MANILA, Philippines — The Asia All-Stars nearly lost a 20-point halftime lead to the Japanese Rising Stars, but ultimately held on to a 118-114 win in the Asia Rising Stars match to close Day 1. Japan B. League All-Star Weekend on Friday, January 13 at the Adastria Mito Arena in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan.
Matthew Wright led the eight Filipino imports in seeing the action in the league showcase, scoring 14 points in addition to 9 rebounds and a few assists.
Greg Slaughter also flirted with a double-double like Wright, finishing with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Kobe Paras also dropped 12 points, Jordan Heading had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Ray Parks rounded out the Filipinos in double digits with 11 points left with 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Gilas Pilipinas star Dwight Ramos did not see action due to an ankle injury.
Kiefer Ravena, Thirdy Ravena and Parks adapted as starters and started the game alongside Yang Jaemin and Weijia for the Asia All-Stars.
Parks broke the deadlock in the first minute with a three-pointer on an assist from Thirdy, but Kawasanada and Kai Toews responded in the next minute to take a 5-3 lead for the Rising Stars.
The first set of substitutes entered at 6:05 of the first quarter as Heading, Paras, Slaughter and Wright took the floor.
Roosevelt Adams was the last Filipino to get playing time, with former Terrafirma guard Dyip only arriving 1:56 into the first quarter.
The Asia All-Stars finished the quarter strong with a 34-22 advantage, but had a better second-quarter result as they built a huge 20-point, 69-49, lead early in the game. the second period.
In typical All-Star game fashion, both teams found most of their shots easy to convert, as the Asia All-Stars and Rising Stars were easy defensively.
The Asia All-Stars shot 12 of 20 in the paint and drilled 45.5% of their attempts from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes, while the Rising Stars had a better field goal percentage. two-point field shooting 11-of-16, but they struggled in three-point territory drilling just 29% of their attempts.
Despite a huge deficit, the Rising Stars brought the fight to the Asia All-Stars as they unleashed an 8-0 run to open the third period.
The Rising Stars continued to heat up as they knocked down several triples to close, 79-73, with over four minutes left in the quarter.
A quick conversion from Soichiro Inoue at 2:45 cut the deficit to just 4 points, 81-77, but Wright drilled in a timely jumper to extend the lead to 6 for the Asia All-Stars.
Kawasanada kept the rising stars afloat by scoring back-to-back baskets to start the final period, but the Asia All-Stars were determined to keep their distance as a hat-trick from Parks cut the lead back to double digits to 94 -84.
The Rising Stars, however, kept the Asia All-Stars on their toes late in the game and nearly reclaimed the lead at 116-114 with 48 seconds left, but the former simply couldn’t produce enough to overcome the great deficit as the clock ticked down to the final buzzer.
Chinese import Wang Weija topped the Asia All-Stars with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
Yasuki Okada had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists for the Japanese rising stars, while Yudai Nishida (18 points), Takuma Sato (12 points) and Hiroya Kawasanada (10 points) also scored in double figures in the lose some efforts.
Matthew Wright –14 pts, 6/15 FG, 9 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stls, 17:44 mins; Greg Slaughter – 12 pts, 5/9 FG, 9 rebs, 1 stl, 14:54 mins; Kobe Paras – 12 pts, 4/9 FG, 1 reb, 1 stl, 16:28 mins; Rubric Jordan – 11 pts, 4/10 FG, 5 rebs, 16:59 mins; Ray Parks –11 pts, 4/10 FG, 6 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl, 13:42 mins; Kiefer Ravena – 8 pts, 3/7 FG, 3 rebs, 5 asts, 2 stls, 19:04 mins; Third Ravena – 7 pts, 3/8 FG, 4 rebs, 5 asts, 18:25 mins; Roosevelt Adams – 3 pts, 1/5 FG, 3 rebs, 1 stl, 10:01 mins.
Quarters: 34-22, 69-49, 86-80, 118-114.
G-Shock Skill Challenge
Yuki Kawamura (20.9 sec), Yuki Togashi (24.9 sec), Yuma Fujii (25.5 sec), Asahi Tajima (28.5 sec), Kiefer Ravena (29.8 sec), Haruki Sudo (33, 8s), Atsunobu Hirao (37.8s).
Kiefer Ravena finished fifth after completing the Skills Challenge in 29.8 seconds. He missed his first attempt at the first passing obstacle, then missed his first two attempts at the three-point shot obstacle, which further extended his stay on the difficult course. The former Ateneo keeper finally converted a shot from beyond the arc on his third attempt.
3 point contest
Takumi Saito (19 pts), Ryoma Hashimoto (18 pts), Jordan Heading (17 pts), Christopher Smith (16 pts), Kosuke Kanamaru (15 pts), Takatoshi Furukawa (11 pts), Makoto Hiejima (10 pts).
Heading earned a third-place finish with 17 points in the 3-point contest. He kicked off the contest, but only knocked down one in five attempts into the left corner to open his scoring tally with a single point. In the next two racks. Heading presented a magnificent shot as he drilled 8 of 10 shots to increase the count. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-2 southpaw only made 6 of 10 shots in the final baskets.
First round: Max Hisatake (49 pts), Koh Flippin (48 pts), Sebastian Saiz (47 pts).
Final round: Flippin (winner – 78% of votes), Hisatake (finalist – 22% of votes).
No Filipino players participated in the Slam Dunk Contest.