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    Kobe Paras leads Niigata past 2nd-tier Yamagata in Emperor's Cup

    Oct 30, 2021
    Kobe Paras' 18 points goes for naught as Niigata blows an 18-point lead against Levanga Hokkaido.
    Kobe Paras' Niigata Albirex BB advance to the next round of the All Japan tournament.
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    KOBE Paras caught fire from deep as Niigata Albirex BB slipped past the Yamagata Wyverns, 71-60, on Saturday at Kishiwada City Gymnasium to advance in the 97th Emperor's Cup.

    The Filipino import drained three of his four triples, finishing with 12 points and two rebounds to set the tone for Niigata, which raced to a 44-26 halftime lead and never looked back.

    Not even a late charge from Yamagata could chip away the lead, allowing the Albirex to progress in the All Japan Basketball Championship tourney.

    Tshilidzi Nephawe had 11 points, five boards, and two assists, as Kimitake Sato made all of his nine points from downtown.

    Kobe Paras Niigata Albirex BB/ B.LEAGUEKobe Paras scores 12 points for Niigata.

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