MANILA, Philippines – Niigata continued his slide, losing to Ryukyu, 71-63, in his inter-conference match in the 2021-22 Japan B.League season on Sunday at City Hall Plaza Aore Nagaoka.
Albirex BB and Kobe Paras lost eight consecutive games as they dropped to a record of 2-9 in the East Conference, while the Golden Kings remained in first place in the West Conference with 9-2.
Allen Durham hammered home a hammer that crowned the Golden Kings 13-0 in the last two quarters to take a 60-49 lead with 6:23 to play in the fourth.
That run ultimately allowed Ryukyu to keep Albirex BB at bay as Paras and his teammates never closed the gap with the closest they got at 69-61 with 2:22 to play.
Dwayne Evans led the Golden Kings with 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one steal while Durham added 16 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block.
Rosco Allen had 15 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a block to lead Niigata while Nohmi Auto added 13 points with a 3 for 4 shot from depth.
Paras finished with five points on shooting 2 out of 7.
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