Shooting woes continue for Kobe Paras as Niigata Albirex BB’s losing streak extends to 15 in Japan’s B League.
MANILA, Philippines – Losses continued to mount for Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB as they fell again to Sunrockers Shibuya, 97-72, in the Japan B. League on Sunday, December 12 at the Aoyama Gakuin Memorial Lobby.
Paras struggled again offensively as he finished with just 2 points on 1 in 4 in 15 minutes of action for Niigata, who lost their 15th game in a row and remained at the bottom of the table with a record of 2-16.
After dropping just 9 points to the Sunrockers on Saturday, the Albirex BB started slow and were led by 18 points at halftime, 31-49.
Niigata never recovered in the second half as Shibuya even managed to extend his lead to 31 points, 84-53, at the start of the fourth quarter.
Five players scored in double digits for Shibuya, but it was Josh Harrellson who led the way with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Rosco Allen scored 19 points, a game-high, with 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jeff Ayres and Tshilidzi Nephawe added 14 markers each for Niigata.
The Albirex BB aim to finally put an end to their long and terrible losing streak when they face Shimane Susanoo Magic on Wednesday, December 15 at 6:35 p.m. GMT.
Meanwhile, in Ibaraki, Javi Gomez de Liaño and the Robots took a surprise victory over the Susanoo Magic, 88-85.
With a score tied at 85, Ibaraki’s Marc Trasolini converted to a massive three-point play on the buzzer to give the Robots the well-deserved victory as they improved to 3-15 in the standings – to tied with San-En by Thirdy Ravena NéoPhoenix.
Gomez de Liaño, however, saw no action for the Robots in their hard-won victory despite 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in their 28-point loss to the same opponents on Saturday.
The Robots will look to make two in a row when they face Levanga Hokkaido on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. Manila time.
In another Division 1 game, Matt Aquino and the Shinshu Brave Warriors suffered a heartbreaking 66-65 loss to the Gunma Crane Thunders at Adastria Mito Arena.
Gunma’s Kyle Barone hit the winning shot with 6 seconds left to steal the victory from the Brave Warriors, who were leading for most of the game.
Filipino-Japanese tall man Aquino once again made the most of his limited playing time for the Brave Warriors by finishing with 3 rebounds, 1 block and a team top +9 in the plus-minus score.
Aquino and the Brave Warriors will look to bounce back when they face Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses on Wednesday, also at 6:05 p.m. Manila time.
Finally, in Division 2, the Earthfriends Tokyo Z without Liaño’s Juan Gomez suffered an embarrassing 118-52 loss to the Kumamoto Volters at the Ota gymnasium.
With the loss, the Earthfriends fell again in the standings with a 3-18 record. – Rappler.com