Kiefer Ravena teams up with 7 other Filipinos for Asian All-Stars as they take on Matt Aquino and the B. League Rising Stars
Shiga Lakestars goalie Kiefer Ravena has said he is excited about the upcoming Japan B League Rising All-Star game in Asia as he will showcase all nine Philippine imports on January 14 at Okinawa Arena.
In the Asia Rising Star Game, Ravena will be joined by her younger brother Thirdy of the San-En NeoPhoenix, Dwight Ramos of the Toyama Grouses, Kobe Paras of the Niigata Albirex BB, Ray Parks of the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, Javi Gomez of Liaño of the Ibaraki Robots, as well as Division 2 players Juan Gomez de Liaño of Earthfriends Tokyo Z and Kemark Cariño of Aomori Wat’s.
Indonesian Brandon Jawato from Utsunomiya Brex, Chinese Wang Weijia from Akita Northern Happinets, Korean Yang Jae-min from Shinshu Brave Warriors, Chinese Liu Jin from Nishinomiya Storks and Taiwanese Lin Chih Wei from Rising Zephyr Fukuoka.
“Very excited to play against the rising stars in League B, and of course with my Filipino brothers here and also from the different countries represented,” Ravena said in a virtual press conference on Monday December 6th.
“It will be a fun event,” he added.
Shinshu’s Matt Aquino, however, won’t team up with his fellow Filipinos as he dresses up for the rising stars, which is also made up of Kai Toews from Utsunomiya, Koh Flippin and Keita Immamura from Ryukyu, Yuto Nohmi from Niigata, Takumi. Saito from Nagoya, Takuma Sato from Chiba Jets, Taiki Osakabe from Alvark Tokyo, Keisuke Masuda and Satoru Maeta from Kawasaki Brave Thunders, Ryogo Sumino from Seahorses Mikawa, Eliet Donley from Osaka Evessa and Ryo Terashima from Hiroshima Dragonflies.
Aquino was part of the Rising Stars team because he holds a Japanese passport.
The Asian stars will be coached by Dai Oketani of the Ryukyu Golden Kings, while the rising stars will be coached by Zoran Maritchi of Chiba.
“We would like to give you a very good game, a very entertaining game,” said Ravena.
“Just to experience playing against the future of League B is going to be exciting and is going to be fun and I hope you enjoy it,” he added.
In addition to the Asia Rising Star Game, Kiefer and his brother Thirdy will also showcase their products in the Skills Challenge, where they will face former league MVP Yuki Togashi from Chiba, Takumi Saito from Nagoya, Asahi Tajima from Ibaraki, Kawasaki’s Yuma Fuiji, and Kyoto Hannaryz’s Tatsuya Suzuki.
On the one hand, the top-flight Paras will test his mettle in the Slam Dunk Contest against Koh Flippin and Dwayne Evans from Ryukyu, and Sebastian Saiz from Tokyo.
Kind Javi Gomez from Liaño will compete in the three-point contest along with Takatoshi Furukawa from Akita, Ryuichi Kishimoto from Ryukyu, Naoto Tsuji from Hiroshima, Kosuke Kanamaru from Shimane Susanoo Magic and Masaaki Morikawa from Yokohama B-Corsairs.
The Under-18 All-Star Game and the main All-Star Game, meanwhile, are scheduled for January 15 at the same location. – Rappler.com