Photo from Japan B.League

Kobe Paras and Niigata Albirex fell to flat start and absorbed an 88-75 away defeat to Levanga Hokkaido in their B.League match Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Hokkai Kitayell in Sapporo.

Niigata never recovered after Hokkaido took a 31-10 lead at the end of the first quarter that resulted in a second straight loss.

Paras scored 13 points but shot 4-of-13 from the field for Niigata, which dropped to 2-3.

He also had two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

The ex-University of the Philippines mainstay was actually Niigata’s top scorer with Rosco Allen, one of the B.League’s leaders in points, scoring 12 on 4-of-11 shooting.

One-time Japan national team member Ryoma Hashimoto was one of six players in double figures for Hokkaido with a game-high 20 points.

It was Hokkaido’s first victory after starting the 2021-22 season with four straight defeats.

Paras and Niigata will try to seek payback against Levanga on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. local time (1:05 p.m. Philippine time).

Source: Manila Bulletin (