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HIGHLIGHTS: Filipino players at Japan B. League – October 16, 2021

Martin Mendoza
HIGHLIGHTS: Filipino players at Japan B. League – October 16, 2021
Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Dwight Ramos and Kemark Cariño finally make their Japan B. League debuts, while Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras, and Ray Parks Jr. look to deliver once again for their respective teams

With two weekends of Japan B. League’s 2021-2022 season already in the books, two more Filipino imports will make their debuts on the hardwood on Saturday, October 16.

Fresh off completing their mandatory two-week quarantine, Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Dwight Ramos and Kemark Cariño are expected to provide major boost to their respective squads, who are still winless early in the season.

Meanwhile, Thirdy and Kiefer Ravena, Kobe Paras, and Ray Parks Jr. are all expected to deliver once again for their teams in the third weekend of highly competitive B. League action. 

Dwight Ramos and Ray Parks | Toyama Grouses vs Nagoya Diamond Dolphins

Ray Parks finally broke his scoring slump in the Japan B. League as he and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins schooled Dwight Ramos and the winless Toyama Grouses, 94-68.

The former PBA star scored 10 of 15 points in the third quarter, and finished with a 6-of-12 clip from the field and 3-of-6 from three to go with 4 rebounds in just 20 minutes off the bench.

Meanwhile, Ramos immediately led his team in floor time with 29 minutes off the bench, but failed to find his groove with just 6 points on 3-of-14 shooting plus 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

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After completing his mandatory 14-day quarantine earlier this week, Gilas Pilipinas sensation Dwight Ramos will finally make his much-awaited B. League debut for the Toyoma Grouses, who have yet to win a game in four outings.

Ramos will be put to the test right away as his team goes up against Ray Parks and the rest of the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, who are coming off an 87-77 win against the Hiroshima Dragonflies on Sunday, October 10.

However, with Ramos set to play in only his first official game after a long layoff and Parks still recovering from a muscle injury, it’s unclear if both Filipino basketball stars will play significant minutes for their respective squads on Saturday.

Game time is 5:05 pm.

Thirdy Ravena | San-En NeoPhoenix vs Hiroshima Dragonflies

Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix picked up their third loss of the season after falling to the Hiroshima Dragonflies, 76-67, on Saturday, October 16 at the Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall.

Ravena, who averaged 15.2 points in the NeoPhoenix’s first four outings, struggled to find his rhythm from the field and was held to just 7 points on 3-of-12 shooting, to go with 3 rebounds and 1 assist as they dropped to 2-3 in the standings.

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After an injury-riddled season with the San-En NeoPhoenix in his first year in the B. League, Thirdy Ravena is now showing everyone why he is considered as one of the Philippines’ elite talents as he once again put up huge numbers in last weekend’s action.

Ravena, the trailblazer for Filipino basketball players in Japan, finished with a near double-double of 13 points and 9 rebounds, to go with 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block in San-En’s 85-82 victory over Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB on Sunday.

In four outings with the NeoPhoenix this season, the 24-year-old Ravena is currently averaging 15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.5 steals. 

Ravena will look to sustain his solid play for San-En on Saturday when they take on the Hiroshima Dragonflies at 12:05 pm.

Kobe Paras | Niigata Albirex BB vs Levanga Hokkaido

Levanga Hokkaido soared high off a strong start at home to score an 88-75 breakthrough win at the expense of Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB in their first game of a back-to-back slate.

After leading the losing cause with 11 points in the first half, Paras got clamped for just 2 markers in the latter two frames to finish with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block on a subpar 4-of-13 clip in just 27 minutes.

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Just like his best friend Thirdy, Kobe Paras has been spectacular for the Niigata Albirex BB early in the B. League season.

After finishing once again in double figures in Niigata’s three-point loss to San-En on Sunday, the high-flying forward Paras remained as the top-scoring Filipino import in Japan in the first two weeks of action, averaging 16.8 points per outing.

Expect Paras to deliver another high-scoring performance for the Albirex BB on Saturday as they face the winless Levanga Hokkaido at 1:05 pm. 

Kiefer Ravena | Shiga Lakestars vs Kyoto Hannaryz

Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars extended their winning streak to three games after holding off the Kyoto Hannaryz in the clutch, 84-83, on Saturday, October 16 at the Kyoto City Gymnasium.

After averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 assists in his first four outings for the Lakestars, Ravena failed to sustain his stellar all-around play as he finished with just 6 points on 1-of-7 shooting, along with 2 steals and 1 rebound in the victory.

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Kiefer Ravena is arguably the most impressive Filipino import in the B. League thus far. 

The former NLEX Road Warriors superstar is coming off an 11-point performance in Shiga’s 85-77 win over the Ibaraki Robots on Sunday and is currently averaging 13.8 points, 6.8 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Because of Ravena’s stellar all-around play for the Lakestars, they have now won two in a row and they are tied with seven other teams at the top spot of the B. League standings with a 3-1 record.

Ravena and the rest of the Lakestars will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they clash with the Kyoto Hannaryz on Saturday at 5:05 pm.

Kemark Cariño | Aomori Wat’s vs Bambitious Nara

Update

Although Kemark Cariño has cleared his mandatory 14-day quarantine around the same time as fellow Gilas Pilipinas prospect Dwight Ramos, he will not yet see action for the B. League Division 2’s Aomori Wat’s, his management confirmed in an update with Spin.ph.

The 6-foot-8 beanpole from the NCAA’s San Beda dynasty will have a shot to crack the rotation for the first time in next weekend’s back-to-back slate against the Kagawa Five Arrows.

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Former Gilas Pilipinas big man Kemark Cariño will finally see action for the Aomori Wat’s in Division 2 of the Japan B. League when they lock horns with the Bambitious Nara on Saturday.

The 6-foot-9 Cariño, who is known for his towering inside presence, is expected to give the Wat’s a much-needed boost on the defensive end as they gun for their first win of the season.

Game time is 5 pm.

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