Bobby Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins let a 23-point advantage slip away, but still managed to turn back Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses with a narrow 90-85 win in the 2021-22 Japan B. League at the Dolphin's Arena on Saturday (18 December).
Parks, who struck the dagger three-point shot in the endgame, churned out 15 points, three assists and two rebounds as the Diamond Dolphins averted a meltdown after losing hold of a 56-33 lead in the second half, and improved to a 13-7 win-loss record.
Ramos, on the other hand, finished with an all-around line of 11 points, five boards, two dimes and two steals for Toyama, which saw its three-game win streak come to a halt to drop to a 7-13 slate.
Nagoya pounced on the lethargic start of the Grouses in the opening half, where Scott Eatherton and Coty Clarke spearheaded the charge to mount a comfortable double-digit cushion.
Toyama managed to crank up their offensive machine in the last two quarters, where Brice Johnson and Ramos led their side in whittling away at the sizeable deficit to forge an 81-all deadlock, before Parks helped restore order for the Diamond Dolphins to come away victorious.
Eatherton stood tall for the winning side, putting up a near double-double of 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Clarke, for his part, contributed 16 points, six boards and five dimes to help the Diamond Dolphins stretch their winning run to four.
For the Grouses, Brice Johnson saw his 20-point, nine-rebound effort go to waste as Kevin Hareyama and Keijuro Matsui scored 12 and 10 points in the tough loss.
Parks and Ramos will lock horns anew when Nagoya and Toyama 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.
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