Japan B. League

Paras, Niigata suffer 7th straight loss at the hands of Ryukyu

Martin Mendoza
Paras, Niigata suffer 7th straight loss at the hands of Ryukyu

TOUGH STRETCH. Kobe Paras and Niigata Albirex BB still can't find their winning form.

JAPAN B. LEAGUE

Kobe Paras scores just 7 points as the Niigata Albirex BB fail to snap out of their long losing streak

The struggles continue for Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB as they suffered their seventh straight loss in the Japan B. League after falling to the top-seeded Ryukyu Golden Kings, 86-75, on Saturday, November 6 at the City Hall Plaza Aore Nagaoka.

Paras came up with just 7 points on 3-of-13 shooting and 4 rebounds in the loss as the Albirex BB failed to put an end to their disastrous losing streak and slipped further down the standings with a 2-8 record.

Trailing by only 5 points, 41-46, thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper by Paras to end the first half, the Albirex BB started off slow in the third period and trailed by as many as 20 points, 45-65, with 3:46 left to play in the quarter.

The Albirex BB answered with a quick 9-0 run to cut the deficit back to just 11, 54-65, with 41 seconds remaining in the third frame, but the Golden Kings managed to push their lead back to 15, 72-57, early in the final period, crushing any hopes of a Niigata comeback.

Dwayne Evans led the charge for the Golden Kings with 26 points and 8 rebounds, while Keita Imamura added 23 points.

Three-time PBA Best Import Allen Durham also contributed a double-double of 15 markers and 11 boards for the Golden Kings in the victory.

Rosco Allen finished with his own double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Tshilidzi Nephawe had 14 markers and 7 boards.

The Albirex BB will look to finally get back on the win column as they once again clash with the powerhouse Golden Kings on Sunday, 4:05 pm, Manila time.

The Scores

Ryukyu 86 – Evans 26, Imamura 23, Durham 15, Maki 12, Namizato 8, Kishimoto 2, Tashiro 0, Kotera 0, Flippin 0, Onodera 0.

Niigata 75 – Allen 21, Nephawe 14, Ayres 10, Watanuki 10, Paras 7, Nohmi 5, Sato 4, Hoshino 2, Ikeda 2, Okamoto 0.

Quarters: 21-21, 46-41, 66-54, 86-75.

– Rappler.com