Lost woes spill over Kobe Paras and Niigata Albirex as Ray Parks and Nagoya Dolphins fail to complete weekend sweep
MANILA, Philippines – The Nagoya Diamond Dolphins failed to continue on their way to victory in the Japan B. League as the Shimane Susanoo Magic held on for a Route 96-84 victory on Sunday, December 5th. .
Ray Parks was on fire for 8 of his 13 points in the third quarter, but his spark was nowhere near enough as the Dolphins fell to a 9-7 record. The former PBA star also finished with 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in under 23 minutes.
Takumi Saito continued his strong game with 24 points, a team-high, but it was Shimane Perrin Buford’s import that stole the show, dropping 17 of his 21 in the fourth quarter only.
Thanks to Buford’s eruption, the Magic peaked with a 14-point lead midway through the final period, 86-72, before Saito and Nagoya rallied with a 10-2 run to reduce the deficit. at 8, 82-90, with less than a minute going into regulation.
However, there simply weren’t enough ticks left on the clock as Buford froze the game from the line, 92-82, with 40 seconds left as Shimane spoiled Nagoya’s offer for a weekend sweep.
Parks and Nagoya will have a great chance to improve their fortunes next weekend by taking on the Kyoto Hannaryz cave on Saturday and Sunday December 11-12.
Paras, Niigata’s misery continues
The lost woes continued for the Niigata Albirex BB as the Akita Northern Happinets sent them to their 13th straight loss in a convincing 89-58 loss.
Kobe Paras continued to struggle amid the league’s longest active losing skid as he finished with just 5 points on 1 in 7 for a Niigata side rooted in the standings with a 2-14 record.
Despite the obvious lack of momentum, Niigata tried to strike back until the third quarter, where they were only led by 10, 36-46, with 8:04 left in the frame.
However, that was as close as the Albirex would go as Akita swingman Takatoshi Furukawa single-handedly put the result out of the question with a personal run of 11-0, capped with a soaring triple at 6: 12 for a sudden 21 points. gap, 57-36.
To make matters worse, Paras was called up for an unsportsmanlike foul on the next possession as Happinets captain Takuya Nakayama extended the run 13-0 on two free throws for the 59-36 lead.
Likely demoralized after that streak, Niigata’s defense completely collapsed in the final frame as Akita peaked with a 37-point split, 89-52, with just 1:24 remaining in regulation.
Furukawa led the win with a record 17 points in as many minutes, while Albirex import Tshilidzi Nephawe recorded another loss with a double-double of 14 scorers and 11 boards.
Niigata’s quest for a long-awaited victory continues next weekend as they face Sun Rockers Shibuya. – Rappler.com