Second generation Filipino-Japanese basketball player Matthew Aquino made a successful debut for the Japanese national basketball team as they picked up a close 76-71 win over Chinese-Taipei in Group B of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers second window on Saturday at the Okinawa Arena in Japan.
Having been the face of Gilas Pilipinas ever since he made his men’s senior national team debut back in 2020, Dwight Ramos was aware that there were still two things he has not accomplished yet while donning the national colors for two years: to play inside the historic Smart-Araneta Coliseum and play in front of Filipino fans.
Dwight Ramos and Thirdy Ravena combined for 32 points as Gilas Pilipinas pulled away in the middle two quarters to outlast India, 88-64 on Friday in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers second window at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Earlier this week, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) announced that veteran Philippine basketball tactician Chot Reyes will take over the coaching duties of the Gilas Pilipinas men’s national basketball team, replacing Tab Baldwin.
It is not only Filipino players that are drawing attention from Japan B.League clubs as two established PBA coaches are reportedly also being sought.
Thirdy Ravena tallied the best stat line of his Japan B.League career, but it was Dwight Ramos who scored the last laugh as the Toyama Grouses edged the San-En NeoPhoenix, 90-89 on Sunday.
Kiefer Ravena continued his winning ways in the Japan B.League, powering the Shiga Lakestars to a decisive 95-72 win over the Kyoto Hannaryz on Sunday in the 2021-22 regular season.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. set a new Japan B.League personal scoring high to carry the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins to a 99-74 crushing of Dwight Ramos’ Toyama Grouses on Sunday in the continuing 2021-22 season.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. shined in his finest Japan B.League yet, helping the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins to a dominant route of the Toyama Grouses, 94-68 and spoiling Dwight Ramos’ debut on Saturday at the Toyama City Gymnasium.