Bobby Ray Parks, Nagoya dispatch Gunma to get back on track

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Bobby Ray Parks scores 16 to lead Nagoya's 25-point rout of Toyama in the Japan B. League. (Photo: Nagoya Diamond Dolphins/Facebook)
Bobby Ray Parks of Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in the Japan B. League. (Photo: Nagoya Diamond Dolphins/Facebook)

Bobby Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins barged back into the win column in the Japan B. League, after defeating the Gunma Crane Thunders 100-90 at the Ota City Sports Park City Gymnasium on Sunday (7 November).  

Jolted to their senses following a stinging 92-101 loss on Saturday, the Diamond Dolphins unloaded a balanced offensive thrust that left no room for another Gunma comeback attempt to rise to a 6-5 record.  

Parks delivered 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal off the bench. He proved instrumental in the winning effort, providing ample support for the rest his Nagoya teammates on both ends of the floor.  

Coty Clarke paced the winning side with 18 points and five boards. Saito Takumi and Scott Eatherton also shouldered the scoring load with 17 points apiece, while Ito Tatsuya chipped in 14 of his own.  

On the other hand, the Crane Thunders, who now hold a 4-7 card, was spearheaded by Justin Keenan and his near double-double output of 21 points and eight rebounds in the tough defeat.   

Trey Jones, who detonated 28 points in the thrilling heist a day ago, dealt with foul trouble as he scored 19 in a lost cause.  

Parks and the Diamond Dolphins will aim to sustain momentum when they collide with Hiroshima on Wednesday.  

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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