Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB still couldn’t put an end to their long and painful losing skid as they fell short anew against the top-seeded Ryukyu Golden Kings, 71-63, in the Japan B. League on Sunday, November 7 at the City Hall Plaza Aore Nagaoka.
After finishing with only 7 points on 3-of-13 shooting in their 86-75 loss to the Golden Kings on Saturday, Paras’ shooting woes continued as he put up just 5 points on 2-of-7 shooting in 15 minutes of play as the Albirex BB now dropped to 2-9 in the standings.
Leading by a single point, 35-34, at halftime, the Albirex BB failed to capitalize on their slim advantage as they were outscored by the surging Golden Kings in the third period, 17-14, for a 51-49 lead entering the final frame.
The Golden Kings never looked back and quickly uncorked a 9-0 run in the first four minutes of the quarter to stretch their lead to 11, 60-49, putting away the struggling Albirex BB for good.
Dwayne Evans delivered an all-around game of 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Golden Kings, while three-time PBA Best Import Allen Durham contributed a double-double of 16 markers and 10 boards.
Rosco Allen had his own double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Albirex BB, while Yuto Nohmi added 13 markers.
Niigata, which last won a game on October 9, will look to finally secure a much-needed victory and pull off an upset against the Kawasaki Brave Thunders on Wednesday, November 10 at 6:05 pm, Manila time.
Ryukyu 71 – Evans 23, Durham 16, Imamura 7, Maki 7, Flippin 7, Namizato 6, Kishimoto 3, Kotera 2, Mitsuhara 0.
Niigata 63 – Allen 15, Nohmi 13, Nephawe 11, Watanuki 10, Paras 5, Ayres 4, Ohya 3, Hoshino 2, Okamoto 0, Ikeda 0.
Quarters: 16-20, 34-35, 51-49, 71-63.