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Breaking slump did not matter for Kobe Paras: ‘I just wanted to win’


Kobe Paras experienced one of the worst stretches he had experienced in his young career.

Heading into Niigata’s clash against Hokkaido on Wednesday, the 6-foot-6 winger struggled on the floor, failing to reach double-digits in scoring for 14 straight games. That stretch also saw Paras not playing last December 26 while logging in just 21 seconds against Yokohama three days later.

Moreover, Albirex BB could not snap their skid that had already extended to 25.

Paras though never lost faith.

“I just wanted to win,” he said.

After going scoreless in their last two games, Paras erupted in the opening frame against Levanga, scoring 10 points to keep Albirex on pace against Hokkaido.

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However, when Paras cooled down, Niigata faltered.

A horrendous defensive stance by Albirex in the third canto saw them allow Levanga to put up 37 points in the third frame to blow the game wide-open.

Niigata ended up suffering its 26th straight loss, 85-107.

“We couldn’t do what we wanted to do,” lamented Paras, who ended up with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. “We were also doing things that weren’t in the game plan.”

Paras though will continue fighting until the season’s end. And he vows to continue to play his heart out for Niigata.

“The season is still ongoing,” he said. “I will continue to play and do my best to deliver a win for our team.”

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