Kobe Paras, Niigata suffer heartbreaker, fall to Mikawa anew

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Kobe Paras struggles to find his form as he finishes with six points in Niigata's blowout loss to Mikawa in the Japan B. League. (Photo: Niigata Albirex BB)
Kobe Paras comes up clutch but his heroics proved not enough as Niigata blowout falls to Mikawa in the Japan B. League. (Photo: Niigata Albirex BB)

Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB absorbed another deflating loss after faltering over the Seahorses Mikawa, 75-77, in the 2021/22 Japan B. League at the Niigata Higashi General Sports Center on Saturday (23 October).  

The Filipino stalwart drained a clutch floater that forged a deadlock at 75-all with 10.5 seconds left on the clock, but Davante Gardner came through with a hook shot to give the Seahorses a slim two-point cushion.  

With 1.3 second left to spare, Kimitake Sato hoisted a desperation shot to no avail, sealing the fate of Niigata, which suffered its fifth straight loss to fall to a 2-6 record.  

Gardner's heroics capped off a solid performance of 23 points, five assists and three rebounds as Mikawa collected its fifth consecutive win to climb to a 6-2 slate. 

Yudai Nishida was also instrumental in the escape act with his 12-point production, while Kyle Collinsworth and Satoshi Nagano contributed 11 points each in the wnning cause.  

On the other hand, Niigawa saw another spirited effort from Rosco Allen go down the drain as the Hungarian reinforcement collected an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double in the deflating defeat.  

Tshilidzi Nephawe managed 16 points, seven boards, and three assists, while Paras was limited to six points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.  

The Albirex BB will attempt to snap out of their funk when they collide with Alvark Tokyo 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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