Japan B.League: Ray Parks stars again as Nagoya repeats against Mikawa

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Ray Parks of the Nagoya Dolphins. –B.LEAGUE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks Jr. continued his solid game as Nagoya Diamond picked up another win in Japan’s B.League Division 1 on Saturday.

Parks and the Diamond Dolphins rehearsed against Mikawa, 101-86, at their home at Dolphins Arena.

He helped Nagoya, who opened the season with a victory over the Seahorses last Thursday, with 12 points on 54.5 percent shooting.

Coty Clarke led Nagoya with 20 points while Anthony Lawrence II dispersed 14 points for Mikawa in the loss.

Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakes, meanwhile, lost to Gunma Crane Thunders 88-80 in their season opener at Ota City Sports Park Gym.

Kiefer contributed a near double-double with 12 points and eight assists while Ivan Buva exploded for 28 points and eight rebounds, but their efforts weren’t enough to give Shiga the win.

Michael Parker and Trey Jones led the way for the Thunders with 25 and 20 respectively.

Dwight Ramos for Levanga Hokkaido in the Japan B.League.

Dwight Ramos for Levanga Hokkaido in the Japan B.League. –LEVANGA HOKKAIDO PHOTO

Dwight Ramos and Levanga Hokkaido also fell, 95-90, to Akita Northern Happinets.

Ramos had 15 points, two assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes while Shawn Long and Brock Motum finished with 23 apiece in the backhand.

The Northern Happinets, who beat Levanga 18-8 from beyond the arch, drew a record-breaking performance from Stanton Kidd in the victory.

The Sendai 89ers beat the Kyoto Hannaryz, 92-65, on their home turf at Kyoto City Gymnasium.

Five players have scored in double figures for the 89ers, namely: Nathan Boothe (18), Taiki Okada (15), Justin Burrell (12), Rashawn Thomas (12) and Toshikasu Zato (10)

Former PBA player Matthew Wright scored zero goals in 22 minutes of play on his Japan B.League debut.

Cheick Diallo had a double-double in a losing effort for Kyoto with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jarrod Uthoff also had 11.

Third Ravena was also scoreless in San-en NeoPhoenix’s narrow 87-85 loss to the Kawasaki Brave Thunders.

But Thirdy had one rebound, five assists, one interception in almost 20 minutes of action.

However, other Filipino players did not play significant minutes in their respective teams in the first games of the season.

The Hiroshima Dragonflies succumbed to the Yokohama B-Corsairs, 96-89, at Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall.

Charles Jackson powered the B-Corsairs with 24 points while Devin Oliver threw with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Hiroshima did not field former La Salle star Justine Baltazar and was led by Nick Mayo and Ryo Terashima in the scoring department with 25 and 23, respectively.

The Ryukyu Golden Kings defeated Utsonomiya Brex, 81-52, at Okinawa Arena in Jay Washington’s first game in Japan.

Washington was slotted into garbage time and scored just two runs. Former PBA importer Allen Durham paced the Golden Kings with 17 scorers and 11 boards.

Josh Scott led Brex with 18 points.

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