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Gomez de Liaño brothers suffer heartbreaking B. League losses

Martin Mendoza
Gomez de Liaño brothers suffer heartbreaking B. League losses

MELTDOWN. Juan Gomez de Liaño and Tokyo Z blow another chance to score their first win.


The search for a breakthrough win continues as Juan Gomez de Liaño and the Earthfriends Tokyo Z falter late, while his brother Javi and the Ibaraki Robots absorb a narrow loss in a separate game

Juan Gomez de Liaño and the Earthfriends Tokyo Z remained winless in 11 tries after falling to the Nishinomiya Storks in a heartbreaker, 77-71, in Division 2 of the Japan B. League on Wednesday, November 10 at the Ota Gymnasium.

After scoring double-digits in back-to-back games last weekend, Gomez de Liaño only had 6 points on 2-of-6 shooting as a starter for the Earthfriends, who dropped to 0-11 in the standings.

Already leading by as many as 11 points, 49-38, midway through the third period, the Earthfriends failed to take care of their double-digit advantage as the Storks managed to tie the game at 53-all heading into the final frame.

It was a back-and-forth duel between both squads in the first 8 minutes of the quarter and with the Earthfriends trailing by just 3, 68-71, with 1:51 left to play, the Storks unleashed a decisive 6-0 run to extend their lead to its biggest at 9, 77-68, with just 17 seconds remaining, crushing any hopes of a Tokyo upset.

DeQuan Jones topscored for the Storks with 26 points, while Cheikh Mbodj chipped in a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. 

Joshua Crawford put up his own double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Earthfriends, while Takumi Masuko added 15 markers.

The Earthfriends will get another chance to finally enter the win column on Saturday, November 13, when they tangle with the Koshigaya Alphas at 4 pm, Manila time.

Javi, Ibaraki absorb 2-point loss to Shibuya 

Much like his younger brother Juan, Javi Gomez de Liaño and the Ibaraki Robots suffered a heart-wrenching 84-82 loss to the Sunrockers Shibuya in Division 1 of the B. League at the Sumida-ku City Gymnasium. 

Gomez de Liaño, who did not see action in their previous outing, was limited to just 5 minutes of action off the bench and scored 2 points on 1-of-1 shooting as the Robots dropped to 2-10 – tied with four other teams at the bottom of the standings.

With Ibaraki already up by 4, 82-78, with 1:35 remaining in the final frame, the Sunrockers went on a blitzing 6-0 run, capped by Leo Vendrame’s game-winning three-point play with just 8 seconds left to play in the game.

Kohei Nakamura had the chance to take the lead back and win the game for Ibaraki in the final possession, but missed on his potential game-winner at the buzzer. 

Two-time NBA champion James McAdoo continued to flex his dominance for the Sunrockers as he put up 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Shuto Tawatari contributed 12 points.

Marc Trasolini led the way for the Robots in the losing effort with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Kohei Fukuzawa tallied 15 markers.

The Robots will shoot for a much-needed win on Saturday when they clash with the Kawasaki Brave Thunders at 1:05 pm. – Rappler.com

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