Reid Travis leads Levanga Hokkaido to victory with impressive performance

Levanga Hokkaido’s Nakano hits a 3-point shot (Photo by Shota Ishii)

◇10th ◇Section 31◇Sapporo/Hokkai Kitaeel

Levanga Hokkaido defeated Ibaraki Robots 79-70. It was a competitive game until the end, but Reid Travis (28), who joined the team this season after missing the previous game due to illness, increased his lead in the fourth quarter with 18 points and 11 rebounds. As 23rd place Shinshu won against Yokohama, their chances of remaining in B1 next season have been postponed to the match against Utsunomiya Brex on the 13th.

Travis, who participated after recovering from illness, showed great performance. He was absent from the previous match against Nagasaki Veruca (Hokkai Kitaeru) on the 7th due to poor health, and the team lost the match. He reflected, “The last few days felt longer than they actually were because I couldn’t play in the final games of the season.” It was his first game in four days, and he said, “It took me a while to get my rhythm back,” but he showed a wide range of activities, not only hitting the ball under the goal, but also making two 3-point shots.

Since joining in March, he has started nine games so far, playing a central role in the attack as a new source of points. Looking ahead to the next match against Utsunomiya, he said, “This will be a challenger match, but I want to continue what I’m doing now to win.”

Of the 24 teams in this season’s B League First Division, the bottom two teams will be automatically relegated. If Shinshu Brave Warriors lose to Kawasaki Brave Thunders on the 13th or Levanga wins against Utsunomiya, it will be decided that they will remain in the league. Coach Ryutaro Onodera (42) looked ahead to the next game, saying, “It’s not easy to stay, but it’s the lowest point.We want to aim even higher and play carefully in the remaining nine games.”

2024-04-10 21:37:08
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