Kobe Paras made his Japan B. League debut for Niigata.

Kobe Paras made his Japan B. League debut for Niigata. ALBIREX BB PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Kobe Paras dazzled in his Japan B.League debut for Niigata on Saturday.

Paras got off to a hot start and finished with 25 points but it wasn’t enough as the Albirex BB fell to the Kyoto Hannaryz, 85-81 at City Hall Plaza Aore Nagaoka.

The 6-foot-6 forward scored 20 points in the first half alone, helping Niigata go on a 21-point turnaround and take a 50-41 halftime lead after trailing by 12.


Paras hit four 3-pointers and had four assists that went with two steals, making a good account of himself in his first game in the professional ranks.

David Simon led Kyoto with a solid effort on both ends, collecting a game-high 28 points on top of two steals and two blocks.

The two teams meet again on Sunday.

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