Kobe Paras, Niigata drop 13th straight match with loss to Akita

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Kobe Paras of Niigata Albirex BB. (Photo: Japan B. League)
Kobe Paras of Niigata Albirex BB. (Photo: Japan B. League)

The downward spiral continued for Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB after dropping their 13th consecutive match in the 2021-22 Japan B. League on Sunday (5 December).  

Hounded by frustrations, the Albirex could not draw out their maximum potential as the Akita Northern Happinets orchestrated an 89-58 drubbing at the City Hall Plaza Aore Nagaoka.  

Paras, who was coming off a nine-point performance against the same opponents on Saturday, had an even less productive day in the office with five points, one assist and a block. His shooting troubles kept on, making only one shot of his seven attempts in the 31-point defeat.  

With the deflating outcome, Niigata are burdened with a dismal win-loss record of 2-14. On the other hand, Akita improved to a 9-7 card.  

It was a wire-to-wire victory for the Northern Happinets, who mounted a 43-30 cushion at halftime through the scoring exploits of Takatoshi Furukawa and Jordan Gylnn before preserving the lead the rest of the way.  

Furukawa topped the scoring charts with 17 points built on three triples, while Glynn pitched in 16 points and five rebounds in the winning cause.  

For the skidding Niigata, Tshilidzi Nephawe churned out a double-double effort of 14 points and 10 rebounds that went down the drain, while Jeff Ayres saw his 12-point, five-rebound production go for naught. Rosco Allen ended the night with an uncharacteristic single-digit outing of four points.  

Paras and the Albirex will try to quench the losing drought when they face off against the Sun Rockers Shibuya next weekend.  

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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