Kobe Paras dazzled on his Niigata debut. However, the 24-year-old was hard on himself after the game.
This while his 25-point exit was wasted as Albirex still lost to Kyoto Hannaryz, 81-85, on Saturday at City Hall Plaza Aore.
“Personally, I don’t think I did well.
The 6-foot-6 winger started the game like a house on fire, scoring 11 of Albirex’s top 15 points.
Paras did not stop there because in the second quarter, he drilled nine more points to bring his total to 20 at halftime.
But in the second half he was limited to just five points – none scored in the final frame.
“I could not succeed in my shot in the second half” recalled Paras, who also had four assists and two interceptions to his name. “[If that happens], I need to play a little more for the team.
“I have to improve my passes, have better judgment and be better on the defense. “
With Paras chilling, Hannaryz skyrocketed in the third chant to turn the game into a contest.
Paras did, however, give Niigata a chance to steal the game. With 15 ticks remaining and Kyoto ahead 84-81, Paras managed to pick up Justin Harper. Yuto Nomi couldn’t knock down a wide open triple, however.
Still, this is only the first game in a long season that will be played until May. And for Paras, he seeks to integrate more into the system of coach Fujitaka Hiraoka.
“It’s still the first game, so I want to learn a lot here.
“I want to be a team player and will always be ready to work hard for the team,“he swore.
And on Sunday, Paras and Albirex will have a chance to take revenge on Kyoto at 2:05 pm.