MANILA, Philippines — One of Kobe Paras’ best games in the Japan B. League was ruined as the Akita Northern Happinets hung on to win at home, 71-67, against ill-fated Niigata Albirex BB on Sunday, March 6. .
The high-flying import flexed his shot in Niigata’s comeback effort, as he dropped 11 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Paras also finished with a 5-of-8 clip from downtown, three of which kicked off a pivotal 18-6 run that turned a 45-59 deficit into just two, 63-65, with 3:25 to go. in regular time.
However, the contending Happinets remained calm and ultimately dictated the pace of the late game as Colton Iverson scored his team’s final six points, mostly from free throws.
With the win, the Happinets moved up to a 22-12 record for fifth place in the Eastern District, while Albirex slipped to a 5-31 slate, still in the 22-team league cellar.
Shigehiro Taguchi led the victory with 15 points, all from three. Iverson had 11 scores and 9 rebounds, while Tshilidzi Nephawe backed Paras in the loss with a game-high 12 points and 13 boards.
The Albirex’s quest for the No. 6 win continues to be a tough one as they next take on the mighty 24-8 record holder Alvark Tokyo on Wednesday, March 9 at 6:05pm Manila time.
Speaking of powerhouse teams, the league-leading Ryukyu Golden Kings extended their winning streak to 19 games after a weekend sweep of the Shiga Lakestars, 82-73.
Kiefer Ravena powered the Lakestars bench as usual with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, but his performance just wasn’t enough to save the team from falling to a 10-21 record. Meanwhile, the Kings continued their reign at the top with a 28-3 record.
Shiga kept the game exciting for his home fans until deep in the fourth quarter, where Ryukyu led by just 4, 75-71, 1:15 into regulation.
However, game breaks went the Kings way as a Koh Flippin clutch fade with 58 ticks remaining was quickly followed by a crucial turnover by Lakestars captain Teppei Kashiwagura.
Even a late Ravena shot in the 30th second wasn’t enough as Dwayne Evans responded with four straight points to seal the deal. He led all scorers in the win with 23 points, while Jack Cooley had 19 in 20 minutes off the bench.
Longtime PBA importer Allen Durham hit an easy line of 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes for the Kings, while Sean O’mara paced the Lakestars’ loss with a double-double of 19 markers and 13 boards. .
Shiga hopes to end its three-game slide Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. against another league powerhouse, the Kawasaki Brave Thunders 26-10.
Javi Gomez de Liaño and Ibaraki score rare win as other teams await Pinoys return
On a winning note this time, Ibaraki’s bots picked up a fun road victory themselves, beating Kyoto Hannaryz, 96-70.
Javi Gomez de Liaño even saw limited action in the blowout, but he finished with 2 fouls and no other stats in less than 5 minutes from the bench.
Perhaps the Gilas Pilipinas prospect can earn more playing time on Wednesday as Ibaraki takes on the Mikawa Seahorses at 6:05 p.m.
Finally, in Division 2, Kemark Carino fouled out for the second day in a row as Ehime Orange Vikings sent Carino’s Aomori Wat to their 20th straight defeat in a 92-70 rout.
Unlike the game on Saturday, March 5, where he only committed one foul with no stats, the former San Beda Project big man had at least 2 points and 2 rebounds before his fifth foul at 3:46 of the third quarter. -time.
Aomori will look to improve on their putrid 2-36 record next Saturday, March 12, 5pm, against the Kumamoto Volters.
Meanwhile, Ray Parks, Thirdy Ravena, Dwight Ramos and Matt Aquino are all set to return on Wednesday, assuming their respective quarantine periods end by then.
Ravena’s San-En NeoPhoenix and Parks’ Nagoya Diamond Dolphins will face off, while Ramos’ Toyama Grouses will face Osaka Evessa and Aquino’s Shinshu Brave Warriors will face Levanga Hokkaido.
As is the case with most League B Wednesday schedules, their respective games will also all start at 6:05 p.m. – Rappler.com