Matthew Aquino becomes ninth Filipino cager to play in Japan B.League

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(CNN Philippines, October 15) — The list of Filipino basketball players in the Japan B.League continues to grow.

Matthew Aquino has signed a three-year deal with Japan B.League first division team Shinshu Brave Warriors, the team announced Friday.

Matthew is the son of three-time PBA champion and Defensive Player of the Year Marlou Aquino.

Unlike the other Filipino players competing in the Japan B.League, Matthew was not listed under the Asian Players Quota but is considered as a local because his mother is Japanese.

Matthew is the ninth Filipino player in the Japan B.League, joining Thirdy Ravena (San-En), Kiefer Ravena (Shiga), Javi Gomez de liaño (Ibaraki), Juan Gomez de Liano (Tokyo Z), Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (Nagoya), Kobe Paras (Niigata), Dwight Ramos (Toyama), and Kemark Carino (Aomori).

Matthew played college ball with National University before joining the Bacoor City Strikers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Shinshu currently holds a 2-2 win-loss record in the ongoing 2021-22 Japan B.League season.