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    Kiefer, Wright return but teams fall on Christmas eve games

    Dec 25, 2022

    KIEFER Ravena returned to action in Shiga Lakes' 79-68 loss to Alvark Tokyo in the 2022-23 Japan B.League season on Saturday at Arena Tachikawa Tachihi.

    Missing the past nine games due to a leg injury, Ravena got the start and produced six points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

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    Jordan Hamilton had 33 points for Shiga, but its was no match for Tokyo which got four of its five starters in double figures.

    The Lakes dropped their fifth straight loss to stay at the bottom of the standings at 4-18.

    Matthew Wright also came back from a sprained ankle in Kyoto's 91-75 defeat to Toyama at Toyama City Gymnasium.

    The Fil-Canadian shooter came off the bench and had six points from two treys, on top of two assists and one board after missing the last two games.


    Kyoto, though, lost its seventh straight game to slide to 7-15.

    Bobby Ray Parks was also finally cleared after sitting out the last three games due to concussion as Nagoya Diamond Dolphins crushed Niigata Albirex BB, 108-64, at Dolphins Arena.

    He came off the bench and fired 11 points from 3-of-4 clip from distance, on top of seven assists and two steals to contribute to Nagoya's bounce back win and rise to 16-6.

    Thirdy Ravena, the only player to escape the injury bug this season, also came off the bench in San-En NeoPhoenix's 77-70 defeat to Gunma Crane Thunders at Toyohashi City Gymnasium.

    He collected seven points, three boards, and two assists as San-En saw its two-game win streak end to fall to 10-12.


      Dwight Ramos, though, remained inactive in Levanga Hokkaido's 80-66 loss to Ryukyu Golden Kings at Okinawa Arena.

      He has already missed the past 11 games for Hokkaido due to a sprained ankle as the Levanga dropped to 6-16.

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      In second division action, Kobe Paras waxed hot from deep to power Altiri Chiba to a 98-66 win over Kagawa Five Arrows at Takamatsu City Gymnasium.

      The Filipino winger was a sparkplug off the bench and drained six treys for his 18 points, to go with a rebound, an assist, a steal, and a block as stretch Chiba stretched its win run to eight, staying atop the standings at 19-5.

      Roosevelt Adams missed the game anew for Kagawa which fell to its third straight loss and drop to 8-16.

      Jordan Heading, too, came off the bench in Nagasaki Velca's 93-75 win over Earthfriends Tokyo Z at Sasebo Gymnasium.

      The Fil-Aussie shooter only made two treys for seven points, four dimes, and two boards as Nagasaki halted a two-game skid and climbed up to 16-8.

      Greg Slaughter continued to miss action for Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka due to health and safety protocols as the team lost, 70-60, to Yamagata Wyverns at Yamagata Prefectural Sports Park.


      Fukuoka lost back-to-back games to slump to 9-15.

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