Japan B. League

Paras goes scoreless anew as Shinshu sends Niigata to 24th straight loss

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Paras goes scoreless anew as Shinshu sends Niigata to 24th straight loss

SLUMP. Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex sink deeper in the league standings.

JAPAN B. LEAGUE

Kobe Paras shoots 0-of-5 but avoids a completely barren line with 3 steals, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist for the long-suffering Niigata

MANILA, Philippines – The Niigata Albirex BB once again fell short in changing their fortunes in the Japan B. League as the Shinshu Brave Warriors sent them to their 24th straight loss, 76-64, on Saturday, January 22.

Filipino-Japanese big man Matt Aquino failed to crack the rotation anew as his team improved to an 11-16 record for the season.

Meanwhile, his fellow Pinoy Kobe Paras continued to struggle mightily in yet another defeat as he was held scoreless in 22 minutes off a 0-of-5 clip, but had 3 steals, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist to avoid a completely barren line.

It was all Brave Warriors offense from the get-go as they fired off an early 16-4 run at the 2:12 mark of the first quarter, and basically never looked back.

Niigata got as near as 7 points, 16-23, midway through the second period, but Shinshu again put it out of doubt with a 7-0 response for the 30-16 gap at the 3:22 mark.

The Albirex failed to move the needle at all in the second half as the Brave Warriors peaked with a 17-point lead, 64-47, with 7:25 left in the final frame off a Reo Maeda floater.

Maeda led all scorers in the easy win with 25 points, and 5 assists on 11-of-17 shooting, while NBA champion center Jeff Ayres paced another loss with a 23-marker, 12-rebound double-double plus 5 dimes, a steal, and a block.

For the rematch, Paras and Niigata will try to avoid the quarter-century mark in their ballooning losing skid on Sunday, January 23, 4:05 pm, Manila time.

The Scores

Shinshu 76 – Maeda 25, Marshall 17, Kumagai 13, Hawkinson 5, Yang 5, Nishiyama 4, Mitsui 3, Kurihara 3, McHenry 1.

Niigata 64 – Ayres 23, Allen 15, Kimura 12, Endo 7, Nohmi 4, Ikeda 3, Watanuki 0, Okamoto 0, Ohya 0, Nephawe 0, Paras 0.

Quarters: 16-7, 31-23, 56-43, 76-64.

– Rappler.com