The Seahorses Mikawa hardly broke a sweat as they sent Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB home team crashing to their fourth straight loss, 81-58, in the Japan B. League on Friday, October 22.
With the win, the Seahorses continued their steady rise to the top with a 5-2 record off their fourth straight win, while the Albirex sank deeper to a 2-5 hole.
Local guard Satoshi Nagano, who previously averaged just 6.5 points, erupted for a game-high 22 points off the bench on 9-of-13 shooting and 4-of-7 from three.
Mikawa import and leading team scorer Davante Gardner only had 8 markers as he gladly gave up his scoring touches in favor of a game-high 10 assists.
Paras, on the other hand, was held to just 6 points on 3-of-9 shooting, and only had 2 markers for the first three frames of the forgettable loss. He did offer the usual peripheral stats however, with 3 dimes, 2 boards, and 2 blocks.
After the Albirex started the game with a 14-12 lead, their only advantage of the game, the Seahorses nearly held them scoreless for the next nine game minutes as they mounted a 15-2 run for the 27-16 lead at the 2:34 mark of the second quarter.
Mikawa never relinquished momentum from that point on as the lead ballooned as high as 28 points, 81-53, after one last Nagano triple in the final 1:24 of regulation.
Leading Niigata scorer and import Rosco Allen led another brutal loss with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists on 8-of-14 shooting, while big man Tshilidzi Nephawe and local guard Kimitake Sato each chipped in 11 markers.
The Albirex will continue their quest to end their losing streak as they host the Seahorses again on Saturday, October 23 at 4:05 pm, Manila time.
Mikawa 81 – Nagano 22, Schafer 14, Sumino 11, Nishida 11, Gardner 8, Collinsworth 6, Uthoff 6, Negoro 3, Kashiwagi 0.
Niigata 58 – Allen 18, Nephawe 11, Sato 11, Paras 6, Ayres 4, Nohmi 3, Ikeda 3, Ohya 2, Okamoto 0, Hoshino 0, Kimura 0, Watanuki 0.
Quarters: 19-14, 31-23, 55-38, 81-58.