MANILA, Philippines—Kobe Paras was far from satisfied with his performance, despite making an impressive debut for Niigata in the Japanese B.League on Saturday.
In his first game as a professional, Paras showed he was one of the big boys with 25 points in over 33 minutes of action.
However, the former University of the Philippines shiner felt he could have done more to help the Albirex BB, who lost to the Kyoto Hannaryz, 85-81.
“I honestly wanted to play a little harder,” the 6-foot Filipino attacker said in an interview in Japanese on the team’s website.
“It’s still the first game, so I want to learn a lot from this. I think I didn’t do well as an individual and there were times when I got shot in the second half, so I’d like to play a bit more for the team.”
Still, Paras showed a lot of promise, especially early on when he scored 11 points in just the first five minutes of the game. He had 20 in the first half alone.
In addition to scoring, the 24-year-old also wants to perform better on other aspects of the game, such as his decision-making and defense.
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