Japan B. League

Javi, Juan Gomez de Liaño go scoreless in pair of blowouts

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Javi, Juan Gomez de Liaño go scoreless in pair of blowouts

TOUGH NIGHT. Ibaraki’s Filipino import Javi Gomez de Liaño aims for consistency in his game.

JAPAN B. LEAGUE

Javi Gomez de Liaño winds up scoreless a day after a breakthrough performance for Ibaraki, while his brother Juan also ends up empty for the win-hungry Tokyo Z

The Gomez de Liaño brothers continued their up-and-down journeys through the Japan B. League as both went scoreless in blowout losses at their respective divisions on Sunday, November 14.

Coming off a career-high 13-point outing, Javi Gomez de Liaño bottomed out to zero points on 0-of-4 shooting with 3 rebounds and 1 assist as the visiting Kawasaki Brave Thunders pummeled the Ibaraki Robots by 26 points, 93-67, in Division 1.

It was a non-contest from start to finish as the East district’s top team, now with an 11-3 record, mounted a 26-12 first-quarter attack, and never looked back since.

Two-time B. League champion Nick Fazekas cruised to a 19-point, 9-rebound, 8-assist line in just 24 minutes of action in a game where the Thunders led by as many as 27 markers, 80-53, near the start of the fourth quarter.

The Robots squeezed out a 10-0 response, but it made no difference at all as they only cut their deficit to 17, 63-80, with a little under 6 minutes left in the frame.

Ibaraki imports Marc Trasolini and Eric Jacobsen led the losing cause with 16 and 13 points, respectively, as the Robots shared the East cellar at 2-12 with the free-falling Niigata Albirex BB.

Juan, Tokyo Z absorb 13th loss

Like his brother, Juan Gomez de Liaño also failed to score over at Division 2 as the Koshigaya Alphas made light work of the winless Earthfriends Tokyo Z, 76-55.

One day after scoring 25 points on a perfect 12-of-12 clip, Koshigaya import Isaac Butts again dominated the post with 13 markers on 6-of-7 shooting to go with 8 rebounds as the Alphas maintained second place in the East district with a 10-3 record.

The win-hungry Earthfriends, now at 0-13 for the season, actually put up a fight until midway through the second quarter, where they still led, 29-28, with 4:30 left.

But that would be the last time Tokyo experienced getting ahead as Koshigaya ended the half with 14 unanswered points for the sudden 42-29 lead.

The Earthfriends’ morale failed to recover by the second half as the Alphas peaked with a 22-point gap, 71-49, off a Kohei Ninomiya triple at the 7:22 mark of the final frame.

Tokyo import Joshua Crawford led yet another sorry loss with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while fellow reinforcement Marc Norelia was held to a 9-marker, 9-board line with 4 turnovers.

While the entire Division 1 will enter a three-week break to make way for the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers, Division 2 action will move on as the Earthfriends continue their breakthrough quest on Friday, November 19, against the Ehime Orange Vikings. – Rappler.com