Despite Bobby Ray Parks playing limited minutes, Nagoya still routed Matthew Wright and Kyoto, taking an 85-61 win in the 2022-23 B.League Season, Wednesday at Kyoto City Gymnasium.
Parks only played 10 minutes in the contest, going scoreless. Still, the Diamond Dolphins went up to 7-2 to create a four-way log jam with Hiroshima, Ryukyu, and Shimane to top the West.
Coty Clarke led the way anew for the Dimond Dolphins with 19 points while Maurice Ndour produced 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Wright, meanwhile, scored 12 points for the Hannaryz, who fell to 4-5 — sixth in the west.
Jarrod Uthoff was the other double-digit scorer for Kyoto with 23 points to go with seven rebounds.
Thirdy Ravena’s San-En remained on top of the central district following a 92-71 win over Mikawa over at Toyohashi City Gymnasium.
Thirdy once again played the lead guard role, tallying seven points, seven assists, three rebounds, and a steal and steering the NeoPhoenix to a 6-3 slate.
Yante Maten led San-En with 20 points and 10 rebounds as Isaiah Hicks (12), Kosuke Kanamaru (12), and Ryusei Sasaki (11) all scored in double-figures as well.
Kyle O’ Quinn and Davante Gardner led the Seahorses with 25 and 21 points, respectively, as they fell to a 4-5 record.
On the eve of his 29th birthday, however, Kiefer could not lead the struggling Shiga to victory as they suffered a 63-87 loss to Shimane at Matsue City Gymnasium.
Kiefer’s 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting fell for naught as the Lakes were dealt their seventh loss in nine games — last in the west.
Last season’s Rookie of the Year Kai Toews added 13 points and eight rebounds for Shiga.
Perrin Buford led the Susanoo Magic with 19 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds while Nick Kay got 16 points and nine rebounds. Nyika Williams also tallied a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Over at Adastria Mito Arena, Dwight Ramos finally snapped Hokkaido’s losing skid, leading his side to a 93-80 win over Ibaraki.
Ramos scored 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and a block as Levanga climbed to 3-6 in the east.
Ramos got support from Brock Motum (15 points and six rebounds), Ryoma Hashimoto (15 points), Alex Murphy (14 points and 14 rebounds), Shuto Terazano (14 points), and Tsukasa Nakano (13 points).
Thomas Kennedy paced the Robots, who fell to 4-5, with 16 points and six rebounds.
Matthew Aquino, meanwhile, went scoreless in three minutes during Shinshu’s heartbreaking 85-86 loss to Yokohama at Kotobuki Arena Chikuma.
The Brave Warriors fell to 4-5, while the B-Corsairs rose to 3-6.
Both Justine Baltazar and Jay Washington were benched anew during Hiroshima’s 80-73 win over Ryukyu at FPCO Arena Fukuyama.