Brothers Ravena and Kobe Paras made their B.League debut in Japan
BROTHERS Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena and former University of the Philippines mainstay Kobe Paras made a solid debut in the 2021-2022 Japan B. League season this weekend.
Three of eight Filipinos in action in the Japanese league this season, the trio produced quality performances in their first outings to kick off their respective campaigns.
The Ravenas collided with Kiefer and his Shiga Lakestars coming from behind on Saturday to defeat Thirdy and visiting San-en NeoPhoenix, 93-83, in their opener.
Kiefer, who secured a release from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and his parent team NLEX Road Warriors to play in the B. League for a season, did not start for Shiga, but made his presence felt throughout. along the contest.
Ravena’s eldest was a stabilizing factor for the Lakestars, who at one point in the third period were 22 points behind NeoPhoenix, 37-59.
Kiefer, who is his team’s Asian import, finished with a total of 11 points, eight assists, three rebounds and three steals with zero turnovers.
His game complemented well the international import performance of Shiga Ovie Soko, Sean O’mara and Novar Gadson, who each scored 18, 17 and 16 points, respectively, as well as local Teppei Kashiwagura, who had 14, while they continued to complete the comeback victory in front of their hometown fans.
Third, for his part, he experienced his struggles in his first game, particularly in shooting the ball, going 4 of 14 for the game, but was still a factor in other facets of the game.
Playing his second season in B.League after arriving last year, the youngest of the Ravena brothers also had 11 points to complete with five rebounds and two steals.
He was tasked with defending the best players on the opposing team, including Kiefer, and earned a good reputation, especially in the early games where they built a huge lead.
Kiefer and Thirdy were scheduled to face each other again on Sunday in the second game in a row.
âThe adjustments here have been a bit easy. It’s a cool and fun place. They have been polite and respectful everywhere you go. I am excited about my new team and my new adventure with the Shiga Lakestars. They are a young team and I hope we can do well this season, âKiefer said of playing for Japan this season.
Meanwhile, Mr Paras presented explosively in the Japanese league, scoring 25 points in Niigata Albirex BB’s 81-85 loss to Kyoto Hannaryz also on Saturday.
The son of PBA legend Benjie, Mr Paras scored 20 of his first-half point total, showing off his attacking skills in a variety of ways to help his team take a 51-40 advantage in the mid-point. time.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t back him up and saw Kyoto overtake them in the second half en route to victory.
Mr. Paras also had four assists and two interceptions. He was due to play again on Sunday in a rematch with Kyoto.
Ray Parks, Jr., Juan and Javi Gomez de LiaÃ±o, Dwight Ramos and Kemark CariÃ±o are other Filipinos competing in the Japan B. League in Division 1 and 2.
The matches of the Filipino players of the B. League are broadcast in the Philippines by the sports media distribution company Tap Digital Media Ventures (TapDMV) through its over-the-top (OTT) platform TAP GO and the cable channel Tap Sports. . – Michelangelo S. Murillo