Parks and Nagoya continue cruise to playoffs with Aquino and Shinshu rout

Seven of eight Filipino players, led by playoff-bound Nagoya’s Ray Parks, strut in the Japan B. League with mixed results

MANILA, Philippines — The Nagoya Diamond Dolphins continued their dominant run throughout the Japan B. League season by beating the Shinshu Brave Warriors on the road, 86-64, on Wednesday, April 27.

Ray Parks, in his new role as defensive scorer and backup scorer, finished his 20-minute run with 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists as the Dolphins raced to their fifth straight win and a stellar record from 31-13. .

Filipino-Japanese big man Matt Aquino, meanwhile, was scoreless with 1 rebound in just under 2 minutes off the bench as the Warriors dropped back-to-back assignments for a 23-26 slate.

Javi Gomez de Liaño also took his place on the winning side of the Filipino contingent as Ibaraki’s Robots dumped an 84-78 win in two games over Akita Northern Happinets.

The Gilas Pilipinas prospect also played a generous 18 minutes off the bench as icing on the victory cake, and finished with 3 points, 3 rebounds and a plus-minus +23.

On the losing side, the Niigata Albirex BB crashed on the road to the Utsunomiya Brex, which gave way to a 95-50 decimation.

Kobe Paras was held scoreless in 11 minutes and 8 shot attempts as Albirex remained rooted in the basement after their 13th consecutive loss to go 5-42.

Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena had decent outings in their respective games, but their teams also fell as the visiting Mikawa Seahorses routed Kiefer’s Shiga Lakestars, 103-87, while Thirdy’s San-En NeoPhoenix fell to the local Gunma Crane Thunders, 79-69.

Kiefer made the most of a 30-minute run with 15 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds, while Thirdy came off the bench for a line of 11 points, 5 boards and 1 steal in 21 minutes. Shiga fell to a 14-38 record, while San-En slipped to a 10-43 record.

Finally, the Toyama Grouses threatened a late heist against Shimane, but the Susanoo Magic eventually held on for an 87-80 home win.

Dwight Ramos finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in over 26 minutes as the Grouses slipped to 22-33.

Only Kemark Cariño of the B. League Division II was not fielded that day in the eight-man Pinoy delegation as the Sendai 89ers buried Cariño’s lowly Aomori Wat, 94-56.

Barring any last-minute postponements, all Filipino imports will have another chance to play this weekend for their usual back-to-back game day assignments. –