B.League: Paras’ Albirex wins, Juan GDL scores 10 in Tokyo Z’s loss

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Kobe Paras finally picked up a win in his early Japan B.League career as his Niigata Albirex BB edged Kyoto Hannaryz in their rematch, 76-75 on Sunday at the City Hall Plaza Aore Nagaoka.

The high-flying wing man scored 10 points in 27 minutes of play, enough to contribute as his club bounced back from an 85-81 defeat last Saturday and improve to 1-1 in the early season.

Niigata was led by Rosco Allen and Yuhito Nomi, who both scored 16 points in the narrow victory.

On the verge of losing twice in a row as they trailed 76-72 in the final moments, Albirex leaned on baskets by Tshilidzi Nepawe and Nomi, who hit the game-winning basket with three seconds left, to pull off the comeback win.

Meanwhile, Juan Gomez de Liano had a more productive showing in Division B for EarthFriends Tokyo Z, finishing with 10 points in over 16 minutes.

However, his side lost to the Kagawa Five Arrows, 100-85.

Niigata Albirex BB photo

Levi Verora