Bobby Ray Parks waxed hot from the field while Kiefer Ravena struggled to find form as Nagoya Diamond Dolphins cruised past the Shiga Lakestars 107-68 in the 2021/22 Japan B. League at the Park Arena Komaki on Saturday (23 October).
Parks cranked the offensive machine of the Diamond Dolphins and delivered a team-high 22 points, to go with four rebounds and four assists, in the 39-point rout of the Lakestars.
With the emphatic victory, Nagoya stretched its winning run to four and rose to a 4-3 record while dealing Shiga their second loss in seven matches.
Scott Eatherton had a spirited outing of his own with a double-double effort of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Coty Clarke backstopped with 13 points and 15 boards for the Diamond Dolphins.
Nagoya rode on a blistering 13-2 surge out of the opening and never relinquished momentum from that point on. The Lakestars tried to tip the scales to their side but the deficit proved to be insurmountable.
Ravena, one of the fiercest rivals of Parks on the court, could not get things going from the field as he finished with five points on 1-of-13 shooting. He also managed three assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Shiga, which fell to 5-2, was spearheaded by Ovie Soko who poured out a game-high 27 points and seven rebounds that went for naught.
Both teams will clash once more 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.