely on help defense, players staying actively vocal.
'Everybody has to talk, and there's going to be some breakdowns in the game,' Nixon said. 'We have to stay focused and change our mind-set if things to bad. . . . He tries to instill that in us to always stay focused, be aggressive on defense and always help each other out.'
Weekend slate: One series (Oita-Shiga) begins on Friday, while the rest of the teams await Saturday's series openers. Those matchups are: Shinshu vs. Niigata, Kyoto vs. Shimane, Aomori vs. Akita, Iwate vs. Saitama, Fukushima vs. Tokyo, Toyama vs. Sendai, Gunma vs. Yokohama and Osaka vs. Takamatsu.
Plans to build: The Ryukyu Golden Kings are finalizing plans for construction of a new 10,000-seat arena in Okinawa, according to published reports.
Team president Tatsuro Kimura told the Ryukyu Shimpo that the Golden Kings are looking at different sites, and he plans to hold further talks with local government officials. Okinawa City and Naha were cited as potential candidates for a new home gym.
| Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama- Mar.31, 2015 (by Emeka)|
Japan times can authoritatively report that the Fukushima Firebonds put on a shooting clinic from 3-point range at Yokohama International Swimming Pool on Saturday.Yes, their long-range perimeter marksmen did their best impersonation of the Golden State Warriors - indeed, the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, would've enjoyed the action, too.Masaya Karimata sank 7 of 12 3-pointers in an electrifying 30-point, nine-assist performance and backcourt mate Verdell Jones III had... [read more]
Japan times can authoritatively report that the Fukushima Firebonds put on a shooting clinic from 3-point range at Yokohama International Swimming Pool on Saturday.
Yes, their long-range perimeter marksmen did their best impersonation of the Golden State Warriors - indeed, the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, would've enjoyed the action, too.
Masaya Karimata sank 7 of 12 3-pointers in an electrifying 30-point, nine-assist performance and backcourt mate Verdell Jones III had 30 points, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, as Fukushima defeated Yokohama 106-91.
Jones dished out seven assists and drained 10 of 12 free throws as the Firebonds, a first-year franchise, improved to 17-28.
Fukushima forward Edward Morris, who attended Pittsburg State in Kansas, scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had six assists on the night before an announced crowd of 2,462. Big man James Hughes had 16 points and swatted three shots in the win.
The Firebonds moved the basketball efficiently and made smart decisions on offense, as evidenced by their 28 assists and eight turnovers.
Wichita State product Carl Hall led Yokohama (11-32) with 29 points on 13-for-18 shooting and 11 rebounds. Wayne Marshall scored 15 points, Masayuki Kabaya had 14, Warren Niles supplied 13 and Kenji Yamada scored 12 and dished out 10 assists.
Fukushima sealed the win with 30-point second and fourth quarters.
Broncos 88, Crane Thunders 84
In Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture, for the Broncos, 'home sweet home' hasn't been an expression that could describe the team's games in front of their home fans.
Exhibit A: The Broncos were 0-20 at home entering Saturday's bj-league series opener against Gunma.
Broncos coach Kazuaki Shimoji's club snapped a nine-game overall losing streak.
Gary Johnson led Saitama with 27 points and Nyika Williams notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Junya Masumoto put 18 points on the board and veteran guard Koji Nagata had 17 points, 10 assists and four steals.
Carlos Dixon scored 21 points for the Crane Thunders (15-28). He was 8-for-9 from 2-point range and 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Dixon added 12 rebounds and nine assists, team-high totals in both categories.
Gunma's Masashi Obuchi and Melvin Ely each scored 17 points. Obuchi doled out five assists. Ely, a former NBA big man, pulled down eight rebounds.
The Crane Thunders shot 17.2 percent from 3-point range (5-for-29)
The Broncos led 44-40 at halftime.
89ers 81, Cinq Reves 69
In Hachioji, Kejuan Johnson's 25-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist, six-steal effort ignited Sendai to its 10th straight victory and a series sweep.
Tokyo (5-39) dropped its 10th straight game.
Jeral Davis had 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the 89ers (32-14) and fellow big man Adrian Moss, a University of Florida alum, chipped in with 14 points and 10 boards. Manato Kikuchi had a 13-point outing and Takehiko Shimura dished out seven assists.
