Japan B. League

Juan GDL, Carino go down quietly in B. League weekend losses

JR Isaga
Juan GDL, Carino go down quietly in B. League weekend losses

TOUGH STRETCH. Juan Gomez de Liaño and the Earthfriends Tokyo Z slide to 1-14 in Division 2.

Japan B. League

Juan Gomez de Liaño and the Earthfriends Tokyo Z stumble after their breakthrough win, while Kemark Carino and the Aomori Wat's absorb their ninth straight loss in Division 2

The Earthfriends Tokyo Z quickly crashed back to reality after their breakthrough win as the Ehime Orange Vikings exacted an 84-57 revenge blowout on Saturday, November 20.

Juan Gomez de Liaño, who celebrated his 22nd birthday with a win the previous day, finished Saturday’s match with 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in 22 minutes as the Earthfriends slid to a 1-14 record.

Off a small 35-31 lead at the start of the second half, Ehime mauled Tokyo with a game-sealing 20-6 run that saw the lead ballooning to 55-37 near the end of the period.

Things only got better for the Vikings in the final frame as they outscored the Earthfriends, 29-17, with former PBA import Eugene Phelps finishing with a monster 31-point, 20-rebound double-double to atone for his 8-marker game the previous day.

Meanwhile, fellow reinforcement Andrew Fitzgerald chipped in 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists as the import duo tied the entire Earthfriends squad with 57 total markers.

Tokyo can get back to its winning ways with a back-to-back set on November 29 and 30 against the Yamagata Wyverns.

Things continued to go south as well for the other Filipino in the B. League Division 2 as Kemark Carino and the Aomori Wat’s dropped both their matches against the Sendai 89ers for the weekend.

On Saturday, the 89ers blew out the Wat’s, 77-55, thanks to a balanced scoring attack led by 14 points in 18 minutes from local guard Masaharu Kataoka.

Carino, on the losing end, chipped in 4 points and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes, while local forward Koki Fujioka led the team with 12 markers on 5-of-7 shooting.

The Gilas Pilipinas prospect also had 4 points in 10 minutes on Sunday, November 21, as Sendai handed Aomori an even bigger blowout, 88-53, thanks to 22 points on an 11-of-13 clip from import Justin Burrell.

The Wat’s, now losers of nine straight with a 1-14 record, can turn their fortunes around next weekend, November 27 and 28, against the Bambitious Nara. – Rappler.com