Japan B. League

B. League Pinoy cast complete as Javi GDL, Matt Aquino finally debut

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B. League Pinoy cast complete as Javi GDL, Matt Aquino finally debut

QUIET START. Javi Gomez de Liaño takes the floor for 13 minutes.

JAPAN B. LEAGUE

Javi Gomez de Liaño finally sees action for the Ibaraki Robots as Matthew Aquino, the son of PBA legend Marlou Aquino, also makes his B. League debut

After a long wait, the Japan B. League Filipino cast was finally completed as Gilas Pilipinas prospect Javi Gomez de Liaño cleared his requirements and suited up for the Ibaraki Robots in a 72-90 blowout loss to the Osaka Evessa on Saturday, November 6.

Javi, the elder brother of Division 2 import Juan Gomez de Liaño, made an immediate impact in his first minutes on the floor as he drilled a quick three for his first career points as a pro baller.

However, that would ultimately be his only field goal for the rest of the game as he finished with 3 points on 1-of-4 shooting in 13 minutes off the bench.

Osaka made light work of Ibaraki after a 13-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to run away with a blowout finish for their fourth win in 10 games. On the other hand, the listless Robots dropped to a 1-9 record heading to their Sunday rematch.

Meanwhile, Matthew Aquino finally made his long-awaited B. League debut for the Shinshu Brave Warriors as they dominated the Akita Northern Happinets, 76-51.

The Fil-Japanese big man Aquino, who is listed as a local, came up with 2 points and 2 rebounds in just 2 minutes and 27 seconds of action for the Brave Warriors in the victory.

Aquino, the son of PBA legend Marlou Aquino, has Japanese lineage on his mother’s side. – with a report from Martin Mendoza/Rappler.com