Kobe Paras struggles as Mikawa deal Niigata fourth straight loss

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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 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 and the Niigata Albirex BB could not snap out of their losing skid after falling to the Seahorses Mikawa 58-81 in the 2021/22 Japan B. League at the Niigata City East Sports Center on Friday (22 October).

The Filipino stalwart, who had scored in the double digits in his past six outings, struggled from the field as he finished with only six points on 3-of-9 shooting. 

Paras tried to impact the game on other areas, but his three assists, two rebounds and two blocks proved far from enough to help Niigata quell the streaking Mikawa, which stretched their winning run to four games, en route to a 5-2 record.  

In contrast, the Albirex BB suffered their fourth consecutive loss and dropped to a 2-5 slate.  

Satoshi Nagano came off the bench and orchestrated the drubbing of Niigata, unloading a game-high 22 points built on four triples for the Seahorses, who took control in the second period where they mounted a commanding 27-16 charge. 

Mikawa never looked back from that point on and even stretched the lead to as high as 28 points in the final quarter.

Rosco Allen topped Niigata with an all-around line of 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the crushing defeat, while Tshilidzi Nephawe and Kimitake Sato poured out 11 points each.  

Paras and the Albirex BB will attempt to end the losing streak when they collide with the Seahorses once more on Saturday.

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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