B.League: Kai Sotto sustains strong play in Hiroshima win

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Hiroshima Fireflies center Kai Sotto in B.League. B.LEAGUE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Kai Sotto sustained his fine form as the Hiroshima Dragonflies earned their third straight win after beating the Ibaraki Robots, 87-83,  in the 2022-23 B.League season on Sunday at Adastria Mito Arena.

The 7-foot-3 center delivered 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting and tallied nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.

Sotto posted a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds in their 90-72 rout of the Robots on Saturday as the Dragonflies completed a weekend sweep to improve to 31-11 this season.

Meanwhile, Carl Tamayo made his first start but his offensive presence was hardly felt in the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ 69-58 victory over the Shinshu Brave Warriors.

Tamayo was scoreless in 14 minutes of play but he contributed four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block as Ryukyu improved to 33-9.

Ray Parks Jr. missed his second straight game but the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins rose to the sixth seed with a 29-13 record after beating Osaka Evessa, 92-91, at Park Arena Komaki.

Thirdy Ravena scattered 15 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block but the San-En NeoPhoenix fell to the Sendai 89ers in overtime, 86-83, at the Tooyohashi City Gymnasium.

San-En lost back-to-back to Sendai, dropping to a 17-25 slate.

Matthew Wright’s 14-point, three-rebound, and three-assist game went for naught as the Kyoto Hannaryz (16-26) absorbed an 83-62 rout to the Chiba Jets at the Kyoto City Gymnasium.

Kiefer Ravena was scoreless in 19 minutes off the bench as the Shiga Lakes couldn’t sustain their previous win, falling to the Toyama Grouses, 94-85, and sliding to a 6-36 card at Toyama City Gymnasium.


Kai Sotto’s double-double fuels Hiroshima rout of Ibaraki in B.League