MANILA, Philippines – Matthew Wright injured his ankle early in the first half of Kyoto Hannaryz’s 81-65 loss to the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the 2022-23 B.League season on Wednesday at Okinawa Arena.
Wright joins a growing list of injured Filipinos after picking up the injury in the first 1:17 of the match as Kyoto suffered a fourth straight loss, slipping to a record 7-12.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. also sidelined due to the concussion he suffered last weekend when the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins also lost 80-79 to the Hiroshima Dragonflys at the Hiroshima Sun Plaza.
Justin Baltazar was again on the bench as Hiroshima won three games in a row with an improved 15-4 scoreline, and ended Nagoya’s four-match winning streak, down to 14-5.
Wright and Parks join Kiefer Ravena of Shiga Lakes and Dwight Ramos of Levanga Hokkaido, who continue to miss games due to injury respectively.
Ramos, who is still recovering from an ankle injurymissed another game as Levanga Hokkaido (5-14) suffered a third straight loss to Gunma Crane Thunders, 99-83, at the Ota City Sports Park Citizens Arena.
Ravena, recovering from a leg injury, did not return to action when Shiga Lakes (4-15) succumbed to Fighting Eagles Nagoya, 68-59, at the Shiga Daihatsu Arena.
Meanwhile, Thirdy Ravena was the only fit Filipino athlete competing on Wednesday but San-En NeoPhoenix received an eighth consecutive defeat to Shinshu Brave Warriors, 90-83, at Toyohashi City Gymnasium.
However, Ravena struggled on the field with a 1/9 shot and finished with six points, seven rebounds, six assists and a steal as San-En continued to reel with an 8-11 record.
Isaiah Hicks assisted NeoPhoenix with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists, while Ryusei Sasaki scored 20 points and 7 cents as NeoPhoenix had not been able to play together since the start of the season. with cards 8-3.
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