Japan B. League

Parks finally breaks B. League slump, schools debuting Ramos in rout

JR Isaga
Parks finally breaks B. League slump, schools debuting Ramos in rout

BIG WIN. Ray Parks and Nagoya dominate Toyama all game.

Japan B. League

Ray Parks plays his best game yet in the Japan B. League as the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins overwhelm Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses

Ray Parks finally broke his scoring slump in the Japan B. League as he and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins schooled Dwight Ramos and the winless Toyama Grouses, 94-68.

The former PBA star scored 10 of 15 points in the third quarter, and finished with a 6-of-12 clip from the field and 3-of-6 from three to go with 4 rebounds in just 20 minutes off the bench. He was only averaging 1.5 points prior to this much-needed breakthrough.

Meanwhile, Ramos immediately led his team in floor time with 29 minutes off the bench, but failed to find his groove with just 6 points on 3-of-14 shooting plus 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

Off a slight 22-16 lead at the end of the first quarter, Nagoya broke the game wide open with a massive 21-4 run to start the second frame for the 43-20 gap, and never looked back.

Parks then helped put the finishing touches with a third-quarter triple as the Dolphins peaked with a 30-point lead, 71-41, with 3:17 to go in the period.

International import Scott Eatherton led all scorers with 20 points and 8 rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting in just 27 minutes, while skilled local guard Takumi Saito added 18 markers and 5 assists on a near-perfect 8-of-9 clip in just 22 minutes.

On the losing side, only former NBA player Brice Johnson breached double-digit scoring with a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double off the bench.

The Toyama home team now looks to avoid its third-straight weekend sweep in its Nagoya rematch on Sunday, October 17, 12:05pm.

The Scores

Nagoya 94 – Eatherton 20, Saito 18, Parks 15, Clarke 8, Suda 7, Ito 6, Karino 6, Harimoto 5, Kobayashi 4, Nakahigashi 3, Whittington 2, Kikuchi 0.

Toyama 68 – Johnson 15, Uto 9, Hareyama 9, Mavunga 8, Smith 8, Ramos 6, Matsui 3, Ono 3, Ametani 3, Mito 2, Kamisawa 2, Yamaguchi 0.

Quarters: 22-16, 52-31, 74-52, 94-68.

– Rappler.com