With the biggest of stakes on the line, the Chiba Jets Funabashi and Alvark Tokyo renew their rivalry on Saturday afternoon.
The site: Yokohama Arena. The occasion: the B. League Championship final. Tipoff is set for 2:05 p.m. as Jets bench boss Atsushi Ono and Alvark head coach Luka Pavicevic match wits on the hardwood.
Little separated the two East Division powerhouses during the regular season — two victories to be precise. The Jets went 46-14 to claim the title; the Alvark won 44 of 60.
When they squared off six times during the 60-game B. League season, there were tight games, blowouts and one decided by the thinnest of margin. Also, it’s interesting to note that the loser of all six contests failed to score 70 or more points.