The first Japan B. League dream match between Ray Parks, Jr. and Kiefer Ravena turned ugly early as host squad Nagoya Diamond Dolphins annihilated the visiting Shiga Lakestars, 107-68, on Saturday, October 23.
With the win, the Dolphins cracked a winning record for the first time this season at 4-3, while the Lakestars snapped a three-game winning streak to settle at 5-2.
Parks continued his steady rise as he reset his career-high with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting with 4 rebounds and 4 assists in his first game as a starter.
Five other teammates breached double-digit scoring in the easy win, led by import Scott Eatherton’s 19 markers and 10 rebounds, while Coty Clarke posted a monster 13-point, 17-board double-double.
On the other hand, Ravena hit rock bottom with just 5 points on a brutal 1-of-13 clip to go with 3 dimes, 3 steals, and 2 boards.
The game was simply a non-contest from the very beginning after Parks scored 7 quick points en route to a 13-2 start by Nagoya. By the time Ravena checked in, his former PBA foe already dropped 10 markers as the Dolphins ended the opening frame up 11, 23-12.
While the two Filipino stars guarded each other for numerous possessions throughout the game, Nagoya continued running up the score as Shiga missed its first 15 triples in an increasingly hopeless campaign.
The Dolphins did not ease up on their scoring rally as they peaked with a 41-point gap, 107-66, in the final minute of regulation, before one last Lakestar layup set the final score.
Shiga import Ovie Soko was the only one in a groove in the demoralizing loss as he tallied a game-high 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting off the bench before he was mercifully pulled off the floor after just 20 minutes of game time.
The Lakestars will surely aim for a better showing in the Sunday, October 24 rematch at 2:05 pm as they avoid a winless two-day streak on the road.
Nagoya 107 – Parks 22, Eatherton 19, Clarke 13, Saito 12, Ito 11, Harimoto 10, Karino 8, Nakahigashi 6, Nakatsuka 4, Whittington 2, Kobayashi 0, Kikuchi 0.
Shiga 68 – Soko 27, O’mara 15, Gadson 7, Ravena 5, Shibuta 4, Hayashi 3, Kawamata 3, Imagawa 2, Nomoto 2, Kashiwagura 0, Tobin 0.
Quarters: 23-12, 53-32, 79-52, 107-68.