Another Japan B. League dream match turned into a quick dud as Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins buried Thirdy Ravena and the visiting San-En NeoPhoenix, 98-70, on Wednesday, October 27.
With the win, the Dolphins darted back to the winning column with a 5-4 record, while the inconsistent NeoPhoenix fizzled down to a 3-6 slate.
Top team import Scott Eatherton led four players in double-digit scoring with a game-high 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists, while fellow reinforcement Coty Clarke and local forward Tenketsu Harimoto chipped in 16 markers apiece.
Ray Parks rounded out the double-digit Nagoya scorers with a decent line of 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting in just 21 minutes to go with 2 rebounds and 1 assist.
On the losing end, Thirdy Ravena salvaged his performance in garbage time after a 7-point blitz in the first quarter to end up with a team-high 14 points and 1 rebound on a 4-of-11 clip.
After San-En started the game up 4-2, its sole lead of the game following a Ravena layup, Nagoya fired off an 18-5 salvo in response, capped by a Parks layup to mount a 20-9 gap midway through the first quarter.
The NeoPhoenix ultimately failed to display any sliver of a comeback rally as the Dolphins peaked with a 32-point lead late in the fourth off a Clarke triple at the 1:26 mark.
San-En import Elias Harris topped the team scoreboard alongside Ravena in the sorry loss with 14 points as well, to go with 8 rebounds on an efficient 6-of-8 clip.
Nagoya enters the short 10-day league break looking forward to start a new winning streak against the Gunma Crane Thunders on Saturday and Sunday, November 6 and 7.
San-En returns that weekend as well with a back-to-back slate against the Sun Rockers Shibuya.
Nagoya 98 – Eatherton 19, Clarke 16, Harimoto 16, Parks 12, Nakahigashi 9, Ito 6, Karino 6, Saito 5, Nakatsuka 5, Kobayashi 2, Suda 2, Kikuchi 0.
San-En 70 – Ravena 14, Harris 14, Carter 10, Tsuyama 8, Knox 7, Tawatari 5, Matsuwaki 5, Sugiura 3, Yamauchi 3, Tsuya 1, Ota 0.
Quarters: 25-12, 47-26, 70-44, 98-70.