Nagoya routs Shiga; Parks Jr. leads way

RAY Parks Jr. continued his stellar playing, leading the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins to a 39-point, 107-68 drubbing of the Shiga Lakestars that featured fellow Filipino import Kiefer Ravena in Japan’s B.League at the Park Arena Komaki on Saturday.

Parks Jr. poured in 22 points on an efficient 9-of-15 shooting while also tallying four rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of play.

The 6-foot-4 Parks Jr. led the home team’s 13-2 opening assault, scoring seven in the rally to set the tone for Nagoya D’s demolition of Shiga.

Scott Earthon backstopped Parks jr. perfectly with 19 markers and 10 boards, helping the Diamond Dolphins to lead by as much as 41 points multiple times late in the contest.

Coty Clarke also came through for Nagoya D with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Takumi Saito chipped in 12 points, five rebounds and five assists off the bench for the Diamond Dolphins, which won its last four games after losing three in a row at the start of the season.

On the other hand, Ravena struggled with shooting 1-of-13 from the field for five points. He added three assists, three steals and two rebounds though.

While the Lakestars fell to a 5-2 record, Ovie Soko did the heavy lifting for the team with 27 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Sean O’Mara cashed in 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals in a losing effort.

Shiga and Nagoya D lock horns anew on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. (Philippine time).

Three more Pinoy imports, namely Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras and Juan Gomez de Liaño, also saw action during the day, but their respective teams lost.

Ravena cashed in 14 points on a 6-of-10 shooting clip plus four assists, two rebounds and a block for good measure. His production wasn’t enough though, as the San-en NeoPhoenix fell to the Ibaraki Robots that showcased another Pinoy import, Javi Gomez de Liaño, who wasn’t fielded in the game unfortunately.

Paras went for six points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, but his team, the Niigata Albirex BB, suffered its fifth straight loss at the hands of the SeaHorses Mikawa, 75-77.

It was a heartbreaking loss for Niigata as it nearly sent the game into overtime, following Paras’ clutch floater. However, Davante Garner scored the go-ahead skyhook basket.

Dwight Ramos registered 16 points and three rebounds, but he missed the game-tying triple, and the Toyama Grouses absorbed their seventh straight loss in as many games at the hands of the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 88-95.

With 38 seconds left on the clock, Ramos’ missed trey paved the way for Ryukyu to pad the lead and win the match by seven points.

Kemark Cariño made his debut in the B.League with two rebounds and one assist in eight minutes of action. His team, the Aomori Wat’s, lost though to the Kagawa Five Arrows, 83-88, dropping to a 1-6 record.

Meanwhile, Juan Gomez de Liaño’s squad, the Earthfriends Tokyo Z, fell to an 0-7 win-loss card after losing to the Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya, 56-71, in the Division 2 action.

Fouling out midway through the fourth period, the younger Gomez de Liaño put up eight points and two assists in 11 minutes of play.

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