Japan B. League

Parks shines, but Nagoya drops to Utsunomiya in B. League

Martin Mendoza
Parks shines, but Nagoya drops to Utsunomiya in B. League

ON FIRE. Ray Parks erupts in the second half.

Ray Parks’ 20-point explosion goes for naught as the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins end their three-game winning streak in the Japan B. League

MANILA, Philippines – Ray Parks shone anew for the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, but his all-around performance wasn’t enough as they fell to the Utsunomiya Brex, 93-79, in the Japan B. League on Saturday, January 29.

Parks exploded for 20 points, to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals for the Dolphins, who ended their three-game winning streak and moved down to 21-9 in the standings.

Coming off a stunning 86-80 victory over the Alvark Tokyo on Wednesday, January 26, the Dolphins failed to carry the momentum as they quickly trailed by double-digits, 12-24, at the end of the first quarter.

Still down by double figures, 29-48, at halftime, Parks then unleashed 9 of his 20 points in the third quarter, but the Dolphins still couldn’t contain the red-hot Brex as the latter kept a 71-54 advantage entering the fourth period.

Nagoya showed signs of life in the final frame, cutting Utsonomiya’s lead back to just 8, 79-71, with 4 minutes remaining, before the Brex pushed their lead back to 13, 87-74, which ultimately put the Dolphins away for good with just a minute left to play.

Josh Scott recorded a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Brex, while Isaac Fotu added 19 points.

For the Dolphins, Scott Eatherton posted his own double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Takumi Saito chipped in 13 markers.

Parks and the Dolphins will look to return to their winning ways and even the two-game series against the Brex on Sunday, January 30, at 2:05 pm, Manila time.

Also in Division 1, Matt Aquino and the Shinshu Brave Warriors bounced back from their heartbreaking one-point loss on Wednesday with an 89-79 win over the Osaka Evessa.

Aquino, however, was not fielded in for the second straight game as Shinshu improved its record to 13-17.

The Brave Warriors will gun for a weekend sweep when they face the Evessa anew on Sunday, at 1:05 pm, Manila time. – Rappler.com