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    Parks shines as Nagoya holds off San-En to secure spot in B.League playoffs

    Apr 24, 2022
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    Ray Parks and the Diamond Dolphins improve to 30-13, becoming the seventh team to reach the playoffs.
    PHOTO: Nagoya Diamond Dolphins

    BOBBY Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins officially punched their ticket to the 2021-22 Japan B.League playoffs with an 89-86 win over San-En NeoPhoenix on Sunday at Toyohashi City Gymnasium.

    The Filipino gunner shot 4-of-5 from rainbow country and finished with 15 points, five assists and two steals to help Nagoya notch its fourth straight win.

    At 30-13, the Diamond Dolphins are in third place in the Western Conference and the seventh team to earn a spot in the eight-team race for the championship.

    Nagoya had to fend off a pesky San-En side that rallied back from 17 points down. Yoshiyuki Matsuwaki cut the lead down to just one, 87-86, with a trey in the last seven seconds before Parks iced the win with a pair of charities.

    Scott Eatherton carried the Diamond Dolphins with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists, as Takumi Saito had 16 points, nine assists, three boards, and three steals.

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    Thirdy Ravena made his return to the NeoPhoenix roster after missing the last six games, putting up eight points, four assists, and three rebounds off the bench.

    Thirdy Ravena San-en Neophoenix Jan 2Thirdy Ravena and the Neophoenix suffer their 42nd loss in 52 games.


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      Elias Harris led San-En with 26 points, eight boards, and three dimes, as Morihisa Yamauchi got 15 in the loss.

      The NeoPhoenix sunk to a 10-42 record for the season.

      Nagoya seeks to stretch the win run to five when it plays the Shinshu Brave Warriors on Wednesday, while San-En looks to snap the three-game skid against the Gunma Crane Thunders.

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