Northern Happinets 99, Brave Warriors 94
In Odate, Akita Prefecture, balanced scoring carried the hosts to a series-opening win over Shinshu.
Richard Roby finished with 23 points for Akita (35-10), while Ruben Boykin had a 21-point effort on 10-for-15 shooting. Yuto Otsuka poured in 17 points, draining 3 of 6 3s and Shigehiro Taguchi scored 16 points. Deshawn Stephens and Ryosuke Mizumachi both had 11 points.
Stephens, a San Diego State product, grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds. Taguchi and Roby each dished out six assists, and Boykin handed out five.
Mohamed Abukar paced the Brave Warriors (18-25) with 31 points. Shoji Nakanishi added 15 points, including 3-for-4 from long range, and DeVaughn Washington contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Phoenix 91, Rizing 87 (OT)
In Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, Nile Murry scored 19 points and Jermaine Green and Atsuya Ota each had 18 as Hamamatsu edged the hosts in overtime for its second victory in as many days.
Green grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and Ota, whose scoring output was a season-best total, hauled in seven.
The Phoenix (36-10) shot 57.6 percent from inside the arc.
Josh Peppers was Fukuoka's leading scorer with 23 points. He also snatched eight boards. John Humphrey added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Cohey Aoki added 19 points and Cyrus Tate had 13 points and eight boards for the Rizing (12-34).
After the game, Phoenix coach Tomoya Higashino said he was pleased with his team's performance.
'This weekend against Fukuoka, we played hard without (injured) Mo Charlo,' Higashino told The Japan Times. 'Our young players really stepped up and really rose to the challenge. Ota had a great game in the second game.'
Lakestars 85, Bambitious 77
In Kashiba, Nara Prefecture, Yu Okada and Jeff Parmer both made five steals in a high-energy effort against the Bambitious.
Parmer also scored a team-high 22 points and raked in 11 rebounds, and Okada added 19 points and five assists. Terrance Woodbury scored 21 points for Shiga (27-16).
Chehales Tapscott had 20 points and eight rebounds for Nara (12-33) and Tatsuya Suzuki scored 19 points and dished out nine assists. Michael St. John added 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Ryo Yamazaki scored 13 points.
Big Bulls 80, Wat's 69
In Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture, the hosts' strong start carried them to a victory over Aomori.
The Big Bulls led 19-6 entering the second quarter.
East-leading Iwate (36-9) out-rebounded the visitors 51-40.
Big Bulls star Lawrence Blackledge made his mark on both ends of the floor, finishing with 17 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, four blocks and three assists. Frontcourt mate Abullahi Kuso, a Gonzaga alum, added 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while Masato Tsukino canned all three of his 3-point attempts in a 13-point outing. Wayne Arnold finished with 12 points.
For the Wat's (23-22), Yuki Kitamuki scored 16 points and Paul Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Albirex BB 79, Grouses 76
In Niigata, Thomas Kennedy ignited the Albirex offense with 24 points and the hosts eked out a win over rival Toyama.
Patrick Sullivan had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Niigata (30-15), while Yuichi Ikeda and Russell Carter each scored 11 points.
Joe Werner led the Grouses (31-14) with 16 points and hauled in 10 boards and Sam Willard finished with 15 points and 15 boards. Tatsunori Fujie matched Willard's scoring total and Takeshi Mito poured in 14 points. Masashi Joho, who was held to six points on 2-for-8 shooting, dished out seven assists.
Susanoo Magic 83, Evessa 73
In Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Isiah Brown and Bingo Merriex combined for 45 points to guide Shimane past Osaka.
Brown had a team-best 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting and 11 rebounds. Merriex scored 20 and hauled in nine rebounds and made four steals. Edward Yamamoto ended the contest with 19 points for the Magic (17-28).
Josh Dollard, who had 31 points with 12 rebounds, was the top scorer for the Evessa (25-20). Shota Konno and Takuya Soma both scored 12 points and Gary Hamilton grabbed 17 rebounds.
Hannaryz 79, Golden Kings 73
In Okinawa City, West-leading Kyoto improved to 38-7 with a victory against rival and defending champion Ryukyu.
The Golden Kings slipped to 36-9.
