Kobe Paras scores 21 and Niigata beats Thirdy Ravena, NeoPhoenix

FILE – Kobe Paras for Niigata Albirex BB in Japan B. League. PHOTO NIIGATA

MANILA, Philippines – Niigata and Kobe Paras earned their second win in three games at the expense of San-En, 77-64, in their B-League inter-conference matchup on Saturday at Hamamatsu Arena.

Albirex BB improved to a 2-1 record in the Eastern Conference, while NeoPhoenix and Thirdy Ravena fell to 1-2 in the Western Conference.

San-En fell behind by as much as 15, 33-18, in the second quarter, but put on a serious fight in the third to get closer to three, 47-44, after Justin Knox’s only conversion from the field midway through. period.

#KobeParas ends the game with a SLAM 😤 !! # bleague #basketball

Posted by B.LEAGUE (Japan Professional Basketball League) on Saturday October 9, 2021

Niigata, however, responded with an 11-3 run to take a 58-47 lead courtesy of Para’s three-point play with 2:02 remaining in the third.

Paras then put Albirex BB up 14, 70-56, when he led for a layup with 3:08 to play.

Paras had 21 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks, while Rosco Allen finished with a game-high 23 points with eight rebounds and four assists to lead Niigata.

Ravena led the NeoPhoenix with 16 points, four assists and three steals.

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