Friday, June 9, 2017

2017 Japanese B.League Basketball Champions - Tochigi Brex!

Congrats to the 2017 Japanese B. League Basketball Champions...the Tochigi Brex and my man Yuta Tabuse!!  Whoop. They beat the Toshiba Brave Thunder 85-79.  Here is the 12-minute highlight reel from the game.  They had a nice 4th-quarter comeback for sure.  Here are the 8 cards included in the 1st and 2nd half sets:

The awards show for the league was held Tuesday, 30 May where Nick Fazekas of the losing BRave Thunder (and former NBA player) was named B.League MVP as well as to the Best-5 team.  Here is Nick's first B.League card as well as the other 4 players on the Best-5 Team: Yuki Togashi, Daiki Tanaka, Makoto Hiejima and Kosuke Kanamaru.

Rounding out the final awards, Leo Verdrame won Rookie of the Year Honors, Yusuke Endo took home Best Defender and Tyler Stone was the Best 6th Man (No B.League Card).

For those that can't wait for the regular season to start again, B.League is holding 4 regional pre-season tournaments simultaneously in September called the 2017 Early Cup  (actually the Tohoku tourney is one week after the others)....more details here on the Early Cup.

I have a special B.Leauge set called "High Five" that I will bust and post the results here.


  1. I wonder if the values of our Yuta cards just went up? ;)

    1. It doesn't look like the championship has increased sales on eBay at all. Yuta is more difficult to buy in Japan for sure.