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.
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.