Kiefer, pals join B. League festivities

John Bryan Ulanday - The Philippine Star
Kiefer, pals join B. League festivities
Kiefer Ravena.
B. League

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino aces join the festivities as the Japan B. League features a two-day online event in place of its cancelled All-Star Extravaganza.

Kiefer Ravena of the Shiga Lakestars leads the cast of Filipino aces in a virtual show starting at 6 p.m. today.

Included in the online event is a meet-and-greet via Zoom with Filipino and other B. League fans from Indonesia, South Korea, China and Chinese Taipei.

Joining Kiefer in the alternative All-Star event are Thirdy Ravena (San-en), Ray Parks Jr. (Nagoya), Dwight Ramos (Toyama), Kobe Paras (Niigata), Kemark Cariño (Aomori Wat’s), Javi (Ibaraki) and Juan Gomez de Liaño (Earthfriends Tokyo Z).

They were supposed to banner the B. League Asia All-Stars along with Indonesian Brandon Jawato (Utsunomiya), Korean Yang Jae-min (Shinshu) and Jin Liu of China (Nishinomiya).

These players are playing in the B. League under the league’s Asian Player Quota program aimed at raising the level of play in Japan and the Asian region.

The Asia All-Stars were supposed to play the Rising Stars made up of promising locals including Matthew Aquino (Shinshu). The son of former PBA player Marlou is considered a local for his Japanese heritage.

The B. League last week called off the All-Star Game slated this weekend in Okinawa along with other regular season games last week following a spike in COVID-19 cases among the players.


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