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    JAVI Gomez de Liano is also heading to Japan.

    The Gilas Pilipinas forward has agreed to a deal with the Ibaraki Robots, joining younger brother Juan in the B.League.

    The team announced the signing on Monday as the Gomez de Liano brothers mark a new start to their careers after their stay in University of the Philippines.

    Javi Gomez de Liano

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    "I'd like to thank coach Richard [Glesmann] and Robots management for giving me this opportunity of the lifetime. At the same time I can't wait to play for you guys and meet the amazing community out there," he said.

    Japan stint for Javi GdL after Fiba Asia qualifiers

    Javi, 22, is coming off a stint with the national team where he averaged 10.7 points on 50-percent shooting from deep, to go with 3.0 rebounds in 16.9 minutes of play in the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers.

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    He was one of the last three cuts for the Gilas team in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade.


      Ibaraki went on a 39-16 record in the second division last season, good for third, and made it through to the finals before falling to the Gunma Crane Thunders in the three-game championship.

      Still, the Robots have been promoted to the first division starting in the 2021-22 season.

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      Javi won't be facing his younger brother Juan, who recently signed with Earthfriends Tokyo Z in the second division, although he will meet Thirdy Ravena who re-signed with the San-En NeoPhoenix.

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