B.League: Kobe Paras, Niigata record first win in thriller

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MANILA, Philippines – Niigata recorded his first win of the 2021-22 B.League season, beating Kyoto, 76-75, on a dramatic Sunday at City Hall Plaza Aore Nagaoka.

Yuto Nohmi drove the game-winning jumper with three seconds left in the nip-and-tuck game.

Kobe Paras struggled throughout the game, first converting two crucial baskets for the Albirex BB with a handy baseline that narrowed the deficit to three, 73-70, with 2:56 to play.

Paras then went for a layup with 1:26 to push Niigata within three points of Kyoto again, 72-75.

The Philippine star, who stunned with 25 points in his B.League debut on Saturday, also grabbed a crucial rebound that gave the Albirex BB their last possession of the game.

Yuto and Rosco Allen were both 16 points ahead of Niigata, which improved to 1-1 in the standings, while Zen Endo, Paras and former San Antonio Spur Jeff Ayres added 10 points each.

David Simon had a game-high 21 points with eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks to lead Kyoto, who beat Niigata 85-81 on Saturday.

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