MANILA, Philippines – The losses continued to add up for Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB as they once again dropped to the Sunrockers Shibuya, 84-73, in the Japan B. League on Monday, January 3 at the City Hall Plaza Aore Nagaoka.
Paras, who was completely removed from Niigata’s rotation just a few games ago, found his way back into the team’s starting lineup and finished with 6 points, 1 rebound, and 1 steal in 20 minutes of action.
With their 23rd straight loss, the hapless Albirex BB remained as the league’s worst team with a 2-24 record.
Fresh off a 20-point loss to the Sunrockers on Sunday, January 2, the Albirex BB came out as a team on a mission and led by as many as 12 points, 27-15, early in the second quarter.
However, with the Albirex BB still leading by 5 points at halftime, 42-37, the Sunrockers proved why they are one of the top 10 teams in the league as they turned the 5-point deficit into a 4-point cushion at the end of the third period, 62-58.
The Albirex BB had no answers for the Sunrockers in the final frame as the latter even extended their advantage to its biggest at 18 points, 84-66, off a layup by Leo Vendrame with just 2:31 remaining.
James McAdoo, a two-time NBA champion of the Golden State Warriors, exploded for 30 points on a very efficient 13-of-17 shooting, along with 11 rebounds for Shibuya in the victory.
Rosco Allen, meanwhile, led the way for Niigata in the loss with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting and 8 rebounds.
Paras and the Albirex BB will get another chance to finally snap their lengthy losing skid when they lock horns with the Osaka Evessa on Saturday, January 8, at 5:05 pm, Manila time.
Shibuya 84 – McAdoo 30, Harrellson 15, Ishii 9, Tawatari 9, Vendrame 7, Takahashi 5, Sekino 4, Morizane 3, Watanabe 2, Nishino 0, Hisatake 0, Hirose 0.
Niigata 73 – Allen 26, Ayres 12, Nohmi 11, Endo 7, Paras 6, Nephawe 6, Kimura 5, Okamoto 0, Ohya 0, Ikeda 0.
Quarters: 15-20, 37-42, 62-58, 84-73.