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B.League: Sotto, Hiroshima bow to Parks-less Nagoya

Finally having healthy bodies, the 10-man Nagoya DD scored a massive upset in the 2022-23 B.League season, stunning Kai Sotto and Hiroshima, 91-88, Saturday at Dolphins Arena.

The Diamond Dolphins had to forfeit their game to Shiga last Wednesday as they did not have enough players to suit up.

This time around, the trio of Yutaro Suda (18 points), Coty Clarke (14 points, six rebounds, six assists), and Alan Williams (13 points, 10 rebounds) stepped up to carry Nagoya to a 37-15 record — just a full game behind the Dragonflies for fifth in the standings.

Bobby Ray Parks did not play due to injury.

Sotto, meanwhile, finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

Over at Shiga Daihatsu Arena, Carl Tamayo only played two minutes in Ryukyu’s 85-82 escape of Kiefer Ravena and Shiga.

The Golden Kings went up to 41-11 while dropping the Lakes to 13-39 — still safe from the relegation zone.

Kiefer Ravena finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and three steals.

Matthew Wright’s 25-point outing was not enough to propel Kyoto to victory, falling 73-78 to Akita at Kyoto City Gymnasium.

The Hannaryz dropped to 18-34.

Good pals Thirdy Ravena and Dwight Ramos could not get wins as well on Saturday.

Thirdy and San-En succumbed to Yokohama, 83-90, at Toyohashi City Gymnasium while Ramos and Hokkaido were romped by Chiba, 71-96, at Funabashi Arena.

Thirdy tallied five points, three assists, and two rebounds for the 19-33 Neophoenix while Ramos produced nine points, four rebounds, four steals, three assists, and a block for the 16-36 Levanga.

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In Division II, Jordan Heading’s all-around effort went for naught as Nagasaki was stunned by Aomori, 82-88, at Maeda Arena.

Heading produced 11 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Despite the loss, the Velca still remained at no. 2 in the west with a 41-16 slate.

In a crucial game, Roosevelt Adams and Kagawa were dealt a 71-96 loss to Nara at ROHTO Arena.

The Five Arrows remained in second to the last place in the league with a 15-42 record — a full game behind Nara.

Adams finished with 12 points.

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