Japan B. League

Ray Parks, Thirdy Ravena drop 15 apiece as Nagoya, San-En win big on Christmas

Martin Mendoza
Ray Parks, Thirdy Ravena drop 15 apiece as Nagoya, San-En win big on Christmas

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Ray Parks, Thirdy Ravena, and four more Filipino imports score in twin digits for their respective teams in the Japan B. League on Christmas Day

MANILA, Philippines – Ray Parks and Thirdy Ravena both came to play on Christmas Day as their respective teams in Division 1 of the Japan B. League captured lopsided victories on Sunday, December 25.

Fresh off an efficient 11-point outing a day prior, Ray Parks sustained his stellar play off the bench for the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in their 38-point drubbing of the Niigata Albirex BB, 104-66.

Parks finished with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including a 3-of-6 clip from long distance, along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

Meanwhile, Ravena, who only had 7 markers in the San-En NeoPhoenix’s Christmas Eve loss to the Gunma Crane Thunders, came up with an improved performance this time around as he registered 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 2 rebounds in their 92-79 bounce-back over the same opponents.

Like Parks and Ravena, four more Filipino imports in the Land of the Rising Sun made their presence felt offensively and scored in double-digits on Christmas day.

Kobe Paras, who sizzled for 18 points on Saturday, remained red-hot from three-point land as he connected on four long bombs to wound up with 14 points in the Altiri Chiba’s 34-point demolition of the Roosevelt Adams-less Kagawa Five Arrows, 100-66, in Division 2.

Matthew Wright and Kiefer Ravena, meanwhile, tallied 11 points apiece for their Division 1 squads Kyoto Hannaryz and the Shiga Lakes, respectively.

Wright shot 5-of-10 from the field and also recorded 4 rebounds and 7 assists in Kyoto’s 91-69 beatdown of the Toyama Grouses, while Kiefer’s 11-point performance on 5-of-9 shooting went to waste as Shiga bowed to Alvark Tokyo, 105-74.

Finally, Jordan Heading was one of four players to end up in double figures in the scoring department for the Nagasaki Velca with 10 in their 93-82 victory against the Earthfriends Tokyo Z in Division 2.

Matt Aquino was the lone Filipino player who failed to reach twin digits on Sunday as he produced just 6 points in the Shinshu Brave Warriors’ 101-84 defeat at the hands of the Shimane Susanoo Magic in Division 1. – Rappler.com 

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