Bobby Ray Parks could not find his prolific form as the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins suffered a 79-91 defeat by Sea Horses Mikawa in the 2021-22 Japan B. League at the Wing Arena Kariya on Saturday (13 November).
It was a quiet day in the office for the Filipino reinforcement, who came off the bench for a four-point, five-rebound effort in 20 minutes of action.
The loss snapped the two-game winning streak of the Diamond Dolphins, sending them down to a 7-6 win-loss record.
The Sea Horses, on the other hand, arrested a two-game losing skid and rose to a 9-4 slate.
Davante Gardner spearheaded the winning charge with 20 points built on four three-pointers, six rebounds and six assists. Jarred Uthoff also made his presence felt from deep, knocking down three triples on his way to 15 points, eight boards and two dimes.
Behind the scoring brilliance of the duo, Mikawa broke the game wide open in the fourth period, unleashing a decisive 16-4 run that widened a 75-72 lead into a 91-76 advantage.
Also instrumental in the conquest of Nagoya were Yudai Nishida and Avi Koki Schafer, who scored 11 and 10 points respectively.
For the Diamond Dolphins, Scott Eatherton emerged as the leading producer once again, churning out a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds that went for naught.
Parks and Nagoya will try to exact revenge on the Sea Horses when both teams square off 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.