Japan B. League

Kiefer Ravena-led Shiga deals blowout revenge on Ray Parks, Nagoya

JR Isaga
Kiefer Ravena-led Shiga deals blowout revenge on Ray Parks, Nagoya

ALL EVEN. Kiefer Ravena and Ray Parks split their weekend assignments.


Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars more than make up for their embarrassing loss to Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins

Kiefer Ravena broke out of a week-long slump at just the right time as the visiting Shiga Lakestars exacted revenge on Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins with a wire-to-wire 110-79 blowout on Sunday, October 24.

With the win, the Lakestars rose to a 6-2 record for a share of second place in the league, while the Dolphins cooled down to 4-4 and saw their four-game winning streak snapped in emphatic fashion.

Ravena, who bottomed out with 5 points on 1-of-13 shooting the prior game against Nagoya, shook off the cobwebs in his offensive arsenal, and finished with 16 points, all in the first half, on 6-of-12 shooting to go with 9 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.

On the losing end, Parks quieted down to just 7 markers, 3 boards and 2 steals after a career-high 22-point outing in the Dolphins’ 39-point destruction of the Lakestars last game.

It was a no contest from the very start as Shiga turned an 8-0 start to a huge 31-12 opening quarter blitz, ending with a buzzer-beating triple from import Novar Gadson.

The Lakestars never looked back from that onslaught, and peaked with a 42-point gap, 104-62, off a Teppei Kashiwagura triple exactly at the 5-minute mark of the fourth quarter, making a final 17-6 Nagoya run still look meaningless in the end.

After being the lone bright spot in their last loss, Shiga import Ovie Soko continued his strong play with game-highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds in the easy win, while fellow reinforcement Sean O’mara chipped in 22 markers, 9 boards and 5 dimes.

Nagoya import Coty Clarke dragged his team to the finish line with a game-best 26 points plus 7 boards, 5 dimes and 3 steals, backstopped by Scott Eatherton’s 19-marker, 10 board double-double.

Ravena and the Lakestars will look to start a new winning streak with a Wednesday, October 27 match at 6:05pm against the Kawasaki Brave Thunders.

Parks and the Dolphins will also tip off at the exact same time on that same day as they aim for a bounce-back win against another Ravena, Pinoy pioneer import Thirdy and the San-en NeoPhoenix.

The Scores

Shiga 110 – Soko 26, O’mara 22, Ravena 16, Kashiwagura 16, Gadson 12, Nomoto 8, Hayashi 3, Shibuta 3, Imagawa 2, Tobin 2, Kawamata 0.

Nagoya 79 – Clarke 26, Eatherton 19, Saito 8, Harimoto 8, Parks 7, Ito 4, Karino 3, Nakahigashi 2, Kobayashi 2, Kikuchi 0, Nakatsuka 0.

Quarters: 31-12, 54-32, 82-55, 110-79.

– Rappler.com