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B.League: Aquino a DNP as Hiroshima stops Shinshu’s streak

Shinshu could not follow up its impressive win yesterday, succumbing to a 66-75 loss to Hiroshima in the 2021-22 B.League season, Sunday at White Ring.

Unlike their 86-72 triumph yesterday, the Brave Warriors were down 47-51 heading into the final frame.

The Dragonflies, led by Nick Mayo, started the final 10 minutes of the contest with an 8-2 spurt that the hosts could not recover from.

A three-pointer by Josh Hawkinson with 42 seconds left to cut the deficit to just three, 66-70. But huge buckets by Isaiah Murphy, Mayo, and Thomas Kennedy sealed the win for the Dragonflies.

Hiroshima climbed up to 20-16 with the win while snapping Shinshu’s five-game winning streak. The Brave Warriors fell to 17-18 to remain at sixth place in the West.

Mayo, who will play for Australia in the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers later this month, had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Hiroshima.

The trio of Ryo Terashima, Naoto Tsuji, and Thomas Kennedy got 12 points apiece as well, with the latter also grabbing six rebounds.

Hawkinson led the way for Shinshu with 14 points. Meanwhile, Wayne Marshall finished with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Both Ko Kumagai and Reo Maeda chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

Matt Aquino did not play in the game.

Shinshu will head to Kawashima to face the Brave Thunders on March 4 and 5.

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