Japan B. League

Wright, Kyoto sweep Ramos, Hokkaido; Thirdy provides spark off the bench

Juro Morilla
Wright, Kyoto sweep Ramos, Hokkaido; Thirdy provides spark off the bench

CONSISTENT. Matthew Wright averages 21 points in two games.

JAPAN B. LEAGUE

Matthew Wright erupts for 24 points as Kyoto completes a weekend sweep of Dwight Ramos and Hokkaido, while San-En’s Thirdy Ravena spearheads the bench in victory

MANILA, Philippines – Matthew Wright came out firing once more as he drilled in 9-of-14 shots for 24 points to lead Kyoto Hannaryz over Dwight Ramos and the Levanga Hokkaido, 99-84, in the Japan B. League on Sunday, November 20, at the Yotsuba Arena Tokaichi. 

The 31-year-old shooting guard also added 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals to his impressive stat line in over 35 minutes as a starter to help Kyoto complete a weekend sweep of Ramos’ Hokkaido.

Wright had a slow start and missed all of his 3 attempts in the opening quarter, but he was still able to record a couple of boards and dimes as his team started the second frame down by a single possession, 21-18.

Kyoto then broke out of its slump by exploding for 27 points in each of the last three quarters to secure another win versus the home team.

In the back-to-back games that he had against Hokkaido, Wright averaged 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals per game, and shot a total of 16-of-24 from the field.

Ramos, on the other hand, came off the bench again and immediately made an impact as he provided an assist and knocked down a pull-up jumper midway through the opening quarter.

The 24-year-old finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in less than 19 minutes of playing time.

Earlier, Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix also got their own weekend sweep as they squeaked past the Akita Northern Happinets in overtime, 93-90, at the CNA Arena Akita. 

Ravena, who again came off the bench, upped his scoring from their previous meeting as he poured in 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

The former Ateneo star also registered 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and played over 28 minutes to lead the San-En bench in the scoring, assists, and minutes category.

Other results

Division 1

Nagoya Diamond Dolphins def. Kawasaki Brave Thunders, 77-58. (Ray Parks Jr – 8 pts, 5 rebs, 5 asts, 2 stls, 25:36 mins)

Fighting Eagles Nagoya def. Shinshu Brave Warriors, 78-60. (Matthew Aquino – 3 pts, 4 rebs, 19:17 mins)

Chiba Jets def. Hiroshima Dragonflies, 91-77. (Justine Baltazar – Did Not Play)

Ryukyu Golden Kings def. Shiga Lakes, 89-84. (Jay Washington – 3 pts, 9:47 mins, Kiefer Ravena – Did Not Play)

Division 2

Saga Ballooners def. Nagasaki Velca, 79-56. (Jordan Heading – 2 pts, 3 rebs, 1 stl, 1 blk, 10:07 mins)

Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka def. Nishinomiya Storks, 81-74. (Greg Slaughter – 5 pts, 1 reb, 8:47 mins)

Altiri Chiba def. Earthfriends Tokyo Z def, 99-61. (Kobe Paras – 0 pts, 2 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl, 14:50 mins)

– Rappler.com

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