The Osaka Evessa gave Javi Gomez de Liano a rude welcome on his debut in the Japan B. League, picking apart the Ibaraki Robots 90-72 at the Ookini Arena Maishima on Saturday (6 November).
Behind the all-around brilliance of DJ Newbill and Kyle Hunt, the Evessa controlled the tempo of the match and spoiled the debut of the Filipino reinforcement, who scored only three points in 13 minutes of action.
"Obviously, it's upsetting on my end. I know I have a lot of work to do and there's no excuses for me right now," de Liano said after the game.
"On my part, I can't be shy. I should be more aggressive and be more confident with myself. I should also do a better job defending my opponents."
Newbill spearheaded the charge with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Osaka arrested their three-game losing skid and rose to a 4-6 record.
For his part, Hunt collected 15 points, nine boards, and three steals in the 18-point win.
On the other hand, the Robots, who saw their offense go adrift in the fourth period where the Evessa unfurled a decisive 13-0 scoring spree, dropped to a 1-9 card.
Marc Trasolini poured in a double-double effort of 17 points and 11 rebounds, but it proved far from enough to snap Ibaraki out of its three-game slump.
Eric Jacobsen and Kohei Fukuzawa finished with 15 points each in the tough loss.
De Liaño and the Robots will aim to bounce back when they face off with Osaka once more on Sunday.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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