Long shooter Ren Kanechika (20, 196 cm), born in 2003, made his presence felt against ChungKwanJang.
The Chiba Jets cruised to a 102-69 victory over the Anyang Chungkwanjang in a Group A qualifier for the East Asian Super League (EASL) 2023-2024 season at Anyang Gymnasium on Wednesday. Foreign player John Mooney (22 points, 22 rebounds, five assists) dominated under the basket, while ace Yuki Togashi (20 points, six 3-pointers, five assists) was outstanding from the perimeter. The win extends their winning streak to four games and keeps them at the top of Group A.

Here’s another key player in the win. Kanechika was a force from the perimeter. Kanechika played 24 minutes and 11 seconds, finishing with 17 points, two rebounds, and one assist. He hit 5 of 9 three-pointers and was a force from beyond the arc.

Kanechika, born in 2003, is one of the top prospects in Japan. He stands at 6-foot-9 and has an accurate three-point shot. He has been a standout since his school days and has been a regular on the national team at both the U16 and U19 age groups. In February, he was selected to the senior national team at the age of 20. In July, he played in an exhibition game against the South Korean men’s national basketball team at Jamsil Student Gymnasium.

Kanechika made a name for himself on Feb. 23 against Iran in the Asian qualifier for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. He finished with 20 points and two rebounds, including six three-pointers. It’s hard to believe he’s only 20 years old. Led by Kanechika, Japan went on to defeat Iran 96-61.

Kanechika, who joined Chiba ahead of this season, has been getting playing time since his debut season. In 18 regular-season games in the B.League, he averaged 8.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17:25 minutes. He averaged 2.0 three-pointers from long range, shooting a whopping 43.9% from beyond the arc. 랭크카지노

Kanechika was equally unflappable against Chung. He took bold shots whenever he got the chance from the outside and converted offensive rebounds grabbed by Mooney into three-pointers. Together with Togashi, they combined for 11 three-pointers and broke down Chung’s perimeter defense.

After the game, Chiba coach John Patrick said, “I have a lot of coaching experience in Europe and Japan. I have two sons who are professional players and I’ve coached both of them. I’ve also coached Maxi Kleber (Dallas) who plays in the NBA and Ariel Hoekpoorty (Melbourne) in the NBL. I’ve coached a lot of young players, so I have the know-how to develop Kanechika.”

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