Parks-led Nagoya keep Ramos, Toyama winless with 25-point rout

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

Bobby Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins once again asserted dominance over Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses, 99-74, in the 2021-22 Japan B. League at the Toyama City Gymnasium on Sunday (17 October).  

Parks, who was coming off a 15-point outing in his previous game, maintained his prolific form as he delivered a season-best 17 points, all but three coming in the second half. 

He also tallied seven rebounds, four steals and two assists for the Diamond Dolphins, who rose to a 3-3 record on a three-game win streak.  

"We got the job done today. Hopefully, we continue to grow and build," said Parks moments after the 25-point rout. 

Ramos, on the other hand, scored nine points, three more than his production in his B. League debut a day ago, to go with four rebounds and three assists in his first start for the Grouses, who remained winless in six matches.  

Clinging onto a 43-38 edge at half-time, the Diamond Dolphins surged in the third period and rode on the crest of a 29-15 run to balloon the cushion to 72-53.  

Nagoya shifted to cruise control from there as the lead swelled to as high as 30 points at 95-65, inside the last four minutes of the game.  

It was a well-rounded effort for the Diamond Dolphins, who also strung solid contributions from Scott Eatherton, Coty Clarke, Takumi Saito and Tenketsu Harimoto.  

Eatherton continued to impose dominance down the post with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while Clarke also nailed an all-around performance of 14 points, six boards, four dimes and three steals. 

Saito chipped in a near double-double effort of 12 points and eight assists, as Harimoto managed 11 points in the blowout win.  

Grouses, on the other hand, was led by Joshua Smith who ended up with 13 points and six boards in a losing cause.

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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