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B.League: Parks, Thirdy, Wright lead squads to Christmas day wins


Bobby Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins completed a Christmas weekend sweep of Niigata in the 2022-23 B.League Division I season at Dolphins Arena.

The Diamond Dolphins followed up their 108-64 win over the Albirex on Saturday with a 104-66 win on Sunday.

Ray Parks produced 15 points, seven rebounds, and two steals on Sunday.

Nagoya DD, who rose to 17-6 — tied for third in the West, were led by Scott Eatherton (26 points and five rebounds) and Coty Clarke (22 points and five rebounds).

Kofi Cockburn produced 19 points and 20 rebounds for the 3-20 Niigata.

Over at Toyohashi City Gymnasium, Thirdy Ravena and San-En bounced back from a 70-77 loss to Gunma on Christmas eve with a 92-79 victory.

Thirdy was one of five NeoPhoenix who scored in double-figures, tallying 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Kyle O’Quinn got 21 points and 10 rebounds; Kosuke Kanamaru produced 17 points; Ryusei Sasaki scattered 14 points and seven rebounds; while Kozuki Hosokowa got 12 points as San-En went up to 11-12 to tie Shinshu at fourth in the Central District.

The Crane Thunders, who fell to 13-8, were led by Aki Chambers (17 points), Michael Parker (15 points and 10 rebounds), and Kaleb Tarczewski (14 points and 13 rebounds).

Matthew Wright and Kyoto, meanwhile, snapped their seven game skid with a 91-69 win over Toyama at the latter’s home floor.

Wright delivered 11 points and seven assists as the Hannaryz rose to 8-15 in the West.

Jarrod Uthoff got 26 points while Cheick Diallo tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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Joshua Smith led the Grouses with 20 points and 12 rebounds but they fell to 5-18 in the East.

Kiefer and Shiga were swept by Tokyo at Arena Tachikawa Tachihi, 79-68 on Saturday and 105-74 on Sunday.

Kiefer, who was coming off an ankle injury, was limited to just 15 minutes last Saturday before finishing with 11 points on Sunday.

Sebastian Saiz (22 points and six rebounds), Justin Cobbs (21 points and nine assists), and Shuto Ando (20 points on five treys) were a force for Alvark, who went up to 18-5 in the East.

The Lakes fell to a west-worst 5-19.

Matthew Aquino and Shinshu were also swept by Shimane, 93-86 last Saturday and 101-84 on Sunday, at White Ring.

Aquino scored six points in both games as the Brave Warriors fell to 11-12 in the same division as the NeoPhoenix.

The Susanoo Magic’s depth proved too much on Sunday with five players scoring in double-figures.

Seiya Ando got 20 points, Perrin Buford produced 19 points and 11 rebounds, Nyika Williams tallied 13 points and seven rebounds, Nick Kay got 12 points and nine rebounds, while Shota Tsuyama fired 12 points.

Shimane tied Nagoya DD with a 17-6 slate.

Yuta Okada led the way for Shinshu with 23 points while Josh Hawkinson added 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Dwight Ramos once again sat out Hokkaido’s weekend games against Ryukyu at Okinawa Arena.

Levanga lost both games 80-66 and 91-70 to fall to 6-17. Ryukyu, meanwhile, raised its league-leading record to 19-4.

 

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