Led by Ryan Forehan-Kelly's 16 points, five Kyoto players scored in double figures. Reggie Warren had a 15-point game, David Palmer added 12 and Kevin Kotzur and Sunao Murakami both finished with 10. It was a season-high total for Murakami.
Kyoto out-rebounded Ryukyu 43-28. Kotzur secured nine rebounds, Forehan-Kelly hauled in eight and Warren grabbed seven.
Ryuichi Kishimoto paced the Golden King with 24 points, burying 6 of 12 3-point shots. Draelon Burns added 18 points, Naoto Kosuge had nine and Narito Namizato seven.
HeatDevils 91, Five Arrows 88
In Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, Oita (17-28) solidified its playoff hopes by securing a road win over Takamatsu.
The Five Arrows fell to 13-32.
Drew Barham sank five 3s in a 27-point performance for the HeatDevils. Demetri McCamey had 22 points and five assists and Kellen Thornton chipped in with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Naoto Takushi added 11 points and seven assists.
B.J. Puckett was the high scorer for Takamatsu with 32 points on 13-for-18 shooting. Dexter Lyons had 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the win, and Andrais Thornton added 14 points.
| Akita overcome struggling Tokyo- Dec.19, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, the Akita Northern Happinets pounded the host Tokyo Cinq Reves from start to finish in Friday's series opener in Inagi.Seven Akita players scored in double figures as the Happinetes demolished Tokyo 108-59.Kenta Tateyama paced the visitors with 20 points, knocking down 4 of 6 3-pointers. Richard Roby added 16 points and four steals. Shigehiro Taguchi and Ruben Boykin each had 15-point nights. Deshawn Stephens poured in 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, the Akita Northern Happinets pounded the host Tokyo Cinq Reves from start to finish in Friday's series opener in Inagi.
Seven Akita players scored in double figures as the Happinetes demolished Tokyo 108-59.
Kenta Tateyama paced the visitors with 20 points, knocking down 4 of 6 3-pointers. Richard Roby added 16 points and four steals. Shigehiro Taguchi and Ruben Boykin each had 15-point nights. Deshawn Stephens poured in 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while former Wake Forest big man Tyran Walker added 10 points and 16 rebounds and Yuto Otsuka chipped in with 10 points.
Akita floor leader Akitomo Takeno had eight points and seven assists in the rout. Otsuka played a team-high 26 minutes.
| Shiga outplays Gunma in first bj-league contest for ex-NBA coach Parker, center Ely Oct.11, 2014 |
| Alvark hold off Kings spirited comeback Sep.6, 2014 |
| Gunma hires longtime NBA assistant Parker as new coach Aug.2, 2014 |
| Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season Jun.26, 2014 |
| Golden Kings dismantle Happinets in bj-league final As Kishimoto is named MVP May.26, 2014 |
| Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers Apr.21, 2014 |
| Nakama set to retire Apr.21, 2014 |
| Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive Apr.21, 2014 |
| Joho powers Grouses past Evessa Mar.18, 2014 |
| East power Akita decides to make roster move: source Feb.7, 2014 |
| Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz Jan.9, 2014 |
| Shimane struggling after departure of coach, top star Jan.9, 2014 |
| Akita making run for title Dec.8, 2013 |
| D-League teams draft five bj-league alumni Nov.6, 2013 |
| Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama Nov.6, 2013 |
| B-Corsairs slump to defeat against Big Bulls Nov.6, 2013 |
| Alvark beat Brex to get NBL up and running Oct.3, 2013 |
| Players react after NBL takes unilateral action Oct.3, 2013 |
| Nakamuras coaching tree stretches throughout league Sep.2, 2013 |
| Hitachi Sunrockers sign Darryl Webb Jul.28, 2013 |
| Kyoto set to join NBL for 2014-15 season Jul.22, 2013 |
| Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach Jul.22, 2013 |
| Nara selects Toyama as first coach Jun.23, 2013 |
| Kyoto acquires forward Komoda Jun.23, 2013 |
| Nara takes Yamashiro with first pick in expansion draft Jun.23, 2013 |
| Toshiba shows determination in Game 3 win over Aisin As Brave Thunders take 2-1 series lead Apr.22, 2013 |
| Sea Horses win Game 5 to reclaim JBL crown Apr.22, 2013 |
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