Bobby Ray Parks scores 20, steers Nagoya past Shimane

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Bobby Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins blow past the Thirdy Ravena-led San-En NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League. (Photo: Nagoya Diamond Dolphins/Facebook)
Bobby Ray Parks of the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in the Japan B. League. (Photo: Nagoya Diamond Dolphins/Facebook)

Leaning on the second-half outburst of Bobby Ray Parks, the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins came from behind to clinch an 82-73 win over the Shimane Susanoo Magic in the 2021-22 Japan B. League at the Dolphins Arena on Saturday (4 December).  

The Filipino reinforcement shrugged off a slow start and buckled down to business in the final two quarters, where he steered the Diamond Dolphins to overturn a 36-46 deficit into a near double-digit lead.  

Parks ended up with 20 points on a 7-of-15 shooting clip, with four rebounds and two assists to steer Nagoya to a 9-6 win-loss record.  

Takumi Saito and Coty Clarke provided ample support on the offensive end with 14 points apiece. The former also produced eight assists and three rebounds, while the latter chimed in four boards and three dimes. For his part, Scott Eatherton pitched in a double-double effort of 11 points and 10 rebounds.  

With less than five minutes left in the final period, the Diamond Dolphins, who came back from a 10-point hole in the third frame, stretched a slim 70-69 lead to a 77-69 spread. Shimane managed to stop the bleeding with a deuce, but Parks slammed the door shut with a crucial triple in the final minute.  

The Susanoo Magic slid to a 10-5 record, as Reid Travis saw his spirited performance of 22 points and 10 rebounds go down the drain.  

Parks and Nagoya will try to complete a weekend sweep of Shimane when both teams clash once again on Sunday.  

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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